Resident Life

Our residency program has been in existence for 65 years and consists of seven residents per class. Over the course of four years of training our residents gain valuable experience in a variety of clinical settings. The fourth year of training is almost entirely an opportunity for senior residents to pursue elective rotations in preparation for their practice of choice.

  • Resident Life
  • Living in the Twin Cities
  • Things to do in MSP
  • Resident Life


    Resident wellbeing is a top administrative and educational priority for the University of Minnesota Psychiatry Residency Program, and as a program we have taken direct action to increase our resident’s connection to community and life outside of medicine. 

    Residents are encouraged to take time for routine doctor’s appointments and interns have weekly check-ins with the Chief Resident. During the first year of residency, residents take no overnight call and are not required to cover the inpatient units on holidays. Our Nightfloat call rotation was also recently changed from requiring residents to spend 12 hours in-house to a partial home-call system.  After PGY2 there is no call required in our program.

    Several residents each year chose to pursue parenthood and are fully supported by the residency program. Lactation spaces are available throughout UMN affiliated hospitals. Cost-of-living in Minneapolis is extremely affordable, and many residents chose to become home owners in residency as well. High quality child care is accessible and affordable.

    Outside of work residents can take advantage of planned activities through our Resident Social Committee including sporting game outings, game nights, and resident-led narrative writing workshops. A yearly retreat is held for resident feedback and social activities where residents are excused from all clinical duties for the day.

    Resident's are also very involved in social media advocacy. Several residents are involved in hosting bimonthly Twitter chats (@psychreschat) focusing on life in psychiatry residency.


    Residents catching a Twins game



    Holiday sweater party


    happy hour

    Residents and partners enjoying happy hour 



    A formal affair



    Resident bonding over brunch



    Interns hard at work!

  • Living in the Twin Cities

    The Twin Cities Metro Area (Minneapolis-St. Paul) is a vibrant community home to nearly 4 million people and represents the 16th largest metropolitan area in the United States. Literally the “Land of 10,00 Lakes,” the Twin Cities boast unparalleled access to natural beauty while maintaining the opportunities of a large, urban city. We are the 2nd largest medical device manufacturing hub and the 4th largest banking center in the nation, as well as home to 19 Fortune 500 companies (including UnitedHealth and Target, ranked in the top 50.) 

    What is life like in the Twin Cities? Summers are spent with family and friends at one of our abundant city parks or lakes (we recommend Lake of the Isles), or perhaps at an outdoor music festival (Soundset, hosted at the end of May, is one of the largest hip hop festivals in the nation.) Fall brings pumpkin patches, apply picking, leaf peeping, and brewery tours. Winters are snow-filled and cold, but a few single-digit days don’t stop Minnesotans from biking and running outside year-round, cross country skiing, ice fishing, or spending a weekend in-doors rooting for the Minnesota Vikings. Spring brings perfect weather for day trips to the St. Croix river or catching a happy hour in the robust outdoor patio scene.


    NE Minneapolis neighborhood known for promoting the arts



    The Boundary Waters of northern Minnesota



    Cedar Lake and beach in Minneapolis



    Classic Grain Belt Beer sign in Minneapolis



    Chain of Lakes in Minneapolis



    Lake Superior in northern Minnesota 



    Historic Mill District in downtown Minneapolis 



    Stone Arch Bridge crossing the Mississippi river overlooking downtown Minneapolis 



    Walker Sculpture Garden in the Loring Park neighborhood of Minneapolis 



    Minnesotan’s commute and enjoy nature year round



    St. Croix river outside of the Twin Cities



    Minneapolis is home to the Minnesota Vikings (NFL)



    Inventive treats dominate the Minnesota State Fair every year



    Downtown St. Paul



    Weissman art museum on the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus

    No other place mixes affordability, opportunity, and wealth so well…One reason the American dream has come apart is that too few cities have shared their resources—and real estate—between the rich and the rest. This isn’t a fact of nature, like the mountains and oceans that restrain our coastal metros. It is a policy of our own choosing. The lesson of Minneapolis is that even our richest cities are free to make a different choice.”

    -The Miracle of Minneapolis, The Atlantic, March 2015


  • Things to do in MSP

    • Walk around the lakes – there are 10 miles of lakeshore next to downtown alone!
    • Catch a show at First Avenue (home of Prince), Turf Club, 7th Street Entry, or
    • Theater (fun fact: the Twin Cities have more theater per capita than anywhere else in the nation)
    • Minnesota State Fair
    • Cheer on our local sports teams - Vikings (NFL), Lynx (WNBA), Timberwolves (NBA), and Twins (MLB)
    • Ice fishing
    • Snowmobiling
    • Cross country skiing
    • Snowshoeing
    • Hockey
    • Curling
    • Day trips: Stillwater (Apple Farm), Hudson, Pepin (Laura Ingles Wilder)
    • Mall of America
    • Visit the St. Croix or Mississippi rivers
    • Beer! There are breweries everywhere!
    • Renaissance Fair
    • Trip to the Boundary Waters
    • Lake Superior – check out the ice caves!