Program Director

Alison Lynch

Welcome! I'm glad you are interested in learning more about the Family Medicine-Psychiatry Residency Program at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. I am really proud of this program, and I always enjoy getting the word out about our program and combined training in general.

Since its inception in 1998, our combined program 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. Resident education is a priority in both of our departments, and our residents get to fully participate in learning activities in both departments.

The program's most important asset, however, is its residents. They are simply a great group of people! I consistently hear from others around the hospital about how terrific my 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 the same 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 as many as 10 residents in each combined training program and five faculty members who 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. All of our graduates are sought by numerous employers who recognize the value of having a combined-trained physician on their staff.

I love my job. Maintaining active practices in both family medicine and psychiatry keeps me really busy but is extremely satisfying. Sometimes physicians or other people who work in healthcare ask me whether I spend more of my time as a family doctor or as a psychiatrist, I tell them I am always both! Importantly, my patients never worry about that, they are just happy that they can discuss their healthcare concerns with me, whether it is about their mental health or physical health.

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 our program coordinator, Linda Hoover, who will connect you to me or any of our residents.

Alison Lynch, MD
Clinical Associate Professor
Departments of Family Medicine and Psychiatry
University of Iowa

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