Waguih William Ishak, MD is Director of the Psychiatry Residency Training Program and Interim Medical Director of Outpatient Psychiatry Services at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where he also oversees the psychiatry clerkship for third year medical students. Dr. IsHak has lectured and published on clinical and research areas, which include outcome measurement in psychiatry, quality of life in mood disorders, sexual disorders in men and women, emergency psychiatry, short-term dynamic psychiatry and computer applications in psychiatry.

From A Week in Practice

Where did you complete your training?
Medical school at Cairo University Faculty of Medicine. Psychiatry residency at NYU SOM and Bellevue Hospital Center. Fellowship in Academic and Administrative Psychiatry at NYU

In what setting do you practice & what are the most common diagnoses you encounter?
Private Academic Hospital with residency program and medical student rotations. Major Depression, Sexual Disorders

How are you compensated for your services?
Salaried by the hospital

What advice do you have for medical students considering a career in psychiatry?

  1. Do more than one psychiatry rotation.
  2. Do an outpatient psychiatry rotation.
  3. Get involved in a research/ publishing/presentation project.
  4. Seek faculty and resident advisors in the field.
  5. Read and know the fundamentals: DSM diagnostic criteria, APA Practice Guidelines (executive summaries of major disorders), commonly prescribed Meds (dozing, common and serious side effects), and commonly used therapies (Supportive, CBT, psychodynamic, DBT, and group psychotherapy).