Resident Life

Our residency program has been in existence for 64 years and consists of seven residents per class. Over the course of four years of training our residents gain valuable experience in a variety of clinical settings. The fourth year of training is almost entirely an opportunity for senior residents to pursue elective rotations in preparation for their practice of choice.

We invite you to explore a day in the life of a psychiatry resident!

First Year

Ryan Bonner, MD

Matthew Adams, MD
First Year Resident

Education

Undergraduate: Augsburg College - Sociology

Medical School: University of Minnesota Medical School

 

Why University of Minnesota Psychiatry?

As a rotating med student at the U, I was very impressed with the range of clinical opportunities I was provided. Residents had access to a diverse patient population with a wide range of psychopathologies, and the attendings and staff were invested in their student’s and resident’s learning. But most importantly, on my interview day, the residents seemed to be a cohesive, happy group of people who liked their jobs!

Career Goals

I have some degree of interest in most of the subspecialty fields, so I’m intentionally keeping an open mind at this early stage in my training. We plan to stay in Minnesota, and I see myself working in the community with a strong focus on clinical patient care.

Clinical Rotations:

  • University of Minnesota Inpatient Psychiatry (6 months)
  • University of Minnesota Amplatz Children’s Hospital Inpatient Pediatrics (1 month)
  • University of Minnesota Emergency Medicine (1 month)
  • VA Minneapolis Inpatient Psychiatry (1 month)
  • VA Minneapolis Neurology Consult Service (2 months)
  • VA Minneapolis Inpatient Medicine (2 months)

Average workweek:

  • Inpatient Psychiatry: 50 hours per week
  • Inpatient Pediatrics: 80 hours per week
  • Neurology Consults: 45 hours per week
  • Emergency Medicine: 40 hours per week
  • Inpatient Medicine: 50 hours per week

Night & Weekend Duties:

  • Inpatient Pediatrics: 6 days a week, no overnight duties
  • Inpatient Medicine: 1 weekend call shift per week, no overnight duties
  • Inpatient Neurology: Work one weekend day per month
  • EMMD: No overnight or weekends
  • Inpatient Psychiatry and EMMD: 6 weekday evening call shifts per month with PGY-2 senior.  Weekends and holidays are protected.

Second Year

Matthew Adams, MD

Matthew Adams, MD
First Year Resident

Education

Undergraduate: University of Minnesota - Genetics, Cell Biology, and Development 

Medical School: Penn State University College of Medicine

 

Why University of Minnesota Psychiatry?

I chose the University of Minnesota for residency because of the variety of different clinical opportunities offered as part of the program, the great range of pathology seen in our patient population, and all of the wonderful faculty and residents who work so hard to ensure that we provide the best possible care for our patients.

Career Goals

One of the things I love about psychiatry is the diversity of experience within the field. I'm currently thinking about forensics and child and adolescent psychiatry, but considering that I'm only an intern I wouldn't be at all surprised if that changed in the future!

Clinical Rotations:

Supportive Psychotherapy Clinic: Tuesday afternoon - psychotherapy from September to June

July - UMMC Child Inpatient Psychiatry
August – Gold Team – UMMC Inpatient Psychiatry
September - UMMC MICD/ECT
October - Nightfloat
November – VA Geropsychiatry
December – Dayfloat
January - Nightfloat
February - VA Consults
March - UMMC Child Inpatient Psychiatry
April - Nightfloat
May – UMMC – Psychiatric Intensive Care
June - Nightfloat
July – Dayfloat

Night & Weekend Duties:

12-16 weeks of night float throughout the year (5 nights on, 2 nights off). 6 hours in-house call per shift, shared amongst fellow resident. 

Average of 48-hour weekend call for non-night float residents per month while on UMMC inpatient services

Third Year

Katie Steen, MD

Katie Steen, MD
Third Year Resident

Education

Undergraduate:  University of Iowa- Anthropology

Medical School: University of Minnesota Medical School


Why University of Minnesota Psychiatry?

I chose Minnesota for several reasons. First, as a medical student at the University of Minnesota, I was so impressed by the residents I worked with in this program. They were smart, capable, personable, passionate, and HAPPY. Their excitement about the work they did was infectious, and I felt as though they drove each other to become better physicians. These were the colleagues that I wanted. I have not been disappointed in my colleagues! Second, Minnesota is my home. I grew up here and, despite several attempts to live elsewhere, I found myself drawn back. When considering where I would like to go for residency, I made a list of things I was looking for in any potential new home. It didn't take long to realize I was simply describing the Twin Cities!

Career Goals

I came into residency unsure of what my career would look like. I had the opportunity to explore many interests and target my interests through different clinical experiences and excellent mentors. I am now fairly certain I will be pursuing a fellowship in addiction psychiatry, in the hopes of splitting my time between clinical care and education leadership.

Clinical Rotations:

  • Resident Psychiatry Clinic
  • Child Anxiety Clinic
  • Group Therapy
  • Women’s Group
  • Family Therapy
  • CBT
  • Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
  • CUHCC Clinic

Average workweek:

40-50 hours.

Overnight Duties:

None required by the residency program.

Fourth Year

Carly Dirlam, MD

Carly Dirlam, MD
Fourth Year Resident

Education

Undergraduate: St. Olaf College - Majored in Spanish

Medical School: University of Minnesota Medical School, Duluth and Twin Cities

 

Why University of Minnesota Psychiatry?

I rotated as a medical student with the department and felt a good connection with the residents. The residents were welcoming, willing to teach, and seemed happy. I was also impressed by the attendings I worked with as a medical student and how they were willing to teach.

Career Goals

I will be working in an outpatient setting seeing adults.

Clinical Rotations:

  • VA Internal Medicine Clinic (as a Psych consultant)
  • DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy) at the U of M
  • UMMC Resident Psychiatry Clinic
  • 1 month on Station 12 (Inpatient Psych High Acuity Unit)
  • Smiley’s Family Medicine Clinic (Integrated Care)
  • Substance Use Disorders with Dr. Gonzalez

Average workweek:

40-50 hours

Overnight Duties:

None required by the residency program. However, I moonlight 2-3 overnights per month.