Resident Life

Resident Life


Resident health and wellbeing is a top administrative and educational priority for the University of Minnesota Psychiatry Residency Program.  We will support you in developing a strong connection to your community and to life outside of medicine. 

During the first year of residency, residents take no overnight call and are not required to cover inpatient units on holidays. Our nightfloat call rotation was also 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.

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

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

Residents are also involved in social media advocacy. Several residents host bimonthly Twitter chats (@psychreschat) focusing on life in psychiatry residency.

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Resident life

A Day in the Life

Learn more about the daily activities of a group of our residents.

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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. Quite literally the “Land of 10,000 Lakes,” the Twin Cities boasts unparalleled access to natural beauty while providing the opportunities of a large, urban city. We are the second largest medical device manufacturing hub and the fourth 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, apple 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 indoors cheering 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.

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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 (former home of Prince), Turf Club, or 7th Street Entry
  • See a play at a theater (fun fact: the Twin Cities has more theater seats per capita than anywhere else in the nation)
  • Eat your way through the 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!

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psych residents