Within this new program, there will be four pillars (Wellness, Interprofessional, Subspecialty Clinical Experiences, and Experiential Learning in Psychotherapy) that will distinguish our training. These pillars characterize our educational philosophy which we refer to as WISE. Our WISE residents will not only have excellent clinical and didactic training but will also be able to work effectively in diverse healthcare delivery systems while managing personal well-being. 


We recognize the importance of wellness in the curriculum for trainees and the future care they provide patients. In the first-year curriculum, residents will receive formal didactics in Stress Management and Resiliency Training (SMART), a novel and evidence-based program from the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital. Several staff members and department faculty are SMART-certified, and the assistant vice chancellor for campus wellness is Dr. Steven Wengel, our immediate past department chair. Also, each class will select a faculty advisor and advocate who meets with the class for lunch once a month to discuss nonclinical issues and help further advocate for residents. (This person will not be on the clinical competency committee to preserve autonomy on promotion decisions).


Interprofessional education and public engagement define our training relationships. Future psychiatrists will undoubtedly work in multidisciplinary settings and teams. As such, training will be intentionally conducted with other learners and instructors from allied health, social work, psychology, nursing, and other specialties. Our didactics will be open to other members of the University of Nebraska and Nebraska Medicine whenever possible. Similarly, future psychiatrists will be connected to their community which may include involvement at county, state, and federal levels. Our training program will encompass clinical work in these areas along with serving our rural and underserved citizens. 


Residents will have ample opportunities to work with faculty who have subspecialty expertise in Reproductive Psychiatry, Anxiety Disorders, Geriatric Psychiatry, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and other areas. Specialized clinics are led by several board-certified faculty members, most with fellowship training in areas of expertise. Residents will also have an immersive experience in Community and Rural Psychiatry, Addiction Psychiatry, ECT, and numerous elective opportunities. 


Residents in our program will have direct experience in the powerful and disease-changing properties of evidence-based psychotherapy. Beginning in the second year, trainees will enter a half-day Psychotherapy Clinic focused on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) in individual and group settings. Psychotherapy supervisors and psychotherapy course directors are experienced clinicians trained in their respective evidence-based modalities. Residents will have primary therapy patients in their caseload. Our trainees will receive individual and group supervision to ensure growth in skills and mastery in delivering high-quality psychotherapy. Residents will carry and begin new psychotherapy cases in their third- and four-year outpatient rotations to provide a richer, longitudinal experience.