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The goal of our training programs is to impart the knowledge, skills and attitudes required of a physician to sensitively meet the needs of our patients and the various disciplines we serve.

Effective psychiatric practice requires a thorough grounding in both knowledge and clinical skills.  Learners are encouraged to critically examine contemporary assumptions about the causes of behavior, as well as our methods of diagnosis and treatment. The University of Minnesota offers an opportunity to study with a knowledgeable faculty dedicated to excellence in patient care and scholarship.

Recruitment for the 2021-2022 University of Minnesota Psychiatry Residency, Psychiatry Fellowships, and Psychology Internship will be Conducted Remotely. More information about the recruitment process will be coming in early Fall.

Antiracism Statement

The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences condemns racism, discrimination, and oppression in all forms. We affirm that racism and oppression are public health crises with serious mental health consequences for the communities we serve.

We commit to listen to and promote Black, Indigenous and people of color. We also commit to amplify their calls for change. We have work to do. We are part of a system that has allowed racial disparities in medical outcomes to persist for far too long. This June, each sector of our department will identify specific actionable goals that we will accomplish in the coming academic year (July 2020- July 2021).

Our work is guided by the following principles:

  • Amplify the voices of those most directly affected by racism and oppression to restore justice. Racism and oppression are not their responsibility to solve; the responsibility to dismantle racism falls on those who have benefited from it.
  • Ensure a just, equitable, and inclusive educational, clinical, and research environment. Our Diversity and Inclusion Committee’s mission statement and ongoing initiatives address diversity in all forms as the path to excellence in each of our mission areas.
  • Take all needed steps to identify and dismantle unjust and inequitable systems, as individuals and collectively. This includes systems of white supremacy, a political or socioeconomic system in which white people benefit from a structural advantage (privilege) over other ethnic groups, on both a collective and individual level, and other forms of oppression and discrimination within our medical school, our university, and society at large.

In line with these departmental principles, the UMN Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Education Council commits to the following actions:

  • Lead and engage in national conversations on racial justice and the dismantlement of systems of white supremacy in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences based on what we have learned by listening to Black, Indigenous, and people of color in Minnesota following the killing of George Floyd as a result of police brutality by former members of the Minneapolis Police Department. Additionally, we will author and post a statement naming George Floyd and summarizing these perspectives.
  • Affirm and broadcast our anti-racism statement and action steps on our websites, social media accounts, and other internal and external communications.
  • Implement the curriculum developed by the American Psychiatric Association Black Caucus, entitled, “Stress and Trauma Toolkit: for Treating Historically Marginalized Populations in a Changing Political and Social Environment” in Departmental graduate medical education programs.
  • Engage in proactive outreach, support, and mentorship of Black, Indigenous, and people of color, including current trainees, matched trainees and applicants engaged in the recruitment process.
  • Use the lens of diversity as a driving factor during recruitment and applicant ranking activities, utilizing best practices as outlined by the Department’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee.

Medical Students

The Department of Psychiatry offers courses, externships and other opportunities for current medical students.

Residency

The adult psychiatry training at the University of Minnesota is a traditional four-year program grounded in the medical identity of psychiatry and emphasizing the interplay of heredity and experience in producing mental disorders.

Fellowships

The Department of Psychiatry offers six fellowship programs:

  • Addiction Medicine
  • Addiction Psychiatry
  • Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
  • Forensic Psychiatry
  • Geriatrics Psychiatry
  • Neuromodulation Medicine

    

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Psychology Internship

The Department of Psychiatry, in collaboration with the Department of Pediatrics, offers a Pediatrics-Psychology Internship. A comprehensive description of this program is available on the Pediatrics website.

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Research Training

Our department offers postdoctoral research training in the form of T32 programs in substance use and eating disorders. We also offer a non-accredited post-residency research fellowship.