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Pendulum, a psychiatry residents’ magazine

Pendulum, a new psychiatry residents’ magazine founded by psychiatrists at the University of Pennsylvania, is accepting submissions from the public. See the announcement below for more information.

Psychiatry is rapidly changing, at Penn and everywhere. Psychiatry has always been changing. Pendulum will give voice to the perspectives of residents and care providers on practicing within an ever-evolving system, providing a space for emotional, intellectual, and creative reflection. It will examine on how psychiatry interfaces with arts & culture, philosophy, world events, economics, law, and politics, and how neurobiological advances and healthcare systems reorganization are rapidly changing the practice of psychiatry.

The history of psychiatry is characterized by dramatic shifts in practice as the “pendulum” of thought swings in opposing directions; i.e. between neurobiology and psychodynamics. With the current trend towards ultra-specialization, we risk focusing on molecules, technology, and data while ignoring creativity, emotion, and shared experience. Pendulum will provide a space for providers, students, researchers, and patients to share perspectives that connect individual experiences and generate ideas.

Pendulum will highlight our department’s intellectual and creative happenings and foster communication and collaboration. It will create a space for the conscious exploration and affirmation of psychiatry’s unique identity within Penn, medicine, and culture.

SECTIONS:

Profiles of mental health professionals, trainees, and researchers. This will highlight our department’s intellectual happening and foster community-building and intra and inter-departmental collaboration.

First person narratives from patients and providers to allow for a space of personal reflection with the aim of decreasing isolation and increasing morale and camaraderie.

Editorials reflecting connection of mental health to the current happenings in politics, economics, intellectual trends, and public discourse.  Specific sections will include:

  • Chemical Soup: a section focusing on neuroscience and ordinary life
  • Analyst at Large: a psychoanalytic perspective on current events
  • Thinker Toys: a cognitive science view of life

Creative writing including fiction, creative-nonfiction, poetry, humor, visual art to foster artistic, creative, and non-verbal expression

SUBMIT:

Send submissions to PennPendulum@gmail.com

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