Medical Student Committee

Pallavi Joshi


_MOR7833 (1)Pallavi (PJ) Joshi graduated with a Bachelor’s in Psychology from Boston University in 2008, where she completed an honors thesis in visual cognition in individuals with Alzheimer’s Disease. She then worked as a Psychometrician for Alzheimer’s Disease clinical trials before completing a Master’s in Psychology at Boston University, where she investigated the structural and functional measures of visuospatial biases in Parkinson’s Disease. PJ worked as a Clinical Research Coordinator at Brigham and Women’s Hospital before starting medical school at Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, CA, where she is currently a 4th year medical student. PJ also serves as the PsychSIGN National Chair. Her interests include Geriatric Psychiatry and medical student education and wellness. Her interests outside Psychiatry include cooking, baking, singing, traveling and cats.

Mission statement
The mission of the medical student committee is to provide resources for students interested in leadership and to introduce medical students to the administrative aspects of psychiatry. We connect students across the country to their peers, to psychiatry residents, and to practicing psychiatrists in administrative positions. We provide mentoring opportunities, resources for your career, and ideas for expanding your leadership group.

Dr. Manish Sapra


Manish Sapra Dr. Sapra serves as the Associate Chief of Clinical Services, Network Hospitals and Affiliates, at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic (WPIC) of UPMC. He is responsible for oversight of WPIC’s physician management, physician liaison, and business development efforts at network hospitals within UPMC and affiliated community-based behavioral health programs. He also serves as the Senior Director of Community and Public Service Psychiatry at WPIC. In addition to these roles, Dr. Sapra is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh, and actively engaged in educational and training programs in the Department.  He has administrative oversight over the Community Psychiatry Fellowship programs and also serves as the Co-Director of Rural Public Psychiatry Fellowship program. Dr. Sapra’s teaching activities include directing the course on community psychiatry education.

Dr. Sapra graduated from Seth G. S. Medical College, University of Mumbai, and completed his residency in psychiatry at St. Elizabeth Medical Center in Boston. He also earned a Masters in Medical Management Degree from Carnegie Mellon University.  Prior to joining UPMC, Dr. Sapra held appointments as Chair of Psychiatry at Day Kimball Healthcare in Connecticut, Medical Director for the Clearfield-Jefferson Community Mental Health Center, and as Medical Director for Adult Services at DuBois Regional Medical Center. Throughout his career, Dr. Sapra has also has collaborated on clinical research initiatives.

Mission statement:

In the ever changing world of Healthcare Delivery there remains a great need for skilled physician leaders. Unfortunately most Residency Training Programs in Psychiatry give limited guidance and education on leadership issues. Our Committee focuses on creating a peer group of trainees and early career psychiatrists and provides an avenue for seeking guidance and mentoring from the leaders in the field.  The committee will work on creating educational programs and providing peer support to future leaders of our field.