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Psychiatry residency program graduates first class

June 20, 2018
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William Sanders. Courtesy Pine Rest

A four-year psychiatry residency program in Grand Rapids has graduated its first class of students.

The Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services Psychiatry Residency Program is a partnership between Pine Rest and Michigan State University.

Residency is the stage of medical training that follows medical school. Successful completion of a residency program is a requirement to obtaining an unrestricted license to practice medicine.

From there, residents may take jobs or continue studying a specialty in a fellowship.

The program took place at Pine Rest, where students rotated working in many different inpatient and outpatient areas of the organization, according to William Sanders, D.O., the residency director. That includes studying specialty work, like forensic psychiatry.

Sanders said the program is important, because it provides the area with psychiatry training, and many of those students stay in the area.

“They will provide immediate benefits to our community as they use their training and skills to improve the lives of thousands of people in desperate need of help,” Sanders said. “I am proud that our residents will leave our program living the mission of providing kind and compassionate behavioral health care in our community.”

While Pine Rest sponsors the residents, Sanders said, MSU works with them on scholarly projects and gives them access to “years of experience” and the university’s electronic library.

The partnership also provides a link that helps bring MSU students into the program, though the university does not feed them into the program. Many of the residents come from MSU but not all.

The program being tied to a significant university also tells the students it’s a good program, Sanders said.

The program gains roughly 10 new students per year. At the start of the new year in July, the program will have 41 residents and three fellows.

Several of the new Pine Rest graduates are choosing to continue in fellowships, two at Pine Rest.

The graduates and their plans:

Emina Bajrovic, M.D., Psychosomatic Medicine Fellowship, Oregon Health and Science University

Rebecca Crosbie, M.D., pursuing outpatient psychiatry opportunities

Ryan Doyle, D.O., Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship, Dartmouth-Hitchcock

Emily Frederiksen, M.D., Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship (year 2), Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services

Jessica O’Mara, D.O., Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship, Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services

Jeremy Petrous, D.O., Sleep Medicine Fellowship, Dartmouth-Hitchcock

Andrew Riegel, D.O., Munson Healthcare Outpatient Mental Health Clinic

Ali Saleem, M.D., Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship, UCLA – San Fernando Valley

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