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Chief Residents

Shea Jorgensen, MD, Melissa Ludgate, MD & Claire McKinley, MD, MS

Welcome to the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Iowa! As chief residents, we would like to introduce you to our program. We invite you to explore our website and learn more about the opportunities that make our program special.

Our department was founded in 1920 and has a longstanding tradition of excellence. Residents receive outstanding training through a combination of diverse clinical experiences, a comprehensive educational curriculum taught by expert faculty, and abundant opportunities for research. These elements are enhanced by a supportive learning environment and strong camaraderie among residents, fellows, and faculty, as well as administrators and support staff.

In addition to our four-year categorical psychiatry residency program, we have combined training programs in Internal Medicine-Psychiatry and Family Medicine-Psychiatry, along with fellowships in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Geriatric Psychiatry. Residents and fellows from all of these programs work together throughout their training.

Our department and program leadership are highly invested in ensuring residents receive excellent training while providing exceptional patient care. Our clinical training occurs primarily at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics–a tertiary care center which receives patient referrals from all across Iowa as well as neighboring states, along with the Iowa City Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Residents also spend time at the local community mental health center in their third year, which provides experience in community-based practice.

We treat a diverse patient population and a wide range of psychiatric conditions. In addition to our general inpatient units, we have a number of unique inpatient clinical services including a combined medical-psychiatric unit, a geriatric unit, an eating disorder service, a team for patients with intellectual disabilities, and a unit for child and adolescent patients. Rotations on our electroconvulsive therapy and consult-liaison services are routinely among the most highly rated educational experiences. Senior residents have opportunities to do elective rotations in emergency psychiatry, sleep medicine, neuropsychology, neuroradiology, community outreach programs including with our assertive community treatment team, among others.

Ample social activities balance the rigorous experience of residency. Our residents routinely get together for cookouts, holiday parties, dinners, movies, trivia, bike rides, and more. Living in Iowa is easy and inexpensive. Routinely ranked highly among the best places to live, Iowa City is a vibrant university town that offers a variety of cultural activities, outdoor festivals, restaurants, theater, night life, sporting events, and outdoor recreation. It is a family-friendly area with excellent school systems and activities for all ages. Most residents live in Iowa City or nearby Coralville or North Liberty. Everything is within close proximity which makes getting around easy and efficient.

We’d love to have you come visit our city and program for yourself and hope that you’ll consider the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics for the next step in your career!