The UCSD Community Psychiatry Residency Track, within the General Residency, was developed out of a partnership between UCSD and the County of San Diego Health & Human Services Agenct. This program trains providers to address the mental health needs of the community and public sector. During the program, residents are placed at clinical rotational sites treating underserved populations. During this time, they are exposed to a variety of clinical settings. This allows them to develop an understanding of the public mental health system and the skills necessary for that setting.
Residents in this program rotate at community training sites in addition to rotations within UCSD Medical Center. UCSD placement sites include: San Ysidro Health Care Centers, Family Health Centers of San Diego, San Diego Youth Services, Survivors of Torture International, Deaf Community Services, Community Research Foundation Programs, Vista Hill Programs, and Providence Community Services.
Community Track Residents also have a special seminar series in the 3rd and 4th year focused on learning about population health, advocacy, healthcare leadership, program design, finance, budgeting, collaborative care, outcomes based research, and more. In addition, Community Residents attend regular didactic seminars, departmental Grand Rounds, and Guest Lecturer series.
Graduating students are prepared to provide high quality, collaborative care to patients seeking mental health services in a variety of community health settings.