We are extremely proud of the opportunities our graduates step into based on their residency training at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Here is what a few of them are doing right now.
Class of 2012
Erik Vanderlip, MD
Erik Vanderlip is currently participating in a health science research fellowship at the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Washington. His research is focused on designing health service interventions that improve the lives and health of persons suffering from severe, persistent mental illness. He is particularly interested in the role of assertive community treatment teams acting as the medical homes for persons on their roster. Vanderlip believes that combined training provided him with the essential clinical skills to design better functioning systems of care that are relevant to patient and clinicians, and that the experience was invaluable.
Vanderlip is currently the member-in-training trustee of the American Psychiatric Association. Watch a video of Vanderlip on why he choose to pursue combined training and his interest in community psychiatry.
Class of 2011
Bess Mehring, MD
Bess Mehring is practicing as a psychiatrist in Rhode Island where she has a private practice and provides geriatric consults to nursing homes. She believes that her medical knowledge has been invaluable in diagnosing and treating medically complex and elderly psychiatric patients.
Stephen Pallone, MD
Stephen Pallone graduated from the Family Medicine-Psychiatry Residency Program at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in 2011. Pallone works at the Siouxland Community Health Center in Sioux City, Iowa, as a family physician that also provides psychiatric consults. The center is currently working with local hospitals and the mental health center to reduce psychiatric admissions and expand outpatient mental health services to the uninsured population. He believes that he could not do what he is doing with his career without combined training.
Ben Shepherd, MD
Ben Shepherd works for Katherine Shaw Bethea Hospital at a clinic in Mt. Morris, Illinois, a rural community with a population of about 3000 people, where he sees patients as a family physician and a psychiatrist. He believes combined training has allowed him to create his own position in the clinic and adapt his practice to meet the needs of the community. Because he has been able to integrate care, Shepherd believes that he is working towards improving the way health care is delivered to underserved patient in the area.
Class of 2008
Erika Lauer, MD
Erika Lauer works in a private psychiatric practice in North Liberty, Iowa. Lauer believes that combined training continues to be of tremendous benefit to her because there are a number of patients who have no primary care and she is able to fill the gap. Because there is a nexus between psychiatric and physical illness, her specialized training allows her to address that nexus. Her patients appreciate the wholistic approach. Lauer has a higher level of comfort treating pregnant women, children, and more medically ill or complicated populations.
Class of 2006
Carver Nebbe, MD
Carver Nebbe works at the Thielen Student Health Center at Iowa State University, where he practices psychiatry four days a week and urgent care one day a week. Nebbe also spends 24 to 48 hours a month working as an attending physician in the Emergency Room at the Boone County Hospital. Nebbe choose to pursue combined training because he knew he wanted to engage with patients and the medical community in multiple ways.
Class of 2005
Michelle Weckmann, MD
Michelle Weckmann is a faculty member in the Departments of Family Medicine and Psychiatry at the University of Iowa, where she specializes in hospice and palliative medicine. She is particularly interested in psychiatric illness in patients with serious (or life-limiting) illness, specifically delirium. Weckmann believes that combined training was the perfect way to prepare for her career because it uniquely qualified her to provide the patient-centered, holistic care desired in a hospice and palliative medicine physician.
Class of 2004
Oladipo Kukoyi, MD
Oladipo Kukoyi is the director of inpatient psychiatry at the Veterans Affairs Northern California Health Care System. In this role, Kukoyi is responsible for the provision of inpatient services at two hospitals, consults at the Sacramento Veterans Affairs Medical Center, and supervises the provision of psychiatric care in primary care. Kukoyi is also an associate professor of psychiatry at the University of California (Davis) School of Medicine, where he teaches medical students and mentors combined residents. He believes that combined training has allowed him the breadth and depth of knowledge to take on leadership roles.
Class of 2003
Alison Lynch, MD
Alison Lynch is a faculty member in the Departments of Family Medicine and Psychiatry and the director of the Family Medicine-Psychiatry Residency Program at the University of Iowa. In the Family Medicine Clinic, Lynch helps residents manage their patients who have chronic medical and mental health conditions. She also practices obstetrics. In the psychiatry realm, Lynch works closely with residents in the Adult Psychiatry Outpatient Clinic and the Community Mental Health Center for Mid-Eastern Iowa. She loves that she can provide comprehensive and holistic care to her patients. Her combined training experience has allowed her practice to be flexible enough to adapt over time and she has been able to develop expertise in niches in family medicine (e.g. primary care mental health, collaborative care for people with complex problems, and perinatal mental health) and psychiatry (e.g. primary care for people with serious mental illness). She is in the process of earning a master’s degree in health care delivery science. As the health care system evolves, Lynch believes combined training is the ideal way to be prepared to provide more integrated care to patients.