Psychiatry is a medical specialty focused on the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of psychiatric mental, addictive, and emotional disorders. Residency will develop clinical judgment, requisite skills, and a high order of knowledge about the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of all psychiatric disorders, together with other common medical and neurological disorders that relate to the practice of psychiatry.

In addition to the above, military psychiatry residents learn to apply psychiatric principles in the care of those in harm's way and their dependents. Particular focus is spent on evaluating/mitigating the combat and operational stressors, thereby ensuring the fitness of the fighting force. Residents are trained to fulfill their roles as clinicians, leaders, scientists, and educators as part of the military medical team.



National Capital Consortium

Tripler Army Medical Center


National Capital Consortium

Naval Medical Center, San Diego

Naval Medical Center, Portsmouth


University of Texas Health San Antonio

Wright State University


The National Capital Consortium (NCC) 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 Belvoir 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 military medical corps officers 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 particularly strong areas of emphasis of the program. The program's faculty members include nationally known leaders in a number of areas of psychiatry, including psychopharmacology, psychoanalysis, neuropsychiatry, child and adolescent psychiatry, consultation-liaison psychiatry, and military psychiatry.

Combined residency training opportunities are also offered by the program. Army residents may apply for a 3+2 child psychiatry fellowship, and if accepted, may complete both general psychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry training in a total of five years. There is also a five-year combined internal medicine/psychiatry training program offered by the NCC Psychiatry Residency and the NCC Internal Medicine Residency Programs. Graduates of this combined program complete requirements necessary for graduation from both residencies and for board certification in both general psychiatry and internal medicine.

The integrated Walter Reed National Military Medical Center is the flagship medical center of 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. Nearby is one of the world's largest institutes of military medical research, the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research. In addition, across the street from WRNMMC is the National Institutes of Health.


Program Director

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