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UCLA-Kern Psychiatry Residency Program


The UCLA-Kern Psychiatry Residency Program provides fully accredited training with flexibility in the pursuit of individual resident interests.  It provides an in-depth view of both the biologic and psychodynamic aspects of human behavior.

Thirty full and part time faculty and staff provide one of the major strengths of this program.  One-on-one supervisory experiences by faculty during the four-year training allow residents to actualize their talents.  Upon completion of the residency, residents are eligible for board certification by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

The UCLA-Kern Psychiatry Residency Program continues to make advancements in patient care and expanding the program itself.

Telepsychiatry Program

Kern County's communities are widely disbursed agricultural based cities and towns, making access to mental health services difficult.  With the passage of California's Mental Health Services Act, which provides funds to improve services to mental health consumers, the Kern County Mental Health Department designed and implemented a Telepsychiatry Program during the 2006-2007 academic year.  Twenty-six clinic and hospital sites were selected for installation of teleconferencing equipment in a phased plan.  The implementation of the Telepsychiatry Program has shown that effective, efficient mental health services can be provided via high technology innovations in such a situation.  The UCLA-Kern faculty and residents are actively involved in the provision of services to consumers through electronic connections to remote clinic locations.  This is an exciting and innovative program for expanding the availability of patient care in our system of care, as well as an enhancement to the educational experience for our residents.

Grand Rounds

The program provides a monthly Grand Rounds presentation for faculty, residents and clinicians from Kern Medical Center, Kern County Mental Health Department and community clincians.  The topics are selected to meet the verified training needs of the system of care, covering all aspects of psychiatric patient care.  We are particularly proud of the caliber of presenters, including:

  • Peter Whybrow, M.D., Executive Chair, Psychiatry & Biobehavioral Sciences, David Geffen School at UCLA
  • Stephen Scheiber, M.D., Past President, American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology
  • Jerald Kay, M.D., Prof. & Chair, Dept. of Psychiatry, Wright State University School of Medicine
  • George M. Simpson, M.D., Professor of Research, Dir. of Outpatient Clinic, USC Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences