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Saint Elizabeths Hospital Psychiatry Residency Training Program Awarded Five-year Accreditation

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Saint Elizabeths Hospital Psychiatry Residency Training Program Awarded Five-year Accreditation

Move from prior two year accreditation underscores advances in the training program.

The Residency Review Committee for Psychiatry from the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education has granted five year accreditation to the Psychiatry Residency Training Program at Saint Elizabeths Hospital, the District’s state psychiatric facility.

The re-accreditation process involved interviews and an extensive review of records to ensure adequate financial support, participating sites, qualified faculty, licensure, resident evaluations, and complementary policies and procedures.

“Moving from a two-year accreditation to five-year accreditation—the maximum accreditation cycle that can be awarded—underscores the significant advances made by the program under the new Hospital administration,” said Stephen T. Baron, Director of the Department of Mental Health which operates Saint Elizabeths Hospital.

Organized in 1938, the Psychiatry Residency Training Program provides four years of comprehensive training in all major areas of psychiatric practice with patients from a variety of cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds including patients who suffer from chronic, severe mental illnesses and others with significant neurotic and characterological difficulties.

Clinical rotations at local hospitals, including Providence Hospital, Prince Georges Hospital Center, Washington School of Psychiatry, Children’s National Medical Center, and Washington Hospital Center, are part of the residency training program. Residents also provide consultations to organizations within the community.

Many of the graduates pursue further training in psychiatric specialties, such as community psychiatry, child psychiatry, psychiatric research, forensic psychiatry and psychoanalysis and public psychiatry.

For more information on the Saint Elizabeths Hospital Psychiatry Residency Training Program, contact Dr. Farooq Mohyuddin, Director of Psychiatry Residency Training, at (202) 645-8777.