Mass General Global Psychiatry, Visiting Scholar and Visiting Clerkships Program

Of special interest to you may be the Massachusetts General Hospital’s Chester M Pierce, MD, Division of Global Psychiatry program. It has sent residents on overseas electives throughout the world including

Ethiopia, South Africa, Liberia, Uganda, Indonesia, Nepal, Brazil, Chile and Belize. In addition, trainees from other countries have rotated through this division. This is representative of the department’s and

hospital’s commitment to minority concerns. David C. Henderson, MD is the Director of this program and Greg Fricchione, MD is the Senior Scientist. Dr.Fricchione can be reached at


If you would like more information about the Massachusetts General Hospital/McLean Hospital psychiatry residency program, you may visit the Department of Psychiatry Residency website at In addition, you may contact Kathy Sanders, MD, Training Director, MGH/McLean Adult Psychiatry, Massachusetts General Hospital, WACC 812, 15 Parkman Street, Boston, MA 02114, Tel: 617-726-0895.

The Department of Psychiatry and our Diversity Committee also partners with the MGH Multicultural Affairs Office (MAO), whose mission is to advance the careers of those students, trainees and faculty underrepresented in medicine at MGH. They sponsor several programs for students that may be of interest to you. These include the Summer Research Trainee Program, which takes 1st and 2nd year medical students for an 8 week research experience at MGH, as well as the Visiting Clerkship Program which takes 4th year medical students for one month clerkship at MGH.. To learn more about MAO’s student programs, please visit their website at or contact MAO’s Executive Director, Elena Olson, JD, at Tel: 617-724-3831.

The Visiting Clerkship Program, sponsored by the Minority Faculty Development Program at Harvard Medical School provides financial support for fourth year, and qualified third year, minority (African-American, Native American and Hispanic American) medical students to participate in the Harvard Medical School Exchange Clerkship Program. Clerkships last four weeks and are available, space permitting, to full-time students in good standing at accredited US or Canadian medical schools. The one month clerkships are available throughout the year. For more information about this program and office, please visit their website at You may also contact Jo Cole at Tel: 617-432-4422 or email her at for application information. For specific information on MGH clerkship offerings, please contact the MAO office above.

If you have questions or would like to learn more about any of the programs mentioned above or others offered at MGH and other units of Harvard Medical School, please feel free to contact me at, MGH, WACC 812, 15 Parkman Street, Boston, MA 02114 or Phillip Small, Assistant to the Diversity Committee at In addition, you are welcome to contact one of our psychiatry trainees who also are members of the Diversity Committee: Rohit Chandra, MD at or Nicole Christian, MD at or Uche Okpoli at uokpoli@partners.or or Lazaro Zayas, MD at

Whichever career path you choose and wherever you train, we wish for you every success and happiness. You are much needed, and much wanted, as a physician.

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