Louisville VA Medical Center

Louisville VA Medical Center

The Veterans Administration Medical Center, located three miles east of the Health Sciences Center, is fully integrated with the University of Louisville. It has 150 operating beds, of which 22 are psychiatric beds. In addition to the acute psychiatry inpatient unit, the Mental Health & Behavioral Sciences Service operates several community-based outpatient clinics (CBOCs) off-site.

Inpatient Psychiatry

Inpatient Psychiatry Unit offers experience in dealing with severely ill patients with a wide variety of psychiatric disorders. Emphasis is placed on group psychotherapy, occupational therapy and recreational activities. Multidisciplinary teams include a staff psychiatrist, residents, medical students, psychologists, social workers, nurses, occupational therapists, and a recreation therapist. In addition to daily rounds, each team meets several times a week to discuss new admissions, patient progress and treatment or discharge plans. A weekly case conference is also held at the VA Dupont Clinic site. Research activities are carried out by the psychiatric staff, and interested residents are invited to participate.

Outpatient Psychiatry

Residents in their third year of clinical training are assigned to the VA Dupont CBOC or Shively CBOC, located approximately 20 minutes from the Hospital.  These CBOCs offer ongoing care for patients referred from inpatient psychiatric services or eligible patients referred from other services.  Residents provide medication management and psychotherapy service to patients.  As members of an interdisciplinary team, residents refer patients for family, individual, and group therapy as needed. A weekly case conference is held for both inpatient and outpatient treatment staff, faculty, residents and medical students.

Substance Abuse Program

Residents spend four weeks of their PGY-2 year getting experience with the substance abuse treatment program at the VA.  The VA offers patients recovery-oriented treatment in its Substance Abuse Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program (SARRTP) and Intensive Outpatient program (IOP).  Residents receive exposure to Suboxone (buprenorphine) treatment as well as the interdisciplinary treatment team approach to chemical dependency.  Residents also participate in periodic substance abuse teaching conferences.

Geriatric Psychiatry

Residents spend one month of their PGY-2 year getting experience with geriatric psychiatry at the VA.  This experience is divided between the inpatient unit as well as several of their outreach teams which provide care for geriatric population of veterans.