Public Health Track

In 2013, we obtained funding to expand the residency from 8 to 9 residents per year, which in turn has allowed us to create the Public Heath Track. The goal of the track is to train psychiatrists who are prepared to address the mental health needs of an increasingly diverse population across the State of Wisconsin. The Public Health Track (PHT) will include clinical experiences supervised by psychiatrists across Wisconsin.

Residents on the Public Heath Track will be able to:

  • Provide mental health care to an increasingly diverse patient population, demonstrating compassion, integrity, respect for others and sensitivity to differences.
  • Demonstrate competence in working in community-based treatment programs across the state.
  • Provide mental health care to patients at remote locations using telemedicine technology.
  • Identify systems issues in clinical care and provide recommendations as to how to address these issues.
  • Recognize disparities in mental health care at individual, community and state levels.
  • Advocate for improvements in the mental health system across the State of Wisconsin, including advocating for patient access to community and system resources.
  • Recognize and appreciate the unique issues facing individuals with mental illness in rural areas and in other underserved areas.
  • We are developing the following experiences for PHT residents:

    • Ambulatory Family Medicine rotation in Lancaster
    • Rural Inpatient and Outpatient Psychiatry at the Marshfield Clinic
    • Telepsychiatry at the VA
    • UW Hospital and Clinics Telestroke Network
    • The Monroe Clinic in Monroe
    • Memorial Medical Center in Ashland
    • Green County Human Services

    Members of the Public Health Track

    • Rebecca Radue, PGY4 is dedicated to providing for and improving the mental health of communities. She is actively involved in NAMI Wisconsin (the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the nation's largest grassroots mental health organization) and is a member of the Wisconsin Medical Society Council on Legislation. She values undergraduate medical education and wants to get students interested in Psychiatry. She hopes to practice psychiatry in rural areas when she finishes her training, while remaining strongly involved in mental health advocacy and undergraduate medical education.
    • Melanie Scharrer, PGY3, has a strong background in rural medicine, having been part of our medical school's Wisconsin Academy for Rural Medicine (WARM) program. She also has a nursing background and a strong interest in geriatric mental health issues.
    • Katrina Hickle-Koclanes, PGY3, is very interested in health policy and worked as a case manager, aiding patients without insurance in Colorado. While in medical school at Creighton, she received the Gold Humanism Award, a testament to her commitment to service.
    • Amanda Delaney, PGY2 Amanda has an MPH from the University of Minnesota and attended UWSMPH, where she was in the Wisconsin Academy for Rural Medicine (WARM) program. Her interests are very much in line with those of the Public Health Track - namely learning about methods of delivering mental health care to rural, underserved areas of Wisconsin. She is interested in exploring new clinical opportunities in the La Crosse area.