Psychiatry Residency

Psychiatry Residency

The UCI Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior faculty has a long and distinguished history of training top-notch psychiatrists in a balanced, evidence-based and patient-centered manner. Our Program is based at the UCI Medical Center (UCIMC) campus and includes three inpatient units, a partial hospitalization program, two expanding and specialized outpatient clinics and a new sleep center, among other sites. These clinical sites are highly regarded among our residents, fellows and medical students. Our training program, including weekly didactics, emphasizes the importance of using a "biopsychosocial" and individualized approach to patient care. Psychopharmacologic, psychotherapeutic and integrated psychiatric care (e.g. collaborative care or telepsychiatry) is presented in a way that underscores the importance of becoming an expert in all of these areas upon graduation from the program.

Below are a few unique attributes about our program:

  1. Strong focus on building an academically rigorous foundation in psychiatry; while enjoying a balanced lifestyle close to destination beaches, snow-capped mountains and miles of hiking trails surrounding south Orange County
  2. UCI is ranked ninth among the nation's best public universities per U.S. News & World Report 2020
  3. UCIMC has been ranked among the top hospitals in the nation for the last 17 years, per U.S. News & World Report
  4. Three full-time faculty members are dually-trained in psychiatry and either family medicine or internal medicine, all with national expertise in integrated psychiatric care and education
  5. Strong educational partnerships with Orange County Mental Health Clinics and other mental health facilities within the Orange County community
  6. Long tradition of UCI resident and faculty involvement in statewide and national leadership within organized medical associations (e.g. California Psychiatric Association, Orange County Psychiatric Society and the American Psychiatric Association)
  7. Many opportunities to publish and present at national conferences with UCI faculty
  8. Over 10% of the UCI School of Medicine graduating class of 2017 chose psychiatry as their specialty of choice – well above the national average
  9. Over the past several years, UCI graduates have maintained a 99% psychiatry board pass rate

Our training staff and faculty believe the journey is just as important as the destination and our goal is to provide both a positive and rewarding experience for UCI trainees. On this journey, residents are taught the importance of scholarship, integrating care and service to the community and those most in need.

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How To Apply:

Applications must be received by November 10, 2020 to be considered.

  • Applications for PGY-1 positions will be accepted through ERAS beginning October 2020.
    • Three letters of recommendation.
    • Medical school transcript.
    • USMLE or COMLEX scores.
    • Your medical school Dean of Student Affairs will send a Dean's letter via ERAS on or after October. Please confirm this with your school.
  • Please refer to the IMG requirements if you are an international medical school graduate.

Contact Information:

Nallely Aparicio
Residency Program Co-Coordinator
[email protected]

Vanessa Valle
Residency Program Co-Coordinator
[email protected]

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    Sep 22, 2020

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    Irvine, California

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