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The name of this website says it all–it provides information and tips for mental health professionals that is a) simple and clear, and b) practical. I started this website because I have found simple and practical education in mental health to be quite uncommon.
Helping persons with painful and disabling mental health problems is not a hobby for us. We are professionals dealing with some pretty serious problems. The purpose of medical education is not entertainment.
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About Dr. Mago
Rajnish Mago, MD is the founder and editor-in-chief of simpleandpractical.com, a website that helps mental health clinicians to become expert psychopharmacologists. He is a clinical professor of psychiatry at SUNY Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, NY, and a clinical assistant professor of psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, where he is the director of the psychopharmacology curriculum. Dr. Mago was previously a professor of psychiatry and director of the mood disorders program at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, PA.
Dr. Mago is equally a clinician, researcher, and educator, with each of these areas informing the others.
As a clinician, he provides specialized consultation as well as ongoing care to patients with mood disorders, anxiety disorders, and ADHD.
As a researcher and academic, he has done studies on tools for identifying and assessing symptoms that may be adverse effects, on the treatment of side effects like antidepressant-induced excessive sweating, and on the use of genetic testing to predict who may be more likely to have adverse effects.
As an educator, his practical guides in psychopharmacology are helping thousands of mental health clinicians in over 70 countries. At the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA, he designed and leads a four-year psychopharmacology curriculum for psychiatry residents. He is also actively involved in continuing medical education in his capacity as chair of the education committees for both the Pennsylvania Psychiatric Society and the Philadelphia Psychiatric Society. Dr. Mago is also an associate editor of the periodical Current Psychiatry.
Dr. Mago has been widely recognized for being an exceptional teacher and has received many awards for his teaching. These include the APA’s Nancy C.A. Roeske MD Certificate of Recognition for Excellence in Medical Student Education (2010) and the Irma Bland Award for Excellence in Teaching Residents (2011); the Philadelphia Psychiatric Society’s Daniel Blain Award (2011), the Robert Waelder Award for teaching from the graduating residents (Class of 2012) at Thomas Jefferson University; the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Education at Jefferson Medical College (2013); and the Philadelphia Psychiatric Society’s award for being the Psychiatric Educator of the Year (2014).
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My name is Dr. Rajnish Mago. Since Rajnish is hard for many people to say, I just ask everybody to call me “Raj”. I’m a psychiatrist in the Greater Philadelphia area in Pennsylvania, USA.
I decided in 11th grade to become a psychiatrist (Yes, that is true!). After medical school in India, I did an internship and residency in psychiatry, then worked for two years before coming to the US in 1995. Here, I had to do another residency in psychiatry for four years and was very fortunate to be able to do it at one of the best residency programs in the US.
But, despite so many years of training in medical school and residency, like all of you, I had to learn a lot after the training was over and I continue to learn almost every day. In the School of Hard Knocks and by reading the Journal of Real Life Clinical Experience. 🙂 I think the fact that I have done clinical practice, research, and education equally has helped me in honing my skills and developing expertise. I am fortunate to be able to help persons in mental health problems, many of whom have not benefitted from extensive treatment elsewhere and some of whom travel from other states in the US (and a couple of other countries) to get a consultation with me.
When I give lectures or conduct workshops, on several occasions, clinicians in the audience have said to me: “We love your teaching because it is so simple and practical.” So when I launched my website, I knew what I had to call it: simpleandpractical.com!
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