Careers in Mental Health

Michael Duran, MD

Generic Information

  • Diagnose the presence, nature, and severity of mental illness through psychiatric and physical examination of patients and evaluation of test data
  • Prescribe medication and provide psychiatric treatment and therapy
  • Formulate treatment plans
  • As the interdisciplinary team lead, collaborate with other physicians, clinicians, nurses,
    therapists, and allied health professionals
  • Provide clinical leadership to interdisciplinary treatment teams
  • Degree in Medicine (M.D. or D.O.) from an accredited university.
  • Psychiatric residency from an accredited program
  • License to Practice Medicine issued by the State Board of Medical Examiners
  • Board Certification as required by position or specialization
  • Empathetic active listening skills
  • Clinical knowledge, skills, and abilities in working with persons with mental illness
  • Ability to function independently and as a part of a patient-centered interdisciplinary
    treatment team
  • Highly attentive to detail, confidentiality, and accuracy
  • Verbal and written communication skills
  • Private practice
  • Medical hospitals
  • Outpatient Clinics
  • Universities
  • Government and community agencies
  • Civil and criminal courts
  • Corrections facilities
  • Military facilities
  • Rehabilitation facilities


Psychiatrists are medical doctors (M.D. or D.O.) specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of mental illness. Following medical school at an accredited university, the psychiatrist completes a residency program in preparation for diagnosing and treating patients with symptoms of mental health illnesses.

Psychiatrists at the Oregon State Hospital utilize tools including, but not limited to, psychotherapy, psychosocial interventions, and/or medications to diagnose and treat patients with mental illness. Psychiatrists lead and oversee the patient-centered interdisciplinary care teams which include psychologists, nurses, social workers, and other mental health care professionals to provide individualized treatment plans which best suit each patient’s unique needs.

History at OSH

The psychiatry program at OSH was initially approved by the American Psychiatric Association in 1952, and reached full accreditation in 1960. At full accreditation, fourteen full-time medical residents participated in the three-year program.

In 1990 Oregon’s psychiatric training programs were consolidated and transferred to Oregon Health Sciences University. OHSU psychiatry residents now rotate through OSH for training in forensic and geriatric psychiatry.

For more information on the educational pathway to this and other healthcare careers follow this Link to the Educational Resource page.

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