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Department of Psychiatry | Michigan State University

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Welcome to the Department of Psychiatry at Michigan State University.


This particular department is a unique place to be at a time when psychiatry as a specialty has increasingly more to offer individuals suffering from psychiatric disorders. 

Jed Magen, DO, MS
Chairperson, Department of Psychiatry




The Department of Psychiatry at Michigan State University is unlike any other in the country.  We are community-based and a joint department of both the College of Human Medicine, which grants the M.D. degree, and the College of Osteopathic Medicine, which grants the D.O. degree.

The Department has played a key role in establishing a biopsychosocial approach to health care in both medical colleges. Michigan State University began in 1855 as the nation's first 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 in-depth 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 to medical students to enhance their capacity to care for people.
  • Psychiatric care to a broad range of patients, including under served 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 our residency training, which adheres to an eclectic approach. The residency is fully accredited for training by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education and the American Osteopathic Association (AOA).