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Psychiatry Externship

The Washington DCVA Medical Center welcomes your interest in our psychiatry externship program. Our program provides physicians with a unique learning opportunity with United States military veterans. Physicians working under the supervision of board-certified, attending psychiatrists can participate in a variety of potential settings including a substance abuse rehabilitation program (SARP), a mental health intensive case management program (MHICM), and an inpatient psychiatric unit, Mental Health Clinic, Emergency Room and Consultation Liaison program. Patients at the DCVA have a full spectrum of diagnoses with an emphasis on dual diagnosis and chronically and/or severely mentally ill. Supervision and training in the diagnosis and evaluation of DSMV disorders, clinical interviewing, history gathering, the prescription of psychotropic medications, and psychotherapeutic input are essential aspects of this training experience. Externs participate in didactic seminars.

Externs are expected to work full time and stay a minimum of six months. A letter of recommendation will be provided at the end of your training.

Externs are volunteers; thus, the medical center does not offer any financial compensation or benefits to doctors during the externship period. The VA requires fingerprints for a background investigation, and clearance through Occupational Health.

To apply, please send the following:

  • letter of interest
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • USMLE Step 1 score report
  • USMLE Step II ck score report
  • USMLE Step II cs score report
  • USMLE Step III report
  • ECFMG certificate

Send to: Shobha Shirali, M.D. at Shobha.shirali@va.gov. Applications are accepted throughout the year.