GW Inpatient Psychiatry

Immerse Yourself in the Inpatient Psychiatry Experience at GW Hospital's 6 South Unit!

As a prospective residency applicant, you're undoubtedly seeking a program that offers a well-rounded and enriching psychiatric education. The inpatient psychiatry rotation at GW hospital, specifically at our 6 South unit, provides an exceptional opportunity for you to achieve just that and more.

Key Features of Our Inpatient Psychiatry Rotation at 6 South:
  1. Patient-Centered Care: At 6 South, we house up to 20 patient beds, ensuring an environment that allows you to focus on each patient's individual needs. Our unit exclusively caters to voluntary admissions, emphasizing a collaborative approach to treatment and patient empowerment.

  2. Dual Diagnosis Expertise: We go beyond the basics. In addition to mood disorders, our unit welcomes patients with dual substance-use and mood disorders. You'll have the unique opportunity to work with attendings who are trained in addiction psychiatry, gaining insights into addiction detox protocols and comprehensive patient care.

  3. Hands-On Learning: Typically, one intern is paired with an attending, providing a dynamic mentorship model. This close working relationship allows you to actively manage a patient volume of 8-10 individuals. It's a perfect balance, ensuring you have the time to engage with patients,  conduct therapy, teach medical students, and focus on mastering the fundamentals of psychiatry.

  4. Multidisciplinary Collaboration: At 6 South, we strongly believe in teamwork. You'll lead treatment team meetings alongside social workers, psychologists, and nurses, making each day a collaborative learning experience. This approach equips you with valuable skills to address the holistic needs of your patients.

  5. Diverse Patient Population: Given that GW Hospital is located in the center of DC, you will encounter a unique population of patients requiring psychiatric services. Most of our patients are underserved and often times without homes or employment, so you will have the opportunity to learn about the complex challenges faced by these communities.