Amanda Focht is an acting assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences and is the medical director of outpatient psychiatry at the University of Washington. Her interests include population-based care, collaborative care, and evidence-based psychotherapies, and she is board certified in both psychiatry and geriatric psychiatry. She teaches on the topics of liability, leadership, and continuing education for both the fulltime Integrated Care Fellowship and the Community-Based Integrated Care Fellowship.
What do you find most satisfying about working on the Integrated Care Training Program (ICTP)?
I have found working with a large group of peers in such a structured, organized way has been really rewarding. To see the whole curriculum come together with everyone’s input was amazing.
What are your goals for ICTP?
To continue to refine my didactics to be most helpful.
What led you to where you are today professionally?
Describe your perfect day outside of work (real or imagined).
Being at our cabin in the South Sound with my daughter and husband.
Who was your favorite teacher and why?
My favorite teacher in med school was my internal medicine resident when I was an MS3. We were on a super busy service, but she took 5 minutes before rounds each day to teach one aspect of reading ECGs. By the end of the month I felt confident in applying this skill, and I retained what we learned in this bit by bit approach way better than the usual noon-conference PowerPoint.