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Psychiatry Residency Training Program
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Residency Policies & Procedures
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The University of Washington Psychiatry Residency Program aims to provide an outstanding education in psychiatry, adhering to the Common and Psychiatry-specific requirements of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME); preparing graduates for the Psychiatry examination of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN); and equipping them for a wide variety of careers within Psychiatry.

Psychiatry residency requires 48 months of training, or 36 months if the resident enters the program at the PGY-2 level, after completing a clinical year of education in an ACGME-accredited specialty requiring comprehensive and continuous patient care, such as Medicine, Pediatrics, Family Medicine, or a Transitional Year. The program specifies elsewhere the mission of the program, and the goals and objectives for each PGY-level of training and for clinical and didactic experiences. Overall goals of the program are:

Patient Care

  1. To provide high quality clinical experiences, rotations, and supervision in primary care, neurology, inpatient psychiatry, emergency psychiatry, consultation-liaison psychiatry, addiction psychiatry, geriatric psychiatry, child and adolescent psychiatry, and outpatient psychiatry, and exposure to forensic psychiatry, community psychiatry, and electroconvulsive treatment, as required by the ACGME.
  2. To provide excellent training in diagnosis, differential diagnosis, pathophysiology, theoretical models, and treatments in psychiatry, including training in psychotherapies, as specified in the ACGME requirements.
  3. To provide exposure to, and experience with, the diagnosis and treatment of patients with a wide variety of psychiatric conditions and an appropriate mix of ages, gender, socioeconomic status, ethnicity.
  4. To provide supervision that is appropriate to the resident's knowledge and skills, and to provide increasing autonomy and responsibility as the resident progresses through the program, as appropriate.
  5. To provide a variety of elective rotations, including opportunities to pursue research during residency.

Medical Knowledge

  1. To provide regular, high quality didactics covering a range of topics, as required by the ACGME, and organized in a developmentally appropriate sequence across the years of training.
  2. To provide other learning opportunities, such as regular conferences, Grand Rounds, case conferences, journal clubs and evidence-based psychiatry conferences, psychotherapy seminars to enhance residents' acquisition of existing knowledge and skills in lifelong learning.

Practice-Based Learning and Improvement

  1. To provide regular supervision, formative feedback, and evaluations, so that residents can incorporate feedback into their practice and education.
  2. To provide instruction and experience in use of information technology in patient care; locating and appraising evidence from the literature; and applying it to patient care, as appropriate.
  3. To provide instruction and experience in educating patients, families, other health care providers, medical students, and junior residents.
  4. To provide case conferences, case reviews, self-assessment and goal-setting, quality improvement activities, and other opportunities for residents to examine and improve their practice.

Interpersonal and Communication Skills

  1. To provide instruction and experience in communication with patients, families, other physicians, other health care providers, health care agencies, and the public, across a wide range of socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds.
  2. To teach skills in consultation to other physicians and health care providers.
  3. To provide instruction and experience in interviewing, empathic listening, and therapeutic interventions.
  4. To teach skills in written communication, including maintaining timely, legible, and clinically appropriate medical records.
  5. To teach skills in working in and leading multidisciplinary teams.


  1. To foster professionalism in both faculty and residents and provide a supportive, respectful, and collegial learning environment.
  2. To help residents to develop a professional identity as a psychiatrist, including demonstrating compassion, integrity, and respect for others; responsiveness to patient needs that supersedes self-interest; respect for patient privacy and autonomy; accountability to patients, society and the profession; and, sensitivity and responsiveness to a diverse patient population, including but not limited to diversity in gender, age, culture, race, religion, disabilities, and sexual orientation.
  3. To educate residents regarding, and promote thoughtful discussion of, ethical and professional issues particularly relevant to psychiatry.

Systems-Based Practice

  1. To provide instruction and experience in working in different health care delivery systems.
  2. To teach residents about specific issues in systems-based practice relevant to psychiatry, such as involuntary commitment, decisional capacity, other legal and forensic issues in psychiatry, resources in the system available for treatment and support of patients.
  3. To foster a spirit of patient advocacy and skills in coordination of care.
  4. To teach residents to incorporate considerations of cost effectiveness and risk benefit analysis into patient care.
  5. To provide opportunities to identify and work to solve systems errors.


  1. To foster a collaborative, collegial, supportive, respectful learning environment.
  2. To provide high quality faculty supervision and teaching.
  3. To ensure adequate resources, program leadership and staffing to allow a high quality education for residents.
  4. To provide a routine, regular, fair evaluation process for residents and faculty.
  5. To provide opportunities for residents and faculty to give feedback about the program, and to participate in program-improvement projects.
  6. To provide a fair disciplinary, remediation, and grievance process, as necessary.

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Psychiatry Residency Training Program
1959 NE Pacific Street, Box 356560
Seattle, WA 98195-6560