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Career Development: Teaching


The University of Washington Psychiatry Residency Training Program values training residents to be effective teachers.  All residents teach medical students and junior residents in clinical and didactic settings. For residents especially interested in teaching and curriculum development, the program offers a Teacher Scholar Track.

Teaching Experience for All Residents

Required didactics

  • Teaching medical students (PGY-1 year)
  • Supervision and teaching of junior residents (PGY-3 year)
  • Teaching small group seminars (PGY-4 year)
  • Educating patients and families (PGY-4 year)

Required  Experiences

  • Teach medical students on inpatient and consult rotations (PGY-1 and PGY-2 years)
  • Teach junior residents on training call (PGY-3 and PGY-4 years)
  • Teach 2-3 didactic sessions to the PGY-1 class (PGY-4 year)

Optional Opportunities For Residents

  • Create individualized electives in teaching, curriculum development, or take medical education coursework.
  • Become a Chief Resident and teach medical students and junior residents.
  • Co-teach required therapy seminars for junior residents

Teacher Scholar Career Enrichment Pathway

The Teacher Scholar Track was established in fall 2010 to foster residents’ interests and careers in teaching, curriculum development, and a career as a clinician educator.

Who can join?

  • Residents can apply in their PGY-2 or PGY-3 year

Benefits of the Teacher Scholar Track

  • Work with a faculty mentor on a teaching or curriculum development project
  • Scheduled, protected time to work on your project
  • Monthly track meetings include faculty-resident co-taught sessions (e.g. adult learning theory, setting educational goals and objectives, and teaching methods) and works-in-progress sessions

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