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- About Us
The Psychiatry Residency Program at the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences is located in Fargo, North Dakota. As you may know, the University does not own a hospital but instead uses community facilities, including Sanford Health, the largest provider in the region, as well as the Veterans Administration Medical Center, First Step Recovery, the North Dakota State Hospital, and community mental health centers in Fargo, ND and Moorhead, MN. This has several advantages, including the fact that community sites must demonstrate their ability to work effectively with residents in order to be part of the program.
The program is small, accepting six residents per year, and is known for having a personal approach to the welfare of each resident. The residents are intimately involved in all departmental bodies and influence departmental decisions, and they truly feel they are part of the system here.
Philosophically the program stresses developments in psychopharmacology and biological psychiatry while still maintaining a strong base in psychotherapy training, particularly with an emphasis on skills and knowledge in delivering and supervising manual-based, structured forms of psychotherapy.
The Psychiatry Residency Training Program has implemented training in telemedicine-delivered clinical services. The use of telehealth networks can assist behavioral health and primary care providers to improve healthcare services for medically underserved populations in rural and urban areas. Concentrated primarily in years 2 to 4 of the residency, telemedicine training includes clinical care and consultation services.
The residency allows for extensive time in the fourth year for elective experience. During this year, residents can subspecialize in various areas ranging from rural psychiatry to clinical research.
The Psychiatry Residency is nested in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science, a multi-disciplinary department that includes psychiatry, psychology, neurology, neurosurgery, and neuroradiology. Therefore, despite the fact that the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences is small, the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science is large with a total faculty of approximately 130 statewide, mostly clinical faculty. Because of this, residents are given opportunities to interact with colleagues in related neuroscience fields. Dr. Andrew McLean serves as chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science, as well as medical director for the North Dakota Department of Human Services.
The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science is also gifted in terms of research opportunities because of a close affiliation with the Neuropsychiatric Research Institute, a private, not for profit, separately endowed research institute which includes both basic science and clinical research components. Much of the clinical research is focused in the area of eating disorders. Several faculty members are cross-appointed at both institutions and the arrangement has allowed us to attract researchers of international prominence. Because of this, the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science faculty and residents can use NRI resources for research, and we encourage as many residents as possible to do so. We are proud of having won the University’s Departmental Excellence in Research Award.
We believe that our program is something special. We urge you to consider our program if your interests lie in the area of psychiatry.