Psychiatry Interest Group (PsIG) @ UNMC
PsIG Mentorship Dinner

PsIG members at work at the SHARING Clinic with Dr. Ashish Sharma: (left to right) Dave Marshall, Constance Mietus, Dr. Sharma and Joey Aloi

The UNMC Psychiatry Student Interest Group (PsIG) is an active, medical student-run organization which works to promote psychiatry and mental health through a variety of different educational activities, mentorship and outreach. 


The group hosts monthly lunch meetings with speakers on mental health topics.  Past speakers have included researchers, clinical physicians, and patients discussing their experience with mental illness.  The group also coordinates and sponsors the annual Mind Your Mind: Mental Health Awareness Week.  Mind Your Mind is an interprofessional, weeklong event aimed at improving student mental health and includes education in stress reduction techniques, speakers, massages, and pet therapy. 

PsIG goals also include fostering mentorship and exploring career opportunities.  PsIG provides information on national and local scholarship, program, and conference opportunities.  Because PsIG involvement has consistently included students from each year in training, veteran members are able to provide advice and guidance to younger members on topics ranging from study tips and fourth year electives to applying for residency. PsIG also hosts an annual Mental Health Mentorship Dinner attended by physicians, nurse practitioners, psychologists and students. 

PsIG also works towards promoting mental health in the community.  Recently, the group has increased community involvement by partnering with a local teen shelter to help collect diapers and clothing.  In addition, PsIG helps to provide psychiatric care through collaboration with the student run SHARING Clinic.  This not only improves patient access to care, but provides students a supplemental opportunity to practice psychiatric clinical care. 

As you can see, PsIG is a motivated and involved interest group with opportunities for education, mentorship and service.  Interest in getting involved?  Contact: Brianna Harder, Membership Chair, at

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Mind Your Mind 2017
We will be hosting Mind Your Mind in January 2017. This is a great time for students to relax, take a break from studying, and learn how to cope with stress. We will have speakers, free food, pet therapy, massages and a movie night. More details to come soon!

Past events

April 14, 2015 12:00 noon - Student Panel and annual elections, lunch provided

April 6-10, 2015 - Youth Emergency Services Drive, collecting diapers, wipes, hygiene products and clothing in receptacles around campus

March 24, 2015 12:00 noon - Speaker Dr. Kayla Pope, lunch provided

January 27, 2015 6-9:00 pm - Annual Mental Health Mentorship Dinner

January 12-16, 2015 -  Mind Your Mind: Mental Health Awareness Week

January 12, 2015 12:00 noon - Speaker Dr. Steve Wengel, “Handling Stress through Mindfulness Meditation”, lunch provided

January 13, 2015 1-3:00 pm - Free Massages! Space limited, sign up required

January 14, 2015 12:00 noon - Panel Discussion on staying mentally healthy, lunch provided

January 15, 2015 12:00 noon - Pet therapy dogs for students in Sorrel Atrium

January 15, 2015 1-3:00 pm - Free Massages! Space limited, sign up required

Ongoing events:  PS3 Psychiatry night at Sharing Clinic third Tuesday of every month 5:00 pm

2016-2017 UNMC Psychiatry Student Interest Group Board

Check out our PsIG biosketches to learn more about our officers!

President: Christina Roberts

Vice President Internal: Kimberly Clawson

SHARING Co-Chairs: Constance Mietus and Joey Aloi

Vice President External: Jacob Wardyn 

Programming Tri-Chairs: Kemper Schumacher, Brianna Harder and Emily Maguire

BHECN Co-Chairs: Emily Maguire and Valery Tran

Mentorship Co-Chairs: Jenny Oligmueller and Ryan Hafner

Community Service Co-Chairs: Lindsay Leikam

Membership Chair: Brianna Harder

Secretary/Treasurer: Travis Schreier

PA Representative:  TBD