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August 2017 Teacher Spotlight

Alison Trexler, MD,Alison Trexler, MD, Attending Psychiatrist

“As someone who has had the good fortune to come to psychiatry after initially training in General Surgery, I am acutely aware of the differences in training "culture" between specialties. I believe having this unique experience allows me to bring a different viewpoint to the way psychiatry is viewed and taught. The residents and medical students with whom I interact, often have preconceived notions of how psychiatrists think and problem-solve, and I am happy to provide another point-of-view. The field of psychiatry has traditionally lagged behind other, more procedure-based specialties, in terms of scientific evidence and breadth of medical therapy application. I believe this is reflective of the complexity of the disorders we treat, and how we have only begun to tap into the potential for discovery of the human brain. What an exciting time to be involved in psychiatric practice! Being able to teach medical students and residents is by far the most rewarding and fun part of my job and I feel so lucky to have the opportunity to play a role in their development as physicians".