The vision for our program is ultimately to improve the mental health care provided to patients in our “community” and beyond (local, state, regional/national, including veteran) by training well-rounded and clinically exceptional psychiatrists. In doing so we seek to enhance the development and well-being of our trainees and faculty so that they can better serve our patients and become the psychiatrists they strive to be.
Our program operates in the context of a university and its large health science center, UF Health. UF is the flagship state university and a top 10 public university. Despite growing needs for mental health services, Florida ranks 49th in the nation in per capita mental health care funding with only 6.5 psychiatrists per 100,000 population on average. We are in the midst of an opioid epidemic with increasing public and legal acceptance of marijuana use. Burnout and depression are well-known risks of training and practice.
Our program’s mission, closely aligned with the institutional mission and goals (https://med.ufl.edu/about/), is to develop psychiatrist leaders, scholars, and clinician-educators who are compassionate, provide the safest mental health and addiction care, and are ready for any career opportunity and challenge. We hope to accomplish this through mentoring, educational opportunities both within and outside our institution, and in an environment that promotes inclusivity and personal well-being.