2017-19 APA Diversity Leadership Fellow

The Diversity Leadership Fellowship is designed to develop psychiatry residents, who are a part of minority and underrepresented groups, into psychiatry leaders who can provide high quality and culturally sensitive mental health services to diverse, underserved and at-risk populations. During this fellowship I have been able to Receive mentorship from the National Minority Mentor’s Network (NMMN) and at multiple levels … Continue Reading2017-19 APA Diversity Leadership Fellow

APA Resident Fellow Member Platform

Trainee Work-Life Balance Resident Fellow Members are particularly susceptible to stress and burnout given the need to balance academic, clinical, and personal life demands during training. A study using the Maslach burnout inventory ( Martini et Al 2004) revealed a 40% burnout rate for Psychiatry residents. In a 2015 ACGME survey on burnout the number of residents that responded yes … Continue ReadingAPA Resident Fellow Member Platform

Workshop for African American faith leaders

I hosted a workshop for African American faith leaders. The workshop, which promotes minority mental health in Wichita, included a review of mental illnesses, resource materials, discussions and the opportunity to participate in research I’m conducting to understand how African Americans seek mental health treatment. Attendees had the opportunity to share experiences with other clergy on how to counsel and … Continue ReadingWorkshop for African American faith leaders

Humble Beginnings

I am a Bilingual and Biracial American, who grew up in the Caribbean and attended medical school in Cuba. I am fortunate through this experience to have the sensitivity to an individual’s race, language, and culture which has empowered me to provide culturally appropriate mental health services to diverse and under-served population in both English and Spanish

Community Service

I’m grateful to have been selected to represent the residents of the Kansas Psychiatry Society since 2016, a role in which I continue to grow as a colleague and advocate. In addition, I have supported the local and national mental health communities with roles in the National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI) and American Psychiatric Association (APA)

Growing into a future leader

With my participation in the APA Diversity Leadership Fellowship, mentorship from the National Minority Mentor’s Network as well as the APA workshops and training, I’m developing the leadership and organization skills necessary to become a future leader in psychiatry.  Here are some of my accomplishments and credentials Postdoctoral Training PGY3 Resident, Psychiatry, University of Kansas, School of Medicine-Wichita, Wichita Kansas … Continue ReadingGrowing into a future leader