Quarterly Newsletter: Spring 2018


Within the education mission of the University of Minnesota Department of Psychiatry, we are in the midst of an extremely joyful time of celebration and change. The Psychiatry Residency celebrated its 65th year and the Child and Adolescent Fellowship celebrated its 55th year. Along with the Addiction Medicine Fellowship, we celebrated the achievements of our graduates and honorees on June 22nd at the Science Museum of Minnesota.

We are overjoyed to welcome our new residents, fellows and psychology learners. We've been diligently providing intensive orientation at all levels to ensure our trainees are prepared to learn, teach, mentor, discover and provide exceptional clinical care. We will share photos, awardees, names of our graduates and new trainees in the later summer edition of this newsletter.

I am proud to say that throughout this work, we continue to innovate in education. Our psychology education faculty have developed a new teaching clinic which provides evidence-based care to children and and families (see program spotlight below). The Advanced Psychiatry Pathways & Longitudinal Experiences (APPLE) taskforce is crafting a vision for the psychiatry residency of the future. We are designing an innovative physician-scientist training track, meant to retain and develop highly trained and talented research-oriented students at the University of Minnesota (University of Minnesota Psychiatry Integrated Research Residency Experience; UMPIRRE). At the Association of Directors of Medical Student Education in Psychiatry (ADMSEP) annual meeting held in Minneapolis in June, our teams were awarded the two first place ribbons (one for faculty and one for residents) in the category of teaching innovation.

Beginning in April, I began in my quarter-time role as Associate Designated Official for Graduate Medical Education. My goal is to work to improve residency and fellowship training at the University of Minnesota in the areas of suicide awareness and prevention among trainees and faculty and other areas of faculty development and program support. The Medical School is conducting a search to replace Dr. John Andrews as the Designated Institutional Official and Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education.

We are honored to continue to produce exceptionally trained physicians and psychologists in the art and science of psychiatry and behavioral sciences across disciplines. I am grateful for each person who has joined us in this work towards this mission.

Tuesday, July 17th, 4-5:30pm

Philips-Wangensteen Building 11-157 (Surgery Conference Room)


Dr. Lora Wichser appointed as Psychiatry Clerkship Director

Dr. Wichser has been selected by the University of Minnesota Medical School to serve in the role of Psychiatry Clerkship Director. Dr. Wichser has served as the Site director for the University of Minnesota Medical Center and has played a central role in the continuous quality improvement of the clerkship training. This critical position is responsible for the psychiatric training of all UMN medical students receiving their required clinical training in psychiatry. Dr. Wichser is a participant in the Association for Academic Psychiatry Master Educator Program and will continue to serve as Associate Residency Director.

Dr. Jonathan Homans appointed as Human Behavior Course Director

Dr. Homans has been selected by the University of Minnesota Medical School to serve in the role of Course Director for the first-year medical school course "Human Behavior". Dr. Homans has created and implemented new curriculum based on active-learning approaches and adult learning theory. Dr. Homans is a participant in the Association for Academic Psychiatry Master Educator Program and will continue to serve as Associate Child and Adolescent Fellowship Director.

Welcome, Michael Boland!

Michael Boland, a longtime UMN staff member and friend of our Department, with prior experience as a residency administrator, expertise in program development and residency management software, has accepted the position of residency administrator. You will see Michael around the Department very soon. I am certain his professional talents will be immediately obvious! We feel very fortunate to have hired such an exceptional person to serve as an administrative dyad partner with me in this critical role. Please join me in welcoming Michael!

Resident and Fellow Leadership

We are grateful to the following people for accepting the opportunities and responsibilities for serving in the role as resident/fellow leaders for the 2018/2019 academic year:

  • Katie Steen, Chief Resident
  • Anna Donoghue, Child and Adolescent Chief Fellow (Didactics and Teaching)
  • Lindsay Merriman, Child and Adolescent Chief Fellow (Administration and Wellbeing)
  • Raghu Gandhi, Child and Adolescent Chief Fellow (Didactics and Research)
  • Ozra Nobari, UMN GME Resident Leadership Council Representative
  • Glen Rebman, UMN GME Resident Leadership Council Representative
  • Laura Sloan, UMN GME Resident Leadership Council Representative

National and Local Presentations in Education Research

Association for Directors of Medical Student Education in Psychiatry

Self-Guided Online Mindfulness Course During Psychiatry Clerkship: Investigating Impact on Medical Student Burnout & Wellbeing, Metzger S & Zylowska L.

University of Minnesota Best Practices Day: The Science of Learning

American Association of Directors of Psychiatry Residency Training


Teaching teachers the Interview Arc- a concise and elegant model for engaging learners in the patient interview, Nelson K, Wichser L, Homans J.

From PowerPoint to Milestone Toolkit: Three Easy Steps to a “Mini” Model Curriculum, Nelson K & Hobbs J.

Improving psychotherapy supervision using the A-MAP and the AADPRT Empathy Toolbox, Crocker E & Moen R.

Poster abstracts

A Problem Based Learning Approach to Teaching Landmark Studies in a Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Training Program, Anjum A, Steingraeber C, Garber C.

A Resident-Led Curriculum Addressing Physician Mistreatment, Pientka P, Elmaghraby R, LeRoux Smith D, Nobari O, Nelson K.

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Boot Camp: A clinical orientation for new fellows. Anjum A, Fahrenkamp T, Leroux Smith D.

Pursuing wellness: A dual curriculum for prevention and early detection of resident burnout Presenters Rana Elmaghraby, MD, University of Minnesota (Leader) Ozra Nobari, MD, University of Minnesota (Co-Leader) Katharine Nelson, MD, University of Minnesota (Co-Leader)

Administrator Development

Lifer Program Administrators University, How to Deal with People Who Are Difficult For You, Nelson K.

New Program Administrators University, Janacek J.

Peer-Reviewed Curricula

Wang J, Nelson B. Transcranial magnetic stimulation for treatment-resistant depression: an interactive self-learning module. MedEdPORTAL. 2018;14:10713.

Download the appendices for the materials (free), which are designed to be a self-directed module- no faculty expertise required to deliver this curriculum.


Dr. Lucien Gonzalez has been selected to receive the 2018 Distinguished Teaching Award, Year 4, by the University of Minnesota Medical School.

Dr. Kaz Nelson has been selected to receive the 2018 Distinguished Teaching Award, Year 2, by the University of Minnesota Medical School, the 2018 National Alliance on Mental Health 2018 Exemplary Psychiatrist of the Year and the Minnesota Psychiatric Society Psychiatrist of the Year 2018 Award.


  • Psychiatry Residency: The Advanced Psychiatry Pathways & Longitudinal Experiences (APPLE) taskforce is crafting a vision for the psychiatry residency of the future. We are designing an innovative physician-scientist training track, meant to retain and develop highly trained and talented research-oriented students at the University of Minnesota (University of Minnesota Psychiatry Integrated Research Residency Experience; UMPIRRE).
  • The Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship is introducing a new curriculum based on the award winning National Neuroscience Curriculum Initiative to expose the fellows to cutting edge research and facilitate new ways to learn. This includes hands-on exercises like building brain models with play-doh, creating brain pathways and relating how they change in illness.

  • Psychology Internship: The Psychology Internship is proud to see our interns graduate and transition to fellowship. Interns' placements for fellowship are as follows: Tosin Alabi to UMN Pediatric Neuropsychology; Eliza Alexander to UMN Psychiatry (with Drs. Vrieze and Zagoloff); Kate Bradbury to Oregon Health Sciences University (Peds Neuropsychology and Autism); Erin Edwards to the Ballard Clinic in Edina; Lorri Kais to Colorado Children's (Peds Neuropsych); Nick Seivert to Johns Hopkins (Pediatric Psych). Emma Ranum and Meghan Sanocki began their internship rotations in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry on July 2. Stephen Molitor and Cara Cordeaux will transition to our rotation in January 2019. We are all excited for the new training year!

  • Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship: The division of forensic psychiatry has maintained its robust academic record. Two residents: Dr. Rana Elmaghraby and Dr. Ben Otopalik have published legal digest cases under faculty supervision in the most recent issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law. Additionally, Dr. Gulrajani and Dr. Realmuto have authored a piece on Legislative Advocacy training in residency programs. The program is now accepting applications for the fellowship year commencing July 1, 2019. Program eligibility and instructions for application are available here.

  • 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. For more information about the fellowship, please contact David Atkinson, MD, at or check out our website here.

PROGRAM SPOTLIGHT: New Clinical Partnership with the Institute for Translational Research (ITR)

The Department of Psychiatry is scheduled to open the new Behavioral Health Clinic for Families in partnership with the Institute for Translation Research in Children's Mental Health. It is scheduled to open July 2 2018 and services will be delivered by 17 mental health trainees in graduate programs from the University (Clinical Science and Psychopathology Research, Institute for Child Development, Counseling Psychology, School Psychology). The clinic will have an emphasis on evidence-based treatments for youths. Services will be staffed by Drs. Katie Lingras, Emily Pisetsky, Kristina Reigstad, Danielle Vrieze, and Sasha Zagoloff. The clinic is located at 1100 S. Washington Avenue (near Izzy's ice cream!) - parking will be free for clients and public transportation is easily accessible (light rail, busses). Treatment will continue to be coordinated with providers operating out of the Riverside Clinic location with plans for medication management to be available at ITR in 2019. For any questions related to this project, please contact Dr. Zagoloff (

Thank you, Jennifer Janacek, for 13 years of service!

After 13 exceptional years of service to the education mission of the UMN Department of Psychiatry (which earned her the UMN Graduate Medical Education Coordinator of the Year Award and national prominence among her peers), Jennifer Janacek has transitioned to a new position in continued service of psychiatric education with our friends and colleagues at the Hennepin/Regions Psychiatry Residency Program.


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

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

Association for Academic Psychiatry (AAP)

2018 Annual Meeting

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

September 5-8, 2018

Abstract Submission has closed.

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.

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

Click Here to Submit Your Abstract Online

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 Psychiatric Association (APA)

2019 Annual Meeting

San Francisco, CA

May 18-22, 2019

Abstract submission has not opened yet.

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.

The Mind Deconstructed Podcast will be at the State Fair! Visit us at the National Alliance on Mental Illness stage from 8:00am to 10:15am on Monday September 27th.

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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