Searching for the specialty with the right fit, then for the program that also fits with your goals and personality, can make for a challenging time as medical school winds down. Combined training in family medicine-psychiatry produces physicians who have a wide variety of practice opportunities when they finish residency. The holistic knowledge gained by combined training is intuitive for patients and quickly gaining greater appreciation from health policy makers as they develop concepts like the patient-centered medical home.
The Family Medicine-Psychiatry Residency Program at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics was founded in 1998 and has a stable history. With sponsor departments that are nationally recognized, residents in the program have achieved many honors and had many leadership opportunities. For example, our residents have:
- Participated in the Global Mental Health: Trauma and Recovery Certificate Program through the Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma;
- Been elected Member in Training for the American Psychiatric Association Board of Trustees; and
- Received a Regional Travel Award from the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry and the Ruth Fox Scholarship from the American Society of Addiction Medicine.
We hope that you'll consider the Family Medicine-Psychiatry Residency Program at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics and look forward to answering any questions you may have about the program or Iowa City.
Dustin DeYoung, MD, Chief Resident, Family Medicine-Psychiatry
Julie Voelker, MD, Chief Resident, Family Medicine-Psychiatry
About Our Chief Residents
Julie is from the Midwest, having grown up in Illinois. She attended medical school at the University of Iowa where she had the good fortune of meeting the Alison Lynch, MD, director of the Family Medicine-Psychiatry Residency Program. Julie knew she was interested in family medicine because of the long-standing relationships that primary care providers develop with their patients, but she also knew that she wanted to be able to help the underserved mentally ill population and stay in a small to medium-sized town in the Midwest. She feels that residency at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics has prepared her to reach her career goals and has found no shortage of opportunities for someone trained in family medicine and psychiatry because more and more emphasis on collaboration and co-location. Julie looks forward to practicing family medicine as well as providing psychiatry consultations in the clinics primary care doctors, where patients are more comfortable.
Dustin is a native of Los Angeles, California and moved to the Midwest to attend medical school at the University of Michigan. He decided to take a year off from medical school between his third and fourth years to participate in substance use disorders research at the University of California - Los Angeles, where he became very interested in working in addiction medicine. Dustin realized how beneficial obtaining training in both family medicine and psychiatry would be to integrate the medical and psychiatric aspects that encompass addictive disorders. After meeting Alison Lynch, director of the Family Medicine-Psychiatry Residency Program, at his interview, he knew that she would do everything possible to allow him to pursue his career goals during residency. Dustin has sought out multiple opportunities to further his training and expertise in addiction medicine, including establishing mentoring relationships with several faculty members who have shared interests, arranging elective time to work on addiction medicine rotations, and traveling to different conferences. All family medicine-psychiatry residents are encouraged to identify and pursue opportunities that help them achieve their career and training goals. Dustin says that his training experiences at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, as well as the support from the program director and faculty in both departments, have been wonderful preparation to work with addictive disorders in the primary care setting after graduation.