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 and 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 and Clinics. If you have questions, please contact either of our program coordinators, Stephanie Wainwright (psychiatry) or Kati Jumper (family medicine), or you can email me directly at michelle-weckmann@uiowa.edu. We can also connect you with some of our residents who are happy to talk with medical students about why they chose combined training at Iowa.

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