Clinical Psychology Training Program Anniversary
David Rea Award for Excellence in Training
David Rea, a charge nurse who worked at SFGH Psychiatric Emergency Services (PES), was killed at the age of 47 when he was hit by a truck after work on September 15, 2000. David Rea was an outstanding teacher who was particularly welcoming fellows and other trainees. David had a gift for connecting with patients - a powerful blend of humor, clarity, and compassion that helped trainees to see the human-ness underneath the constellation of presenting symptoms. He modeled how to interact respectfully with patients, and shared his wisdom about people, psychopathology, and helped make the extremely challenging environment of PES, a comfortable place for the fellows to learn. The loss of David reminds us of the importance of the contribution of the SFGH staff and clinical faculty to our training. The David Rea Award was created to honor the memory of a dedicated staff member while simultaneous advancing the training goals of this esteemed institution. It will also honor the contributions of staff and clinical faculty members who, like David, help make SFGH such an excellent training opportunity for the clinical psychology fellows. Attributes such as teaching abilities, support for training, and facilitation of work on the unit or clinic are highly valued during the selection process.
Nang Du, MD
Kevin Mack, MD