Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Medical Student Education
Becoming a Doctor Curriculum, Emory University School of Medicine
Chief Medical Officer
Phone: 404-315-8333 ext 5968
Dr. Ray Kotwicki feels passionate about linking excellent clinical care with medical student education. As the Director of Medical Student Education for the Department, he focuses on helping trainees cultivate not only proficiency in delivery of mental health and primary care medical services, but also medical professionalism. In partnership with Dr. Lisa Bernstein from the Department of Internal Medicine, Dr. Kotwicki co-directs Emory School of Medicine's "Becoming A Doctor" curriculum, a four-year longitudinal program designed to train medical students in the highest standards of clinical skills, professionalism, ethics, and medical professionals' roles and responsibilities within society. Dr. Kotwicki received the prestigious Dean's "Golden Apple" Teaching Award in 2010.
In addition to his responsibilities in education, Dr. Kotwicki serves as Chief Medical Officer of Skyland Trail, a private, non-profit community treatment facility recently awarded the American Psychiatric Association's Gold Award. Skyland Trail's mission is to inspire people with mental illness to thrive through a holistic program of evidence-based psychiatric treatment, integrated medical care, research, and education. Services offered at Skyland Trail include residential treatment, partial hospitalization, intensive out-patient care, and community-based health navigation support, based on patients' individualized recovery plan and needs. Emory's medical students beginning their psychiatry clerkships orient at Skyland Trail, and several remain at the program for the duration of their mental health training.
Dr. Kotwicki is past president of the Board of Positive Impact, Inc., a prevention and service delivery program for people infected with or affected by HIV / AIDS, and currently sits on the Board of Directors for Georgia Psychiatric Physicians' Association and Mental Health America of Georgia. He contributes to the Emory community in other ways as well, including roles within the Medical School's Admission Committee, Progress and Promotions Committee, and Executive Curriculum Committee. The National Alliance on Mental Illness honored Dr. Kotwicki's many contributions to training law-enforcement officers on crisis intervention techniques by naming him "Exemplary Psychiatrist in Georgia" in 2007.