Meet the Faculty
When you first arrive at Mayo Clinic, you’re assigned a resident “big sib” to help you acclimate to the Mayo Clinic community. As this is a “high-demand, high-support residency,” in the first three months of internship you’ll have a “super second” assigned to your services. These are PGY-2 residents whose sole purpose is to help junior colleagues succeed in taking primary responsibility for their patients.
Mentors are never assigned, as mentoring relationships are just that: relationships. They’re best made by the individuals involved. Faculty members are readily accessible and enthusiastic to mentor, and program leadership is always ready to make recommendations regarding potential fit based on interest.
Typically, residents develop multiple relationships with mentors centered on common interests or ongoing projects. The department is large enough (more than 40 M.D.s and 20 Ph.D.s) to offer a diversity of styles and strengths, yet small enough for residents to feel “known.” This context, coupled with regular interface with program leadership, provides a supportive setting for career planning and development.
Individual clinical supervisors are assigned beginning in the first year, and after that each resident has a minimum of two individual supervisors each year. The expectation for each supervisory relationship is that it meets at least one hour a week.
Psychiatry and psychology staff at Mayo Clinic are committed to teaching and facilitating the growth of medical knowledge. Many of our faculty have conducted research, published and lectured extensively, and are recognized leaders in their field. Throughout your training, you’ll have direct access to our Department of Psychiatry and Psychology faculty members.
From the program leadership
Welcome to the Mayo Clinic Psychiatry Residency. A program that’s grounded in the traditions established by the Mayo brothers — where cutting-edge clinical work and patient-centered medicine cannot exist without equal dedication to research and education.
The science of psychiatry is changing rapidly even as the art remains firmly rooted in the physician-patient relationship. At Mayo Clinic, we strive to train psychiatrists for the future who are well equipped across the spectrum of skills that we offer our patients. The breadth of that commitment is evident in the diversity of clinical experience and didactic training.
Down the road, we want to see our graduates practicing effectively in multiple settings by integrating a broad set of skills: as consultation psychiatrists working in concert with other physicians; as dynamic psychotherapists who “listen with the third ear;” as psychopharmacotherapists who bring the strength of neurochemistry to bear on acute and chronic illness; as community psychiatrists who capitalize on cooperation with allied health professionals; as teaching psychiatrists who share the gift of experience with both our patients and colleagues; and, as researchers who find human suffering to be the catalyst for asking new questions and pursuing better answers.
We are very proud of the learning community that we are all responsible to and for, and we are looking for passionate, hardworking colleagues to learn and work with us!
Cosima Swintak, M.D.
Psychiatry Residency Program Director
Robert Morgan, M.D., Ph.D.
Psychiatry Residency Associate Program Director - Inpatient Services & Education
Kristin Somers, M.D
Psychiatry Residency Associate Program Director - Outpatient Services & Education
Many prominent professors visit Mayo Clinic each year. They commonly present their work in Grand Rounds and occasionally extend their time at Mayo to include additional teaching sessions with the residents. You’re encouraged to take full advantage of these opportunities.