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Event Date: 2017-05-15       Event Time: 6pm - 7:30pm

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.

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