The guiding vision for the UIC Department of Psychiatry is EXCELLENCE. We strive to be one of the best in the country, in the core components of academic medicine – research, teaching and patient care. These components are becoming increasingly inter-connected. The integration of preclinical research with clinical approaches and methods forms the conceptual basis of ‘translational science’ and its application to clinical medicine, including psychiatry. We seek to attract the brightest students into our training programs, and the best minds and most humane clinicians to our faculty. We strive to ameliorate illness and its impacts on individuals, families and communities while working towards the prevention of illness and disorder, and the development of future cures. It is a privilege to be a part of academic medicine and be able to concurrently serve the community, train the next generation, and generate new knowledge. Every day is special with such a focus. We are dedicated to that common sense of purpose and vision that brings us together as a community.