Psychiatry Training

UC San Diego Community Psychiatry Residency Track‚Äč

The UC San Diego Community Psychiatry Residency Track, within the General Residency, was developed out of a partnership between UCSD and the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency. 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. 

UC San Diego Child and Adolescent Community Track Fellowship

The UC San Diego Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Community Track (CT) Fellowship training program, is available for applicants this year with a separate match number from the UCSD Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (Traditional track) Fellowship training program. UCSD will recruit 5 fellows per year (4 in the traditional track and 1 fellow in the community track) to begin training in July 2020. Applicants can rank either or both tracks separately on their match list.

The mission of the Community Track is to train fellows to become well-rounded clinicians with expertise in caring for underserved youth. The curriculum focuses on the San Diego County System of Care, school based services, juvenile justice programs, federally qualified health centers, residential and wrap services. Fellows will acquire clinical learning and knowledge of the system to help them become leaders in the public sector, wherever they choose to practice.

During the first year, the CT fellow will complete core rotations, with a schedule almost identical to that of categorical fellows. The main community rotation is a 2.5 month-long experience at the Family Health Centers of San Diego, a federally qualified health center, in the newly establish Youth Counseling Center. This experience is for both the community track and the categorical fellows. CT fellows will also receive financial support and 3-5 educational days to attend one community psychiatry conference in the first year.

During the second year, the track provides clinical experiences in community settings. The placements will be outpatient in nature, with 24 hours of direct clinical care, and may include clinical rotations at Vista Hill Foundation, San Diego Center for Children, and other community partners. Rotations will include a range of treatment modalities. Placements may include residential treatment, WRAP teams, School Based Mental Health Care, Juvenile Justice Mental Health, Treatment for at-risk and Unsheltered Youth.

Second year also includes community focused didactics to enhance understanding of the system of mental health care for underserved youth and adults. CT Didactics are on Thursday afternoons, and topics range from history of community psychiatry, to program design and grant writing. These didactics are in place of the elective which core fellows receive. However, there is still opportunity for individualized projects through the community selective, available to second year CT fellows. The community selective includes time (half day per week over three months) to work on a scholarly project or other educational initiative relevant to the community. This project is developed with the Community Track Supervisor.

In the second year, The CT fellow will receive funds to attend ACAP, and will have the option to select a second conference that is related to community psychiatry. There are no additional call requirements at any of the community sites.