Program Mission

The University of Washington Addiction Psychiatry Residency Program is fully accredited as a one-year program for residents entering in their PGY-5 year after completion of a General Psychiatry Residency Program. The overarching mission of the program is to provide psychiatric physicians with advanced training in the skills, clinical judgment, and knowledge necessary to the practice of Addiction Psychiatry to enable them to assume leadership positions in the field.

Clinical training occurs in inpatient, intensive outpatient, outpatient, consultation, dual diagnosis, women specific, and opioid treatment settings. Didactic training occurs through participation in a weekly seminar series. Major goals of training include developing clinical excellence in the diagnosis and treatment of individuals experiencing substance use disorders, broadening scientific knowledge in Addiction Psychiatry, furthering research skills relevant to Addiction Psychiatry, and expanding expertise in teaching Addiction Psychiatry. Close work with a range of interdisciplinary treatment teams is a core aspect of the residency. The faculty consists of a diverse group of psychiatrists, addiction medicine physicians, and psychologists who have many years of clinical and research experience in addictions.

The University of Washington is fortunate to have the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute, a multidisciplinary research center which coordinates research and training about addiction throughout the University and works closely with faculty of the Addiction Psychiatry Residency Program. The Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute has its own library as a learning resource available to residents.

The University of Washington Addiction Psychiatry Residency Program is also closely affiliated with the VA Center of Excellence in Substance Abuse Treatment and Education at VA Puget Sound Health Care System. The Center of Excellence provides the seminar series for the Addiction Residency. Residents participate in the seminar series with a group of interdisciplinary trainees supported by the Center of Excellence.

This web site is intended to give you a brief overview of the program, including the clinical sites, curriculum, special opportunities, the resident group, and living in the Pacific Northwest. If you have further questions, please feel free to call or e-mail  Jonathan Buchholz, MD. I look forward to hearing from you.