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 affirm the Joint Statement on Antiracism put forth by the Association for Academic Psychiatry that condemns the long history of structural racism in our institutions. As psychiatrists and educators, we pledge to take the lead in educating ourselves and others to address these issues head-on.
We commit to listen to and promote Black, Indigenous and People of Color. We also commit to amplify their calls for change. 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, as well as 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 and around the world.
Affirm and broadcast widely our anti-racism statement and action steps.
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 high-priority factor during recruitment and applicant ranking activities, utilizing best practices as outlined by the Department’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee and by the Medical School Office of Education.
The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Minnesota offers one fully integrated — Child & Adolescent Psychiatry — and four other fellowship programs.
Our Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (CAP) Fellowship is a developmentally focused, two-year, ACGME-accredited training program in the biological, psychotherapeutic, and socio-cultural interventions for psychiatric illness in youth. Psychiatry residents can apply after four years of general psychiatry residency, or alternatively on an accelerated timeline (Fast-track) to enter the CAP Fellowship after their third year of residency.
Forensic Psychiatry Fellows develop the skills, knowledge, and attitudes leading to proficiency in psychiatric expertise in legal matters; systems issues involved in mental health care delivery to forensic populations; and legal regulation of psychiatric practice.
The University of Minnesota Geropsychiatry Fellowship offers an ACGME accredited, one-year fellowship which emphasizes building expertise in diagnosis and treatment, integration with geriatric medicine and use of a multidisciplinary team approach to care.
The program consists of a 12-month clinical fellowship based in the transdisciplinary Neuromodulation section of the corresponding Clinical Department at the UMMS. It is comprised of clinical exposure, didactic sessions, teaching, and clinical, translational and basic science research. The Neuromodulation Fellowship will provide neuromodulation services for both outpatient and inpatient services at UMMC.