As a lifelong academician and administrator, Dr. Vaidya has spent a considerable amount of time recognizing and cultivating talents of resident and faculty members and helping enhance their teaching and academic skills.
Dr. Vaidya began her career at Chicago Medical School as a psychiatry resident in 1984. During her tenure at CMS, Dr. Vaidya held various administrative positions: She served as chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences from 2003 to 2013 and interim chair of the Department of Neurology (2009). In the past, Dr. Vaidya has also held several educational positions within the department, including Director of Medical Student Education and Acting Director of Residency Training. Dr. Vaidya currently directs the psychiatry clerkship and is a major teacher in the Clinical Neuroscience course.
Nationally active in the field of education, Dr. Vaidya serves on the Executive Council of the Association of Directors of Medical Student Education in Psychiatry (ADMSEP) as their President Elect. As an ADMSEP Council Member, Dr. Vaidya has conducted several faculty development workshops for new clerkship directors. Dr. Vaidya also serves on the council of Alliance of Clinical Educators, a national group representing all the core clerkships. She is also a member of the NBME test committee for neurology and neurosciences. Dr. Vaidya has served as councilor of the Illinois Psychiatric Society and president of the Illinois chapter of the Indo-American Psychiatric Association.
Since 2011, Dr. Vaidya has been serving as the Assistant Chief Medical Executive for Research and Development at FHCC. In this role, she has tirelessly worked in bringing the research organizations of these two institutions closer and has expanded the FHCC research program. In addition, Dr. Vaidya was instrumental in starting the faculty development program at the FHCC and remains actively involved in the center's faculty and resident development.
Despite her extensive administrative and educational responsibilities, Dr. Vaidya has maintained her clinical practice. A distinguished fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, she is certified in the subspecialty of Behavioral Neurology and Neuropsychiatry by the United Council of Neurologic Subspecialties and runs a behavioral neurology/neuropsychiatry clinic at FHCC. She has published extensively on psychopathology and neuropsychiatric education. She has won several awards for teaching and clinical care of neuropsychiatric patients. She is a reviewer for several academic journals. Dr. Vaidya is the co-author of two textbooks, Psychiatry Rounds (Medmaster Publishing) and Descriptive Psychopathology (Cambridge University Press), and has authored several peer-reviewed articles and has given many invited presentations.