Psychiatry Residents

UW Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences is committed to preparing our residents for the emerging field of integrated care and offers a wide range of opportunities to explore integrated care settings and possibilities. All of our psychiatry residents receive training about the integrated care approach to medicine and serve as a psychiatric consultant co-located in a medical or surgical clinic during a 12-month rotation. Numerous faculty members known for their innovative contributions to the field nurture our unique emphasis on integrated care and guide our trainees through this exciting time in psychiatry.
Integrated Care Pathway for Residents
The Career Enrichment Pathway for psychiatry residents provides a rich array of experiences to learn about integrated care and to develop unique clinical skills. Newsletters and a journal club explore new integrated care research and the role of a psychiatric consultant while our Collaborative Care Rotation and independent projects go deeper for those wanting more.
Collaborative Care Rotation
In our Collaborative Care rotation, residents shadow faculty members who provide psychiatric consultations to primary care providers and care managers on a Collaborative Care team. Collaborative Care is a specific type of integrated care model developed at the University of Washington that takes a population-level approach to providing mental health care. Residents participate in rotations for a minimum of six months and spend one half day each week performing the duties of a psychiatric consultant. The rotation takes place in community health centers throughout Washington State, in UW Medicine Neighborhood Clinics, and at Harborview Medical Center.
Area of Distinction
Residents can further explore the discipline of integrated care by designing an educational tool, conducting a quality improvement project, or undertaking a health services research project. A mentor provides guidance in defining the scope of the project and the desired outcome. Completion of a project and elective rotations in integrated care can lead to an Area of Distinction recognition at graduation.
Idaho Advanced Clinician Psychiatry Track
This innovative program trains psychiatrists to practice in smaller communities, providing consultation to primary care providers in one of the first Teaching Health Centers in the United States. Residents complete two years of outpatient and consultation-liaison training in Boise, Idaho learning how to provide evidence-based, patient-centered psychiatric care.