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Department of Psychiatry

The Department of Psychiatry at the Kern Medical Center runs a 25-bed inpatient unit, Psychiatric Consultation Services and the Emergency Psychiatric Assessment Unit in Emergency Room. The inpatient unit is the county designated facility for involuntary hospitalization services for adults.  The department of Psychiatry trains four medical students on each rotation and the Family Practice Residents for Psychiatric rotation. The department of psychiatry has a proposal to develop another psychiatric unit for the geriatric patients, voluntary patients and the clinical trials.

The joint chairman of Psychiatry position was created in 1999 between the Kern Medical Center and the Kern County Mental Health System of Care for development of a seamless and improved psychiatric care delivery system in the entire county and to develop better educational programs including the General Psychiatry Residency Program.  Dr. Tai P. Yoo was invited to assume the position as of August 1, 2001.  With Dr. Yoo’s expanding efforts for the combined system, five new outpatient psychiatrists were recruited in 2001 for the Kern County Mental Health System and one inpatient psychiatrist for the Kern Medical Center in October 2001.