Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
Department of Psychiatry
4301 Jones Bridge Road
Bethesda, Maryland 20814-4799
Phone: (301) 295-3294
Fax: (301) 295-1536
The National Capital Military Psychiatry Residency Program is a unique and innovative military graduate medical education program in psychiatry. Four military medical institutions with traditions of excellence in graduate medical education have joined forces to form an integrated psychiatry residency program. Residents from these institutions consistently score among the highest in the nation on standard training examinations. A large number of graduates have gone on to distinguish themselves as national and world leaders in psychiatry. Walter Reed Army Medical Center (WRAMC), National Naval Medical Center (NNMC), Malcolm Grow U.S. Air Force Medical Center (MGMC), and the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS) have integrated previously separate Army, Navy, and Air Force psychiatry residencies. After two years of affiliation between previously existing institution-based residency program, the integrated psychiatry residency officially began operation in July 1996.
The National Capital Military Psychiatry Residency is a four-year program designed to prepare uniformed services residents for the practice of general psychiatry in military and community settings. The program's mission is to train physicians to become effective psychiatrists in the variety of future roles they will fill, from military medical operations to multi-disciplinary mental health settings to primary care and other medical-surgical settings. Military Psychiatry and Psychiatry in Primary Care are two particularly strong areas of emphasis of the program. The program has more than fifty full-time faculty members, nationally known leaders in a number of areas of psychiatry, including psychopharmacology, psychoanalysis, neuropsychiatry, child and adolescent psychiatry, consultation-liaison psychiatry, military psychiatry, and psychiatry in primary care. In addition, there are more than forty part-time faculty members from other National Capital military institutions, Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, USUHS, and NIH.
Combined residency training opportunities are also offered by the program. Residents may accelerate their training in order to complete both general psychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry training in a total of five years. In addition, there is a five-year combined psychiatry-internal medicine training program offered by the National Capital Military Psychiatry Residency and the Internal Medicine Residency Program at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Graduates of this combined program complete requirements necessary for graduation from both residencies and for board certification both in general psychiatry and in internal medicine. There is also a combined five-year residency program in Psychiatry and Family Practice, utilizing this psychiatry program and the Family Practice residency program at Malcolm Grow USAF Medical Center.
Walter Reed Army Medical Center is the flagship medical center of the U.S. Army and has a rich tradition of excellence and leadership in military medicine and graduate medical education. WRAMC has one of the world's largest institutes of military medical research, the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research. National Naval Medical Center serves as "The President's Hospital." This flagship Navy medical center is across the street from the National Institutes of Health and shares a campus with the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. Malcolm Grow U.S. Air Force Medical Center is on Andrews Air Force Base, an active military base that serves the President and members of Congress. Andrews AFB also hosts an Airlift Military Command wing and active duty and reserve Navy and Air Force training units. MGMC hosts both Psychiatry and Family Practice GME training, providing a rich environment for learning the practice of psychiatry in primary care settings. The Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences is the uniformed services's own medical school and is the site for the residency's didactic courses, grand rounds, and is a center for military psychiatry research. USUHS medical students also rotate in the residency's participating institutions during their third and fourth years of medical school.
Potential applicants are encouraged to visit the program if possible, or at least talk to members of the Residency Training Committee by phone. Each participating institution offers fourth year medical student elective rotations that familiarize potential applicants with the advantages offered by this new GME program. Applicants from the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Public Health Service may apply to this residency in the same manner as to any other military GME program, by designating the participating institution of his or her service on the military GME application form.