Kaweah Delta receives accreditation for psychiatry residency program

Kaweah Delta Health Care District has been accredited to offer a psychiatry residency program.  

Following a site visit last year, the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) awarded Kaweah Delta accreditation last week to offer a psychiatry residency program. In fall, Kaweah Delta will begin accepting applications from those who will graduate medical school next spring and wish to begin the program on July 1, 2014. Barry Mills, M.D., is Program Director of Kaweah Delta’s Psychiatry Residency Program.  

There is a great need for psychiatry residency programs across the country, and the need for mental health services in the valley should attract high-quality applicants, Dr. Mills said. In general, psychiatry residencies are very competitive. The initial accreditation for the psychiatry residency program is for three years – the longest initial accreditation cycle possible under ACGME’s policy. It is expected that Kaweah Delta will receive hundreds of applicants for its first class of four psychiatry residents (there will be four new slots available every year for the next four years).  

On July 1, Kaweah Delta will begin its Family Medicine and Emergency Medicine Residency Programs with 12 resident physicians. In 2015, Kaweah Delta will establish GME residency training programs in General Surgery and Transitional Year. The programs are affiliated with UC Irvine.  

It is estimated that between 40-50% of the physicians that train in Tulare County through the GME programs will remain and practice in the Visalia area.

For more information about Kaweah Delta’s Psychiatry Residency Program and its faculty, please visit www.kdgme.org.