Department of Psychiatry

Penn Behavioral Health


Tuua Ruutiainen, MD, MBE

On a typical day, I wake up around 6 AM to eat breakfast and drink coffee in my Fitler Square apartment. My commute to 3535 Market Street and the VA, where I have my outpatient clinics is about 20 minutes by bus or 30 minutes on foot.

As third year psychiatry residents, each of us is in two GAP (General Ambulatory Practice) clinics, which focus on medication management. I am in the bipolar and treatment resident depression/anxiety GAPs (other options include neuro psych, geriatrics, and general). We each also see patients in a child psychiatry clinic, community clinic, and a VA addictions clinic. Each of these clinics is a half day.

Outside of the clinics, I currently see ~5 hours of psychotherapy patients per week. I have three psychotherapy supervisors (1 CBT and 2 psychodynamic), whom I meet with on a weekly basis. On Thursday afternoons, I go to residency didactics with my class. On Fridays mornings, we have Resident Assessment Clinic, where we take turns conducting observed intake interviews behind a one-way mirror. A group of our classmates and ~2-4 attendings watch our interviews and provide us with feedback.

I am also working on a bioethics paper through the Scattergood Program for Applied Ethics of Behavioral Healthcare, and participating in the American Psychoanalytic Association (APSAA) fellowship, which provides mentorship and funding to travel to two conferences.

Outside of work, I enjoy going to events at the art museum, exploring restaurants, and reading or picnicking by the river. I love spending time with the close friends I’ve made in the residency and through my time on other rotations (internal medicine & neurology).

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