Michigan Medicine's House Officer Mental Health Program has been in existence since 1996, providing a range of mental health services to a large number of house officers in all disciplines. We are committed to supporting house officers during this significant, rewarding, and often stressful stage of life. We complete over 70 new evaluations annually, evaluating and treating a broad spectrum of mental health needs, including: depression, anxiety, sleep difficulties, ADHD, stress management, interpersonal difficulties, and work-life balance issues, to name a few.
How to Schedule an Appointment
To schedule an evaluation, simply contact Natalie Dooley, our program’s administrative assistant: 734-763-4215.
Identify yourself as a house officer and she will help you make an appointment, either at the University Hospital or at the Rachel Upjohn Building, adjacent to East Ann Arbor.
What to Expect When You Make an Appointment
Our attending psychiatrists are available to see house officers EXPEDIENTLY for a FREE OF CHARGE and CONFIDENTIAL initial evaluation (insurance is not billed and the visit is not documented in MiChart). This typically takes about 60-90 minutes.
If ongoing treatment is recommended, this may take place in our department, and subsequent visits would be billed/documented in the usual fashion. If a house officer prefers to be treated outside of our health system, then we are happy to provide referrals for experienced, reputable community-based psychiatric and psychotherapeutic providers.
Who We Are
Kate Baker, M.D. – Director, House Officer Mental Health Program
I have been evaluating and treating medical students and house officers at The University of Michigan since I graduated from residency in 2014. This is how I spend most of my clinical time and I love it! I am dedicated to improving access and reducing barriers to mental health treatment in this population. I am also a University of Michigan medical school and residency graduate myself. In my spare time, I like to spend time outdoors, run, read, and wrangle my two young children. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us!
Karla Blackwood, M.D. – Faculty Psychiatrist
Although it’s been over 20 years since I started my residency training, it still feels like it was yesterday, and I remember it quite vividly. Physician training is a unique, rewarding, challenging, and sometimes isolating time in our lives. I strongly believe that it is important to have as much support as possible. It is for this reason that I feel honored to be able to provide support during this part of your journey. I graduated from residency in 2000 and have worked in a variety of settings before I joined the faculty in 2009, but no other setting has been as deeply rewarding.
I received my undergraduate, medical school, residency and fellowship degrees from the University of Michigan. I am board certified in General Adult Psychiatry and Forensic Psychiatry. My clinical interests include: young adult and college student mental health issues; perinatal and women’s mental health issues across the lifespan; and medical student and house officer mental health issues. In my spare time, I enjoy photography, reading, traveling, and spending time with my family.
There was something else that my mother did that I’ve always remembered: ‘Always look for the helpers,’ she’d tell me. ‘There’s always someone who is trying to help.’ - Fred Rogers
Srijan Sen, M.D., Ph.D. - Associate Professor
Srijan Sen is the Frances and Kenneth Eisenberg Professor of Depression and Neurosciences. Dr. Sen’s research focuses on the interactions between genes and the environment and their effect on stress, anxiety, and depression. He also has a particular interest in medical education, and leads a large multi-institution study that uses medical internship as a model of stress.
Natalie Dooley – Administrative Assistant
I have been an Administrative Assistant in the Department of Psychiatry since August 2006, and help residents and fellows schedule appointments with the House Officer Mental Health Program. I have always had a passion for helping others and ensuring our patients needs are met. I am open and willing to help, please contact me directly at: 734-763-4215.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is it confidential?
The initial evaluation is not documented in MiChart and your insurance is not billed for the visit.
How much does it cost?
The initial evaluation is free. Ongoing treatment is subject to standard insurance copays. For UM Premier Care, the most common form of resident insurance, this is $25 per appointment.
Will medical students or residents be involved in my care?
No. You will be seen by an attending physician.
Do you have flexibility in scheduling?
Yes. We have evening appointments and can also arrange to see you in a confidential setting in the hospital itself.
Mental health treatment IS available outside of the health system, if preferred. Here are 3 group practices in Ann Arbor that have both psychiatrists and psychotherapists available, and accept UM Premier Care:
A helpful resource is a directory of mobile apps as listed by the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA). The ADAA does a wonderful job rating each app based on ease of use, effectiveness, personalization, interactive/feedback and research evidence.
- Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy by David Burns – teaches essential cognitive behavioral skills for mood and anxiety management
- Wherever You Go There You Are by Jon Kabat-Zinn – teaches essentials of developing a mindfulness practice, proven to be helpful for stress reduction
- Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind To Yourself by Kristen Neff – teaches how to limit self-criticism and offset its negative effects, enabling you to achieve your highest potential and a more contented, fulfilled life.
- Kristen Neff also has an excellent website worth checking out, including guided exercises: http://self-compassion.org/
Urgent / Emergency Services
U-M Psychiatric Emergency Services: (734) 936-5900 (available 24/7)
National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255 (available 24/7)
In the News
Here is some of the feedback we have gotten from residents who have accessed our services in the past:
“Easy to access and schedule appointments. The provider I saw was very empathetic, insightful, and helpful.”
“I really appreciated the timeliness in which I was seen, the confidentiality, and the quality of care.”
“Very quick process, great providers.”
“I talked to a psychiatrist who was readily accessible in the hospital and she referred me to continued care.”
“Excellent. Couldn't have asked for more.”