To provide a curriculum that features a scholarly concentration program.
Residents are supported in cultivating careers that involve leadership, teaching, research, clinical
specialization, public service and academic growth. A primary aim is to train psychiatrists who
are likely to pursue academic, research and/or leadership careers and to make
valuable contributions to knowledge in psychiatry, psychiatric education,
program development, and/or mental health care advocacy and policy. All residents are exposed to the wealth of
psychiatric research available at UCSD and complete independent study research
projects as part of their training.
Individualize training in areas of resident interest
Provide unique elective opportunities
in neuroscience, neuropsychiatry, clinical research, mind-body medicine, addiction
psychiatry, psychosomatic medicine, college mental health, eating disorders,
maternal mental health, telepsychiatry, early psychosis, affective disorders,
anxiety disorders, autism spectrum, LGBTQ, medical cannabis, community
psychiatry, psychiatric education, advanced psychotherapy, collaborative care and
Our philosophy places residents as central participants in shaping and defining
their training experience.
The design of our training program prioritizes the best educational experiences for residents. We strongly promote resident involvement in program improvement, and prioritize resident well-being and wellness during training. Our program is dynamic by design and we welcome residents who have an interest in actively participating in this educational enterprise.
Prepare resident physicians for the practice of psychiatry in the 21st century.
The program emphasizes
fundamental medical knowledge based on advances in clinical science and the
growing contributions of basic and applied neurosciences. Residents are trained to critically evaluate new and
established approaches to assessment and treatment of psychiatric disorders. Our
goal is to train psychiatrists who are equipped for the future and learn new,
cutting edge techniques with the understanding that what’s modern today can
change with time.
Serve the San Diego Community by participating in advocacy for mental health and training psychiatrists who become leaders in providing psychiatric care to the community.
The majority of our residency graduates stay in the San Diego area as private practitioners, medical directors, clinician educators, academic psychiatrists and leaders in local, state and national psychiatric organizations.
Development of teaching faculty to be effective teachers, mentors and
contributors to the UCSD psychiatry community
Professional and personal development of UCSD Psychiatry Teaching Faculty is a key component of Residency
Training at UCSD.