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Chair's Welcome

John H. Krystal, MD
Chairman, Department of Psychiatry

Dear Applicant,

As a graduate of Yale Medical School and the Yale Psychiatry Residency, I believe the education mission of the department is critical to our goal of producing future leaders in psychiatry. Our training programs have already produced generations of leaders including two medical school deans, more than a dozen chairs of Departments of Psychiatry, and leading figures in research, clinical psychiatry, and the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. We provide outstanding resources to residents to pursue their academic interests. For example we rank second in the nation in research funding from the National Institutes of Health, are leaders in research supported by the Department of Veterans Affairs, and have multiple clinical and research training grants which provide funding for the education mission.

We have devoted a great deal of effort to make our large and diverse Department collegial, collaborative, and accessible. Yale Psychiatry has many “homes” including Yale-New Haven Hospital (a private non-profit hospital), the Connecticut Mental Health Center (a component of the Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services), the VA Connecticut Healthcare System (a VA Medical Center), the Yale Department of Undergraduate Health (Yale Health Services), and the Olin Neuropsychiatry Research Center (a component of the Institute of Living of Hartford Hospital). Yet our research and education programs link all of these institutions and we function as a single entity.

Yale and New Haven are wonderful homes for our Department. Yale is one of the world’s great universities and we work closely with faculty throughout the University to take full advantage of this special educational environment. New Haven is also a jewel, with a moderate cost of living, great theater and wonderful restaurants.

As Chair of the Yale Department of Psychiatry, I invite you to learn more about our education mission. If you decide to interview at Yale, I’ll look forward to talking with you in person about the opportunities in our department.


John Krystal, MD