Psychiatry

Residency Coordinator earns Silver ‘U’ Award

Portrait taken in the Michael F. Sorrell Center for Health Science Education on the UNMC campus in Omaha on Thursday, August 22, 2019.

Department of Psychiatry Residency Coordinator Ellie Rashid was honored with the April Silver ‘U’ award for her work in getting the department’s new residency program off to a great start.

The Silver U award is given to an employee who provides consistent performance that exceeds expectations or for other special achievements. Rashid will receive a Silver ‘U’ pin, a fleece jacket, and will be invited to lunch with the chancellor.

Rashid takes care of numerous activities inside the Department of Psychiatry’s residency program.

“We have appreciated Ellie’s willingness to learn and tackle challenges,” said Psychiatry Residency Director Dr. Daniel Gih. “She has been adaptable with learning new systems, lingo, and the accreditation processes.”

Rashid said she was surprised to win the award after joining the Department of Psychiatry in 2019, but Dr. Gih put her to work right away in recruiting the first four members of the residency. The first four residents will begin this July. Now, Rashid is working on the resident class of 2021.

“We are working on setting up and confirming their rotations and didactics for the first year,” Rashid said. “I ensure that all of their needs are met while they are with us. Starting later this summer, we will begin sifting through applications again to interview for our second class.”

As the residency team looks ahead to next year’s class, Rashid knows recruiting the next 4-5 residents will be different than finding the first four due to COVID-19. The coronavirus has already led to the cancellation of traditional Match Day festivities.

“The fall interviews may have to be done virtually, but we are still holding out hope that we might be able to host in-person interviews,” Rashid said.

Whether the interviews are done in person or virtually, one of the first faces applicants will see is Rashid’s. Dr. Gih said Rashid’s hard work played a significant role in the success of the initial matches.

“Our matched interns came from the top half of our rank list, which reflects a lot of her efforts,” Dr. Gih said. “I’m sure with Ellie’s help, next year will be equally as impressive.”

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