Recent Highlights:

  • The Department was recently featured in the June issue of the Specialty Report, a campus-wide distribution that highlights departments and programs at the UA College of Medicine – Phoenix.
     
  • The Deparment received official notification from the ACGME on initial accreditation for a UA College of Medicine – Phoenix Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship, in partnership with Phoenix Children's Hospital. Recruitment for two fellows per year begins this summer with the first class beginning July, 2019. Randy Ricardi, DO, clinical professor in our Department of Psychiatry, will serve as our Fellowship Program Director.
     
  • Our UA College of Medicine – Phoenix Psychiatry Residency received notification of continued full re-accreditation from the ACGME, officially marking the Program's 47-year anniversary between Samaritan/Banner Health and our UA College of Medicine – Phoenix.
     
  • Sondra Schultz, MD, at the Faculty Teaching AwardsThe Psychiatry Interest Group, under leadership of UA College of Medicine – Phoenix second-year students Jasper Puracan and Savion Smith, organized a panel discussion on PTSD. Amanda Cattelino, MD, assistant clinical professor, and Amelia Gallitano, MD, PhD, associate professor, served on the panel, which included U.S. Army veterans. Over 50 students attended the event!
     
  • House Officer of the Year Award in Psychiatry was awarded by the Class of 2019 to Sondra Schultz, MD, of our UA College of Medicine – Phoenix Psychiatry Residency, recognizing her enthusiasm and exemplary professionalism as an inspiration to our Clerkship students.
     
  • Our UA College of Medicine – Phoenix Clinical Department Award for Psychiatry was presented to Arielle Rubin, MD, Class of 2018, at the Senior Celebration luncheon. Arielle will begin her Psychiatry Residency at UT Southwestern in Dallas this summer.
     
  • Arizona Psychiatric Society Annual Meeting Awards were received by the following UA College of Medicine – Phoenix faculty, residents and medical students:
    • The Howard E. Wulsin Excellence in Teaching Award to Shehzad Ayub, DO, assistant clinical professor in Psychiatry and faculty attending at Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix.
       
    • Resident Recognition Award to Trace Cochran, MD, UA College of Medicine – Phoenix Psychiatry Residency Program.
       
  • ​​​Poster Awards:
    • First place went to Larry Mecham, DO, UA College of Medicine – Phoenix Psychiatry Residency Program, Rachel Antol, UA College of Medicine – Phoenix third-year student, and Shehzad Ayub, DO, for their poster "Triptan-Induced Serotonin Syndrome."
       
    • Honorable mentions were given to Yana Alekseeva, MD, Jeff Burrow, MD, and Larry Mecham, DO, UA College of Medicine – Phoenix Psychiatry Residency Program, for their poster "Oseltamivir-Induced Mania," as well as Jeff Burrow, MD, for his poster "Lithium Exposure through Breast Milk." Each of these posters was also presented at our recent UA College of Medicine – Phoenix Academic Excellence Day, where Dr. Burrow received a First Place Award for his case presentation.