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: www.aamc.org/students/medstudents/eras/.
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.
For questions or further information, please email