As the only medical school in five states (Washington, Idaho, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana), the University of Washington has as one of its core missions the goal of training physicians for this region. The Idaho Track grew out of our department’s commitment to this mission as well as the regional and national shortage of psychiatrists practicing outside of large urban areas. The goal of the program is to provide the broad-based training necessary to prepare residents both to work as general psychiatrists in underserved areas and to collaborate effectively with primary care providers in these communities.
The program combines the strength of the academic university environment in Seattle with those of the community practice setting of Boise. Residents spend the first half of training in Seattle, where they can take advantage of a large and diverse academic faculty, specialized clinical opportunities, and active research programs. In Boise, residents benefit from integrated training experiences in outpatient psychiatry, inpatient and outpatient consultation-liaison psychiatry, community mental health, and a wealth of elective opportunities. Didactics, clinical rotations, and psychotherapy training are carefully planned across the years in Seattle and Boise to form a cohesive and high quality educational program.
We hope that you will take this opportunity to learn more about the Idaho Advanced Clinician Track. We look forward to hearing from you and hope to meet you in the future.
Richard. C. Veith, M.D.
Professor and Chair
Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Deborah S. Cowley, M.D.
Professor and Director
Psychiatry Residency Training Program