The University of Nebraska has a long history of leadership and training in psychiatry. Prior to 1987, UNMC was home to the Nebraska Psychiatric Institute (1955-1987.) This award-winning facility (1965 APA Mental Hospital Service Award) with over 90 beds was home of the first telemedicine system in the United States (1959.) It had also had a psychiatry training program.
In 1987, the Departments of Psychiatry at Creighton University and UNMC merged administratively, and the two area residency programs came together. The Creighton-Nebraska residency training program was formed and was run under Creighton University. One of the unique features of the two-department residency program was drawing from the strengths of two academic partners, one private and other public. Fully accredited training was offered in General Psychiatry as well as Fellowships in Geriatric, Child & Adolescent, and Addictions Psychiatry. Trainees had protected time to attend required educational activities including case conferences, journal clubs, Grand Rounds, and didactic courses. Residents received encouragement to participate in extramural educational activities including attendance at national conferences.
In 1999, the two departments split, but the residency program remained a combined one with UNMC supporting the program financially, clinically and educationally. In 2018, the University of Nebraska announced that a new, separate program would restart at UNMC with the goals of opening by 2020 and working towards becoming a regional leader in the Midwest.
UNMC-Creighton Psychiatry residents meet for dinner
during the 2018 APA Conference in New York.