University of Nebraska Medical Center

Training history

Our department's history goes back more than 100 years, and its faculty members have pioneered research and innovative clinical practices in telehealth, psychiatric training for medical students, house staff and nurses, and the study of intellectual disabilities in children and adults.

UNMC was home to the Nebraska Psychiatric Institute from 1955 to 1987. With more than 90 beds, this award-winning facility became home to the first telemedicine system in the United States in 1959. It also had a psychiatry training program. Learn more about the Nebraska Psychiatric Institute through UNMC's Wigton Heritage Center

In 1987, Creighton University and UNMC agreed to an administrative merger of their departments of psychiatry, and their two residency programs came together as the Creighton-Nebraska residency training program, with Creighton as the institution of record.

One of the unique features of the two-department residency program was drawing from the strengths of two academic partners, one private and the other public. Fully accredited training was offered in General Psychiatry and Fellowships in Geriatric, Child & Adolescent, and Addiction Psychiatry. Trainees had protected time to attend required educational activities, including case conferences, journal clubs, Grand Rounds, and didactic courses. Residents were encouraged to participate in extramural educational activities and attend national conferences.

In 1999, the departments split, but the residency program remained together with UNMC supporting the program financially, clinically and educationally.

In 2018, the University of Nebraska announced that a new, separate residency program would restart at UNMC to welcome new residents in July 2020 and become a top training program in the Midwest. The ACGME gave initial accreditation in February 2019. Continued accreditation was achieved on Feb. 11, 2022.

The UNMC residency recruits for five PGY-1 spots annually.

Read more about the history of our department through UNMC's Wigton Heritage Center.