The adult psychiatry training at the University of Minnesota is a traditional four-year program grounded in the medical identity of psychiatry and emphasizing the interplay of heredity and experience in producing mental disorders.
(L-R) Jennifer Janacek, Laura Pientka, Kayla Kranitz, Lora Wichser, Richelle Moen, Katharine Nelson
Year 1 is spent on inpatient units where Neurology and Primary care requirements are completed and general inpatient psychiatry training is begun.
- 6 months of inpatient Psychiatry
- 2 months of Neurology
- 2 months of Internal Medicine at the Minneapolis VA Health Care System
- 1 month of Pediatrics at University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital
- 1 month of Internal Medicine or Pediatrics at University of Minnesota Medical Center (UMMC)
Year 2 introduces specialty areas such as consultation-liaison, Child-Adolescent Psychiatry, Geropsychiatry and Addiction. With the night float call which includes emergency psychiatry. the majority of call is located at UMMC Riverside. One half day per week is spent in outpatient psychotherapy training.
Year 3 provides 12 months of continuous outpatient training as well as experiences in community mental health and group/family therapies with no call duties.
Year 4 activities are available at a variety of sites according to a resident’s interests with no call duties. Opportunities include the Child-Adolescent Fellowship and a variety of outpatient practice settings. A chief resident and Research opportunities are also offered.
Post-Residency Fellowships offered:
- Child and Adolescent
- Research (non-accredited)
Please visit the Policy and Procedure Manual link to learn more about our curriculum, including the didactic schedule and rotation goals and objectives.
While at The University of Minnesota Medical Center Riverside, residents have the opportunity to work on 5 different treatment teams in inpatient psychiatry during the first year of residency. Teams consist of an attending physician, 1-2 medical students, a case manager and a nurse. Each team manages up to 9 patients at a time. The five teams are called Blue, Green, Maroon, Gold, and psychiatry intensive care unit. The Blue and Green teams work primarily with patients suffering from a Psychotic Illness. The Maroon and Gold teams work primarily with patients suffering from mood disorders and chemical dependency. The intensive care unit serves patients with high acuity mental health issues.
While at the Minneapolis VA Health Care System residents work on Unit 1K during the inpatient psychiatry experience. VA teams, again, consist of an attending physician, 1-2 medical students, a case manager and rotating nurses. The team will manages 8 patients at a time.
During the Internal Medicine experience at the VA, residents work with an attending physician, a senior resident, an internal medicine intern, and a medical student. The team manages up to 10-16 patients with a variety of health issues. The University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital hosts Pediatrics. Residents serve on the General Pediatrics Team which consists of an attending physician, a senior resident, a pediatrics intern, and up to 2 medical students. The number of patients residents see daily depends on the season, generally ranging from 5-20
As a PGY1, residents receive $350 to be used to purchase general review books, technology to accommodate paperless resources or to be used for travel expenses. Residents also receive $100 each subsequent year to be used for travel expenses.
Medical and dental Insurance is provided through the Office of Student Health Benefits. For more information on our benefits please go to: www.shb.umn.edu where full details are provided on providers, costs, etc.
Parking is free for residents at the University of Minnesota Medical Center and the VA. Credit is placed on a meal card for when residents are on Psychiatry call at the U of MN and cash is provided for meals on call nights at the VA.
Program Faculty and Staff
Katharine J. Nelson, MD
Training Director, Psychiatry Residency
Richelle Moen, PhD
Assistant Program Director
Lora Wichser, MD
Associate Program Director
Laura Pientka, DO
Chief Resident 2017-2018
VA Training Programs Coordinator