Residency Program

Residency Program

Providing physicians with excellent training in the behavioral sciences, particularly in public-sector systems of care, since 1943.

Our residency program’s goal is to help develop psychiatrists who provide compassionate, quality mental health care for diverse persons; have the capacity to teach and to understand and engage in high quality research; possess skills necessary for lifelong learning; and abide by the highest ethical and professional standards.

About the Residency Program

In recent years, our department has experienced tremendous growth and greatly expanded clinical, research, and teaching opportunities for residents. During their training, our residents learn through a variety of clinical, didactic, and mentored experiences. Residents provide direct clinical care on all services for persons from all age and ethnic groups suffering from a wide variety of psychiatric disorders, and utilize the most up to date treatment modalities. Our faculty has expertise in all major psychiatric disorders and treatment modalities, thus providing residents with opportunities to learn about diverse clinical populations, theoretical paradigms and therapeutic interventions. No paradigm is paramount; rather, residents are encouraged to apply diverse biological, psychological and social frameworks in their treatment of psychiatric illness. The residency experience is enriched by didactic instruction in understanding and applying literature; opportunities to participate in research; and mentored experiences in teaching more junior residents and medical students.

Resident representatives play important roles on the institutional and departmental graduate education committees and on the residency selection committee. Residents are also included in many departmental workgroups that aim to address issues or concerns as they arise on clinical services or in the training program. Chief residents play key leadership roles on each of the four core psychiatric services — inpatient, emergency, consultation and ambulatory (outpatient). The residency program directors meet at least monthly with all residents and have an open-door policy. The program holds an annual residency retreat, which includes time for program planning and evaluation, team-building and social activities.

Our residents typically enjoy remarkable cohesion and become like an extended family. Residents are quick to volunteer to help a colleague who is ill, and they cover each other’s services in times of absence.


All prospective applicants must apply through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). Applicants must also register with the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP).

Requirements for application include:

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Need help applying?
Penny Pourat
Residency Program Administrator
(323) 409-5555

Schedule Overview

The training experience for each resident is designed to meet ACGME specialty training requirements for psychiatry, while allowing residents to tailor their educational experience.
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Rotation Facilities

Residents rotate through facilities on USC’s health sciences campus and LAC+USC Medical Center. Residents are prepared to work in all types of environments rotating though a diverse set of hospitals and clinics, both private and public.
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Benefits and Salary

Residents are employees of Los Angeles County. Salaries for the four-year residency are highly competitive with that of other programs.
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