Inclusion and Diversity

Penn’s Commitment

The Penn psychiatry residency welcomes applicants of all ethnicities, races, genders, gender identities, sexual orientations, historical traditions, ages, religions, disabilities, veteran status, and socioeconomic backgrounds. We are committed to recruiting and advancing talented individuals from groups historically underrepresented in medicine. 
In 2013, Dean Larry Jameson established the Office of Inclusion and Diversity to “strengthen the quality of education, produce innovative research, and support the delivery of high-quality, patient-centered care by fostering a vibrant, inclusive environment that fully embraces diversity.”  The health system and the residency have launched several programs and initiatives to support this goal. 
Maintaining the pipeline of competitive, driven UIM medical students, residents, and fellows who are educated and trained in our academic centers is one of the tenets of AMP. In order to do this, we make Recruitment one of our top priorities. Our Departments Chairs and Division Chiefs, as well as Program leaders have recognized the importance of reaching out to competitive UIM applicants. 

It is a pleasure to announce Dr. Clay Watson as Vice-Chairman for Inclusion, Diversity & Equity in the Department of Psychiatry!

Clay WatsonDr. Clarence (Clay) Watson, a Philadelphia native, is the Program Director of the Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship at the Perelman School of Medicine – University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Watson currently serves as Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry and chair of the Task Force to Develop an Anti-Racist Culture for Penn Psychiatry. Prior to his medical career, Dr. Watson graduated from Villanova University School of Law and practiced law as an attorney in Pennsylvania. He received his medical degree from Sidney Kimmel Medical College – Thomas Jefferson University and completed internship training in Internal Medicine and residency training in Psychiatry at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. He also completed fellowship training in Forensic Psychiatry at St. Vincent’s Hospital – New York Medical College in Manhattan. In addition to his work involving mental health and the legal system, Dr. Watson has had an ongoing interest in the impact of race within the criminal justice system and cultural aspects of forensic evaluations.  

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