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Resident Spotlight: Dr. Brittany Ranieri

July 03, 2024 10:10 AM By USF Health
Dr. Brittany Ranieri hails from the Chicago suburbs. She pursued her undergraduate studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, majoring in interdisciplinary health sciences with a concentration in health behavior change and a minor in chemistry. A 2022 graduate of Midwestern University-Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Ranieri always wanted to be a physician and harbored a childhood passion for the cardiovascular system, often spending free time solving life-size human anatomy puzzles and entertaining her family with a made-up comedy show 'My Patella and Me.' 

Psychiatry captured her interest due to a family history of substance use disorders. Watching her loved one go through the stages of behavioral change, multiple residential rehabilitation programs, and ultimately enter into a lifestyle of sobriety was eye-opening for her. During medical school, Dr. Ranieri received a grant to attend the Hazelden Betty Ford Summer Institute for Medical Students, where she shadowed addiction patients and families in residential treatment, solidifying her desire to pursue psychiatry residency. Her rotations in psychiatry during medical school deepened her fascination with the field. Additionally, she developed a keen interest in the hormonal fluctuations affecting mood throughout the reproductive life cycle. This interest led her to focus on reproductive psychiatry and women's mental health. Currently, Dr. Ranieri is part of a pioneering reproductive psychiatry track within the USF general psychiatry residency program, the first of its kind in Florida. This initiative includes a PGY3 resident clinic in the subspecialty, collaboration with the VA Reproductive Psychiatry National Consultation Service, and various scholarly activities. 

Dr. Ranieri was honored with the 2024 Tom and Donna Buchanan Grant Award at the Florida Psychiatric Society Spring Meeting. This year, eight residents were selected for this prestigious grant offered by the Florida Psychiatric Society Alliance. The mission of the Tom and Donna Buchanan Grant is to familiarize FPS Resident-Fellow Members with the goals, services, and programs of the Florida Psychiatric Society. Dr. Ranieri was motivated to apply for the grant by the encouragement of FPS members who advocate for resident and fellow member involvement. The grant enabled her to attend the FPS Spring Meeting without financial burden and will facilitate her deeper engagement with FPS as a resident member. Through FPS, Dr. Ranieri has cultivated valuable connections within the field of psychiatry, gaining access to exceptional mentors among Florida's prominent psychiatrists. 

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