Psychiatrists are medical doctors (M.D. or D.O.) specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of mental illness. Following medical school at an accredited university, the psychiatrist completes a residency program in preparation for diagnosing and treating patients with symptoms of mental health illnesses.
Psychiatrists at the Oregon State Hospital utilize tools including, but not limited to, psychotherapy, psychosocial interventions, and/or medications to diagnose and treat patients with mental illness. Psychiatrists lead and oversee the patient-centered interdisciplinary care teams which include psychologists, nurses, social workers, and other mental health care professionals to provide individualized treatment plans which best suit each patient’s unique needs.
The psychiatry program at OSH was initially approved by the American Psychiatric Association in 1952, and reached full accreditation in 1960. At full accreditation, fourteen full-time medical residents participated in the three-year program.
In 1990 Oregon’s psychiatric training programs were consolidated and transferred to Oregon Health Sciences University. OHSU psychiatry residents now rotate through OSH for training in forensic and geriatric psychiatry.