Welcome to the University of Southern California (USC) Psychiatry Residency Training Program! We hope that in the pages to follow, you will sense our enthusiasm and passion for training the next generation of psychiatrists.

Since its inception in 1943, the USC Psychiatry Residency Training Program has had exceptional strength in public sector and community psychiatry. Over the years, our department has greatly expanded clinical, teaching, and research opportunities for our residents. Our program goal is to train psychiatrists from diverse backgrounds who are expert in providing culturally competent, evidence-based, comprehensive care to patients from across the social, economic, and cultural spectrum who are dealing with complex, comorbid conditions (psychiatric, substance use, medical, legal). We also train residents to become physician leaders, clinician educators, or clinician scientists.

The training program is primarily based at two state of the art medical centers: the Los Angeles County (LAC) + USC Medical Center and the private Keck Hospital of USC. These clinical facilities and associated sites provide unparalleled exposure to a rich and diverse clinical population. Our highly dedicated faculty take great pride in their roles as educators and mentors. Most importantly, our residents are dedicated learners, clinicians, teachers, and scholars, who are critically involved in all aspects of our program. They are our greatest ambassadors!

We look forward to sharing our program with you at this important and exciting time in your career.

How To Apply

Applicants to the USC Psychiatry Residency Program must apply through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). All internship positions will be offered through the National Residency Match Program (NRMP) and only accept intern applicants through the NRMP Match.

Requirements for application include:

NRMP Program Number: 1033400CO

For further information, please contact our program coordinator Penny Pourat at<.


Residents are employees of the County of Los Angeles. Resident salaries are determined in negotiations between their legal bargaining unit, the Council of Interns and Residents (CIR), and the LAC Department of Health Services.

For residents starting June 24, 2021:

PGY1 $56,831
PGY2 $61,728
PGY3 $66,884
PGY4 $72,075


Housing $4,000 housing allowance
Bonus $2,000 for interns progressing to second residency year
Educational Stipend $1,000 per year (subsidized through CIR); free poster printing; free consultation with statistician
Meals $28 per day at LAC+USC Medical Center, $10 per meal at Keck of USC; meals are reimbursed during off-campus rotations at $25 per day
Parking Available at no cost at LAC+USC Medical Center
White coats/scrubs Provided
Vacation Residents are entitled to 24 days paid vacation each year
Sick Leave 8 days per year
Professional liability insurance Provided (Los Angeles County self-insures)
Moonlighting Allowed starting PGY3 year for residents in good standing
Maternity leave Available – most residents use sick leave, vacation time, and limited unpaid leave
Paternity leave Available as required by the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993
Medical/dental benefits Choice of several offered plans; family coverage available at additional cost
Life insurance $2,000 term policy is provided; additional insurance may be purchased