Event Title: Global Psych Dinner:Dr. Pragyan Sharma: "Mental Health Care in Nepal: Current Situation and Challenges"
Location: Boston Medical Center, Evans Seminar Room, 72 East Concord Street, E112A
Description: Dr. Pragyan Sharma is a resident at Boston Medical Center
and former observer at the MGH Division of Psychiatry.
Dr. Sharma a medical graduate from Nepal who decided to
take up psychiatry, which itself is a challenging task. Mental
health care facilities in Nepal are of poor quality, particularly
in the rural areas. Despite that, it is still beyond the means
of most Nepalese. Provision of mental health care services
is constrained by inadequate government funding. The poor
and excluded have limited access to basic health care due
to its high costs and low availability. The demand for health
services is further lowered by the lack of health education.
The mere satisfaction of entering a residency program was
not enough for Dr. Sharma; his highest ambition was to go
to an excellent hospital to further my training.
Dr. Sharma decided to move to Boston after finishing his
clinical skills examination in 2015. He spent a month as an
observer at McLean Hospital and then was introduced to
the MGH Division of Global Psychiatry and Schizophrenia
Clinical and Research Program. He started as a visiting
observer in the Division of Global Psychiatry learning about
the global burden of mental health in developing countries
and was then accepted to a research position in the
Schizophrenia Clinical and Research Program. During this
time, he studied the use of long-acting injectable
medications in schizophrenia patients.
Dr. Sharma joined Boston University/Boston Medical Center
in 2016. As a young physician at the formative stage of his
career, he aspires to practice medicine in a way that not
only treats or manages symptoms, but with an approach
that aims to create a better quality of life and alleviates the
deep anguish many people suffer from. He wants to learn
to combine psychotherapy, psychotropic medications, and
psychosocial approaches that can help create a sound
footing for his life’s work.