Message from the Chair
It is my pleasure to welcome and introduce you to the Department of Psychiatry at NEOMED. The Department of Psychiatry is growing, as is the field of psychiatry. As a department, we embrace a holistic, biopsychosocial approach to psychiatry. Specifically, we embrace: the recovery vision, the understanding that people with serious mental illness can recover and live meaningful lives in our community; the empowerment of people with mental illness to direct their own treatment; we also recognize that people who continue to struggle with serious psychiatric conditions must not be forgotten or marginalized.
We also support the use of evidence-based and emerging best practices in the treatment of psychiatric conditions. We value equally psychosocial and somatic treatments. We believe that evidence-based psychotherapies and supportive interventions are as critical to patient recovery as psychopharmacological interventions.
Our department reflects this balance: Our faculty members are based in our teaching hospitals, in private practices and in the community mental health and addiction system. Our trainees at all levels are exposed to a variety of hospital and community-based treatment environments with mentors and role models in virtually all aspects of psychiatric practice ‒ including state and community hospitals, private office practices and community mental health centers. Sub-specialty practice includes expertise in addiction psychiatry, child and adolescent psychiatry, community psychiatry, forensic psychiatry, geriatric psychiatry and psychosomatic psychiatry.
Our department also reflects the importance of interdisciplinary collaboration in order to best serve our patients, their families and our communities. Our Department of Psychiatry has faculty members from multiple mental health disciplines, including psychiatry, psychology, counseling and social work. We are also proud to have members of our faculty whose primary appointments are in another department (Family and Community Medicine) or the College of Pharmacy at NEOMED. Faculty members with joint appointments enhance our training, service and research missions.
We would not have a Department of Psychiatry without our affiliated hospitals and other clinical partners. Our general adult psychiatry residency is a NEOMED residency program that is fortunate to have equal support from Akron General Medical Center and Summa Health System. The adult psychiatry residency program is also heavily involved with the County of Summit Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Board’s network of agencies. Our affiliated child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship is sponsored by Akron Children’s Hospital. Child Guidance & Family Solutions, the community-based mental health agency for children in Summit County, helps organize a major portion of the activities that take place during the second year of this fellowship.
External relationships are also critical to the growth of the department. For nearly two decades the Ohio Department of Mental Health (ODMH) has supported training in community psychiatry for general psychiatry residents and, more recently, for child and adolescent psychiatry fellows. ODMH has also supported the Ohio Criminal Justice Coordinating Center of Excellence (CJ CCoE) and the Ohio Program for Campus Safety and Mental Health.
In the past decade, a major and vitally important partnership has emerged between The Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation in Hudson, Ohio, and NEOMED’s Department of Psychiatry. In 2007, the foundation endowed The Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation Chair of Psychiatry, a position I have the honor to currently occupy. In 2009, the foundation made a four-year, $5 million commitment to establish the Best Practices in Schizophrenia Treatment (BeST) Center at NEOMED. These are the largest – but not the only awards ‒ made by The Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation to the NEOMED Department of Psychiatry and its partner institutions. The generous support of The Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation has made the substantial growth of NEOMED-based activities in psychiatry possible. Psychiatry now has a visible presence on campus. We have increasing opportunities to excite medical students about psychiatry and to encourage them to pursue graduate medical education and training in psychiatry. Perhaps most importantly we are able to support the development of new, effective treatment programs, professional education and training and research – all of which will improve the lives of people with mental illness in northeast Ohio and beyond.
Thank you for your interest in the Department of Psychiatry at NEOMED. Please contact me with any questions about the NEOMED Department of Psychiatry.
Mark R. Munetz, M.D.
The Margaret Clark Morgan Endowed Chair and Professor