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UWMC Inpatient Psychiatry
The inpatient psychiatric unit at the University of Washington is a voluntary unit with 14 inpatient beds located on the seventh floor of the University of Washington Medical Center. Three of the beds are designated as medical psychiatric beds for patients with more acute medical concerns. The service has about 750 inpatient admissions per year, and a 6-7 day length of stay. The unit accepts referrals from Washington, Alaska and Montana, as well as from psychiatrists in local practice and from regional mental health centers. First and second year psychiatry residents are assigned as team leaders for two multidisciplinary teams that include medical students, social workers, occupational therapists, At times a neurology resident, a psychology resident and nurses.
Residents care for psychopathology ranging from major depression to schizophrenia, as well as personality disorders and dementia. Patients frequently have co-morbid substance abuse and medical illness. The residents receive assistance from the medical consultation service. The rotation also includes experience with a managed care/insured patient population. Residents are supervised by one of four attending psychiatrists.
Residents assigned to inpatient psychiatry are required to read all of the articles in the Inpatient Syllabus. This is a full-time rotation with a minimum length of 2 months. The rotation may include night float and one week of assigned vacation.
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