Building on the Medical College of Wisconsin’s community education focus, the Northeastern Wisconsin (N.E.W.) Psychiatry Residency Program is geared toward instilling the knowledge base and ability needed to care for the mental health needs of rural areas and beyond. Such a focus will not decrease a prospective applicant’s educational opportunities, but rather quite the opposite. Graduates of our program will have the practical experience needed to be psychiatric providers able to function, and lend consultation to other disciplines, in geographic areas of most any size. A broad-base psychiatric training will allow our graduates to care for a wide range of diagnoses and clients in settings which may not have access to psychiatric specialists. Examples of this training include early child psychiatry contacts, including a dedicated outpatient child clinic beginning in the second year; extensive forensic experience, which will allow trainees to become very familiar with the intersection of psychiatry and the law; and a strong focus on psychiatric integration with primary care, which will prepare graduates to work side by side with primary care providers in areas where psychiatric follow up may be limited. Additionally, MCW’s dedication to therapy training will continue with an additional focus being placed on evidenced based therapies including Prolonged Exposure Therapy, Cognitive Processing Therapy, and Interpersonal Therapy for Depression.
Although the N.E.W. Psychiatry Program will prepare its graduates for success in rural areas, our primary training sites are far from rural areas themselves. Green Bay and the Fox Cities of Northeastern Wisconsin are small to medium sized cities with access to many “big city” experiences without the downsides of high costs-of-living and traffic. These areas also provide almost immediate access to the great outdoors. Biking, hunting, fishing, camping, boating and hiking will be just minutes, if not steps (depending on where you decide to live) from your home. These areas are affordable, safe, family friendly, and fun.
Congratulations on your decision to become a psychiatrist and thank you for considering the Northeastern Wisconsin Psychiatry Program to make your goal a reality. I look forward to providing answers to any questions about our program you may have, and hope you consider assisting us in building our N.E.W. program.
Robert Gouthro, MD
Director of Residency Training
Northeastern Wisconsin Psychiatry Program
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine
Medical College of Wisconsin