Family Medicine-Psychiatry Residency

About the Program

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We invite you to consider the advantages of a program that allows you to:

  • Develop expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of mental illness in primary care populations
  • Improve management of medical problems in the chronically mentally ill living within the community
  • Gain skills as a psychiatric consultant to medical physicians
  • Participate in the integration of medicine and psychiatry in our future health care system

Trainees in our five-year combined training program spend six months in each specialty annually for a total of 30 months in family medicine and 30 months in psychiatry.

Welcome

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Thank you for your interest in the Family Medicine-Psychiatry Residency Program at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

Our five-year program offers combined training that prepares you to practice simultaneously as a family physician and psychiatrist. Developed through a collaboration between George Bergus, MD, professor in the Department of Family Medicine, and William Yates, MD, former professor in the Department of Psychiatry, the program enrolled its first residents in 1998. Michelle Weckmann, MD is the current program director. 

A critical element of our program's success is that both of our sponsor departments remain steadfast in their support for combined training. Resident education is a priority, and our residents get to fully participate in learning activities in both departments. Moreover, our community of dually-trained faculty members continues to grow. A total of seven faculty members have completed combined training in either family medicine-psychiatry or internal medicine-psychiatry, many at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

We encourage you to explore our website and contact us with any questions you may have for our residents and/or program director.

Why Iowa?

Our program will expose you to the widest range of patients and learning situations. Our community will provide a high quality of living. And you'll find a salary and benefit package that competes favorably with accredited programs in an academic medical setting.

Our Facilities

On any given day at UI Hospitals & Clinics more than 9,000 employees, students, and volunteers collaborate to provide safe, quality health care to our patients. This is a major regional referral center with a large patient base and incredible interdisciplinary learning opportunities.

Our Graduates

Include researchers, academic faculty, public health officials and at least one Fulbright scholar. Our program prepares residents to be leaders in their field. We are proud of their successes and fortunate to count such an accomplished pool of alumni as a resource for current residents.

Iowa City, Iowa

Not just a college town, Iowa City is North America's first and oldest UNESCO City of Literature. It is regularly named as a top small metro area in the U.S. due to its low cost of living, short commutes, and large variety of affordable recreational activities.

Benefits

Our competitive stipends and excellent benefits add to our residents' quality of life. Read more specific information regarding benefits.

Frequently Asked Questions

Combined Training: FAQ

What is combined training?

Combined training allows residents to train in two to three specialties simultaneously and leads to board eligibility in these specialties. Some combined training options include family medicine-psychiatry, internal medicine-psychiatry, neurology-psychiatry, and pediatrics-psychiatry-child and adolescent psychiatry.

University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics offers combined training in family medicine-psychiatry and internal medicine-psychiatry. Combined training allows residents to develop a blended practice and typically takes five years to complete, making it more efficient than completing six to seven years of categorical residency programs.

How much time will I spend in each specialty?

At the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, our residents alternate between family medicine rotations and psychiatry rotations (six months in each specialty per year) for a total of 30 months in each specialty.

Is there sufficient patient volume so that I can have multiple exposures to a variety of diseases?

Yes–as both the main source of health care for the local community and the regional referral center for portions of three states, we see high volumes of both healthy, low-complexity patients and those with much more challenging disease presentations.

How diverse is your patient population?

More diverse than you might expect! Our hospital is located in Iowa City, which is wealthy, highly educated, and majority white (80%). However, the community we serve stretches far beyond the town itself and includes a large number of recently-resettled refugees (mainly from central and eastern Africa), undocumented immigrants from Central America, rural factory and farm workers, and several nearby Amish and Mennonite settlements.

How diverse is your residency?

Our residency program is made up 60% Caucasian, 10% African American, 20% Asian, and 10% Middle Eastern. Additionally, many of our residents are bilingual and speak Spanish, Chinese, Russian, Italian, and Japanese.

What is your call schedule like?

Combined residents take call for the service on which they are currently rotating. Both family medicine and psychiatry have night float services.

Psychiatry junior residents take approximately one five-hour evening call shift per week and one twelve-hour weekend call shift per month. Senior residents in psychiatry take home backup call only.

Family medicine residents take in-house weekend call throughout residency and the number of shifts is split evenly among residents, with combined residents typically taking half the number of shifts per year as full-time family medicine residents.

Pediatrics, general surgery and the surgical ICU have their own call schedules, which residents will follow when rotating on those services.

What are the elective opportunities?

Residents have done a number of electives including geriatrics, international medicine, research, and specialty electives like EKG, nephrology, and endocrinology. Residents also have the opportunity to do away electives to further develop their specific interests.

Iowa CityDo you have a research project requirement for graduation?

Our program does not have a research requirement for graduation, but residents are expected to participate in scholarly activities, including a quality improvement project in their second year.

What fellowship opportunities are available?

Graduates of our program may choose to pursue fellowship training in a number of areas of interest, including addiction medicine, geriatrics, child and adolescent psychiatry, palliative medicine, sports medicine, global medicine, sleep medicine, LGBTQ, and research.

Where do combined trained residents work?

The opportunities are limitless for residents who complete combined training in family medicine and psychiatry. While some residents may choose to work strictly in one specialty, others may choose to mix the two specialties together. Either way combined training allows a clinician to feel comfortable providing a medical consultation in a psychiatric setting or providing a psychiatric consultation in a medical setting.

Our graduates have gone on to work in:

  • Academia
  • Palliative care units
  • Student health centers
  • Private practices in family medicine, psychiatry, or both
  • Consultation-liaison psychiatry
  • Emergency psychiatry
  • Forensic psychiatry
  • Addiction medicine
  • Military medicine
  • Geriatrics

Is this a family friendly program?

Yes, the residency is supportive of residents in their efforts to balance work with family life. We have several physician residents with young families and understand the stresses associated with attempting to find a balance. In fact, 70% of our graduates had a child during residency.

Women residents receive up to six weeks of paid maternity leave after delivery. Men get five working days off for paternity leave. The house staff health insurance policy provides full coverage for spouses and children. There are also several childcare facilities near the hospital and one on-site.

Is there an elective for medical students interested in combined training?

We offer an elective rotation in combined care to fourth-year medical students at the University of Iowa or qualified visiting medical students.

Iowa City: FAQ

Where is Iowa City?

Iowa City is 220 miles west of Chicago–about a four-hour drive. It is within a similar driving range of a number of other larger cities, including Minneapolis, Milwaukee, Omaha, and St. Louis.

It is home to the University of Iowa and mixes big-city opportunities with the friendliness and convenience of a small town. It has a low crime rate, short commutes, a reliable bus system and a large network of well-maintained public parks.

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What is there to do in Iowa City when you're not working?

There are 15 different festivals and art fairs, plus concerts and race events. There are many music venues, sports events, and neighborhood street fairs and garden walks.

We also have a really big mall and several smaller ones, 41 parks, nine golf courses, six public tennis courts, six public pools, lakes and a reservoir with trails, camping, and boating. There are bike trails, famous bookstores, many galleries, and excellent museums.

There are half a dozen or more performing arts venues including Hancher Auditorium. There's always something going on. Find more information from the Iowa City/Coralville Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Are there any job opportunities for my spouse/significant other?

Yes! Iowa boasts one of the lowest unemployment rates in the nation and the university has an office specifically dedicated to helping partners of recently-hired employees find work. For more information, check out the University of Iowa's Human Resources Dual Career Services.

What's Iowa City like for kids and families?

A whirlwind of opportunities! Iowa City's public schools are frequently ranked among the top in the nation, and have a wide range of services available to students with disabilities as well. Outside of school, families can enjoy the area's nine museums, excellent library system, frequent kid-friendly festivals, and numerous public recreation areas!

Medical Student Elective

The Departments of Family Medicine and Psychiatry offer a one-month elective in combined care to fourth year medical students at the University of Iowa or qualified visiting medical students.

Students work primarily with combined faculty and residents in the Family Medicine Clinic and Family Medicine Psychiatry, our primary care mental health clinic. Students interested in a particular area of combined care should communicate their interest(s) when applying for the elective so the appropriate arrangements can be made with specific faculty or clinics. Monika Jindal, MD, is the rotation director.

Medical students interested in family medicine and/or psychiatry may also consider participating in categorical electives offered by each department.

For more information on medical student education in each department, please visit:

Training Overview

The Family Medicine-Psychiatry Residency Program at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics is designed to provide residents with the training experiences they need to be able to sit for board certification in both family medicine and psychiatry by the end of the five-year program. Residents meet the individual residency training requirements in each specialty. The curriculum is reviewed regularly, and modified to keep up with current training requirements in each specialty, as directed by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).

Clinical experiences combined with formal teaching are the foundation of the program. Residents have six months of clinical rotations, with lectures and conferences, in each specialty annually. Over the five-year program, residents complete a total of 30 months in family medicine and 30 months in psychiatry.

In order to integrate these two specialties into a focused clinical practice, our residents also participate in some unique training experiences. These include a program-specific continuity of care clinic beginning in second year, an annual program retreat and attendance at the annual meeting of the Association of Medicine and Psychiatry, in addition to ongoing group social and volunteer activities.

View a chart that breaks down our five-year program.

Community Involvement

Our residents enjoy spending time together and being involved in our local community. Enjoy the photo gallery above by choosing a thumbnail and scrolling each photo.

Popular activities include:

  • Annual Iowa City ​NAMI Walk
  • Doc Dash
    • 5K Run Supporting the Iowa City Free Medical Clinic
  • DVIP Bench Press
  • Annual Family Medicine Resident Retreat
  • Annual Family Medicine-Psychiatry Resident Retreat
  • Annual Family Medicine Resident-Faculty Kickball Game
  • Annual Psychiatry Resident Halloween Party

Continuity of Care Experiences

Residents in the hallway looking through filesContinuity of care is crucial to the family medicine-psychiatry combined training experience. As such, residents participate in multiple longitudinal experiences throughout their time at University of Iowa. Family medicine continuity clinic begins in the first year of residency and takes place at the main Family Medicine Clinic, located within University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics. At the beginning of their second year, residents may choose to continue seeing patients at the main campus, or may choose to move to one of our off-site clinics to complete the remaining four years of their continuity clinic experience. Also at the beginning of second year, residents begin seeing patients in their psychiatric continuity clinic, located at the Scott Boulevard clinic and staffed by Michelle Weckmann, MDAlison Lynch, MD, MS, and Monika Jindal, MD, all of whom have combined family medicine-psychiatry training. The family medicine and psychiatry continuity clinics continue throughout the remainder of residents' training time.

As seniors, residents will spend a full year in a continuity experience in outpatient psychiatry, with time split between the UI Hospitals & Clinics adult psychiatry clinic, the VA adult psychiatry clinic, and the Abbe Center for Community Mental Health. During this year residents also have the option to take longitudinal elective rotations in substance use/MAT clinic, women's health, child psych, geri/neuro, and more. This year is also the heart of residents' training in psychotherapy, and a minimum of one half-day per week is dedicated to seeing patients for individual therapy and discussing cases with an assigned supervising clinician.

The curriculum offers several additional continuity experiences, as several related required rotations are grouped together and spread out over 12 weeks (instead of four), giving residents more opportunities to see returning patients.

How to Apply

Our open houses will be held virtually on Sept. 8, 2021 and Oct. 6, 2021. Please sign up and join us!

Applications are only accepted through the Electronic Residency Application System (ERAS), and all applicants must also register with the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP).

We accept applications from Sept. 1 through Jan. 1. All applications are reviewed. Applicants receiving interviews are selected based upon their letters of recommendation, curriculum vitae, personal statement, academic record, and board exam scores.

A complete ERAS application includes:

  • Common Application Form
  • Medical school transcript
  • Dean's letter of recommendation
  • Three letters of recommendation from clinical faculty
  • One page personal statement
  • USMLE or COMLEX transcript
  • Photo (optional)

Applicant Information

Application Materials

A complete Electronic Residency Application System (ERAS) application includes:

  • Common application form
  • Medical school transcript
  • Dean's letter of recommendation
  • Three letters of recommendation from clinical faculty
  • One-page personal statement
  • USMLE or COMLEX transcript
  • Photo (optional)

Eligibility

US Allopathic Medical School Graduates

  • Has passed USMLE Step 1 and USMLE Step 2 Clinical Knowledge and Clinical Skills.
  • Application via the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) including:
    • A minimum of three letters of recommendation
    • Dean’s letter
    • Medical school transcript verifying appropriate medical education to train in a large teaching hospital
    • Personal statement
      • There are no specific requirements for the personal statement but in general it should explain why you are interested in a combined residency and justify why you would be a good candidate.
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    • We do not require a “Chairman’s Letter.”

US Osteopathic Medical School Graduates

  • Has passed USMLE Step 1 and USMLE Step 2 Clinical Knowledge and Clinical Skills or COMLEX 1 and COMLEX 2.
  • Application via the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) including:
    • A minimum of three letters of recommendation
    • Dean’s letter
    • Medical school transcript verifying appropriate medical education to train in a large teaching hospital
    • Personal statement
      • There are no specific requirements for the personal statement but in general it should explain why you are interested in a combined residency and justify why you would be a good candidate.
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    • We do not require a “Chairman’s Letter.”

International Medical School Graduates

  • Has passed USMLE Step 1 and USMLE Step 2 Clinical Knowledge and Clinical Skills.
  • Appropriate medical education to train in a large US teaching hospital.
  • Application via the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) including:
    • A minimum of three letters of recommendation
      • Letters of recommendation written by supervising physicians in the U.S. setting are very beneficial in helping us assess your ability to function in our clinical setting.
    • Dean’s letter
    • Medical school transcript verifying appropriate medical education to train in a large teaching hospital
      • Preference is given to candidates who completed medical school training within the past five years or enrolled in an accredited internship or residency program within the past five years.
    • Personal statement
      • There are no specific requirements for the personal statement but in general it should explain why you are interested in a combined residency and justify why you would be a good candidate.
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    • We do not require a “Chairman’s Letter.”
  • If you are graduate of a medical school outside of the U.S. or Canada, a certificate from the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) must accompany your application. Learn more about ECFMG certification.
  • J-1 visa only

Couples Match

We encourage couples match applications and will make every attempt to streamline interview dates and times for both applications. More information on couples matching can be found on the National Resident Matching Program website.

Deadline

Applications must be submitted by Jan. 1.

The Interview

We will interview selected candidates beginning in October and ending in January. We interview 25 applicants for 2 positions.

We are still adapting to "the new normal" during the COVID-19 pandemic and we will continue doing things a little differently than usual during the ERAS 2022 application season. For the safety of the applicants and our staff, our program will be following the August 2021 recommendations of the AAMC.

Our 2020-2021 interview dates are:

  • Oct. 21 and 28
  • Nov. 4 and 18
  • Dec. 2 and 16
  • Jan. 6

Interview invitations will be sent out via Thalamus starting in October until all slots are filled. We will not offer more interviews than slots available. Applicants will have 3 days to sign up for an interview so please make sure to check junk/spam folders.

Our People

Zoom meeting 2020Because there are a limited number of family medicine-psychiatry programs, University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics consistently attracts outstanding residents from across the country. Our residents are a fun-loving, talented, and close-knit group who share a passion for merging primary care with the mental health sector. They frequently pull their knowledge and experiences together to function as a team, which is arguably the program's biggest strength.

Our equally diverse and accomplished faculty mentor residents from their first rotation to graduation day and beyond. University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics is home to two combined training programs, and as such, has a large community of dual-trained faculty. Residents work closely with these faculty members, but also form strong relationships with other faculty members, particularly those who are experts in their area of interest.

At the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics a door is always open to help you achieve your full potential and reach your career goals.

Current Residents

Nader Shakir, DO

Nader Shakir, portrait

Class: 2022
Hometown: Pittsburgh
Undergraduate school: Carnegie Mellon University
Medical school: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
Professional interests: Health disparities, refugee and immigrant health, treatment of PTSD, health care education, and community improvement
Outside interests: Technology, building and repairing computers, hiking, squash, traveling, and spending time with my family
Email: nader-shakir@uiowa.edu


Kumi Yuki, MD*

Kumi Yuki, portrait

Class: 2022
Hometown: Nagoya, Japan
Undergraduate school: Nagoya City University 
Medical school: Nagoya City University Medical School
Professional interests: Integration of psychiatry and family medicine, child psychiatry, global medicine, and counseling psychology
Outside interests: Parenting, swimming, gardening, yoga, and having fun with family and friends
Email: kumi-yuki@uiowa.edu


Kate Jarvis, MD*

Kate Jarvis, portrait
Class: 2023
Hometown: Menominee, Ill.
Undergraduate school: Knox College
Medical school: University of Illinois
Professional interests: Integrating family medicine and psychiatry, rural healthcare, and geriatric mental health care
Outside interests: Cooking, reading, spending time on my family's dairy farm, and spending time with friends and family
Email: kate-jarvis@uiowa.edu


Nicole Woodson-DeFauw, MD* 

Nicole Woodson-DeFauw, portrait
Class: 2023
Hometown: Davenport, Iowa
Undergraduate school: Luther College 
Medical school: Meharry Medical College
Professional interests: Health disparities, social determinants of health, adolescent medicine, addiction medicine, and mentoring pre-med students
Outside interests: Playing violin, powerlifting, spending time with family, watching movies, and playing games
Email: nicole-woodson@uiowa.edu


Grace Breuer, MD

Grace Breuer, portrait

Class: 2024
Hometown: Midland, Mich.
Undergraduate school: Michigan State University
Medical school: Central Michigan University
Professional interests: Primary care mental health integration, rural health care, addiction medicine, women’s health, and health education
Outside interests: Baking, hiking, spending time with family and friends, and board games
Email: grace-breuer@uiowa.edu


Kale Siebert, MD

Kale Siebert, MD

Class: 2024
Hometown: Deerwood, Minn.
Undergraduate school: University of St. Thomas
Medical school: University of Minnesota
Professional interests: LGBTQ medicine, integrating psychiatry into primary care, addiction medicine, and underserved medicine
Outside interests: Running, traveling, snowboarding, rock climbing, yoga, food, studying Japanese, and tech
Email: kale-siebert@uiowa.edu


Jacob Groen, DO

Jacob Groen portrait

Class: 2025
Hometown: Shoreline, Wash.
Undergraduate school: Occidental College
Medical school: Pacific Northwest University
Professional interests: Marginalized populations, particularly the underserved, and LGBTQ care.
Email: jacob-groen@uiowa.edu


Joseph Rattenni, DO

Joseph Rattenni, portrait

Class: 2025
Hometown: Wilmington, Del.
Undergraduate school: University of Delaware
Medical school: Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine
Professional interests: The social determinants of health, community and underserved medicine, cognitive behavioral therapy, metacognition, the bicameral mind theory and jungian psychology, and neuropsychopharmacology
Email: joseph-rattenni@uiowa.edu

*Chief resident


Meha Desai, MD

Meha Desai, portrait

Class: 2026
Hometown: Naperville, Ill.
Undergraduate school: Illinois Institute of Technology
Medical school: University of Illinois at Chicago
Professional interests: integration of psychiatry into primary care, underserved medicine, global health, immigrant and refugee health, women's health
Outside interests: spending time with friends and family, cooking/baking, reading, painting, caring for houseplants, playing flute, tennis
Email: meha-desai@uiowa.edu


Angella Gyamfi, DO

Angella Gyamfi, portrait

Class: 2026
Hometown: Kumasi, Ghana & Apple Valley, Minn.
Undergraduate School: Cornell College
Medical School: William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine (WCUCOM)
Professional Interests: Integration of psychiatry and family medicine, global medicine, rural healthcare, underserved medicine, and mentoring pre-med individuals
Outside Interests: Spending time with family and friends, dancing, singing/choir, cooking, Korean cuisine, watching movies and Asian dramas, and learning about different cultures.
Email: angella-gyamfi@uiowa.edu

Alumni

Herky on the Pentracrest

University of Iowa FMP graduates have gone on to a wide variety of careers in both Family Medicine and Psychiatry, in both inpatient and outpatient settings, and in both rural and urban environments. Most practice clinically in both fields. Our former graduates include researchers, public health officials, a Fulbright scholar, and at least three residency program directors - showing that an education at Iowa can prepare you for any career path you can dream up!

Past Residents
Resident Graduation Year Medical School
Claire McKinley, MD 2021 Tulane University
Jingna Zhao, MD 2021 State University of New York
James Jackson, MD 2020 University of Kentucky
Victoria (Torie) Tann, MD 2020 University of Toledo
Timothy Park, DO 2019 Western University of Health Sciences
Benjamin Stacy, DO 2019 Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine
Rachel Immen, MD 2018 University of Illinois
Ana Santacruz, MD 2018 University of Texas
Holly Thro, MD 2018 Tufts University
Ashley Stillwell, DO 2017 Des Moines University
Monika Jindal, MD 2016 University of Cincinnati
Darbie Little-Cooper, MD 2016 University of Iowa
Jennifer Donovan, MD 2015 University of Iowa
Nesrin Abu Ata 2014 Ben Gurion University of the Negev
Dustin DeYoung, MD 2013 University of Michigan
Julie Voelker, MD 2013 University of Iowa
Erik Vanderlip, MD 2012 University of Oklahoma
Bess Mehring, MD 2011 Jefferson Medical College
Stephen Pallone, MD 2011 Medical College of Virginia
Ben Shepherd, MD 2011 University of Illinois
Erika Lauer, MD 2008 University of Iowa
Carver Nebbe, MD 2006 University of Iowa
Michelle Weckmann, MD 2005 Medical College of Wisconsin
Oladipo Kukoyi, MD 2004 University of Alabama
Alison Lynch, MD 2003 University of Iowa

Our Leadership

Jeffrey Quinlan, portraitI am glad that you are considering advanced training in family medicine to become the best family physician possible. Our department is one where education, clinical care, and research are each a valued service, delivered in the context of teams that strive for greatness. Come explore the fields of opportunity that we call Iowa.

Family Medicine has a great tradition of excellence and a bright future in Iowa. Perhaps you know of us by our Family Medicine Handbook–a vital text for family medicine residents. We have award winning students and student programs. Or perhaps you have read some of the important research produced by our faculty and students.

University of Iowa is home to the acclaimed Writer's Workshop where future writers hone their craft. Iowa City is a beautiful town embracing the banks of the Iowa River. Iowa is the home of a great "State Fair," River City, and a "Field of Dreams." Most importantly, we are the home of a people who value education, humanity, and improving the world.

The Department of Family Medicine is a leader within the Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine. Our faculty sit on and head important committees, partner with other departments in research, and actively teach medical students at all years of training. We deliver outstanding clinical care along with award-winning teaching. Education is central to all that we do.

Our residency programs are highly focused on training knowledgeable, competent, caring, and compassionate family physicians who will become leaders for the discipline and society. We practice in the Family Care Center, a patient-centered facility with superb staff that offers efficient and compassionate care through integrated teams. Our curricula are experience based and allow learners the vital opportunities to achieve success with patients, their families, and with the organizations in society that can help individuals and groups effect change.

Likewise, our fellowship programs build leaders. Clinical leadership requires the ability to manage interdisciplinary teams and our geriatrics program focuses not only on geriatrics, but on lifelong skills that facilitate improved organization in the delivery of care to the elderly. We offer an academic fellowship program that focuses on developing skills to support research, scholarship and medical education. We also offer a primary care sports medicine fellowship in collaboration with the University of Iowa Sports Medicine Clinic.

Research is an important part of our department, and we take seriously our responsibility to create new knowledge that helps our patients and the discipline. The goal of our research is to improve clinical care, medical education, and the delivery of health services to a rural state.

These are exciting times for the discipline of family medicine and the Department of Family Medicine. Read on and let us tell you more about us.

Jeffrey D. Quinlan, MD, FAAFP | Chair & DEO
Donald J. and Anna M. Ottilie Chair in the Department of Family Medicine
University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics


About the Chair and Department Executive Officer

Dr. Jeffrey D. Quinlan is the Chair and Department Executive Officer for the Department of Family Medicine.

He earned a BS in Biochemistry and a BS in Chemistry from the University of Pittsburgh in 1988 and went on to earn his Doctor of Medicine from the University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine in 1992. Dr. Quinlan completed Family Medicine training at Naval Hospital Charleston, S.C. and at Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton, Calif., and subsequently, completed a Maternity Care Fellowship at Florida Hospital, Orlando, Fla.

He has a solid foundation and interest in Graduate Medical Education having served as faculty (8 years) and Program Director (4 years) of the Naval Hospital Jacksonville Family Medicine Residency Program. Additionally, he served as adjust faculty at the National Capital Consortium's Family Medicine Residency Program, the Department of Defense's only tri-service residency program. Dr. Quinlan completed his military career at the Uniformed Services University, Bethesda, MD., where he has served as the Vice Chair in the Department of Family Medicine, Interim Chair of the Department of Medical and Clinical Psychology, and Professor and Chair, Department of Family.

Dr. Quinlan's professional memberships include the Iowa Academy of Family Physicians, the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Society of Teachers of Family Medicine, and Alpha Omega Alpha. He has served as a member of the AAFP's Commission on Health of the Public and Science, an Associate Editor of the Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics program, and a Deputy Editor for the Family Physician Inquiries Network.

Psychiatry Chair and Department Executive Officer

Welcome to the Family Medicine-Psychiatry training program at the University of Iowa! As the Department Chair in Psychiatry, I am excited about our educational mission. We are a highly regarded psychiatry department nationally in clinical care and research. We similarly believe we are a top department in the educational domain, as we are deeply committed to excellence in teaching, and have had great success in turning out well trained and highly sought after residents. Certainly our Family Medicine-Psychiatry residents have consistently been superb. 

We are very proud of the success of our combined training programs. We are one of only three departments in the country that has both a combined Family Medicine-Psychiatry and a combined Internal Medicine-Psychiatry residency. These programs are built on the strong backbone of our department’s historic commitment to medical psychiatry. Witness former Department Chair George Winokur’s 1994 book The Medical Basis of Psychiatry, and the 2010 book edited by another former Department Chair, Bob Robinson, along with Clinical Professor Jim Amos, Psychosomatic Medicine: An Introduction to Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry. 

The department has been training psychiatrists since the 1920s, with the first of these being Dr. George Sprague, who graduated in 1922. He went on to a distinguished career that included being on the committee that wrote the first Diagnostic and Statistical Manual or DSM, in 1952. Training in the combined Family Medicine-Psychiatry program began in the late 1990s. 

Our Program Director and Associate Program Director, Drs. Michelle Weckman and Alison Lynch, are wonderfully suited to their roles, as both are graduates of the program, and both straddle the two disciplines. They work together well, and provide ample support and guidance to the residents in the program. 

Our faculty includes some of the world's most distinguished investigators, whose presence contributes to a spirit of inquiry. For example, Dr. Nancy Andreasen, has made key contributions to our understanding of clinical features and brain structure changes in schizophrenia. And Dr. Bill Coryell has illuminated the long-term course of mood disorders. The research of these and other experts provides residents with the latest information about the causes and treatments for many mental disorders.

Residents have an opportunity to learn and ask questions of leaders in their field, including, for example, Dr. Black, an expert on anxiety and impulse control disorders, and Dr. Michael Flaum, an expert on the treatment of schizophrenia, and President of the American Association of Community Psychiatrists. Faculty members receive high marks for their teaching and for providing high quality patient care. Teaching occurs through didactic courses and seminars, but also through informal interactions. I personally see patients with our residents and discuss case formulation and management with them. A casual atmosphere encourages interaction between residents and faculty. 

Many residents have published the results of research projects or literature reviews under the supervision of a faculty member, an activity that provides another valuable educational experience (about 60% do so). Some of our residents participate in the College of Medicine’s Physician Scientist Training Program. This unique program provides opportunities for mentorship, peer support, and funding to support research. 

Our goal is to provide residents with a broad education that will prepare them for life-long self-learning and dedication to the practice of psychiatry at the forefront of evolving knowledge. We seek to provide residents with a variety of educational experiences so that they may choose among the many available career options. Our residents consistently score high on national examinations and frequently receive awards. These have recently included becoming the APA Member-in-Training Trustee-Elect, winning the American Society of Addiction Medicine Ruth Fox Scholarship and the Association of Medicine and Psychiatry Martin Fenton Award, and being named a Laughlin Fellow of the American College of Psychiatrists. The success of former residents in both clinical practice and academic settings attests to their quality and to the effectiveness of our training program.

While many of our Family Medicine-Psychiatry residents have gone into clinical positions, others have headed towards fellowships and academics, including positions at the University of Washington and UCLA . We are quite proud of these trainees as their excellent placements point to the high quality of the people who train here. It reflects well on the educational experience that is provided by our training directors and by all of our teaching faculty. It also highlights the esteem in which our program is held by these other outstanding medical centers.

We welcome your interest in the department, and look forward to getting to know you and letting you know more about the terrific opportunities that exist here in Iowa City. Both the city and the department are wonderfully friendly places with a strong sense of community. Come have a look. You’ll like what you find!
 

Peggy Nopoulos, MD
Professor of Psychiatry, Neurology, and Pediatrics
Chair and Department Executive Officer of Psychiatry

Professor of Psychiatry, Pediatrics and Neurology

Program Director

Michelle WeckmannWelcome to the University of Iowa Family Medicine/Psychiatry Combined Residency Program! I'm glad you are interested in learning more about us. I am really proud of this program and our fantastic residents. If you are considering combined training in Family Medicine and Psychiatry, I encourage you to read on and find out what Iowa has to offer. I’m sure we’ll be a great fit for you!

Our program opened in 1998, and since then it has flourished. A critical element for our success is that both of our core departments remain steadfast in their support for combined training. At Iowa, we have broad patient care experiences and excellent training for residents in both specialties, and our residents get to work with many outstanding faculty physicians here. Education is a priority in both of our departments, and our residents are able to fully participate in learning activities in both departments.

The program's most important asset, however, is its residents. We have been lucky to consistently recruit an outstanding group of people to train here. I often hear from others around the hospital about how terrific our residents are. They are smart, hard-working, great team players, and they are dedicated to providing excellent care to their patients. But, they are not just colleagues, they have built strong friendships with each other. Residents get together after work to socialize, and they participate in community and volunteer/service activities as a group. Combined training is a unique and challenging pursuit, and the residents value their connection to others who share similar career passions.

In addition to combined training in family medicine and psychiatry, University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics also offers combined training in Internal Medicine and Psychiatry. Because we have two combined training programs, we have a relatively large community of combined training folks, with up to 10 residents in each combined training program and multiple faculty members who have completed combined training.

Combined training prepares physicians to practice simultaneously as family doctors and psychiatrists, and there are numerous ways to practice these specialties in combination. Our graduates are practicing in private practice and academic settings, hospital and clinical sites, research and teaching. Each graduate has followed their own path, creating a niche in the broad arena where mental and physical health overlap. Some focus more on psychiatry, some on family medicine, and some integrate both into their practice. We have graduates who focus on providing care in underserved populations, in geriatric patients, and in hospice and palliative care. One thing is certain, all of our graduates are sought by numerous employers who recognize the value of having a combined-trained physician on their staff.

If you are considering a combined training program in family medicine and psychiatry, take a look at our program at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics. If you have questions, please contact our program coordinator, Jennifer Bruno, at jennifer-bruno@uiowa.edu.

Michelle T. Weckmann, MD, MS, FAAHPM
Associate Professor 
Program Director, Combined Family Medicine & Psychiatry Residency
Departments of Psychiatry and Family Medicine 
University of Iowa Health Care

Faculty

The faculty of the Departments of Family Medicine and Psychiatry is a large and accomplished group of people. Our faculty trained at a variety of medical schools and postgraduate programs, bringing a nice diversity to these departments. All the physicians are board certified and the faculty includes individuals who have extensive experience as practitioners, researchers, and educators.

Residents in our combined program work especially close with the following combined trained faculty members:

Michelle Weckmann, MD, MS, FAAHPM

 

Alison Lynch, MD, MS

Monika Jindal, portrait

Monika Jindal, MD

Victoria Tann, portrait

Victoria Tann, MD

View a full list of faculty members:

Chief Resident

Kate Jarvis, MD 

Kate Jarvis, portrait
Class: 2023
Hometown: Menominee, Ill.
Undergraduate school: Knox College
Medical school: University of Illinois
Professional interests: Integrating family medicine and psychiatry, rural healthcare, geriatric mental health care, and obesity medicine
Outside interests: Cooking, reading, spending time on my family's dairy farm, and spending time with friends and family
Email: kate-jarvis@uiowa.edu

Nicole Woodson-DeFauw, MD 

Nicole Woodson-DeFauw, portrait
Class: 2023
Hometown: Davenport, Iowa
Undergraduate school: Luther College 
Medical school: Meharry Medical College
Professional interests: Health disparities, social determinants of health, adolescent medicine, addiction medicine, and mentoring pre-med students
Outside interests: Playing violin, powerlifting, spending time with family, watching movies, and playing games
Email: nicole-woodson@uiowa.edu

Program Coordinator

Lisa Kouba portrait

Lisa Kouba

Academic Program Management & Services Associate
Department of Family Medicine
01110-F Pomerantz Family Pavilion (PFP)
University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics
200 Hawkins Drive
Iowa City, IA 52242
Phone: 1-319-384-5078
Fax: 1-319-384-7822
Email: fmpsych-residency@uiowa.edu