The Pennsylvania Psychiatric Leadership Council was established with initial funding from the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services for the purposes of establishing several Centers of Excellence in medical schools throughout the Commonwealth to train psychiatrists to work with people with psychiatric challenges who receive publicly funded services. The Council meets several times per year and addresses issues relevant to its mission and other topics which are of interest to the Public Mental Health System in Pennsylvania.

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PPLC Psychiatric Officer Ken Thompson on Finding a Psychiatrist

Recruiting and Retaining Unicorns: Finding Your Dream Psychiatrist
By  Kenneth Thompson, M.D.
Medical Director, Pennsylvania Psychiatric Leadership Council

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PPLC Psychiatric Officer Ken Thompson Featured on Penn Live | Patriot-News

Coping Today | Opinion
By Michael T. Flaherty and Kenneth S. Thompson

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Pennsylvanians Must Address Mental Health Challenges as the Pandemic Persists | Opinion
By Kenneth S. Thompson

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Board eligible/certified psychiatrist recruitment effort

The Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center Department of Psychiatry is currently recruiting board eligible/certified psychiatrists for inpatient and outpatient positions in both adult and child psychiatry.

We are a growing, vibrant department in a strong academic medical center.  We host specialty clinical and research programs, including research that crosses the translational spectrum.  Our educational programs include adult psychiatry residency, child fellowship, psychology internship, externship and post-doctoral fellows.  We have a strong collaboration with basic and clinical science in other neuroscience disciplines across several Penn State campuses.

With our clinical partner, the Pennsylvania Psychiatric Institute, the Department staffs several outpatient and partial hospital programs for children and adults, 89 inpatient beds, ECT and other neuromodulation services, specialty sleep and eating-disorders programs, and expanding psychiatric consultation and integrated care programs for Hershey Medical Center.

Successful candidates should have strong teaching as well as clinical skills and, optimally, potential for scientific and scholarly achievement. We offer an attractive compensation package commensurate with qualifications.  Tenure-track positions are possible.

For consideration, send your CV to:

Jenna Spangler, Physician Recruiter
Phone: 717-531-4271


Elisabeth J. Kunkel, MD
Professor, Department of Psychiatry
The Joyce D. Kales University Chair in Community Psychiatry
Chief Medical Officer
Pennsylvania Psychiatric Institute
Work 717-782-4796

Fellowship Opportunity

The University Of Pennsylvania Department Of Psychiatry through The Center of Excellence and Innovation in Public Psychiatry is now accepting applications for one- or two-year post residency fellowships for the 2018-2019 year. The fellowship was created as a cooperative program with community mental health partners and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania