Medical School: Indiana University School of Medicine
Hometown: Westfield, Indiana
Interests: Mood disorders, conversion disorders, catatonia, electroconvulsive therapy, psychopharmacology; traveling to national parks and historic sites, trying to visit all 50 US states (only 2 more to go!), model railroading, history, carpentry, photography, art appreciation, camping/hiking, spending time with family, binging TV shows.
Why I chose IU Psychiatry Residency: Deciding where you want to go for residency can be difficult. There are so many options and many programs start to seem similar after awhile of interviewing and browsing their webpages. Listed here are some of the reasons why I chose IU’s psychiatry residency over other programs that I interviewed at.
-I am originally from the north side of Indianapolis, and I wanted to stay in the area with the future goal of practicing within Indiana.
-Indiana is underrated. It has many things to do - cultural, outdoors, food, historical, etc. Many of these things are off the beaten path and require a little searching, but they make for great day trips. Also, we are known as the Crossroads of America, which is actually true! We are centrally located and close by to places like Chicago, St. Louis, Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, etc. Lastly, it is very affordable with a good cost of living, and a good place to start and raise a family.
-I attended IU for undergraduate as well as for medical school, and I have been continually impressed with the organization, its many opportunities, and the education it has provided me.
- IU has a wide variety of psychiatry experiences for residents that allows them to become competent and comfortable in many settings with vastly different patient populations. Core hospitals that residents spend time at include the Roudebush VA medical center, the county hospital (Eskenazi), IU Health Riley Hospital for Children, and IU Health Methodist Hospital (large city hospital). One thing I noticed when interviewing was that many programs only worked at one or two hospitals, and many had minimal or no experiences at a VA hospital (IU has residents spend approximately 1 year at the VA over the course of training).
- The psychiatry faculty. The psychiatry faculty that I interacted with as a medical student were all very supportive, encouraging, and were excellent teachers.
- Dr. DeMotte, the program director. I had the opportunity of working with him during a fourth-year medical student elective, and it was a great experience! Going into the elective I was a little nervous to work with him since he was the program director, but I found that he was very approachable and an excellent teacher. After that elective I knew I would want to continue to have the opportunity to work with him in the future.