Quarterly Newsletter: Summer 2017


Welcome to the first edition of our quarterly University of Minnesota psychiatry education newsletter. My intent is to save each of you time and energy by sharing announcements and celebrating accomplishments of our learners, staff, and faculty teachers. Here are some highlights to share:

  • This Academic year is the 65th anniversary of our Psychiatry Residency and 55th year of our Child & Adolescent Fellowship. We are proud to be serving our community through exceptionally trained psychiatrists.

  • On November 8th, Dr. Vinogradov has arranged for a day-long retreat on education to bring together our community of educators from across medical school affiliate sites, community based educators, and departmental faculty members in psychiatry. Our key-note speaker and educational consultant will be Dr. Erick Hung from UCSF. CLICK HERE TO PRE-REGISTER.

  • Our education office has created a main education calendar with open learning opportunities withing the department, including didactics and clinical 'round-tables' which may be of interest to you or other learners at any level. For example, Addiction Medicine roundtable will occur weekly over the noon hour hosted by Dr. Specker and these discussions are open to faculty, UMP staff, and learners interested in this topic. There are many other such opportunities! To access the Education Main Calendar follow these steps. Click here.

When people ask me how things are going, I love to reply, "The education mission in the Department of Psychiatry is alive and well!" If you are interested in opportunities within education, please contact me.


  • Psychiatry Residency: We are currently examining how to enhance the quality and integration of neuroscience curriculum being taught to the residents. This will be the topic of one of the afternoon workshops at the Education Retreat. We are also exploring strategies for improving faculty/resident collaboration in the completion of research and scholarly work. The Minneapolis VA Healthcare Center has welcomed a new faculty member with experience in addiction psychiatry. Resident orientation to all four years of training went very well (thanks to all who helped with this effort.)
  • Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship: Under the new leadership of Dr. Anjum and Dr. Homans, with assistance from the chief fellows, Lewis’s Child and Adolescent Psychiatry textbook will be used to provide a basic outline and foundation for our didactics. Linking lectures to a textbook serves as a launching point for learning by maintaining a common theme and framework throughout the year. Child faculty members will be responsible for sections and serve as expert discussants.

  • Forensic Psychiatry: The resident lectures were consolidated to one 12-week long lecture series beginning in the academic year 2017. Both fellows who graduated in 2017 (Dr. Ahmed and Dr. Kruse) have joined as new faculty with the division and have already started teaching residents and medical students. Department Faculty have been laying the groundwork for a new clinical elective for PGY2 residents in forensic psychiatry beginning the academic year 2018.

  • The Psychology Internship completed its site visit this past year to determine on-going accreditation status. The training committee has already received and responded to the feedback. The longest re-accreditation period would be for an additional ten years. This past year, though, a new evaluation system was implemented so we do not anticipate being accredited for ten years and are instead hoping it will be seven years until our next site visit.

Interested in our Training Program? Apply at our education page here.


The medical students rotating at all clerkship sites will be completing Case Reports or Case Challenges (depending on the nature of clinical cases encountered). This is a wonderful opportunity to engage with students and residents in scholarly work. Faculty, please consider serving as a mentor and supervisor for these students who may consider further developing their paper for submission. Please contact Kaz Nelson for a toolkit of resources to support this effort (including a list of publications which accept case reports, medico-legal and privacy considerations).

Please visit the following links to learn more:
  • Newsletter providing detailed updates for the University of Minnesota Medical School Psychiatry Clerkship. (ADPY 7500 Redesigned December 2016, February 2017, and March 2017 editions)
  • Biannual e-bulletin with opportunities for psychiatry interested medical students. (PsychSIGN Winter and Summer 2017 editions)
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If you would like to join our medical student lecture team, please contact Serena Sherrell at


The Addiction Medicine Fellowship Program received a "model program" status in 2011 as one of the first ten programs to be accredited by the American Board of Addiction Medicine. It has received grants from NIAAA, Conrad Hilton Foundation, and currently has a grant from the legislature to train more physicians in addiction medicine; essential in light of the opioid epidemic. It has been in existence since 1982 and trained over 50 physicians.



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Thank you for making our graduation in June a success!

Photo by Karin Lynn Photography


American Association of Directors of Psychiatry Residency Training (AADPRT)

47th Annual Meeting

New Orleans, LA

Wednesday, February 28 – Saturday, March 3, 2018

Abstract Deadline: November 9, 2017

Association for Academic Psychiatry (AAP)

2017 Annual Meeting

Denver, Colorado

September 6-9, 2017

Abstract submission is now closed.

American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP)

64th Annual Meeting

Washington, DC

October 23-28, 2017

Abstract submission is now closed.

American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law (AAPL)

48th Annual Meeting

Denver, Colorado

October 26-29, 2017

Abstract submission is now closed.

Association of Directors of Medical Student Education in Psychiatry (ADMSEP)

44th Annual Meeting

Hilton Minneapolis

Minneapolis, Minnesota

June 14-16, 2018

Abstract Submission Deadline: EST 11:59PM on 11/14/2017

The Association of Directors of Medical Student Education in Psychiatry (ADMSEP) is an organization for ALL educators and administrative staff dedicated to promoting excellence in behavioral sciences and psychiatric education for medical students.

Our very own Associate Dean of Undergraduate Medical Education, Bob Englander, MD, MPH will discuss his work in developing the Core Entrustable Professional Activities for Entering Residency. We invite you to submit proposals on any topic relevant to medical student education in psychiatry.

Dr. Eric Brown Memorial Resident/Fellow Fund

Click button to donate to the Dr. Eric Brown Memorial Resident/Fellow Fund


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