Chief Resident

Each person invested in combined Family Medicine-Psychiatry training has a unique story about how he or she came to the field. The journey to become a practicing physician is an important one and getting the types of experiences to nurture the type of career you envision during residency is key. Since it was founded in 1998, the Family Medicine-Psychiatry Residency Program at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics has helped residents develop into successful practicing Family Medicine-Psychiatry board certified physicians. 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
  • Elected Member in Training for the American Psychiatric Association Board of Trustees
  • Elected Member in Training to the Association of Medicine and Psychiatry (2 residents)
  • Received a Regional Travel Award from the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry and the Ruth Fox Scholarship from the American Society of Addiction Medicine
  • Received the American Psychiatric Associations Fellowship in Public Psychiatry and participated in the American Association of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry's Educational Outreach Program.
  • Pursued fellowships in Addiction Medicine and Health Science Research
  • Developed practices in community and at academic settings

Please consider the Family Medicine-Psychiatry Residency Program at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics and I look forward to answering any questions you may have about the program or Iowa City.

Jennifer Donovan, MD, Chief Resident, Family Medicine-Psychiatry

About Our Chief Resident

Jen grew up in Iowa and has been a Hawkeye for many years. She graduated from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa with a degree in Athletic Training before starting medical school at the University of Iowa. She came to medical school thinking she wanted to be family doctor and was torn when, during her psychiatry clerkship, she found out she also had a passion for psychiatry. Luckily, her psychiatry clerkship mentor had been in residency with Dr. Lynch and recommended the field of combined family medicine and psychiatry. During medical school and residency she developed a strong interest in medical education, and she plans to pursue a career in academics. She feels her training in the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics Family Medicine and Psychiatry Combined Residency will be an asset to her future patients, department, and mentees. She has been fortunate to see the residents ahead of her join a variety of practices and work in a variety of settings as they move beyond residency.

I chose combined training in Family Medicine and Psychiatry because I believe good healthcare has to address both physical and mental health. Patients expect us to understand how they experience illness, and as providers this means knowing how the mind affects the body and vice versa. I approach each patient looking at their physical and mental health, so there's no need to partition care between different providers. That's where patients fall into the cracks of our healthcare system. At UIHC, there is an openness to the philosophy of combined training and providers here understand that this type of training makes us better able to bridge these gaps and provide more holistic care for our patients."

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