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Regional Programs

Regional Opportunities

The UW School of Medicine is the medical school for a 5-state region, the WWAMI region (Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho).   The UW Psychiatry Residency Program is committed to training psychiatrists to serve this region, which includes about one quarter of the land mass of the United States and some of the most underserved areas for psychiatry and other mental health providers.  Training opportunities within the WWAMI region include our Idaho Advanced Clinician Track and away rotations open to residents in both the Seattle and Idaho Tracks.

Idaho Advanced Clinician Track

The Idaho Advanced Clinician Track trains psychiatrists to become outstanding clinicians with balanced training in both general psychiatry and in providing consultation to primary care physicians in small communities.  It is a separate residency program, with a separate match number and its own individual curriculum. 

Curriculum

Train for two years in Seattle in basic inpatient, outpatient and consultation psychiatry, as well as some basic subspecialty rotations (addictions, child and adolescent psychiatry).

Train for two years in Boise, ID, completing outpatient psychiatry, consultation liaison psychiatry, and primary care consultation rotations.  This track includes the unique opportunity to work in the Family Medicine Residency of Idaho clinic part-time for 2 years, providing psychiatric consultations and ongoing care.

Features

  • Small resident group (4-6)
  • No call in the PGY-3 and PGY-4 years.
  • Work closely with faculty, family medicine residents, and medical students in Boise

The Montana Track at Billings Clinic

The Montana Track at Billings Clinic's mission is to train psychiatrist-leaders, who will become change agents in the rural communities they serve, by uncovering and nurturing their passions, teaching them evidence-based clinical skills and inspiring innovative approaches to closing gaps in community-based systems of mental health care. For details contact Julie Kelso.

The Billings Clinic is a nationally-recognized, multidisciplinary clinic serving patients from Montana, Wyoming and the Dakotas.  The small group of up to six residents will join a vibrant learning environment that already includes faculty, internal medicine residents, medical students, and APRN trainees.

Curriculum

Residents will spend their first two years in Seattle completing inpatient, outpatient, and some subspecialty rotations.

During years three and four, residents will be immersed in a state-of-the-art clinical environment, with a curriculum built around trainee-specific interests and passions. Physician wellness is a priority at Billings Clinic and to maximize learning there is no overnight call in the PGY-3 and PGY-4 years.

We plan to recruit three residents per year for this track beginning to start in the summer of 2019.  For further information, please contact Suzanne Murray or Julie Kelso.

Features

  • Project ECHO Billings Clinic
  • Eastern Montana Telemedicine Network
  • emPATH Unit, a state-of-the-art psychiatric observation milieu
  • Integrated behavioral health
  • Interventional psychiatry
  • Psychiatric urgent care clinic
  • EPIC Montana, an early psychosis intervention clinic
  • Systems change, leadership, and advocacy training
  • Youth partial hospitalization program
  • School-based mental health
  • Equine therapy

Regional Opportunities

Over the past 10 years, residents have completed away rotations, for 1 to 7 months, in Montana (Bozeman), Wyoming (Casper, Cheyenne) and Alaska (currently not available).  These elective rotations are generally completed in the PGY-3 or PGY-4 year.  Available locations for WWAMI region rotations vary by year and are subject to funding. 


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