Q & A with Rachel Faust:

Petersburg native, new MD, future rural Nebraska psychiatrist.
A graduate of Albion’s Boone Central High and Wayne State College, Rachel received her MD degree from UNMC in May 2013. Next is her Creighton-Nebraska Psychiatry Residency Program. She plans to practice in rural Nebraska.

Q. What’s your full name?
A. Rachel Lynn Faust. Most people who know me well call me Rach or Faust.

Q. What’s your hometown?
A. Petersburg, Nebraska.

Q. Describe your educational background.
A. I graduated from Boone Central High School in Albion in 2005. In 2009, I received my bachelor of science in chemistry/health sciences with a minor in psychology from Wayne State College in Wayne, NE. I graduated from the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha in May 2013 with my doctor of medicine, and I will start my residency in July in the Creighton-Nebraska Psychiatry Residency Program, also in Omaha. I hope to complete a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry.

Q. What sparked your interest in a career in behavioral health?
A. Psychology was actually my favorite class back in high school (explaining my minor in undergraduate), but I never decided to do psychiatry until after some outpatient experience in the very beginning of my fourth year of medical school. I think this is partly because I have always known that I want to go back to rural Nebraska to practice, and the doctors in the small towns where I'm from are basically all family practitioners. However, psychiatrists are definitely needed there as well.

Q. What did you learn in medical school that helped you decide that psychiatry was the right specialty for you?
A. I learned that I really enjoy just sitting down and talking to people; I like to know them better than what 15-minute office visits in primary care allow for. Working in behavioral health really seems like a privilege to me because people really do let you in on all the details, good and bad, of their lives.

Q. What would you say to encourage high school or college students who are thinking about behavioral health careers?
A. See if you can shadow someone or talk to someone who has the behavioral health career you're interested in. You have to know what it's really like to know if it's right for you. Also, don’t shy away from a behavioral health career because of the amount of schooling. A lot of the careers can be done with a bachelor’s degree, and I can personally say that it is worth the time commitment if you are doing what you love.