Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Residents, 2016

University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences sponsors a fully accredited psychiatry program, which was established in 1993. We are proud of the diversity of our residents and high percentage of graduates who have passed the examinations of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. We are even more proud of the maturity, compassion and humanism of our faculty and residents.

Our residents experience progressive, supervised clinical responsibilities at various teaching facilities in Reno. Residents learn psychiatric assessment, diagnosis, treatment planning, inter-disciplinary team management, pharmacotherapy, and psychotherapy in acute inpatient and long-term outpatient settings. Residents treat an appropriate mix of public and private patients. Opportunities for medical student teaching at the training sites and during didactic sessions are available. Research and publication by residents are encouraged but not required for program completion.

Residents are prepared for general psychiatric careers. Many of our residents have been accepted into sub-specialty programs.

Statements from our co-chief residents

I am a third year resident and co-chief resident. I am as close to being a native Nevadan as I can get without being one. I've been in Reno, Nevada since I was 6 months old and was determined to be a doctor since I was very young. I went to UNR and majored in Chemistry and Political Science. After graduating, I took the opportunity to take a break and experience what made Nevada famous and became a blackjack dealer. Despite the fun of winning for the house, medicine was still calling. Soon after starting at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine I had the opportunity to attend the Betty Ford Substance Abuse Program to learn about addiction and became interested in psychiatry. The choice was solidified during my third year after I spent 6 months living in Elko to learn about rural medicine, and I saw the lack of mental health access in rural areas. I chose to stay in Nevada because of the great need for psychiatric providers and my love for the state.

Staying in Nevada was an easy choice and after residency I plan to attend a fellowship in Consultation-Liaison psychiatry and return to the state to practice. When I'm not at work you will find me training for marathons or knitting.

- Emma Garcia-Ryder, MD

There are many things that drew me to the UNR psychiatry residency program. As a medical student at UNR School of Medicine I was fortunate to work with residents and attendings from the program during every year of my training. What I saw were residents who treated each other like family and friends as well as professional colleagues. They ihnteracted openly and had fun together both on and off site. It was clear that the residents cultivated a very welcoming and comfortable environment while continuing to be professional and collaborative. With a small number of residents it was easy to get to know your classmates well and maintain relationships despite being on different sites. There was also the approachability and openness of the attendings who were clearly motivated to teach, open to questions and supportive in all regards. When coupled with the outstanding quality of our attendings it was clearly an environment conducive to learning.

The program was also an environment that promoted a healthy work/life balance. It was clear that the residents had adequate time to engage in their various interests while still becoming adept at the tasks set before them. There was definitely enough to do with personal time. Reno is a hidden treasure at the base of the Sierra Nevada mountain range with beautiful scenery, plenty of outdoor activities and mild weather (if you don't mind a little heat). My family and I spent many days during medical school at Lake Tahoe, hiking the mountains, fishing in Pyramid Lake and enjoying the multitude of parks dotting Reno. The city itself has grown significantly over my time here and we now have a robust downtown area with great restaurants, night life and activities. With the opportunity for a great education with excellent residents in an area rife with meaningful activities it was an easy choice for us.

-Nick Hollister, MD