Heidi Combs, MD, MS

Personal Statement

​Early in my training it became clear that intense pathology transfixed me so inpatient psychiatry was a natural fit. My specific area of expertise within psychiatry is care of the acutely ill hospitalized psychiatric patient. I have also developed clinical expertise in the diagnosis and management of Catatonia. In addition to clinical care, education is another area of interest. I love to teach and it has been the focus of my career. I am intimately involved in the education of psychiatry residents and am a founding faculty member of the Clinician-Teacher Pathway for our residency program. In addition to teaching medical students and residents, I regularly educate primary care providers on detection and treatment of psychiatric illnesses in primary settings. I assumed the role of Vice Chair of Education in 2020 and in that role I oversee all educational efforts for our department.


Univ. of Washington, School of Medicine Medical education, 2000
UW - Dept. of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences Residency, Psychiatry
UW - Dept. of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences Internship, Psychiatry

Recent Publications

Elements of an Excellent Psychiatry Clerkship Experience: A Survey Study of Graduating Medical Students.
(2021 Apr)
Acad Psychiatry 45(2): 174-179
Russo RA, Griffeth BT, Combs H, Dinsell V, Palka JM, Morreale MK, Borghesani PR, Harper BL, Hilty DM, Fore-Arcand L

Faculty Perceptions of Formative Feedback from Medical Students.
(2020 Apr-May)
Teach Learn Med 32(2): 168-175
Robins L, Smith S, Kost A, Combs H, Kritek PA, Klein EJ

Medical student mistreatment: understanding 'public humiliation'.
(2019 Dec)
Med Educ Online 24(1): 1615367
Markman JD, Soeprono TM, Combs HL, Cosgrove EM

A Proposed Conceptual Framework and Investigation of Upward Feedback Receptivity in Medical Education.
Teach Learn Med 27(4): 359-61
Kost A, Combs H, Smith S, Klein E, Kritek P, Robins L, Cianciolo AT, Butani L, Gigante J, Ramani S

Anxiety disorders in primary care.
(2014 Sep)
Med Clin North Am 98(5): 1007-23
Combs H, Markman J

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