One of the many lessons associate professor of psychiatry and pediatrics Myo Thwin Myint, MD, teaches his residents and fellows is the importance of making changes through advocacy. One way to improve patient care, Myint says, is by partnering with academic and professional societies, which have the power to make broad changes across the system. A longtime member of the American Psychiatric Association (APA), Myint has recently been recognized as a Distinguished Fellow by the organization.
Distinguished Fellowship is awarded to outstanding psychiatrists who have made significant contributions to the psychiatric profession in at least five of the following areas: administration, teaching, scientific and scholarly publications, volunteering in mental health and medical activities of social significance, community involvement, as well as for clinical excellence. Distinguished Fellow is the highest membership honor the APA bestows upon members.
Myint came to Tulane University School of Medicine in 2008 for his integrated triple board residency. He joined the faculty in 2013. Myint now serves as training director of the Triple Board Residency and Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship Programs. His interests include medical education, LGBTQ+ health and advocacy. His clinical work includes working with sexual and gender minorities, and supervising fellows, residents, and medical students in various clinical settings across the greater New Orleans area through partnership with Children’s Hospital New Orleans.
“One of the things that we model here is a system of care and making sure we are trying to help the system to grow to better take care of our patients,” said Myint. “This recognition by the APA highlights the importance of participating with our colleagues and thinking broadly to improve care for children all around the world.”