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.