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Community Track

With the increasing clinical demands and the growing fiscal concerns relating to the provision of psychiatric care, the need for leaders in community psychiatry has become greater than ever. Few training programs address this need, and, as a result, there is a scarcity of well–trained, qualified candidates interested in and prepared to assume leadership positions in community psychiatry. This has had a profound impact on the capacity of public mental health systems to sustain effective management of the wide array of programs that are essential for providing mental health services to those who rely upon the public sector for these services. We have set forth a plan to develop, implement, and manage, in partnership with San Diego County Mental Health, a specialized community psychiatry training program that will: increase the awareness among psychiatry residents at UC San Diego of the need for and opportunities in community psychiatry, with emphasis on San Diego County and the State of California; attract motivated and qualified fellowship candidates to the program; and provide the highest level of training to participants in the program with the goal of preparing graduates of the program for leadership roles in community psychiatry.

The California voters approved Proposition 63 during the November 2004 general election. Proposition 63 became effective on January 1, 2005, as the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA). Through encumbrance of a one percent tax on personal income in excess of $1 million, the MHSA provides a unique opportunity to increase funding, personnel and other resources to support county mental health programs, and increase access to services for children, transition age youth, adults and older adults with mental health needs and their families.

UCSD has been approved for funding to create a program to train physicians to take leadership roles in Community Psychiatry. The program trains child and adolescent psychiatry residents about working as community psychiatrists. This program is designed to advance the concepts of Community Psychiatry, to provide additional trained psychiatrists to work in Community Psychiatry, to train them to take leadership roles in Community Psychiatry and to offer the University stable funding for selected trainees as well as for faculty who will supervise the fellows.  Faculty also teach medical students and other psychiatric residents about Community Psychiatry.  The funding may allow, to the extent resources are available, for limited faculty time to engage in research about Community Psychiatry as it relates to General Psychiatry and/or Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Such research is subject to mutual agreement with the County and aimed at public mental health system improvements.

Admission Requirements/Application Procedure

UCSD selects its residents through the National Resident Matching Program. Residents can obtain a match application by contacting:

National Resident Matching Program
2450 N Street NW
Washington, DC 20037‒1127
Ph: (202) 862‒6077

We will accept applications through ERAS starting July 15th for the following year.

Completed applications are preferred by October 1st.

A completed   ERAS   application consists of:

• Completed ERAS Application with photo
• Curriculum Vitae/Resume
• Report of Performance during Residency (scanned and emailed by RTO to )
• Training Documentation Form (scanned and emailed by RTO to )
• A narrative biographical sketch (Personal Statement) of less than 1000 words which includes pertinent personal background information and highlights why you have chosen the field of child and adolescent psychiatry.
• Dean’s Letter
• Medical School Transcript (International Medical Graduates must also include ECFMG Certificate and California Medical Board Status letter)
• USMLE Scores (I, II, III)
• Medical School Diploma (copy scanned and emailed to )
• Three letters of recommendation (one of the letters must be from Training Director) may be included in  ERAS  or sent via US mail to:
Linda Young

Program Coordinator
Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
University of California, San Diego
3020 Children's Way, MC 5018
San Diego, CA 92123‒4426

Clinical experience within the United States is preferred within the last 2 years.  We look for applicants who have passed USMLE Steps 1, 2 and 3 on first attempts and with scores of 82 and above.  International Medical School graduates are advised to contact the Medical Board of California to request licensure application material. Please refer to the “International Medical School Graduate Application Process” for further information.

All residents must be licensed in California prior to commencing the residency in child and adolescent psychiatry.

Early application is recommended.  Interviews will be conducted in October and November and interview spots are limited.

All residents should contact the Medical Board of California to determine eligibility for licensure.

If you have any questions, please email Linda Young at or call (858) 966‒7759.