Faculty Spotlight - November 2019

Amy Burns, MD

Amy Burns, MD is a clinical assistant professor in the UW Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Associate Program Director for the Psychiatric Residency in Spokane, WA. She has been faculty for the Integrated Care Training Project (ICTP) fellowship since its inception. In addition, she is helping to manage collaborative care for Providence Medical System for Eastern Washington which is currently providing collaborative care services to 100+ primary care providers. 

  • What do you find most satisfying about working in integrated care?

The thing that I really love about working in integrated care is the practice of measurement guided treatment. It’s so helpful to have objective data to guide treatment iterations!! It is incredibly rewarding to see how much we are helping people.

  • What are you doing when you’re not working on the Integrated Care Training Program (ICTP)?

When I’m not working with ICTP, I’m training psychiatry residents in Spokane, WA. Watching the next generation of psychiatry residents has given me a lot of hope and optimism about the future of patient care. These people are truly amazing!!

  • What is your greatest achievement?

My greatest professional achievement was being awarded the Association of Academic Psychiatry award for Early Career Psychiatry Faculty. It feels great to be recognized. I can’t believe that I got a national award for something that I already love to do! Can life get any better?!?!

  • Who was your favorite teacher and why?

My favorite teacher was Ms. Gardner, my fifth grade teacher. She is a real powerhouse!! She developed a whole curriculum on human biology that inspired three of my class to become physicians, then she went on to Law School and ran for Judge. I still exchange Christmas cards with her. That woman does not mess around!!


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