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Wisconsin Psychiatry Training Update, January 2018

Friday, January 5, 2018  
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MCW Central Wisconsin Residency Update
Edward Krall, MD, MS, FAPA, Director of Residency Training

The Medical College of Wisconsin Central Wisconsin Psychiatric Residency Program is off to a good start. In July, an outpouring from the community to welcome the program and the residents made for a very moving orientation. Attendees include State Representative Marlon Schneider as well as television and news media.

Our first 3 residents (Drs. Ryan Stever from southeastern Minnesota, Albina Ovaspayan from Kenosha and Amy Butterworth from Alabama) have completed initial rotations, which included Inpatient psychiatry at North Central Health care in Wausau, St Mary’s Rhinelander and a primary care training experience at the Tomah VA facility in La Crosse. Faculty have risen to the challenge with skill and enthusiasm. 

At a faculty development weekend retreat in Door County in September, faculty learned about improving teaching skills and giving feedback. They even got to participate in improv exercises to enhance their listening skills and spontaneity. This was just the first of programs planned to aid faculty.

The results of the first PRITE exam are in, and our residents’ Total Score placed the program in 85th percentile for first year general psychiatry programs. Each of the residents is committed to serving the underserved in the communities of Northern and Central Wisconsin. We are presently in the midst of recruiting for our second class of residents and have been humbled and surprised by over 800 applications for the 3 positions, which should give us the opportunity to choose some very fine trainees for 2018.  If you have any questions about our program, do not hesitate to reach out to me.

MCW Northeastern Wisconsin (N.E.W.) Residency Update
Robert Gouthro, MD, Director of Residency Training

It feels like just yesterday we were waiting to learn the names of the N.E.W. Psychiatry Program’s inaugural residents.  Now, as they pass the halfway mark of their intern year, Drs. Mastroianni, Hoppe, Kordus, and Yasin have comfortably settled into their rotations at the Wisconsin Resource Center, the Bellin Psychiatric Center, the Winnebago Mental Health institute, and the Milo C. Heumpfner VA Health Care Center. 

As a group, these residents have become a part of our community while experiencing the pain and joy of attending Packers games and learning what it really means to drive in snow. We are proud of their early accomplishments which include a presentation at a N.E.W. CME event, acceptance of a poster for the 2018 APA conference, and the laying of groundwork for a free community mental health clinic we anticipate will open in fall of 2018. 

Our program is further pleased to announce the addition of Dr. Anupama Harvey as Director of Therapy Education. She has previously chaired the Cardinal Stritch Clinical Psychology Program and will utilize her 20 years of experience to instill a therapy-first mindset in our trainees. With the recruitment season and 2017 nearly behind us, we look forward to what awaits us in 2018.