Bajamundi-Plyler selected as November Fellow of the Month

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Geriatric psychiatry fellow Clare Bajamundi-Plyler, D.O., has been named November Fellow of the Month at the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, announced Paulette S. Wehner, M.D., vice dean for graduate medical education at the school.   

“Everyone who works with Dr. Bajamundi-Plyler is truly impressed with her clinical knowledge, teaching ability and compassionate patient care,” said Wehner. “Because of that compassion and exceptional attention to detail, her patients have a better quality of life.”

As the inaugural fellow for Marshall’s geriatric psychiatry program, Bajamundi-Plyler is receiving specialty training to manage pharmacotherapy and psychosocial interventions to treat patients with late-life mood and cognitive disorders. Geriatric fellows also develop an in-depth understanding of the family and environmental systems in which older patients live. The one-year fellowship is after completion of a four-year general psychiatry residency. 

“Dr. Bajamundi-Plyler’s attitude and diligence truly set her apart from other trainees and have contributed to many of the patients’ dramatic improvements,” said Suzanne Holroyd, M.D., fellowship program director and psychiatry department chair.

A native of Southern California, Bajamundi-Plyler received her undergraduate degree in microbiology, immunology and molecular genetics from the University of California Los Angeles.  Before medical school, she worked as a social worker for Thresholds, a mental health agency in Chicago. Bajamundi-Plyler received her doctor of osteopathy from Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine in Tennessee. 

She and her husband, Adam, and their two-year-old son, Arnold, have been happy to call Huntington home for the past five years while she completed a general psychiatry residency at Marshall. After completion of her geriatric psychiatry fellowship in June 2021, Bajamundi-Plyler plans to continue as a faculty member in the department of psychiatry. As part of her recognition, Bajamundi-Plyler received a plaque and designated parking spot.


Photo caption: Clare Bajamundi-Plyler, D.O., receives her resident of the month plaque from Suzanne Holroyd, M.D., fellowship program director and chair of the psychiatry department.

Date Posted: Thursday, November 19, 2020