Beizai Receives National Recognition

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UTHSC assistant professor, Kristin S. Beizai, MD, has received the prestigious Nancy C.A. Roeske Certificate of Recognition for Excellence in Medical Student Education from the American Psychiatric Association.

Kristin S. Beizai, MD, assistant professor at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC), has received the prestigious Nancy C.A. Roeske Certificate of Recognition for Excellence in Medical Student Education from the American Psychiatric Association (APA). The award is presented annually to a small number of selected nominees who have made outstanding and sustaining contributions to medical student education.

Instrumental in establishing a link between psychiatry and obstetrics/gynecology in the realm of medical student education, Dr. Beizai spearheaded an innovative program of joint psychiatry/ob-gyn teaching conferences. Because of her active involvement, psychiatry training now transcends discipline boundaries: students completing clerkship rotations with her learn about common psychiatric problems associated with pregnancy, the premenstrual period, fertility problems, and menopause, as well as other issues often encountered in an ob-gyn practice.

Dr. Beizai teaches psychiatry to medical students and residents primarily at the Consultation-Liaison Center at the Regional Medical Center at Memphis (The Med). This service helps patients hospitalized for treatment of a medical or surgical condition, who also display psychiatric or behavioral problems.

“This award commemorates Nancy C.A. Roeske, MD, and her unique and creative contributions to psychiatric education. It is quite fitting that Dr. Beizai is recognized by the APA because she and her innovative work embody the very essence of this award,” commented Renate H. Rosenthal PhD, professor and director of medical student education in psychiatry.

Dr.Beizai received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) and her medical degree from Tulane University School of Medicine (New Orleans). She completed her residency at New York University School of Medicine (New York City).