Recruiting and Retaining Unicorns: Finding Your Dream Psychiatrist

2:00pm - July 8, 2021 | Timezone: US/Eastern
Collaborating TTC: Central East MHTTC
Registration Deadline: July 8, 2021
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The challenge of bringing a good psychiatrist into a public service setting, where there are constraints on income and amenities due to the nature of public service, is considerable. The issues of recruitment break down to two issues. The first one is designing a job that an excellent psychiatrist would want to do. The second is finding that excellent psychiatrist. This presentation will address both concerns.

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Kenneth S. Thompson, MD
, Psychiatrist, grew up in Pittsburgh and was educated at Kenyon College and Boston University School of Medicine, where he was a National Health Service Corps Scholar. He was a resident in psychiatry at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx, NY, and did a postdoctoral fellowship in mental health services research at Yale University. He has served as faculty at Yale University and the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and Graduate School of Public Health. He has been the Director of the Institute for Public Health and Psychiatry at Pitt, the Chief Medical Officer of Harrisburg State Hospital, the Director for Medical Affairs at the Center for Mental Health Services in SAMHSA and the Medical Director of Recovery Innovations. He is the Chief Medical Officer of the Pennsylvania Psychiatric Leadership Council. He practices in and oversees the mental health program at the Squirrel Hill Health Center, a Federally Qualified Health Center. Dr. Thompson also provides psychiatric services at Milestone Community Mental Health Center and the Center for Inclusion Health in the Allegheny Health Network. He is a Soros Physician Advocate Fellow. Throughout his career he has focused on social medicine and community psychiatry. He has written extensively and consults and lectures globally on issues pertaining to public service, leadership and advocacy, personal and community recovery and resiliency, behavioral health and primary medical care "fusion" and mental health, public health and the struggle for health equity.


Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the importance of job design
  • Appreciate need to support career development
  • Learn where to find interested psychiatrists


Who Should Attend?
Open to the general public.