Ramanpreet Toor, MD attended medical school at Russian State Medical University in Moscow, Russia. Dr. Toor did her residency at Baystate Medical Center, Tufts University School of Medicine, and did the psychosomatic medicine fellowship at Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA), Harvard Medical School. During the fourth year of her residency, she worked in two primary care clinics as a psychiatric consultant following a co-located model. She was overloaded with patients and her schedule was quickly booked for months. She started a new resident consultation clinic in order to see more patients but still struggled with the same problem. While trying to figure out how to be more efficient she learned about collaborative care.
During her fellowship she worked in three primary care clinics as a psychiatric consultant following a co-located model and was part of a team that started collaborative care at CHA. Dr. Toor is now working as a psychiatric consultant at University of Washington Medical Center and in three primary care clinics where she practices the Collaborative Care Model. She is also doing telepsychiatry consultations for Capital Medical Center in Olympia. Her interests include women’s health, mood disorders, and learning more about collaborative care. She says that on difficult days, the thing that keeps her going is the satisfaction of knowing that she is helping people.
Five years from now Dr. Toor anticipates that collaborative care will be in every primary care clinic in Washington. She hopes that with time and experience primary care providers will feel more and more comfortable treating different behavioral health conditions.