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Residency Policies & Procedures
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Each resident is assigned a faculty advisor at the beginning of his or her training in our program.  The primary responsibility of the advisor is to develop a personal relationship with the resident and to counsel him/her in various aspects of his/her career development.  The faculty advisor is a personal advisor/role model/ombudsman.  The program is designed to be as flexible and informal as possible, and to provide the widest possible latitude in types of advisor-resident communications.


  1. Assignments are made for all residents in the program.
  2. Each resident should contact his or her faculty advisor to set up a first meeting.  If no meeting has been arranged by the time the Training Office mails out the Documentation-of-Contact form, the advisor should call the resident and make an appointment.
  3. Either the advisor or the resident may resign or request reassignment at any time by notifying the Residency Training Office.  No explanation is required.
  4. Each faculty advisor should meet regularly with his or her resident.  Semi-annual contact with the advisor to review one’s progression through the training program is an RRC requirement.  More frequent contact is encouraged.
  5. The faculty advisor receives the resident’s performance evaluations, and should review these with the resident.
  6. The faculty advisor should also review the resident’s patient load, to assess whether or not the Resident is seeing an adequate variety of patients by age, sex, diagnosis, and treatment modality.  Concerns about the resident’s caseload should be communicated to the Training Director for corrective action.  The advisor will especially monitor the number of cases in long-term treatment (more than 12 months).  (Note that the program requires a minimum of three long-term cases, of which at least one should have an (initial) psychotic disorder and at least one a non-psychotic diagnosis, as a condition for graduation.)  The advisor will pay special attention to ethnic and cultural issues.  Should the resident receive special training about American subcultures and ethnic minorities?  If the resident is a member of a minority group, should he or she be assigned to a supervisor with a similar background?
  7. Biannually, the Training Office will distribute a “Documentation of Semiannual Evaluation ” form to the Resident.  The Resident will present the form to the advisor and collaborate in completing the form.  (The Resident should take log cards and/or log summary sheets to the session with the faculty advisor.)  The faculty advisor will return the form to the Residency Training Office, Box 356560.
  8. Aside from the formal aspects mentioned above, an informal and flexible interaction is recommended.  Case discussions, co-therapy, discussion of administrative issues, curriculum or research, socializing, lunch, or any other ethical activities are appropriate.
  9. The relationship between Resident and advisor shall be confidential,  If a Resident uses the advisor as a supervisor or if he or she is assigned to the advisor for a clinical rotation, only the strict supervisory sessions will be subject to evaluation and review by the training director or RESC.  As a guideline, however, all parties should attempt to avoid the situation in which a faculty advisor supervises his or her resident.
  10. If the Resident is involved in some academic or disciplinary problem, the Resident should feel free to ask the advisor to appear at meetings dealing with the issue at hand.  Either person may invoke the confidentiality rule at any time during the meeting.

(Revised and approved by the RESC on May 5, 1991.)


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