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The School of Medicine (SOM) was established in 1807 and is the fifth medical school (and the first public medical school) founded in the United States. It was the first medical school to institute a residency training program. The School is part of a large 11-campus University System of Maryland, which includes an overseas program housed in US military bases.

The Baltimore City campus consists of seven graduate and professional schools of which the School of Medicine is the largest. The campus also houses the University of Maryland Medical Center, a 747-bed teaching hospital, the Baltimore VA Medical Center, and the Walter Carter Center, a state psychiatric hospital serving Baltimore City. The University of Maryland Medical System (which includes these and other affiliated hospitals), provides a full range of health care for over 600,000 patients in Maryland annually.

UMMS includes facilities that are internationally recognized models such as the R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center, the Biotechnology Institute's Medical Biotechnology Center, and the Institute for Virology (headed by Dr. Robert Gallo). Nationally, the School of Medicine ranks 18th for total research grants to medical schools, and 5th for total research grants and contracts per full-time clinical faculty. The UM Medical Center is also one of the 41 "Top Hospitals" in the US (2007), determined by the Leapfrog Group based on hospital quality and safety.

Department of Psychiatry

The Department consists of 143 paid and 175 volunteer faculty, 74 general psychiatry residents, fellows in five specialized programs, and staff and trainees from affiliated disciplines. Research and clinical care include internationally recognized programs such as the Maryland Psychiatric Research Center for the study of neuroscience and schizophrenia (directed by William T. Carpenter, MD), and the Center for Health Services Research (faculty include Lisa Dixon, MD, Howard Goldman, MD, Tony Lehman, MD, and Jim Thompson, MD). Other examples of areas of excellence are the Center for Eating Disorders (Harry Brandt, MD and Steve Crawford, MD), the VA Mental Illness Research Education and Clinical Center (Alan Bellack, Ph.D.) and the School Mental Health (Mark Weist, Ph.D). The Department ranks 11th nationally with regard to research funding awarded to Departments of Psychiatry.

The Department of Psychiatry has partnered with the Sheppard and Enoch Pratt Hospital System to provide a diverse and comprehensive training experience for residents and fellows. The training program is part of the "Maryland Plan", a collaboration between the State of Maryland and the University. The core clinical facilities for psychiatry thus include UMMS, Sheppard Pratt, the Maryland VA System and the State Mental Hygiene System (with the Walter P. Carter Center, the Spring Grove Hospital Center, the Maryland Psychiatric Research Center, and the Regional Institute for Children & Adolescents - Baltimore).

Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

The Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry serves as a major teaching and research site for students, psychology interns and postdoctoral fellows, psychiatry residents, and child and adolescent psychiatry fellows. It provides preventive and therapeutic mental health services for children and adolescents through inpatient, day, ambulatory, and community programs. On the Baltimore campus, the Division has a 12 bed child inpatient unit, Child Day Hospital, C/L service, private practice clinic, outpatient child and adolescent clinic (consisting of three specialty clinics), outpatient center for infant psychiatry (treating children under 6 years of age), and a school mental health program based in Baltimore City public schools (see Table 1, Fellowship Training Sites). On the Sheppard Pratt campus, training sites include an adolescent inpatient unit, inpatient neurology unit, day hospital, outpatient autism service, and school for emotionally disturbed children. Other sites include forensic settings, specialized schools, and a residential treatment center (see Table 1).

The Division faculty represent the fields of child and adolescent psychiatry, clinical and experimental psychology, social work, and nursing. The faculty and teaching staff consist of seven full-time and 10 part-time child psychiatrists (including two past-presidents of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Drs. David Pruitt and Richard Sarles), as well as five psychologists, two social workers and two psychiatric nurses. Faculty members are receipients of grants from NIH, NIMH, HRSA, the US Department of Education, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the W.T. Grant Foundation. Supervision and teaching are provided by this interdisciplinary faculty who represent psychodynamic, biological and behavioral points of view. Research faculty in the Department in the fields of neuroscience, epidemiology and mental health services are available for consultation.

Special areas of excellence are infant psychiatry (Center for Infant Study and the Secure Starts Clinic for children under 6 years) and forensic psychiatry, which includes faculty expertise at the Court of Baltimore City (Medical Service), at juvenile justice centers, and a forensic unit at Spring Grove Hospital. The School Mental Health Program is also nationally recognized as a leader in developing school mental health services. As well as providing services in 23 public schools in Baltimore, and housing a research program and demonstration projects, the program includes one of two HRSA-funded Centers in the US for resources and consultation to institutions wanting to initiate or expand school-based services. The Division also includes an NIH funded research program investigating metabolic and other side effects of anti-psychotic medication employed with children and adolescents. While based in the Division, this program collaborates with experts in endocrinology, nutrition, and cardiology

UMMC Department Of Psychiatry

The Department of Psychiatry Inpatient Service is located in the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC). The department consists of three adult inpatient psychiatric units (40 beds), one child inpatient unit (12 beds) and, a Children Day Hospital and an onsite school hospitalized children. Outpatient services for adults, children and adolescents are located in the 701 West Pratt Street Building. An important component of the Department is the Maryland Psychiatric Research Center, one of the leading centers for research on schizophrenia, directed by William T. Carpenter, M.D. The Department has a full time equivalent faculty of 70 M.D., Ph.D., and Masters level professionals. Specialized teaching programs include the Combined Accelerated Program in Psychiatry (CAPP) for 12 medical students per year, a four year general psychiatry residency which recently created a combined integrated program with Sheppard Pratt Health Care System, specialized fellowships in forensic, consultation liaison, substance abuse, geriatric and administrative psychiatry, a Post-doctoral program in psychology, a clinical psychology internship are available and graduate post-graduate programs for students in social work and nursing are available. Currently there are 68 general psychiatry residents, 12 child and adolescent residents, 9 psychology interns and 7 fellows in various specialties.

UMMC Division Of Child And Adolescent Psychiatry

The Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry serves as a major teaching and research site for students, psychology interns, psychiatry residents, and child and adolescent psychiatry residents. It provides preventive and therapeutic mental health services for children and adolescents through inpatient, day, ambulatory, and community programs. On the Baltimore campus, the Division has, in addition to its administrative facilities, a 12 bed inpatient unit, and a Day Hospital, and outpatient services.

Faculty And Trainees

The Division has faculty representing the fields of child and adolescent psychiatry, clinical and experimental psychology, social work, nursing, special education and pediatrics. Supervision and teaching are provided by this interdisciplinary faculty who represent psychodynamic, psychoanalytic, biological and behavioral points of view. Research faculty in the Department in the fields of neuroscience, epidemiology and mental health services are available for consultation.