We are fortunate to have access to a multitude of clinical sites, all offering unique experiences to round out the resident's experience.
University of California, Irvine Medical Center
UCI Medical Center is the only university hospital in Orange County that offers acute- and general-care service. It has the county's only Level I trauma center, American College of Surgeons-verified regional burn center and National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center. Included in its University Children's Hospital is the county's most sophisticated neonatal unit, caring for more than 500 premature and at-risk infants a year. UCI Medical Center was named one of the nation's 100 Top Hospitals® by Solucient, a leading source of health-care business intelligence. It is one of three California hospitals and 15 major teaching hospitals to receive this award.
We are very pleased to announce that University of California, Irvine Medical
Center is one of only 59 hospitals nationally to be named to the "Leapfrog Top
Hospitals" list for quality and safety. The Leapfrog Group is an
independent consortium of Fortune 500 companies that is focused on the public
reporting of quality, safety and affordability of healthcare so that consumers
can make informed healthcare decisions.
Residents rotate at UCI Medical Center for non-psychiatry rotations of inpatient medicine (1-2 months during internship year) and outpatient neurology. Most of the core psychiatry rotations are located at UCI Medical Center's Neuropsychiatric Center. Rotations during your first two years of residency include experiences on acute adult inpatient units, the child and adolescent inpatient unit, consult and liaison service, and emergency psychiatry. During your last two years of residency, you will have multiple outpatient clinics at UCI Medlcal Center as well as the opportunity to get involved with a myriad of electives. All call is at UCI Medical Center.
Veterans Affairs Long Beach Healthcare System
The VA health care facilities provide a broad spectrum of medical, surgical and rehabilitative care. The VA is used annually by approximately 75 percent of all disabled and low-income veterans and it manages the largest medical education and health professions training program in the United States. VA's medical system serves as a backup to the Defense Department during national emergencies and as a federal support organization during major disasters.
During their internship year, residents rotate at the Long Beach VA for outpatient medicine and neurology. During the second year of residency, inpatient experiences include working on the acute adult and geriatric units. The substance abuse rotation also takes place at the VA. During the third and fourth years, there will be opportunities to work in some outpatient clinics with a strong team of attending physicians.
Long Beach Memorial
Celebrating over 100 years, Long Beach Memorial Medical Center has been recognized as a major regional provider of medical and surgical services. Long Beach Memorial consistently achieves national accolades for its quality care, including being named as one of the U.S. top 125 hospitals by Consumersí CHECKBOOK; named Top 100 Hospitals Cardiovascular by Thomson Reuters; and named one of "America's Best Hospitals" for Orthopedics by U.S. News & World Report magazine. Their state-of-the-art electronic medical record system ensures their patients receive the best, safest possible care.
Residents have the opportunity during internship year to do one month of emergency medicine and/or inpatient pediatrics, providing exposure to the private hospital setting.
Below is just a short list of the plethora of sites that fourth year residents have to experience various psychiatric opportunities in the community:
Mental Health Services (AMHS) provides rehabilitative mental health services
and episodic treatment services which emphasize individual needs, strengths,
choices, and involvement in service planning and implementation. Adults who have
a serious and persistent mental disorder and impairment in their ability to
function in the community or who have a history of recurring substantial
functional impairment, hospitalization, or symptoms can access services.
Services include assessment, evaluation, collateral therapy, individual and
group therapy, medication support, rehabilitation, linkage and consultation,
placement, plan development, crisis intervention and specialized residential
services. Dr. Donald Sharps MD, Associate Medical Director, provides formal
case supervision and guidance to our residents as they provide community mental
health services up to one day a week during their fourth year.
Student Health Center at
University of California, Irvine
Health Center is located on the main campus of the University of California,
Irvine. The Student Health Center is the primary site of service for
undergraduate students' medical care for USHIP students. In addition to primary
care and medical specialty service, there is a Mental Health Service/Clinic.
Residents have the opportunity to participate in a multidisciplinary clinic at
this location during their fourth year. The Mental Health Clinic is compromised
of psychiatrists, psychologists and masters-level therapists. In this clinic
you will diagnosis and treat a wide variety of mental health problems in the
undergraduate population via medication management and/or individual
psychotherapy. Vivien Chan, M.D., Chief of Mental Health Service, is a direct
supervisor for residents during this experience. This is a highly sought after
opportunity in a dynamic young population with excellent one-on-one supervision.
During their PGY-4 year of training, residents have the opportunity to gain outpatient clinic or C&L experiences in this HMO setting, supervised by Kaiser attending physicians with faculty appointments at UC Irvine.
John Henry Foundation
During their PGY-4 year of training, residents have the opportunity to gain experience treating patients at this unique community for people with persistent and severe mental illnesses. In addition to medication management, residents lead groups and participate in weekly meetings with patients' families.