The nine psychiatry residents are, seated left to right, Jeremy Petrous, Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine; Emina Bajrovic, Michigan State University College of Human Medicine; Ryan Doyle, University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine; standing left to right, Jessica O’Mara, Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine; Emily Frederiksen, University of Minnesota; Andrew Riegel, Western University College of Osteopathic Medicine; Ali Saleem, Wayne State University; Rebecca Crosbie, Michigan State University College of Human Medicine; and Kelsey Lamb, University of Louisville.
Photo Credit: Mary Taber
Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services first residency class started July 1, 2014. The week prior was spent in orientation.
Nine medical students from across the country were matched with Pine Rest in March. Pine Rest has been building its Psychiatry Residency Program for the past two years.
The nine psychiatry residents are: Emina Bajrovic, Michigan State University College of Human Medicine; Rebecca Crosbie, Michigan State University College of Human Medicine; Ryan Doyle, University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine; Emily Frederiksen, University of Minnesota; Kelsey Lamb, University of Louisville; Jessica O’Mara, Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine; Jeremy Petrous, Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine; Andrew Riegel, Western University College of Osteopathic Medicine; and Ali Saleem, Wayne State University.
“I cannot begin to express how excited I am that our program received such a truly incredible and talented first year class of residents. We attracted very competitive and accomplished medical students from across the country,” says William Sanders, D.O., residency program director and Pine Rest psychiatrist. “These students have a sincere passion and drive to become excellent psychiatrists. They each possess the essential traits of kindness, compassion and intelligence, and they each have their own unique spirited personality.”
Pine Rest’s four-year program will have capacity for eight residents per year, post-graduate year one through post-graduate year four for a total of 32 residents in 2017.
“After years of dreaming, meetings beyond imagination, and hours and hours of hard work planning, creating, developing, negotiating, and documenting, meeting the residents this week was nothing short of exhilarating,” says Alan Armstrong, M.D., designated institutional officer of the residency program and chief medical officer at Pine Rest. “To find our nine new residents to be warm, whole human beings – new friends to join with us on the same journey of life and service was truly gratifying.”
Medical school graduates are required to complete a residency before entering practice. Pine Rest offers residents the opportunity to work in an inpatient, outpatient and residential environment. Working within the complete continuum of behavioral health services in the same organization is unique.
Residency for psychiatrists consists of didactic and experiential training. Clinical rotations include psychiatric inpatient and outpatient care, general medicine experience, consultation liaison in acute care hospitals and exposure to neurology. The residents will be assigned to a dedicated adult inpatient teaching unit at Pine Rest. Rotations will also include the child and adolescent unit, and geriatric unit.
“We are accomplishing something very special by training future generations of psychiatrists. These young learners will be instrumental in behavioral health medicine’s future. I am humbled and excited to serve a meaningful role in building the residency,” says Dr. Sanders. “Pine Rest has dedicated a tremendous amount of resources to develop this residency for the greater good of our community. The administration at Pine Rest deserves a tremendous amount of credit for their foresight and courage.”
About Pine Rest
Pine Rest, one of the five largest free-standing behavioral health providers in the U.S., has served the greater Grand Rapids and national community for more than 100 years. It offers a full continuum of services including inpatient and partial hospitalization, residential and outpatient services, addiction treatment and recovery, extensive child and adolescent programs, senior care services, as well as specialized assessment and treatment clinics. In addition to the main campus in Grand Rapids, Pine Rest also has 17 outpatient locations throughout West Michigan and two in Iowa. For more information, go to www.pinerest.org.