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

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:

  • 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: 45 hours per week
  • Inpatient Pediatrics: 65 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: 5 weekday evening call shifts per month with PGY-2 senior.  Weekends and holidays are protected.

Second Year

Katie Steen, MD

Katie Steen, MD
Second Year Resident

Education

Undergraduate: I got my undergraduate degree in anthropology at the University of Iowa. I had to go back to school to get my premed classes done - I ended up going to an organized premed program at Scripps College in southern California
Medical School: University of Minnesota

Why University of Minnesota Psychiatry?

As a medical student, I did a rotation here and was so impressed with the other residents - they were kind, smart, and, most importantly, happy. My husband and I both grew up in the Twin Cities, and we couldn't imagine living anywhere else.

Career Goals

Not sure yet. I've really liked many of the subspecialties that I've rotated through, especially addiction and geriatrics. I've also really enjoyed teaching, so I'd like to figure out a way to incorporate that into my career.

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

Average workweek:

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

Overnight 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 residents.

Third Year

Lindsay Merriman, MD

Lindsay Merriman, MD
Third Year Resident

Education

Undergraduate: Loyola University Chicago, B.S. Biology with minor in Political Science 

Medical School: New York Medical College

Why University of Minnesota Psychiatry?

I had a sense of being "at home" with co residents that are curious, motivated and happy. Faculty are excited to work with you to define your career goals and to provide the most excellent patient care. There are experts across a variety of domains at your finger tips and a community that values learning and professional development as well as personal growth. 

Career Goals

I plan to complete the child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship. I have a special interest in trauma as well as first episode psychosis. During my fellowship I plan to do additional training through our first episode psychosis program. 

Clinical Rotations:

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

Typical Clinic Day:

8:00AM-11:00AM – see patients
11:00AM-12:00PM – protected administrative time
1:00PM-4:00PM – see patients

New patients (1.5 hour intakes)
Established patients (new to resident – 60 minute appt.)
Follow-up patients (30 min appt.)

*Clinic time is also blocked for attending clinic meetings, for group therapies, and for meeting with supervisors.

Average workweek:

40-50 hours

Overnight Duties:

None required by the residency program.

Fourth Year

Vince Vallera, MD

Vince Vallera, MD
Fourth Year Resident

Education

Undergraduate: UW-Madison - Double major in Neurobiology and Psychology

Medical School: University of Minnesota 

Why University of Minnesota Psychiatry?

The faculty that I worked with as a med student were absolutely exceptional, the residents seemed very happy and engaged, and they gave me some of the best learning opportunities that I had in medical school.

Career Goals

I will be doing outpatient adult psychiatry, with a specialized interest in integrated care. I want to do the most good for the largest number of people by working with primary care providers to provide psychiatric care on the front lines of mental health, which is out in the community.

Clinical Rotations:

  • Chemical Dependency Psychiatry (ARS clinic)
  • Time Limited Dynamic Psychotherapy Seminar
  • VA Sleep Medicine Clinic
  • UMMC Resident Psychiatry Clinic
  • VA Internal Medicine Residency Clinic
  • Fairview Primary Care Integration Clinic
  • Smiley’s Family Medicine Clinic
  • Phalen and Bethesda Family Medicine Clinics for integrated care

Average workweek:

40-50 hours

Overnight Duties:

None required by the residency program. However, I moonlight an average of two overnights per month.