Department of Psychiatry

Hear From Our Residents


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What was/is your favorite rotation?

“Consultation and Liaison- It gave me a broad understanding of the mix between psychiatry and medicine. I learned just how psychological functioning, medical illness, and treatment can affect one another. The rotation helped me gain vast experience in evaluation of the suicidal patient, legal issues and capacity evaluation.”

Prasu Vanipenta, PGY2

“I really enjoyed doing internal medicine consults for psychiatric patients my first year. Our patients often have medical comorbidities, which can be challenging to manage in addition to their psychiatric problems; furthermore, socioeconomic barriers to care can further complicate their long-term course. Thus, I very much appreciated the opportunity to act as a medical/primary care consultant and contribute to the integrated care for the whole patient.”

Jenny Shen, PGY2

“One of my best experiences so far has been the Consultation-liaison rotation, which is the discipline of providing professional psychiatric care to inpatients from other medical disciplines and in whom comorbid psychiatric symptoms become evident at admission or during the course of their stay. I really enjoyed working with other medical and surgical specialties and providing efficient and timely psychiatric care to these patients.”

Sabeen Khaliq, PGY3

“The outpatient clinic (all of 3rd year). It was the first time I really got to use my clinical judgment to provide care and follow the outcomes of patients I grew to have an invested interest in.”

Nora Ekeanya, PGY4

“I really enjoyed the outpatient rotation experience. It was rewarding to see patients on a regular basis, to build long lasting relationships with them, and to see them improve. In addition, the supervising attendings I worked with were knowledgeable, enthusiastic about teaching and helped me grow as a psychiatrist.”

Bob Han, PGY4

If you had to pick one thing you really like about this program, what would it be?

“We get supervised training by an outpatient attending psychiatrist every week to improve our interview techniques. Additionally, the educational environment is very strong – we have bi-weekly case conferences, grand rounds and a dedicated half-day of weekly didactics. The program director is sincerely interested in our well-being and in our educational needs.”

Jaskirat Sidhu, PGY1

“Everyone in our program is extremely supportive, including faculty members, senior residents, and administration staff. I am very proud to be a member of this big family.”

Fei Cao, PGY1

“Camaraderie among all the residents is one of the best things about our program.”

Ambika Kattula, PGY1

“Being in a program with solid clinical training, various clinical settings, strong didactics, and research opportunities are qualities I was excited to find at UMKC. Each rotation is meticulously prepared to strengthen our back bones and equip us with tools necessary for excellence in our future careers. UMKC combines all that in addition to its unique supportive and welcoming culture; from the program director, faculty, nursing, security, to my wonderful peers. No wonder you can feel easily at home here.”

Manar Abdelmegeed, PGY2

“The interaction with other disciplines (i.e. psychology, forensics, nursing etc.) in one convenient location.”

Nora Ekeanya, PGY4

What sort of research are you doing, and how does the program support you in your scholarly activities?

“My research focuses on interactions among chronic pain, drug abuse and mood disorder. I would like to deal with chronic pain from a neuropsychiatric approach – that is, to treat both physical and emotional components of chronic pain simultaneously. Our program gives me a lot of support, including designating a mentor for my research starting my intern year.”

Fei Cao, PGY1

“I am working on multiple case reports, a couple of meta-analysis papers, and am involved in two ongoing studies in TMS (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation). The program offers flexibility between clinical duties and research activities.”

Waquar Siddiqui, PGY2

What do you like to do for fun in and around Kansas City?

“I love food. Kansas City is a great place with different kinds of tasty cuisines including American, Thai, Indian, Chinese, Italian, Mediterranean etc.”

Ambika Kattula

“My favorite thing to do in Kansas City so far is to explore things off the beaten path. KC has a plethora of local businesses and artists, so walking through Westport, the Bottoms, and Volker offers a constant source of exploration. I’ve found the perfect coffee shops to get studying done, quirky local book stores, and my itch to find antiques and unusual items is constantly scratched when I run across multi-story warehouses full of things with the coolest stories. I feel like KC does a wonderful job reminding us of the past while embracing the future, and I’m never at a loss for inspiration.”

Zohaib Haque, PGY1

“I love KC because it has lot of kid-friendly places. It has museums, attractions, food, and many more. A few fun things I enjoy with my family are- visiting Worlds of Fun, an amusement park with water rides, and the Kansas City Zoo. More importantly, I love to enjoy a great morning at the City Market farmer’s market, which has lots of fresh produce and street food.”

Prasu Vanipenta, PGY2

“Ruchi’s (restaurant) in Overland park has the best Indian curries, and their Biryani is better than my mom’s.”

Waquar Siddiqui, PGY2

“I love that there are plenty of parks and trails to explore – coming from the southeast mountain region, I was initially worried that there wouldn’t be enough outdoor places to explore, but I worried unnecessarily! Just a few of my favorite spots include Loose Park, English Landing Park, Parkville Nature Sanctuary, and the trail system around Smithville Lake. I also plan to check out Grinter Farms (sunflowers!), Arrow Rock, MO, and the Flint Hills of KS in the near future.”

Jenny Shen, PGY2

“I love how many parks and fountains Kansas City has. Nothing is more relaxing than walking around the grounds of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art after a call shift or going for a run around Mill Creek Park. Kansas City also has a great arts community, which is showcased through the fantastic local theater, frequent art fairs, and eclectic sculptures placed throughout the city.”

Carl Dubose, PGY4

“KC is a very vibrant and exciting city where there is always something to do. I’m a big music fan and KC has lots to offer in terms of live music. Many big name artists come through the area, and KC has numerous historic venues both indoors and outdoors where you can catch a show.

Bob Han, PGY4

What are your plans for the future?

“I would like to be an academic physician. The combination of clinic work, medical education and research would make my life very rewarding. After my residency, I am planning to apply for either neuropsychiatry or pain fellowship.”

Fei Cao, PGY1

“My plans for the nearer future are to pursue a fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and start my own comprehensive practice. I would ideally like to focus on neuromodulation with a dedicated depression clinic, and I feel like UMKC’s program provides me with the proper tools to explore any potential avenue I would like to pursue.”

Zohaib Haque, PGY1

Thinking about opening my own outpatient practice in Kansas City with other residents.”

Waquar Siddiqui, PGY2

“Working as an adult psychiatrist in the KC region, preferably in an outpatient setting.”

Nora Ekeanya, PGY4