Our History

Realizing the potential of scientific investigation to improve treatment, the superintendent of the McLean Hospital established the first research laboratories in a psychiatric hospital in 1888. In 1934, complementing its freestanding McLean hospital division, MGH established one of the first general hospital-based Psychiatry departments in the United States.

Since 1811, McLean Hospital and MGH have shared faculty, trainees, and collaborative research endeavors. Today, MGH/McLean residency programs in Adult Psychiatry and in Child Psychiatry enjoy the extensive resources of both. Between its two complementary campuses, MGH/McLean Psychiatry delivers training opportunities unsurpassed anywhere in the world. World leaders in psychiatry provide supervision of trainees in General Psychiatry and all its sub-specialty fields.

Our patients come from Boston, its suburbs, New England and around the world. At MGH/McLean, psychiatric residents will learn to treat patients from diverse cultural, economic, ethnic, and racial communities.

As Harvard’s oldest, largest and most productive academic community, our facilities help insure that clinical care and training is top notch. Research at MGH/McLean is among the largest scientific Programs in Psychiatry and Neuroscience in the world.

Access and opportunity are the hallmarks of our training program. Every clinical service and research group eagerly welcomes residents to participate. Core rotations are provided and each trainee can select among a vast reservoir of experiences during each year of the program.

MGH/McLean Psychiatry brings to residents a “dream team” of faculty who are leaders in their field, exceptionally diverse patients from whom to learn, and stellar colleague-trainees. We welcome your interest in being part of this community.

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