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Triumphs & Tribulations of Being a Psychoanalytic Candidate

  • October 02, 2021
  • 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM
  • 3608 15th Ave S, Minneapolis


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Join us for an in-person backyard gathering on

Triumphs & Tribulations of Being a Psychoanalytic Candidate

Himanshu Agrawal, MD, and his wife, Sarah Thordsen, MD, have graciously agreed to share their personal experience of this rigorous training.

Saturday, October 2, 2021

2:30-4:30 PM


Backyard of Molly Nicholson 

3608 15th Ave S, Minneapolis


$10 per person, event is open to MPSI members and guests

Fee supports the events committee's future programming and 

includes beverages and refreshment.

RSVP by September 30




Dr. Himanshu Agrawal was born in New Delhi, India and spent his childhood living with his family in Bangladesh (ages 1.5-4), London (ages 6-9), Moscow (ages 16-18), and Nepal (ages 24-25). He attended medical school in New Delhi, India (ages 18- 24), and then moved to Minnesota where he completed his residency (ages 25- 29) and child psychiatry fellowship (ages 29-31).

He then moved to rural Wisconsin (ages 31- 39) to work for a non-profit, where he was the only child psychiatrist in a 50-mile radius. Himanshu moved to Milwaukee, WI (age 39) so that he and his wife could raise their son closer to his wife’s family. He is the first long-distance candidate approved by Minnesota Psychoanalytic Institute and serves as an assistant professor within the department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Medicine at Medical College of Wisconsin. He feels he has won enough fancy awards to invoke Winnicott’s concept of “good enough” and remains embroiled in the task of integrating parts of his insatiable Tiger-Mom mother and his charming Too-cool-for-school Father.



Dr. Sarah Thordsen was born and raised in a suburb of Milwaukee, WI. She became a world champion horse rider at the age of 16, and often says ‘yes, but what have I accomplished ever since?’ She then graduated precociously from Northwestern, attended medical school at MCW before pursuing a 6-year training to become a cardiologist. Currently she is an associate program director for wellness in the division of cardiology at MCW, and the director of nuclear imaging. She would agree that compared to being Himanshu’s wife and Krishna’s mother (age 5), all these tasks and accomplishments have been a breeze.


Questions? Contact MPSI Program Committee

Emily Eng, Julian Ernst, Kylie Gamm, Bennett Jones, Erin Trapp

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