About the Program
It is the goal of the Northeastern Wisconsin Psychiatry Program to produce psychiatrists who are well prepared to meet the mental health needs of patients in rural Wisconsin and beyond. We will develop psychiatrists who will be:
– competent in psychiatric symptom identification, mental health diagnosis, and a wide range of medical and therapy interventions;
– providers with high ethical standards, who are able to recognize their own limitations and biases and employ self improvement strategies for the benefit of themselves, their patients, and their profession;
– active collaborators with non-physician therapists, social workers, nurses, and providers of other disciplines in the provision of high quality, fully encompassing, cost effective health care;
– advocates for their patients, and for a just mental health care system
Vision and Distinguishing Features
- Provide access to faculty from local sites as well as with faculty from our sister programs in Milwaukee and Central Wisconsin.
- Focus on child & adolescent psychiatry experience with early inpatient and year-long, half-day, outpatient experiences.
- Provide support and class cohesiveness while teaching to facilitate group therapies in the first year Experiential Group.
- Create custom electives and learning experiences to assist in fostering a residents interests.
- Allow for independent clinical research at local sites as well as facilitate collaboration with larger research projects in Milwaukee.
- Provide outpatient experiences beginning in the second year of residency.
- Allow for teaching opportunities with medical students and various medical learners while on many psychiatric rotations.
- Present a strong focus on Psychodynamic and Evidenced Based Therapies.
- Allow residents to follow their interests with a full year of electives during PGY4.
Applicants who are interested in becoming well rounded physicians who advocate for their patients and challenge the stigma of mental health care.
Residents with initiative who will play an active role in building an academic community and strong psychiatry residency foundation in Northeastern Wisconsin.
Physicians vested in the communities they serve while maintaining balance in their professional and private lives.
Residents who will educate their patients, fellow physicians, medical professionals, and medical learners of all disciplines on appropriate, evidence-based mental health care.
The N.E.W Psychiatry Residency provides a balanced approach to psychiatric specialty education. You will rotate through a full spectrum of distinctly different mental health care facilities and will learn and adapt your practice to these different delivery systems. Local, state, county, federal, private, and correctional systems are represented in the N.E.W. Psychiatry Program training sites. This variety provides not only first hand knowledge of what each system offers patients and their families, but also prepares you for success in these various environments prior to your entering the workforce as a mental health practitioner.
Our residency program may be new to Northeastern Wisconsin, but the Medical College of Wisconsin and Bellin Health have both been leaders in medical education for over a century. Additionally, the Wisconsin Resource Center and the Winnebago Mental Health Institute have decades of experience in providing quality, mental health specific, post graduate training. Lastly, the VA in Green Bay continues the Veterans Health Administration’s dedication to medical education present in its facilities all across our country.
As a member of the N.E.W. Psychiatry Residency class, you will have an immediate opportunity to become involved in residency leadership via administrative roles, serving on the Education Committee, attending Resident Business Meetings, assisting in recruitment, and more. Your input will be valued, and you will have an instant impact on the direction of the residency as it continues to grow.
Clinical Rotation Sites
The Bellin Health Psychiatric Center is an 80-bed psychiatric hospital that provides inpatient and outpatient service for children, adolescents and adults. Bellin is the only private, freestanding psychiatric hospital in Brown County. Emergency and inpatient services are offered 24 hours per day. Inpatient, partial hospitalization, day treatment, and ECT services are provided at its main facility located in Green Bay, Wisconsin.
A full range of outpatient services including crisis management; individual, couples and family therapy; substance abuse services; and employee assistance programs are offered at the main location as well as a number of locations throughout northeastern Wisconsin. All services are certified by the state of Wisconsin, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid and Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO).
Brown County Community Treatment Center
The Brown County Community Treatment Center is a County operated and State-licensed inpatient psychiatric hospital and nursing home with an average census of 80. The center is part of the Brown County Human Services Department, which provides comprehensive programming for adults with mental health issues who lack the resources to obtain services elsewhere in the community.
Consumers work with a multi-disciplinary team to identify their needs and develop treatment plans that reduce the need for hospitalization and maintain the least restrictive living environment. Services include, but are not limited to: Case Management Services, Comprehensive Community Services Program, Substance Abuse Services, Outpatient Psychiatric Services, and Psychiatric Inpatient Hospitalization.
Milo C. Huempfner VA Health Care Center
The Milo C. Huempfner VA Health Care Center is located in Green Bay, Wisconsin and recently opened its doors in late 2012. The two-story Green Bay clinic has 161,525 square feet, 1,200 parking spaces, and is one of the largest VA outpatient clinics in the country. In addition to Behavioral Care, it provides; telehealth, radiology, laboratory, pharmacy, prosthetics, rehab medicine PT/OT, podiatry, optometry, ophthalmology, dialysis, audiology, speech, dental, and outpatient surgery services, among others.
The Behavioral Care Department employs psychiatrists, psychologists, licensed social worker therapists, a neuropsychologist, case managers, peer support specialists, and nursing and support staff. In addition to medication management, the clinic provides extensive group and individual therapies, AODA treatment, and an extensive list of evidenced based therapies, including, CBT, CPT, EMDR, PE, CBTi, among others.
Winnebago Mental Health Institute
Winnebago Mental Health Institute (WMHI) is a psychiatric hospital operated by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. It is located near Winnebago, Wisconsin, and specializes in serving children, adolescents and adults with complex psychiatric conditions.
The WMHI has an average daily population of approximately 190, with annual admissions of over 3,000. Approximately 12% of inpatients are minors, equally distributed between males and females; 37% of admissions are adult females; and adult males fill out the remainder.
It is one of two hospitals in the state which accepts forensic patients. The hospital receives all forensic admissions for women and minors. Additionally, the WMHI cannot refuse admission of any patients with a mental health need and therefore often supports community hospitals by caring for patients with a higher level of acuity in regards to aggression, special needs, and risk. The WMHI has been continuously accredited since its original 1941 accreditation by the American College of Surgeons.
Wisconsin Resource Center
The Wisconsin Resource Center (WRC), located near Oshkosh, Wisconsin, is a Department of Health Services medium-security facility, providing individualized care for inmates transferred from Department of Corrections medium and maximum-security institutions.
The WRC engages and treats individuals with severe and persistent mental health needs within a secure setting to enhance public safety, promote healing, and support personal recovery. Mental health care at WRC is an interdisciplinary process, which integrates custody staff, psychiatry, nursing, psychology, social work, recreation therapy and teachers to provide treatment with an evidenced based focus.
The treatment population consists of both males and females with over 500 weekly scheduled classes for men and near 100 weekly sessions for women. This equates to approximately 2800 and 450 client contacts per week respectively. The WRC is fully accredited by the National Commission on Correctional Health Care, and is the only correctional institution in Wisconsin to have obtained this accreditation.