Message from the Program Director

Our training program will capitalize on excellent patient populations and employ traditional curricular and teaching methods (i.e., beside teaching, case-based learning and seminar).  It will be guided, though, by setting learner outcomes and then aligning teaching methods and learner assessment techniques (e.g., supervision).  Our clinical educators are committed to the best possible educational experience for our students, residents, fellows and other trainees - and dedicated to their development as clinicians, teachers, researchers and leaders.  Our Team will include clinicians and educators from psychiatry, allied mental health, and many other professions in the community; partnership with other residencies for learning opportunities will be substantial.  Alignment with national standards and participation in such meetings will be a great learning opportunity and enable us to bring home new ideas.  Finally, we will engage international leaders to adopt new methods and to gain input on program improvement.  Learners need to learn how to adapt to challenges in healthcare and medical education, as they face evolving diseases, information expansion, emerging technologies, and resource constraints.

Kaweah Delta Health Care District

Kaweah Delta Health Care District (KDHCD) is a large organization with over 400 patient beds, 300 physicians, 25 psychiatrists and 27,000 inpatient admissions. We are academically affiliated with the University of California at Irvine School of Medicine (UCI) and accredited by the ACGME (Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education) as a teaching institution. Our West campus includes a busy, acute 50-bed inpatient Mental Health Hospital which is an easy 10 minute drive from the main medical/surgical campus.

KDHCD is also designated as a Level 3 Trauma Center, with a new helipad and busy Emergency Department with over 80,000 annual patient visits. Here, Psychiatric Residents obtain experience in crisis intervention, risk assessment and consultation. Other psychiatry training sites include the KDHCD Rural Clinics and various sites of the Tulare County Department of Mental Health.

As a public, non-profit hospital and federal-designated underserved area, a key objective for the KDHCD Mental Health Hospital is providing care to underserved populations; poor, uninsured, immigrant farmworkers, homeless and the chronically mentally ill. We emphasize integration with primary care, so patients experience the best in comprehensive, personalized care for all of their illnesses. We strive to provide patient-centered, evidence-based care to improve the health of our community.

KDHCD provides significant resources for a successful educational experience. Our residents work with skilled Faculty Psychiatrists in a stimulating and supportive environment. We recognize the impact that teachers have on the careers of their trainees. Both clinical and didactic components of the programs stimulate professional and personal growth. Our expectations are high, and we know that yours are as well. We want all of our residents to achieve their maximum potential.

If you are interested in our exciting new program and meet the application requirements, we encourage you to apply through ERAS at: We conduct interviews each Fall and rank applicants each Spring using the NRMP (National Residency Matching Program). Any of the faculty or staff would be happy to provide more information or answer questions. Thank you again for your interest in our program.

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