Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine

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Residency Program  

Our fully accredited program offers both four year and three year options.  The four year program is filled through the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP), while the three year program is available to individuals who have chosen psychiatry later in their careers.  Our program is under the overall direction of the Medical College of Wisconsin Affiliated Hospitals, Inc.

Our goal is to provide a stimulating environment for the education and training of tomorrow's psychiatrist.  We believe that the cornerstone to learning psychiatry is understanding the patient.  This means spending time with patients to learn not only about their symptoms, but also about their lives.  It means learning to help patients acknowledge, bear, and put in perspective their pain; and it means helping the patients to help themselves.  This requires a fundamental knowledge of psychodynamics, family and social systems, as well as psychopharmacology and neuroscience.

Our educational program focuses on three approaches:  1) direct patient responsibility; 2) didactic teaching through lectures, seminars, and case conferences; and 3) clinical supervision.  Teaching provides the conceptual base for patient care while supervision provides the integration.

To strong clinical and teaching components in  psychodynamics and cognitive and behavioral therapy, and services in inpatient and general hospital psychiatry, we have added a growing clinical and basic science research base.  In conjunction with our various affiliates, we offer a balance of training in both public and private sector psychiatry. 

In recent years, our department has grown tremendously.  In addition to our existing fellowships in child and adolescent psychiatry and forensic psychiatry, we have added fellowships in addiction, geriatric psychiatry, and psychosomatic medicine. 

I am excited and proud to work with our Chairman, Dr. Jon Lehrmann.  As a former Residency Training Director, and himself a graduate of our program, Dr. Lehrmann makes education a priority in our department.

I hope you will visit us and see for yourself.

Mara Pheister, M.D.
Director of Residency Education
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Page Updated 01/17/2014