About Us

The Department of Psychiatry at Michigan State University is unlike any other in the country. We are a community-based, joint department of the College of Human Medicine, which grants MD degrees, and the College of Osteopathic Medicine, which grants DO degrees.​

The Department has played a key role in establishing a biopsychosocial approach to health care in both medical colleges. Michigan State University was founded in 1855 as the nation's pioneer land-grant institution and has an outstanding history of participation in community-based projects. Our medical colleges have always been community oriented and have a two-decade history of innovation in medical education. From its earliest days, the Department of Psychiatry's philosophy and goals have been guided by the belief that psychiatry occupies a singular position in medicine because of its deep understanding of patients from a biologic, psychological, and social perspective.​

The department has committed itself to provide:​

  • A quality educational and training program that incorporates the knowledge and skills needed for the preparation of psychiatrists.​
  • Educational experiences for medical students that enhance their capacity to care for patients.​
  • Psychiatric care to a broad range of patients, including underserved and chronically ill individuals.​
  • An environment that fosters inquiry and research into various issues related to mental illness.​

The Department of Psychiatry's goals and philosophy are reflected in its residency training, which adheres to an eclectic approach. The residency is fully accredited for training by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.