Psychiatry Residency

4-year ACGME-accredited program

Rotations at two diverse community training hospitals

Multiple community clinics available

Established in 1996 ACT team participation

Balanced psychotherapeutic and medication management training

Exceptional history of employment and fellowship opportunities

About the Program

Diverse clinical experience in community and inpatient settings

A dual-site program with a team approach to care
The Psychiatry Residency at HCMC and Regions Hospital trains the next generation of psychiatrists in an environment that promotes compassion, respect, learning, and community service. It’s a great time to enter the field of psychiatry, and our dedicated faculty, patient diversity, and advanced facilities make HCMC and Regions a great place to develop your skills. We aim to train excellent clinicians who will make a difference in the lives of those who suffer mental illness in our communities.

Established in 1996, our program provides exceptional clinical training across the full continuum of care, from emergency rotations and inpatient service at two of the Twin Cities’ largest public hospitals, to outpatient work in private practice, community clinics, and in-home consultations around the metro.

Both HCMC and Regions Hospital serve the Twin Cities' immigrant and underserved population, enabling our residents to work daily with patients of all cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds. Residents also collaborate with physicians, social workers, therapists, and other colleagues for a truly integrated, team approach. This collegial environment and our focus on teaching fosters learning at all levels and leads to strong patient care.


Early leadership opportunities and strong clinical focus

The Psychiatry residency includes diverse clinical opportunities, balanced inpatient and outpatient rotations, and a flexible PGY-4 year to focus on individual interests. Our approach provides hands-on learning and leadership opportunities early, working side-by-side with experienced professionals in a collaborative environment.

HCMC and Regions both place strong institutional value on education and research. Every resident enjoys a weekly half-day of protected time for didactics and conferences, to create a well-rounded learning environment. Residents interested in clinical research or quality improvement projects will find ample support in our foundations, the Minnesota Medical Research Foundation (MMRF), and the HealthPartners Institute for Education and Research.


PGY-1: Train in our hospitals’ state-of-the-art inpatient psychiatric units, and rotate on internal medicine, pediatrics, and neurology teams.

PGY-2: See the full spectrum of community outpatient experience, including dedicated therapy clinics, general outpatient clinics, child and adolescent psychiatry clinics, and community Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) teams working hands-on with clients around the metro.

PGY-3: Return to the hospital as leaders on inpatient psychiatry and the highly regarded consultation-liaison services, with additional rotations in chemical dependency, geriatrics, and inpatient child psychiatry.

PGY-4: Hone psychiatry skills with generous and flexible elective opportunities, including clinical research, quality improvement projects, and two international rotations.


Didactic Opportunities

Conference Overview and Research Opportunities
Psychiatry residents enjoy a weekly half-day of protected time for didactics, including departmental lectures and conferences. We expect residents to be onsite and engaged in educational activities during this period, even if no formal meetings are scheduled.

In addition, ample opportunities exist at both HCMC and Regions Hospital for clinical research and quality improvement projects. Both organizations operate separate, nonprofit research foundations: the Minneapolis Medical Research Foundation (MMRF), and the HealthPartners Institute for Education and Research.

PGY-1 Didactic Program

  • Basic Neuroscience Review
  • Ethics & Professionalism Rounds
  • Faculty Seminar Series--Hennepin
  • Faculty Seminar Series--Regions
  • Inpatient Case Conference
  • Intro to Inpatient Psychiatry
    • DSM-5
  • Introduction to Quality Improvement
  • Intro to Psychopharm
  • Intro to Therapy—Motivational Interviewing
  • Orientation
    • (Minnesota Forensic Basics, MSE, Interviewing, Charting, etc.)
  • Presentation skills/Public Speaking
  • PRITE preparation
  • Religion & Spirituality

PGY-2 Didactic Program

  • Addiction Psychiatry
  • CBT – Brief & Supportive Psychotherapy
  • Child Psychiatry Seminar
  • Child Psychopathology
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Community Psychiatry
  • Eating Disorders
  • Ethics & Professionalism Rounds
  • Evidence-based Medicine
  • Introduction to Psychotherapy
  • Journal Club
  • Outpatient Orientation
  • PRITE Review/Prep (resident led)
  • Psychoanalytic Seminar
  • Psychodynamics & Psychotherapy
  • Psychology Seminar
  • Psychopharmacology II
  • QI/Research Follow-up
  • Therapy Skills for Children & Adolescents
  • Women’s/Perinatal Psychiatry

PGY-3 Didactics

  • Advanced Case Conference
  • C/L Psychiatry
  • Emergency Psychiatry
  • Ethics & Professionalism Rounds
  • Geriatric Psychiatry
  • Forensic Psychiatry
  • Journal Club
  • Neuropsych Assessment
  • Neuroscience
  • PRITE Review/Prep (resident led)
  • Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
  • Psychopharmacology II
  • Religion, Spiritually & Palliative Care
  • Sleep Medicine

PGY-4 Didactic Program

  • Administrative Psychiatry / Transition to Practice
  • Advanced Psychoanalytic
  • Advanced Psychopharmacology
  • Group Psychotherapy
  • Human Sexuality
  • Journal Club
  • PRITE/ABPN Review/Prep (resident led)

About Our Faculty

Experienced Faculty Focused on Teaching
More than 20 core faculty lead the Psychiatry Residency at HCMC and Regions Hospital. Our teaching faculty are all full-time clinicians, with a passion for treating the mentally ill. As a group they represent decades of experience in psychiatry and psychiatric sub-specialties. We consider it a privilege to teach the next generation of mental health professionals as an essential function of our daily practice.

Program Leadership

  • Dr. Eduardo Colón Navarro, Chief of Psychiatry, HCMC, and Professor of Psychiatry and Medicine, University of Minnesota Medical School
  • Dr. Michael Trangle, Senior Medical Director, Behavioral Health, HealthPartners
  • Dr. Scott A. Oakman, Program Director, Hennepin-Regions Psychiatry Training Program
  • Dr. Puneet D. Narang, Assistant Residency Program Director, Regions Hospital
  • Dr. Nicholas R. Rogers, Assistant Residency Program Director, HCMC
  • Dr. Amitabh A. Tipnis, Assistant Residency Program Director, HCMC

Areas of Expertise

Every day our faculty share their dedication and expertise in a variety of key disciplines.

Assertive Community Treatment (ACT)
Dr. Susan Cavanaugh
Dr. John Darling
Dr. Brien Godfrey
Dr. Steven Harker
Dr. David Mair
Dr. Julie Peterson
Dr. Walter Rush
Dr. John Vuchetich

Acute Psychiatric Services
Dr. Kathleen Heaney (HCMC)
Dr. Foster Renwick (HCMC)

Addiction Psychiatry
Dr. Kathleen Heaney (HCMC)

Child Psychiatry
Dr. Caromyr Figueroa (HCMC)
Dr. Jasleen Gill (Health Partners)
Dr. Michael Koch (HCMC)
Dr. In-Lin Tuan (Health Partners)
Dr. John Wermager (HCMC)

Forensic Psychiatry
Dr. Ian Heath (HCMC)
Dr. Lorri Sills (HCMC)

Inpatient Psychiatry 
Dr. Elisha Arata (Regions)
Dr. Miriam Brown (Regions)
Dr. Christina Frazel (HCMC)
Dr. Ian Heath (HCMC)
Dr. Mahesh Kumar (Regions)
Dr. Nicholas Rogers (HCMC)
Dr. Amitabh Tipnis (HCMC)

Outpatient Clinic (various metro sites)
Dr. Jeanne Bailey (HCMC)
Dr. James Chastek (Ramsey County Mental Health Center)
Dr. Eric Goad (HCMC)
Dr. Michael Harlow (HCMC)
Dr. Noel Jarvis (Ramsey County Mental Health Center)
Dr. Barbara Johnson (HCMC)
Dr. Erica Mitchell (HCMC)
Dr. Sudhir Reddy (Health Partners Regions Behavioral Health – Maplewood)
Dr. Leena Ranade (Ramsey County Mental Health Center)
Dr. Alex Stegeman (Ramsey County Mental Health Center)
Dr. Laura Van Cleve (HCMC)
Dr. Ngozi Wamuo (HCMC)
Dr. Allison Williams (Health Partners Riverside Behavioral Health Clinic)
Dr. Stamatis Zeris (HCMC)

Partial Hospital (HCMC)
Dr. Brent Walden (HCMC)

Daybridge Program
Dr. Puneet Narang (Regions)

Psychosomatic Medicine
Dr. Eduardo Colón Navarro (HCMC)
Dr. J.J. Rasimas (HCMC)
Dr. John Wermager (HCMC)

Rotation Schedule

Rotation Schedule

Rotations at diverse community hospitals and clinics

PGY-1 Rotations

HCMC, Inpatient Psychiatry (3 required)
Regions, Inpatient Psychiatry (3 required)
HCMC or Regions, Internal Medicine (2 required)
HCMC, Neurology (1 required)
Regions, Neurology (consults, 1 required)
HCMC, Pediatrics (1 required)
HCMC, Emergency Medicine (1 required)

PGY-2 Rotations

Various locations, Psychiatry Clinic, Medication Management (2 required)
HCMC and Regions, Psychotherapy Clinic (2 required)
Various locations, ACT Team (3 required)
HCMC and Regions, Child Clinic (1 required)
HCMC and Regions, Scholarly Activity (1 required)

PGY-3 Rotations

HCMC, Inpatient Psychiatry (2 required)
Regions, Inpatient Psychiatry (2 required)
HCMC, Consult Service (2 required)
Regions, Consult Service (2 required)
United Hospital or Abbott Northwestern, Inpatient Child and Adolescent (1 required)
VA, Geriatrics, (consults, 1 required)
HCMC, Acute Psychiatric Services (APS, 1 required)
Regions, Addiction Medicine (1 required)

PGY-4 Rotations

Electives (12 required)

Application Requirements

Applications Due December 1

  • Medical school transcripts
  • Dean's letter
  • Minimum of three letters of recommendation, at least one, but preferably two, from psychiatrists
  • USMLE Step 1
  • Personal statement - Applicants are encouraged to state specific interests in the Hennepin-Regions Psychiatry Training Program

Applications received after December 1 will be reviewed only if interview times are available. We recommend submitting your application as early as possible, even if some details are incomplete.

Non-resident applicants are welcome to apply. We accept ECFMG sponsored J1 Visas.


Submission: Submit your application through the Electronic Resident Application System (ERAS). Contact your medical school’s student affairs or dean’s office for instructions. We do not accept applications through the mail. HCMC participates in the National Resident Match Program (NRMP).

Scoring: Our program requires a pass of USMLE steps I and II by the second attempt. We also accept COMLEX scores following the same criteria. Although we do not require your USMLE Step II CK and CS at the time of the interview, we highly recommend arranging your testing schedule such that passing scores are reported before February 1.

We give priority to recent medical school graduates, with a degree granted within the last five years. We consider applicants with psychiatry experience in the U.S. and/or other countries.

Each applicant will be scored based on these criteria:

  • Board scores
  • Letters of recommendation, preferably at least two from psychiatrists
  • Personal statement
  • Medical school transcripts
  • Dean’s letter
  • Research
  • Honors and accomplishments
  • Demonstrated commitment to the field of psychiatry

We require that residents pass USMLE Step 3 by February 15 of the PGY-2 year. Failure to do so will result in non-renewal of the resident contract.

Neither hospital sponsors psychiatry observerships, shadowing or externships.

Interviews: Selected applicants will be invited for interviews.

We will notify selected candidates by email.



"These past three years of residency have been a fulfilling journey. I feel that the experiences during this time have furthered my professional and personal growth. A big thanks to my HCMC family!"

What Sets Us Apart?

Full spectrum of clinical experience.

Our program prepares residents for all areas of psychiatric care, from community-based clinics and inpatient psychiatry to specialized treatment for children and adolescents, the elderly, and those with chemical dependency.

Leading facilities.

Regions Hospital offers a new, state-of-the-art inpatient mental health facility. HCMC houses one of the region’s largest and busiest emergency departments. Both hospitals have 100-bed inpatient units and a wide network of community-based clinics and outpatient services.

Assertive Community Treatment approach.

Residents train and work in the ACT model, a team approach that integrates psychiatric treatment, rehabilitation, and support to serve individuals with serious and persistent mental illnesses.

Personal and career development.

Our resident-centered program enables each resident to hone their professional interests with elective rotations, clinical research, or quality improvement projects. We promote a family atmosphere that includes annual retreats and combines training, service, and recreation.

Employment and fellowship opportunities.

Since inception, we’ve launched the careers of more than 80 graduates, with the majority serving in the Twin Cities. Our graduates are among the most sought-after in the field, with many accepting prestigious and competitive fellowships across the country.

About Our Facility

Psychiatry residents train at two leading hospitals in the Twin Cities, both with a demonstrated commitment to the region’s safety net patient population. HCMC and Regions Hospital are large academic systems with a commitment to teaching.


sandy-robinson, psychiatry residency coordinator

Sandy Robinson 

Program Manager

Phone: 612-873-7571
Email[email protected]

Hennepin County Medical Center
Psychiatry Residency Program
701 Park Avenue, B5.118
Minneapolis MN 55415

mary barraclough, psychiatry residency coordinator

Mary Barraclough

Program Manager

Regions Hospital Phone: 651-254-3103
Email[email protected]

Regions Hospital
640 Jackson Street #11302C
St. Paul, MN 55101

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