The Department of Psychiatry strives to integrate the best of science, medicine, education and mental behavioral health.  Clinical services are a fundamental part of our community, training and other academic missions – including our consultation to the primary and specialty practices.  We anticipate furthering our current partnerships and building new ones for Tulare County – all in an effort to ensure today's best health care practices in a diverse and often underserved Central Valley area.  Our clinicians and trainees are expected to teach, learn, and role model clinical, professional, decision-making, and lifelong learning skills – across disciplines in mental health and between other fields of medicine and professions.  Research will primarily focus on health services studies, quality improvement, and public health; age- and population-based studies and psychopharmacologic interventions will also be encouraged.  Overall, members of the Department are expected to contribute to a positive learning environment, promote awareness of culture and diversity, and be involved in the community. Our patients need personalized, timely, affordable, and easily accessible care.  Our health systems need to be efficient to meet today’s challenges and to reduce disparities.

The 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 may 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.

The KDHCD Psychiatry Residency Program received accreditation by the ACGME in April 2013. Our four-year program was approved for four resident positions each year.

KDHCD provides residents a unique opportunity to improve health care in an underserved area, partner in the creation of a new program, become leaders in medical innovation and build a distinctive model in medical education.


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