Wayne State University

Aim Higher

School of Medicine


Gerald Shiener, MD
"Psychiatry as a specialty is most dependent on clinical skills. The ability to listen and to strive understand our patients is the essential tool psychiatrists use to parctice. Teaching interview skills, and teaching a stance of curiosity and interest in apteints as people is the challenge in psychiatric education today. Eliciting and sharing a life narrative creates a doctor-patient bond that lasts a lifetime. This forms the basis of psychiatric treatment and understanding. I had very good, patient teachers who shared their experiences with me as a trainee. I work to provide that kind of learning environment in my teaching andf relationship with residents and students."

Manuel Tancer, MD
"Psychiatry is endlessly fascinating. It is one of a few specialties in which getting to know a patient is an integral part of treatment. Patients are more than a series of symptoms. Where they live, who they live with, what their childhood was like are all important in establishing an alliance with the patient. While I am primarily a psychopharmacologist, I appreciate the importance of psychotherapy and motivational interviewing and use those modalities when a patient is not responding to treatment."


Ancuta Matei, MD
"As a psychiatrist who began my training at the Wayne State program, I have a special connection to this program and to teaching residents and medical students as they rotate through the inpatient psychiatric unit at the Detroit VA. My professional experience included a geriatric fellowship, outpatient private practice, as well as inpatient psychiatry. With all of these experiences, my teaching philosophy has been very much evidence-based, while still incorporating a large clinical component. Listening to the patient is a skill which develops during training, and I try to foster that development as I work with residents and medical students. Our diverse patient population and strong teaching faculty are strengths of the program."