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Curriculum

UC Irvine supplies each resident with a strong and well-rounded clinical experience, providing a firm grounding in fundamental psychiatric skills. In the inpatient setting, residents provide care for a diverse population of patients with a broad range of acute psychiatric conditions.

With the assistance of a full interdisciplinary team that comprises attending physicians, psychiatric nurses, psychiatric technicians, occupational therapists, case managers, social workers and medical students, residents develop mastery of the biopsychosocial approach to patient care.

Exposure to psychotherapy starts during the second year. Residents may select supervisors from a variety of specialties for each therapy case. With more than 75 clinical faculty on staff (a 2:1 faculty to resident ratio), a resident can find ample exposure to a broad spectrum of individual interests:

  • Academics
  • Research
  • Administrative
  • Child and adolescent
  • Substance abuse
  • Emergency
  • Consultation/liaison
  • Forensic
  • Geriatric
  • Community psychiatry
  • Integrated psychiatry

Faculty hold key positions in local psychoanalytic, cognitive/behavioral, gestalt, transpersonal and intensive short-term dynamic psychotherapy institutes. Our program believes that mentorship is important. All residents are carefully supervised by faculty throughout their academic careers.

During the last year of residency, the residents have ample time to take numerous clinical, administrative, teaching, or research electives. This fourth-year elective time is invaluable for helping the residents map out their career path and explore specific areas of professional interest.

PGY-1 Schedule  »

The schedule for first-year residents is:

1. Four months of primary care with one of the following schedules:

  • One month outpatient internal medicine
  • One month inpatient internal medicine
  • One month inpatient pediatrics
  • One month emergency medicine

or

  • One month outpatient internal medicine
  • Two months inpatient internal medicine
  • One month emergency medicine

or

  • Two months outpatient internal medicine
  • One month inpatient internal medicine
  • One month emergency medicine

2. Two months outpatient neurology

3. Six months adult psychiatry

4. Five and a half months of acute inpatient psychiatry and two to three weeks of night float

PGY-2 Schedule »

1. Two months of inpatient geriatric psychiatry

2. Three months of inpatient medical psychiatry

3. Three months of consult and liaison service/emergency psychiatry

4. Two months of substance abuse and forensic psychiatry

5. Two months of child and adolescent psychiatry

Throughout the year:

  • One afternoon per week devoted to didactics (protected time with no clinical duties)
  • One psychotherapy patient with weekly supervision from an attending physician of your choice
PGY-3 Schedule »

Outpatient Psychopharmacological Clinical Experience

Five half-day medication management clinics per week with direct supervision from attending physician(s)

You will gain experience with a wide range of medications, including both classic and recently FDA-approved medications, as well as oral and long-term injectable medications.

Clinics you may be working in include:

UC Irvine Medical Center Clinics

  • Schizophrenia/Psychotic Disorder Clinic
  • Refractory Mood Clinic
  • Trauma/PTSD Clinic
  • Mood and Anxiety Disorder Clinic

Long Beach VA Clinics

  • Mood Disorder Clinic
  • Anxiety Disorder Clinic
  • Cognitive Clinic
  • PTSD
  • Women’s Mental Health Clinic

Community Hospital of Long Beach, part of Long Beach Memorial

  • Mood and Anxiety Disorders Clinic
  • Women's Mental Health Clinic
  • Psychotic Disorders Clinic

Orange County Behavioral Health Outpatient

Orange County Behavioral Health Outpatient is a nonprofit clinic providing a variety of services to address the mental health needs of Orange County

Outpatient Psychotherapy Experience
A minimum of seven hours/week using different psychotherapy modalities (cognitive behavioral therapy, psychodynamic, supportive, insight-oriented)

Supervision: Minimum three hours of individual supervision per week from volunteer or staff faculty.
Group or couples therapy with supervision.

Didactics

Two hours per week at UC Irvine Medical Center (protected time from clinical duties)

Optional Seminars

Intensive short-term dynamic psychotherapy weekly seminar with Dr. Doug Kahn, leader in this field.
New Center for Psychoanalysis training program available weekly with certification possible from Los Angeles facility when complete with training.

PGY-4 Community Experiences »

These are some of the many clinical locations where fourth-year residents can gain experience working in the community:

Adult Mental Health Services (AMHS)

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.  Associate Medical Director Charles S. Huffman, MD, provides formal case supervision and guidance to our residents as they provide community mental health services one day a week during their fourth year.

Student Health Center at University of California, Irvine

The Student Health Center, located on the main campus of the University of California, Irvine, is the primary site of medical care for undergraduates and postgraduates students. Residents have the opportunity to participate in this multidisciplinary clinic at this location during their fourth year where they will learn how to diagnose and treat a wide variety of mental health problems in the undergraduate population via medication management and/or individual psychotherapy. 

Mental Health Service Chief Vivien Chan, MD, 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.

Kaiser Permanente

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.