What is a psychiatrist

A Psychiatrist is a  Medical Doctor specializing in mental, emotional and behavioral illness who may prescribe medications and conduct or supervise psychotherapy.  Psychiatrists evaluate patients from multiple angles before diagnosing problems and prescribing treatment. In the United States, psychiatrists  can be board certified as specialists in their field. After completing four years of medical school, physicians will serve as psychiatry residents for four years. After completing their training, psychiatrists take written and oral board examinations, before becoming certified. Some psychiatrists practice without going through the board certification process.

In contrast, Psychology is the study of human behavior and thought processes without a medical degree. Clinical Psychologists specialize in mental health and have training in psychotherapy and psychological testing.

Prevesh Rustagi MD

Training: After completing basic medical training, and residency in psychiatry at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Dr. Rustagi served a fellowship in Child Psychiatry at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska followed by a Residency in Adult Psychiatry at the University Of Michigan Hospitals in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  In his last year of residency he was chosen to be the Chief Resident for Adult Psychiatry at the University Of Michigan Hospitals.

Teaching: Dr. Rustagi has been involved in teaching medical students at the Fort Wayne campus of Indiana University School of Medicine for over 25 years as a voluntary faculty member. He is presently a Clinical Associate Professor at the Indiana University School of Medicine. He also volunteers to host clinical rotations for M.D. medical students, osteopathic medical students and physician assistant students from various institutions.


Board Certification: Dr. Rustagi was certified in Psychiatry for life in 1988 by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology after completing both written examination and clinical examination requirements in first attempts.

Honors: During Residency Dr. Rustagi was nominated for Laughlin Fellowship of American College of Psychiatrists.

In 1994 Dr. Rustagi was given the Exemplary Psychiatrist Award by The National Alliance for the Mentally Ill “for exemplifying the kind of professional treatment and personal caring we strive to make available to all people who have severe mental illnesses.”

In 2011 Dr Rustagi was voted by his medical peers as a Top Doctor in Psychiatry