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Resident of the Month: Dr. Matthew Kelly

Name: Matt Kelly, MD

Medical school you attended/year you graduated: University of Nebraska Medical Center Class of 2015

Residency/fellowship at UNMC: Psychiatry

Program director: Daniel Gih, MD

How long is your training program and how long have you been at UNMC?

Psychiatry is a four-year residency program, and I am in my PGY-2 year at UNMC.

What do you like the most about your training program?

Our program promotes building mentorship relationships early in training, which has been instrumental in my development as a psychiatrist. The guidance and insight I have received from people such as Lauren Edwards, MD, and Justin Weeks, MD, have enriched my residency experience greatly.

What challenges do you foresee in graduate medical education in the future?

I think two big challenges facing GME are how to mitigate resident burnout in a meaningful way without compromising training quality and, separately, how to think about technology and its role in modern clinical practice. Today, physicians-in-training must acquire foundational knowledge and mastery over certain clinical competencies, as well as learn how to leverage technology effectively to filter and supplement new knowledge going forward into practice. I think this is an important skill to learn as a trainee.

List some accomplishments that you are proud of:

  • Becoming a physician
  • Earning my aeromedical wings as a Navy flight surgeon
  • Backpacking through the Olympic Mountains in Washington

Tell us three things about yourself that others may not know:

  • I love to play the piano.
  • I have been skydiving once in my life.
  • I once saw Joan Rivers in Eppley Airport.

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