The psychiatry residence training is sponsored by the Departments of Psychiatry at the Creighton University Medical Center (CUMC) and the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC)in Omaha, Nebraska. Drawing upon the resources of these two academic partners ensures substantial flexibility in meeting the needs of the residents' training and preparation for their careers in psychiatry. Fully accredited training is offered in General Psychiatry as well as Fellowships in Geriatric and Child & Adolescent Psychiatry.
As a provision of the LB 603 initiative, which provides for expansion of the conjoint psychiatry residency training program of the two medical centers, BHECN is going forward with the commitment to increase the number of psychiatrists from the CUMC/UNMC residency program by two per year reaching a total of eight additional residents by 2013.

This effort will address the existing shortage of psychiatrists across the state. Additionally, all of our 35 residents will receive training in rural mental health issues. All residents will be committed to a weeklong site visit to a designated rural community in the second year of training to improve collaboration with local services and become familiar with the communities they serve. Then, in their third or fourth years, residents will be involved in a rural outreach clinic via telehealth facilities once a week. Two full time employees, in addition to all psychiatry residents, will be assigned in rotation to rural areas to ensure the broadest exposure and availability of mental health providers to underserved consumers in particular need of dedicated service. Through this process, all our psychiatry residency graduates will have developed an appreciation for rural Nebraska and the behavioral health needs of its citizens.

With BHECN's progressive guidance and support, an innovative opportunity will be provided to all of Nebraska's communities, both rural and urban.