Training & Education
We are committed to training the next generation of clinicians, teachers, researchers and leaders in the field.
We combine the rich clinical resources of a large, public medical center with the academic excellence of a vibrant university. We integrate the best of science, medicine, education, and state-of-the-art knowledge and treatment in psychiatry and behavioral health. Our dedicated faculty includes internationally recognized leaders in curriculum, evaluation, research and teaching methodology. All faculty members are committed to the best possible educational experiences for our students, residents, fellows and other trainees.
Our training programs — in general psychiatry, child and adolescent psychiatry, forensic psychiatry and psychosomatic psychiatry — are fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).
Our department aims to improve the quality of life for individuals, the community and society by promoting health and mental health. Through our collective goals we have created an environment where learning, teaching and leadership skills are fostered, thus enabling a lifetime of practice and exploration. Further investigations of neurobiology and neuroscience (i.e., the genome, structure and dynamic nature of the brain) is at the heart of our mission, and in preventing/curing disease we wish to ameliorate suffering, enrich the human mind and promote adaptation to life and illness.
We play a leading role in health care delivery, in developing and teaching today’s best health care practices, and serving the diverse and often underserved patients and communities in the greater Los Angeles area. Our trainees learn and contribute to the development of clinical, professional, decision-making, critical thinking and lifelong skills for practice and learning.
The department offers three ACGME-accredited fellowship programs in child and adolescent, forensic and psychosomatic psychiatry. The department also offers a postdoctoral fellowship in forensic psychology.
The department works closely with medical students at multiple stages of their medical school education. The department supports the required psychiatric clerkship, in addition to electives or selectives. A wide range of psychiatric elective clerkships are available for medical students who have completed a basic psychiatric clerkship.