Department of Psychiatry

Hear From Our Residents


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What was/is your favorite rotation?

“Chronic forensic unit and consultation-liaison service (on-call weekends) are my favorite rotations. Forensic rotation gives you ample amount of time to work with your patients and see the effects of medication change as well as different psychotherapeutic interventions. C/L service gives me a chance to experience emergency department psychiatry and strengthens my clinical decision making skills (ie. admit vs discharge).”

-Zargham Abbass, PGY1

“So far my favorite rotation has been acute psychiatry units. I’ve enjoyed helping patients come up with a medication regimen that works and helping them get back out to their lives.”

-Jason Tucker, PGY1

“CBM chronic psychiatric inpatient. Incredibly diverse pathology and a lot of autonomy as a first year physician.”

-Drew Murray, PGY1

“I really enjoyed the inpatient psychiatry and psych consult rotations. I love complex cases and thinking about all the medical and psychiatric variables which can cause a patient’s presentation.  I also had the opportunity to present medical testimony at court several times which was a very valuable experience.”

-Apurva Bhatt, PGY2

“Med/Psych with Dr. Keeler.”

-Jacob Lee, PGY2

“My favorite rotation is definitely Consult-Liaison with Dr. Metzner, not only because I followed one of the top academic psychiatrists in the KC area, but also I felt very rewarded during this rotation, through treating patients’ mental illness who also suffer from chronic medical diseases, and also facilitating other specialties’ daily practices.”

-Fei Cao, PGY3

“My favorite rotation is Consult-Liaison, primarily because our C/L attending is just amazing.”

-Jaskirat Sidhu, PGY3

“I loved working in outpatient psychiatry clinics. I like it for a number of reasons – I love working with families, it gives me immense satisfaction, seeing my patients getting better, despite the heavy patient load. In addition to the routine medication adjustments, looking for potential medication interactions, it is curious to learn the impact of other medical disorders on my patient’s mental well-being. Working in clinics gives me an opportunity to introduce subtle therapy techniques, especially motivational interviewing and cognitive behavioral therapy.”

-Prasu Vanipenta, PGY4

“My favorite rotations in my four years here are Dr. Keeler’s medicine consult rotation for psychiatrically admitted patients, as well as Dr. Metzner’s consultation-liaison rotation where I had the opportunity to collaborate with other fields in caring for our mutual patients.  I also really enjoyed serving the geriatric and child/adolescent patient populations.”

-Jenny Shen, PGY4

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

“The people! Everyone wants each other to succeed and always willing to help.”

-Jason Tucker, PGY1

“By far the residents. They are welcoming, dedicated and talented. The food is a close second though.”

-Drew Murray, PGY1

“The residents are all excellent. We genuinely get along, and our class group chat is always poppin’.”

-Jacob Lee, PGY2

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

-Fei Cao, PGY3

“Our program director is sincerely invested in the educational needs and well-being of the residents. I also like how our program offers a good mix of psychotherapy and psychopharmacologic training.”

-Jaskirat Sidhu, PGY3

“The cultural diversity is one of the unique strengths of our program. The strong bond among us makes it nothing less than a close family.”

-Umang Shah, PGY3

“We are all a big family. Everyone is so supportive and welcoming. I am proud to be one among them and I can’t imagine myself in any other program.”

-Prasu Vanipenta, PGY4

“The breadth of educational opportunities.  Within the same month, I attended a talk hosted by the Psychoanalytic Institute on rethinking regression, listened to a panel of neurologists speak on neuropsychiatric disorders, sat in on a policy meeting in Jefferson City, and practiced administering the Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale on my partner (for science).”

-Jenny Shen, PGY4

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

“I have not chosen to do any research. However, the program is very supportive if that is something you are wanting to do!”

-Jason Tucker, PGY1

“Currently not pursuing my own research. However, we do have monthly research meetings and a lot of interest once the transition to residency settles down.”

-Drew Murray, PGY1

“My work is in politics and public policy. I have been attending events and board meetings with Missouri’s branch of the APA.”

-Jacob Lee, PGY2

“I am currently writing a few case reports from interesting patients I had on the psychiatric consult service.  I am also working on research paper describing suicide via firearms in Missouri.  The program has supported me in attending conferences to present my work. The department also hosts monthly research meetings which are helpful to gain mentorship, support, and ideas for new projects.”

-Apurva Bhatt, PGY2

“My research focuses on interactions among chronic pain, opioid use disorder, and mood disorders. I would like to manage chronic pain using 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 giving me protected time to pursue my research interests, with the help of multiple faculty members from our department and UMKC medical school.”

– Fei Cao, PGY3

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

“My wife and I are both from Kansas City, so it was a no brainer to choose the UMKC program here.  We spent the past 4 years in Chicago and Kansas City stacks up well as far as things to do, whether it be Chiefs/Royals games, art fairs, farmers markets, and obviously the BBQ! It is very affordable and always provides a sense of community, making it a great place to start a family.”

-John Danaher, PGY1

“For fun I usually explore the city with my wife! The most fun we have is typically when we go to the River Market in the fall with coffee and look at the different shops. We also really enjoy spending time in the Crossroads and Waldo!”

-Jason Tucker, PGY1

“Visit with family, explore the nightlife and lift.”

-Drew Murray, PGY1

“I really like the arts in Kansas City.  I love the Nelson Atkins Museum!”

-Sara Anderson, PGY1

“I enjoy the art scene in Kansas City (First Fridays, art festivals at the Nelson Atkins), watching the KC Chiefs, and taking my dogs to the Shawnee Mission dog park.  City Market is also a gem of Kansas City.”

-Apurva Bhatt, PGY2

“I’m very active around KC. There’s always an art festival, music concert, or board game meet up no matter what the season.”

-Jacob Lee, PGY2

(Dr. Kuhlman asked that we keep his response from last year the same, as “my feelings about the Chiefs have not changed.”)  “I am an avid Chiefs fan and watch every game (occasionally call gets in the way). I make a point to go to one game per year, the atmosphere at Arrowhead is incredible. During the season we can wear our Chiefs gear at work on Fridays and I always participate. Go Chiefs!”

– Jake Kuhlman, PGY2

“I like Kansas City for its people, and its fountains come in as a close second.”

-Matt Bond, PGY2

“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, PGY3

“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, PGY3

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

– Waquar Siddiqui, PGY4

What are your plans for the future?

“Find my niche in psychiatry. From there, my wife and I plan to purchase a home here in Kansas City and travel the world in our time off!”

-Jason Tucker, PGY1

“To figure out my plans for the future.”

-Drew Murray, PGY1

“I plan to pursue a fellowship in Child and Adolescent psychiatry, and I hope to one day work in a hospital/center which specializes in first episode psychosis.”

-Apurva Bhatt, PGY2

“Work in a clinic setting specializing in gender and sexual minority patients.”

-Jacob Lee, PGY2

“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 pain fellowship immediately, and to use what I learn to help chronic pain patients’ both physical and emotional suffering.”

-Fei Cao, PGY3

“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, PGY3

“I would like to see myself practicing in the outpatient setting, eventually having my own practice.”

-Prasu Vanipenta, PGY4

“Thinking about opening my own outpatient practice.”

– Waquar Siddiqui, PGY4