With a reputation
for excellence, innovation and extraordinary care of our Nation's
heroes, VA Puget Sound strives to lead the nation in terms of quality,
efficiency and public service through its proven record of innovation
and extraordinary care of Veterans. As the primary referral site for
VA's northwest region, VA Puget Sound provides care for over 90,000
Veterans each year from Washington, Alaska, Montana, Idaho, and Oregon.
The Mental Health Service has a strong academic and teaching mission,
serving as a major research and training site for future psychiatrists,
psychologists, nurses, social workers, and a number of other allied health
professionals. The VA Puget Sound has one of the Nation’s largest VA research
budgets, and is on the leading edge in many areas impacting our Veteran
population to include traumatic brain injury, telemental health, smoking
cessation, geriatrics, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), to name a few.
Education and Training
The VA Puget Sound also commits itself to the
education and training of the next generation of mental health professionals. Our
Seattle and American Lake divisions host numerous research and clinical
trainees in the fields of psychiatry, social work, psychology, and other
medical and allied health disciplines.
The Seattle Division is a major clinical training site for the largest psychiatry
residency program on the West Coast through the
University of Washington School of Medicine’s Department of Psychiatry and
Behavioral Sciences. The VA Puget Sound also supports its own psychology
internship programs and numerous psychology and psychiatry clinical and
research fellowships through our MIRECC,
GRECC, and CESATE centers at both the Seattle and American
Lake Divisions. Finally, the VA Puget Sound helps to educate hundreds of
medical students from the University
of Washington School of Medicine every year.
Supporting education not only ensures the training of superb
future clinicians, but also enriches our clinical and research environments, as
it requires a focus on the provision of cutting-edge clinical care combined
with the scholarly pursuit of the origins of mental illness.
visit the VA’s Clinical and Research services for additional information.