Residency Program adds six trainees

Last month, five first-year residents joined the Department of Psychiatry, along with one second-year transfer as the department’s residency program continues to grow.

Thomas Bainter, Logan Ford and Max Lydiatt will stay in Omaha after matching at UNMC while finishing their final year in the UNMC College of Medicine. Bryndis Grissom comes to UNMC after studying at the University of North Texas Health Center, and Tianqi (Nina) Luo will head west this summer after graduating from Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University.

In 2020, the Department of Psychiatry started its new residency program with four trainees. They matched into the program a few months after visiting UNMC, meeting with faculty members and touring Omaha. This year’s matches did their interview via Zoom, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In fact, Luo said she’s never been to Omaha.

“Finding out that I matched at a program in a state that I have never been to is both a scary and exciting prospect. Since matching, so many people from the program have been reaching out to offer support. I feel very welcome and can’t wait to call Nebraska home,” she said.

Grissom also did her interviews online, but she’s thrilled to be moving to Omaha after her fiancé had matched with UNMC in pediatrics.

“We both could feel the friendly and supportive culture of UNMC – even virtually! I am looking forward to exploring the unique training opportunities that UNMC has to offer, especially the ACT team, and I cannot wait to begin,” she said.

Lydiatt said staying in Omaha was very important.

“I’ve had great experiences within the psychiatry department and have been fortunate to have had great mentorship from faculty here. I’m looking forward to continuing to develop those relationships as I grow into a more experienced clinician,” he said.

Bainter said he was also thrilled to stay in Omaha and was happy to see Max and Logan on the Match list.

“I think sharing our familiarity with the program and the area will help us learn together and hit the ground running in July,” he said.

Zachary Rupp, MD, will join this department this summer as a second-year resident after spending his first year at the University of Kentucky. He will be switching from family medicine to psychiatry. He brings the total number of residents to 10.

To learn more about this year’s class, click here.

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