UMN Psychiatry and Behavioral Sci. Newsletter: Summer 2018


As an important next step in our medical school's mission to advance the health and safety of our community, students, residents, fellows, faculty and staff shared their voices at the Medical School Forum on Suicide Prevention. I was honored to facilitate this event, with Dean Tolar and Dr. Rothenberger. This was a powerful opportunity to join together as a community and listen to one another. The 'call to action' from forum participants made clear that we will need to work together to shift the culture of medicine and medical training in the continued pursuit of excellence which promotes (rather than harms) the health of our medical school community.

We are enacting change at both the undergraduate and graduate medical education level. We are taking concrete steps in building the necessary infrastructure to more effectively support the needs of our students and trainees. I am grateful to the many people who have stepped forward to lend their perspectives and expertise throughout this building process.

Trainees and faculty within the UMN Department of Psychiatry are active participants in this discussion and process at multiple levels, lending expertise in the domain of mental health and wellness. In the coming months, we will be called upon to an even greater degree to be part of the evolving solution. What are your ideas on how to best promote a culture of health and wellness in education and healthcare delivery?

Psychiatry Graduation

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Resident & Fellow Graduate Recognition

  • Resident Teacher of the Year: Glen Rebman, DO
  • Adult Psychiatry Chief Resident: Laura Pientka, DO
  • Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Chief Fellows: Travis Fahrenkamp, MD;Derek LeRoux Smith, MD
  • Transferring from Adult Psychiatry Residency to Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship: Dane Jensen, MD

Teacher of the Year Recognition

  • Dr. Eric Brown Teacher of the Year: Christopher Erickson, MD
  • Adult Psychiatry Teacher of the Year for PGY1 (Vuchetich Award): Lora Wichser, MD
  • Adult Psychiatry Teacher of the Year for PGY2: David Atkinson, MD
  • Adult Psychiatry Teacher of the Year for PGY3: Deanna Bass, MD
  • Adult Psychiatry Teacher of the Year for PGY4: Lucien Gonzalez, MD
  • Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship Teacher of the Year for FL1: Sanjiv Kumra, MD
  • Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship Teacher of the Year for FL2: Anne Gearity, PhD
  • Addiction Medicine Fellowship Teacher of the Year: JoAn Laes, MD

NAMI Walks 2018: Team UMN Psychiatry!

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Please join me in congratulating Katie Steingraeber who won the Educational Outreach Program award for CAP residents.

The EOP provides the opportunity for child and adolescent psychiatry residents to receive a formal overview to the field of child and adolescent psychiatry, establish child and adolescent psychiatrists as mentors, and experience the AACAP's 65th Annual Meeting in Seattle, WA, October 22 – October 27, 2018. Participants will be exposed to the breadth and depth of the field of child and adolescent psychiatry, including research opportunities, access to mentors, and various networking opportunities. Participation in this program provides up to $1,000 for travel expenses to the AACAP Annual Meeting.


Please join me in congratulating Dr. Raghu Gandhi who won the AACAP " 2018 Systems of Care Special Program Clinical Projects” award. The award includes:

  • $1,000 (plus shared funds)
  • The opportunity to be part of a learning community focused on system-based practice for youth with AID
  • Receive mentoring from members of the Systems of Care and Autism and Intellectual Disability Committees
  • The chance to network with colleagues working in systems-based care for youth with AID.

Association for Academic Psychiatry 2018 Annual Meeting


  • Homans J, Wichser L & Nelson KJ. "The Interview Arc 2.0: A Model for Engaging Learners in the Patient Interview Through Both Virtual Self-Directed Training and Direct Coaching."


  • Elmaghraby R, Nobari O, Nelson KJ, Murray A. “Pursuing Wellbeing: A Duel Curriculum for Prevention and Early Detection of Resident Burnout.”
  • Rasimas JJ, Ahmed A. “Has the Whole World Gone Crazy?”
  • Merriman L, Homans J. “Learner-Driven Technology Use in Graduate Medical Education: A Review of the Literature and Results of a Qualitative Survey.”
  • Pientka L, Elmaghraby R, Nelson KJ. “The Right Direction: Empowering Trainees to Report Incidents of Maltreatment.”
  • Rebman G, Ozra N, Moen R. “The Art of the Interview.”
  • Nobari O, Elmaghraby R, Rebman G, Sherrell S, Wichser L. “Teaching Medical Students on the Inpatient Units: A Multi-Faceted Curriculum Led by Psychiatry Trainees.”

ACGME Back to Bedside

Congratulations to Peter Knight, DO and Tom Fewer, MD two of our PGY3 residents chosen as part of an invited group of ACGME Grant Recipient from across the country working to bring care "Back to Bedside".

National Leadership

Dr. Rana Elmaghraby attended the American Psychiatric Association Board of Trustees October 7, 2018 meeting as the Resident-Fellow Member Representative. Please see her report from the meeting at this link.

Herz Faculty Development Awards

Congradulations to Lora Wichser, MD for recieving the University of Minnesota's Herz Faculty Teaching Development Award. This award supports faculty activities designed to improve the quality of medical education by enhancing faculty teaching skills. Dr. Wichser was awarded $4,000 that she will use to improve faculty assessment of medical students.

Matt Adams: Chief Resident for Psychiatry Residency Program 2019-2020

I am delighted to announce that Dr. Matt Adams has accepted the role of Chief Resident of the Psychiatry Residency for the 2019-2020 academic year. As incoming chief resident, Matt will play an active role in recruitment this season and begin assuming planning responsibilities around the new year.

PROGRAM SPOTLIGHT: Psychiatry Residency

The Psychiatry Residency is aiming for strategic growth over the next few years in order to better meet the healthcare needs of our community. We have welcomed a new PGY4 resident, Dr. Scott Kunce, and two PGY1 residents, Dr. Richard Coffin and Dr. Benjamin Shapiro. These expansions were made possible through investments in graduate medical education from the Minneapolis Veterans Affairs Healthcare System. We are also exploring additional opportunities to expand training, such as applying for state and federal grants, and reaching out to current and future clinical training partners, including rural healthcare settings. Interest in psychiatry from medical students is growing nationally and locally and through these efforts we are striving to make room and support excellent training.


  • Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship: The Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship is currently conducting interviews for the 2019-2020 Fellowship Positions. On August 29th the Annual Child and Adolescent Faculty retreat was conducted. The Fellowship will be participating in the electronic version of milestones pilot project for C& A Division.

  • Psychology Internship: The Psychology Internship has gotten off to a great start! Meghan Clifford and Emma Erickson have transitioned smoothly into their clinical work and other activities. Emma will be a student facilitator for the Foundations of Interprofessional Communication and Collaboration course beginning later this month. Meghan has expanded upon past training by broadening her experiences with patients affected by trauma. Meghan will be transitioning to Pediatric Neuropsychology in January and Emma will switch to Pediatric Psychology at that time. Four other interns (Cara Cordeaux, Stephen Molitor, Tracy Vargo, and Erika Wesonga) are in Psychiatry on Tuesdays for didactics. Applications for next year's internship cohort are due on November 1. We will have two interview dates this year: Monday December 17 and Tuesday January 8. Eliza Alexander, PhD graduated from the internship this past June. She began her post-doctoral fellowship earlier this month. Dr. Alexander shares an office with the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellows in order to facilitate coordinated patient care and enhance interprofessional education more broadly.

  • Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship: We are currently recruiting a new Addiction Psychiatry Program Director as we prepare for Dr. McNairy's retirement.

  • Addiction Medicine Fellowship: Dr. Tina Stec and Dr. Alex Hubbell joined the fellowship this summer and are settling in. The Addiction Medicine Fellowship is working on completing the application for ACGME Accreditation.

  • Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship: The Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship is currently recruiting and interviewing candidates for the upcoming academic year. The fellowship recently took part in it's two-year accreditation visit. Thanks to all who worked to prepare from this visit from the ACGME!

  • Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship: The Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship Program is dedicated to meeting the needs of older patients and their families. The one year fellowship builds expertise in diagnosis and treatment of later-life psychiatric and cognitive disorders, with emphasis on a multidisciplinary team-based approach to care. Fellows work in a wide range of clinical settings, collaborating with geriatric medicine, neurology and palliative medicine. Our 2018-2019 fellows include Dr. Benjamin Braus, who graduated from Mayo Clinic Psychiatry Residency, and Dr. Laura Pientka, who graduated from University of Minnesota Psychiatry Residency. We are currently interested in applicants for the 2019-2020 academic year. For more information about the fellowship, please contact David Atkinson, MD, at or check out our website here.

Consult - Liaison Psychiatry Fellowship Institutional Sponsorship has been Transferred to Hennepin Health

HCMC has been approved by The ACGME to take over The Consult - Liaison Psychiatry Fellowship. J.J. Rasimas, MD, PhD, FAPM, has been appointed as the Program Director. This program will still have a strong collaboration with the U of M and VA, including some rotations.

Residency Alumni Relations

In the spirit of fostering a welcoming residency community, the residency program is in the midst of organizing an Alumni Association. Look forward to events and other opportunities to stay connected with fellow graduates of the residency program!

As the first initiative, we are making available for purchase personalized UMN logowear fleece jackets you may have seen on current residents. If you are interested in purchasing a personalized fleece jacket or If you are interested in donating funds to support the purchase of a jacket for our new residents, please contact Micheal Boland at

If you have any interest in being involved in organizing the alumni association, please contact current chief resident Katie Steen at

Thanks very much!



Save the Date! - October 18 - Diversity and Inclusion Retreat

The Diversity and Inclusion Committee will be holding the Inaugural Diversity and Inclusion Retreat on Thursday October 18 from 8:00-4:30. Join us for informative talks, breakout sessions, and reflection and planning for the future! Attendance at this important event is highly encouraged and all roles are welcome.

UMN Psychiatry Review

Psychiatry Review: The Challenges of Being a Mental Health Care Provider: Responding with Wisdom and Resilience

October 11-12, 2018

The Westin Edina Galleria

3201 Galleria, Edina, MN

Register Online

Click here for Agenda

The Psychiatry Review Conference is designed for psychiatrists and other physicians, nurses and nurse practitioners, psychologists, social workers, and other healthcare professionals who manage and treat patients. Following completion of this activity, learners should be better able to:

  • Identify treatment and outreach strategies for opioid and cannabis use disorders & discuss current research findings in the development of cannabis and opioid use disorders in youth
  • Describe the factors contributing to clinician burnout, and identify resources available to support provider wellbeing
  • Recognize personal and collective barriers to promoting diversity and inclusion in our practices, personal lives and in our communities
  • Describe a dimensional approach to characterizing individuals with personality-level dysfunction and new approaches to the treatment of borderline personality disorder

Minnesota Association of Geriatrics Inspired Clinicians (MAGIC) Annual Meeting

The Minnesota Association of Geriatrics Inspired Clinicians (MAGIC) annual meeting will be having their annual meeting on November 9th in Roseville. The objectives of the session are:

  • To describe organizations and community services available for seniors in Minnesota

  • To describe surprising case presentations in geriatrics.

  • To explain current best practice for managing challenging problems in geriatrics.

The deadline for poster and 15 minute plateform presentations has closed.

Note: Trainees are offered free attendance at the meeting. For more information about the conference, see:

Call for Posters - MPS Fall Conference - November 17, 2018

Poster Proposal Submission Site

All Submissions will be reviewed. The panel will determine which will be invited to participate in the November 17, 2018, MPS Fall Program poster session. Monetary prizes will be awarded to the top 3 from the Trainee category. Poster presenters will also be invited to attend the full conference at no charge. Deadline for proposals - October 15, 2018


American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP)

65th Annual Meeting

Seattle, Washington

October 22-27, 2018

Abstract Submissions have closed.


Online registration for the 65th Annual Meeting will open August 1, 2018 for AACAP members and August 8, 2018 for non-members. Be sure to register early to attend all your preferred events.

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American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law (AAPL)

49th Annual Meeting

Austin, Texas

October 25-28, 2018

Abstract Submissions have closed.

The American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law (AAPL, pronounced "apple") is an organization of psychiatrists dedicated to excellence in practice, teaching, and research in forensic psychiatry. Founded in 1969, AAPL currently has over 2,000 members in North America and around the world.

American Association of Directors of Psychiatry Residency Training (AADPRT)

2019 Annual Meeting

February 27 - March 2, 2019
Hilton San Diego Bayfront
San Diego, California


Membership renewal ~ 7/1/18 - 9/30/18
Awards submissions ~ 8/1/18 - 9/12/18
Awards notifications ~ 11/12/18
Abstract submissions ~ 9/14/18 - 10/31/18
Abstract notifications ~ 11/30/18
Annual Meeting registration opens ~ 12/4/18
Awardee travel plans due ~ 12/14/18
Late fee begins ~ 1/17/19
Room block closes ~ 1/26/19

American Psychiatric Association (APA)

2019 Annual Meeting

San Francisco, CA

May 18-22, 2019

New Research Poster submissions is open November 13, 2018 to December 13, 2018.

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

45th Annual Meeting

Westin Portland Harborview Hotel

Portland, Maine

June 20-22, 2019

Abstract Submission Deadline:

Thursday, November 15, 2018 at 11:59pm EST

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. We invite you to submit proposals on any topic relevant to medical student education in psychiatry.

Association for Academic Psychiatry (AAP)

2019 Annual Meeting

Boston, Massachusetts

September 4-7, 2019

Abstract Submission has not opened yet

The Association for Academic Psychiatry (AAP) focuses on education in psychiatry at every level from the beginning of medical school through lifelong learning for psychiatrists and other physicians. It seeks to help psychiatrists who are interested in careers in academic psychiatry develop the skills and knowledge in teaching, research, and career development required to succeed. AAP provides members a forum to exchange ideas on teaching techniques, curriculum, and other issues and to work together to solve problems. AAP works with other professional organizations with mutual interests and objectives through committee liaison and collaborative programs.

For anyone interested in accessing and sharing resources on mental health and wellness for the general public, check out my podcast, "The Mind Deconstructed". This free podcast provides basic information and demystification of concepts related to mental health and psychiatry. Hosted by my brother George, a county attorney in child protection and former US Marine, The Mind Deconstructed podcast is available wherever you get your podcasts (including iTunes, GooglePlay, Stitcher, FaceBook (@theminddeconstructed), or stream directly from this webpage).

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