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Education

The mission of the UC Irvine School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry Residency Training Program is to provide a comprehensive education and clinical experience in an environment with flexibility for individualized training. Our graduates possess sound clinical judgment, excellent skills, utmost professionalism and superior knowledge in the diagnosis and treatment of psychiatric disorders. 

Our residency program is affiliated with UC Irvine Medical Center. The medical center has been rated among the country's best hospitals, and has been rated among the country’s best hospitals by U.S. News & World Report for 14 years and counting. It is the only hospital in Orange County that has been consistently ranked. It is also the only level 1 trauma center in Orange County.

Our major affiliates are:

  • VA Long Beach
  • Long Beach Memorial Medical Center
  • Orange County Behavioral Health
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • Pat Moore Foundation
  • John Henry Foundation
  • Village of Hope at the Orange County Rescue Mission

We accept nine PGY-1 residents per year. Our department also has a fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, which draws many residents interested in pursuing this fellowship. 

UC Irvine’s medium-sized program has a reputation for strong collegiality among residents and attending physicians, and it is known as a supportive environment for residents. This strength is complemented by an academically rigorous program, aided by the resources of a major research university and academic medical center.

Our residents tend to have strong clinical interests, but they also have many opportunities to participate in clinical and basic science research. Research strengths of our department include:

  • Clinical trials (We were, for example, one of the sites for the NIH CATIE study, the largest trial of antipsychotic medications ever conducted.)
  • Neuroimaging
  • Psychiatric genetics
  • Maternal-fetal stress 
  • Mental health 
  • Memory and cognition research

Our program offers first-rate training in biological psychiatry and psychopharmacology. We balance this with excellent training in a wide range of psychotherapeutic modalities, aided by our affiliation with the New Center for Psychoanalysis, which provides advanced education for mental health professionals, and the expertise of our clinical and volunteer faculty.