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
National Capital Military Psychiatry Residency Program
The National Capital Military Psychiatry Residency Program is a unique and innovative military graduate medical education program in psychiatry. Three military medical institutions with traditions of excellence in graduate medical education, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC), Fort Belvior Community Hospital (FBCH), and the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS), comprise this integrated psychiatry residency program. NCC psychiatry residents consistently score among the highest in the nation on standard training examinations and a large number of graduates have gone on to distinguish themselves as national and world leaders in psychiatry. The program has been fully integrated since 1996 and took part in the successful merging of Walter Reed Army Medical Center and National Naval Medical Center in 2011.
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, psychotherapy, and psychopharmacology 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, and military psychiatry. 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/NIMH.
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. There is also 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 National Military 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.
The integrated Walter Reed National Military Medical Center is the flagship medical center of the both the U.S. Army and U.S. Navy and has a rich tradition of excellence and leadership in military medicine and graduate medical education. WRNMMC has one of the world's largest institutes of military medical research, the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research. Walter Reed is across the street from the National Institutes of Health and shares a campus with the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. Fort Belvior Community Hospital is located in Virginia's Fairfax county and provides services for a broad range of active and reserve DoD components. The Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences is the uniformed services's own medical school where residents have opportunities to participate in medical student teaching and on-site research. USUHS medical students also rotate in the residency's participating institutions during their second, third, and fourth years of medical school.
Potential applicants are encouraged to visit the program and speak with both the program director, Dr. Patcho Santiago, and resident recruitment chair, Dr. Daniel Lee. Rotations are traditionally offered in inpatient, child and adolescent, and consultation/liaison psychiatry, though rotations in outpatient, partial hospitalization, and neuropsychiatry can be arranged if the applicant has a strong interest in one of these areas. Applicants from the Army and Navy may apply to this residency by designating the participating institution of his or her service on the military GME application form.
Clinical rotations are open to all third and fourth year medical students. If interested, please contact:
- Mr. Elijah Harvey - Student Coordinator, Office of GME
- CPT Andy Kuhle - Resident Recruiting Contact
- CDR Patcho Santiago - Program Director
- Mr. John Obie - Program Coordinator