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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 will find 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 residency training.

During the last year of residency, there is ample time for clinical, administrative, teaching, and research electives. These fourth-year electives provide the breath of exposure and flexibility needed to effectively prepare for post residency careers.

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


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


  • 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. Geriatric psychiatry

2. Inpatient psychiatry

3. Consultation and liaison/emergency psychiatry

4. Substance abuse

5. Forensic psychiatry

6. Child and adolescent psychiatry

7. Integrated/Collaborative Psychiatry

Throughout the year:

  • One afternoon per week devoted to didactics (protected time with no clinical duties)
  • One afternoon of protective time per week dedicated to outpatient medication management and psychotherapy clinic
PGY-3 Schedule »

Longitudinal Outpatient Psychotherapy and Medication Management Clinical Experience

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. Direct faculty supervision is provided.

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

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
 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.


Four 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.

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.