The University of New Mexico Department of Psychiatry was selected for the Victor J. Teichner Award from the American Association of Directors of Psychiatric Residency Training and The American Academy of Psychoanalysis and Dynamic Psychiatry. According to the award's website, "Each year, the organizations join forces and select one training program/department for the award. It is based on a demonstrated commitment to training in psychodynamic psychotherapy, and a description of the value for a visiting scholar. The award funds a three day visit from a list of scholars on the award roster." Supported by a grateful patient, this is the fifth year of the program.

"Psychodynamic psychotherapy provides an opportunity for patients to understand the obstacles created by their own personalities and situations and to begin to overcome them," said Dr. Jeff Katzman, Department of Psychiatry vice chair for education and academic affairs. "It can be an important tool."

"Historically opportunities for instruction in psychodynamic psychotherapy in New Mexico have been limited given our geographic isolation. The award is confirmation that our efforts to build bridges around the country, with leaders in the area, are paying off," Katzman said. "Receiving this award will, of course, benefit our department. Just as important, if not more, is that the people of New Mexico will benefit because many of the physicians we train stay right here in our state."

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