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No Adverse Effect on Residency Expected
Psychiatric News
Volume 44 Number 1 page 8-8

The psychiatric residency program at the University of Colorado School of Medicine said in a prepared statement that the University of Colorado Hospital's planned closure of its adult inpatient psychiatric unit will not adversely affect the residency program and its clinical rotations. The closure of the unit (see University Shuts Hospital's Inpatient Psychiatric Unit) was announced last September 30 and will take effect this month.

“This decision was not unexpected,” the statement read,“ and follows a national trend of decreasing numbers of inpatient psychiatry beds. The psychiatry residency has ample resources for high-quality inpatient psychiatry training at Denver Health Medical Center, the Denver VA, and The Children's Hospital. [University of Colorado Hospital] will continue to host rotations in outpatient, consultation-liaison, and addiction psychiatry.”

The Colorado residency program, the statement continued, “like many nationally, has recently been shifting clinical rotations from inpatient units to other settings, reflecting a change in prevailing practice patterns, the development of new treatment settings and modalities, and the decrease in the timed requirement for inpatient psychiatry in the ACGME accreditation standards.” ▪

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