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Career Development: Subspecialties


The UW Psychiatry Residency Program has several options available to help residents explore or prepare for fellowship training while finishing their residency training.  Opportunities to explore subspecialty training vary, from taking electives or dropping in on an interest track meeting, to formally joining one of the interest tracks described below.  Residents interested in research in a subspecialty area may also join the Neuroscience or Clinical Research Track.  Research tracks are not mutually exclusive with subspecialty interest tracks.

Addiction Psychiatry

Residents interested in addiction psychiatry can seek support in preparing for advanced training as part of the addictions fellowship, or as a general psychiatrist with special skill in dealing with addicted or dual-disordered patients. 

Optional Addictions Training for All Residents

  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Dual Disorders Treatment
  • Addiction Pharmacology/Buprenorphine Training
  • Behavioral Interventions

Addiction Psychiatry Interest Track

  • Work with an addictions-trained faculty advisor
  • Attend periodic meetings to acquaint you with faculty, residents, and opportunities for clinical practice or research in the department.
  • Supported attendance at Washington Society of Addiction Medicine Conference, and possible support for attendance at a national meeting.

Psychosomatic Medicine

Optional Psychosomatic Medicine Training for All Residents

  • Advanced electives in outpatient consultation liaison psychiatry (e.g. Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, Maternal Infant Care Clinic, HIV/AIDS Clinic, International Clinic, Diabetes Care Clinic)
  • Junior attending rotations in inpatient consultation-liaison psychiatry
  • Consultation-liaison psychiatry or health services research
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Psychiatry in the Medical Setting Track

  • Prepare for an academic career at the psychiatry-medicine interface, including consultatioin-liaison psychiatry, geriatric psychiatry, and psychiatric health services.
  • Receive four years of enhanced clinical experiences, research, mentorship, and faculty supervision by expert consultation-liaison and geriatric psychiatrists.
  • Members design and complete a research project, publish manuscripts, and increase their likelihood of acceptance into our NIMH-funded fellowships, or our ACGME-accredited fellowships in geriatric psychiatry or psychosomatic medicine.

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

  • Interested residents have the opportunity for early experience with children through internship rotations in pediatrics and/or pedicatric neurology, and through child psychiatry rotations as early as their PGY-2 year.
  • Residents may enter the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Residency in either their PGY-4 or PGY-5 year.

Geriatric Psychiatry

  • The UW Department of Psychiatry has one of the largest geriatrics divisions in the country.
  • The department has research opportunities in geriatric neuroscience, neuropsychiatry, genetics, treatment and health services.
  • Interested residents may independently pursue mentorship in research or participate in elective opportunities.

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