Reasons for Choosing Kaweah Delta
Kaweah Delta Health Care District (KDHCD) is a large, public, non-profit
health care organization with over 400 medical/surgical and 48 psychiatric
beds that serves a huge catchment area. KDHCD is a Level 3 Trauma Center
with a helipad, over 300 staff physicians and over 90 specialists. Annually,
the entire hospital has over 27,000 inpatient admissions, 58,000 outpatient
appointments and 90,000 Emergency Department visits. Our 48-bed psychiatric
program is consistently busy and in high demand for its excellent quality
of care. Residents directly participate in program development and quality
improvement as well as obtain robust clinical experience and gradually
take on progressive responsibility for patients, under the supervision
of Faculty Attendings, over the four years of the program.
While KDHCD prepares residents for all traditional certification requirements
and positions, we place special value on innovation. We utilize new creative
models of mental health delivery recommended by the Affordable Care Act
such as embedded Outpatient Consult Psychiatrists in primary care medical
clinics. Residents interested in medical leadership, change management,
quality improvement, medical technology and program development are particularly
suited for KDHCD. KDHCD has received the Computerworld Laureate award
for innovation in medical technology for a variety of projects including
telemedicine, a 2,500 square foot simulation lab, Sharepoint integration,
and a sophisticated electronic medical record that can be securely accessed
from any internet connected computer, smart phone, or tablet device. All
residents receive a free iPad and high-speed wireless internet connectivity
is available throughout each clinical site.
The KDHCD patient population is quite diverse with many immigrants and
patients from different cultural backgrounds. Global Mental Health and
Cultural Psychiatry are key areas of our program specialization. The Central
Valley of California is home to specialized subpopulations including immigrant
farmworkers from Mexico, Hmong immigrants from Vietnam and various indigenous
tribes of the Yokut peoples. Training at KDHCD prepares a psychiatrist
for working in an exceptionally diverse variety of locations and practices.
Expert Faculty KDHCD
Psychiatry faculty members are experienced board certified and award-winning
clinicians, educators, researchers, writers, and leaders who come from
a wide variety of backgrounds and are committed to medical education.
Our affiliated clinical sites at Tulare County Mental Health and Bakersfield
Behavioral Hospital provide a similar high degree of excellent clinical
experience and faculty expertise.
The KDHCD Psychiatry Residency Program places special emphasis on preparing
residents to successfully complete the ABPN Board examination upon graduation. n.
Psychiatry requires each resident to complete a scholarly project during
their training experience. GME has a dedciated Research Director for our
faculty and residents. Our faculty assists residents in conducting clinical
research, publishing case studies, and learning research methodology.
For residents particularly interested in teaching and research, we hope
to preferentially hire new faculty from among our program graduates giving
residents ready access to an academic career. For more information on
research at KDHCD please visit our Research section.
Graduates of the KDHCD psychiatry residency program will be prepared for
jobs in any area of Psychiatry. We anticipate that most of our graduates
will secure very desirable job offers early in their PGY-4 year.
KDHCD is located deep in the heart of California in a family-friendly,
safe community of 125,000 people with an exceptionally low cost of living.
Known as the Gateway to the Sequoias, Visalia lies in the center of the
San Joaquin Central Valley near the Sequoia and King’s Canyon National
Parks and is a short, weekend excursion to the famous Yosemite National
Park. The Central Valley has great shopping, movies, schools, parks, sports,
gyms and a famous downtown vintage trolley. Visalia has a well-known Farmer’s
Market, over 200 restaurants and was in the top six finalists for the
Rand McNally Best Small Town Food competition. Visalia boasts something
for everyone including the annual Blues, Brews and BBQ concert series
as well as the Tulare County Symphony at the Fox Theatre. In addition,
Visalia has an active popular music scene. In addition, we have popular
Visalia Rawhide Class A professional baseball games, the Chinese Cultural
Center, Renaissance Faire, New Years Day Polar Bear Dip, Sprint Car Racing,
multiple Theatres and a busy 100,000 square foot Convention Center. Local
weather is pleasant (except for our ‘hot’ month of August)
and outdoor activities are common including hiking, biking, golfing, camping,
fishing, boating, or skiing. Though Visalia is ranked as the 200th largest
city in the U.S. and public transportation is readily available, traffic
jams are quite uncommon and travelling between clinical sites is rarely
more than a few minute’s drive. Visalia sits in the middle of California
and is a four hour drive to either Los Angeles or San Francisco and a
two hour drive west to the beach. Quick commuter flights to Los Angeles
and Las Vegas leave daily from the Visalia airport and flights to major
national locations from the nearby Fresno International Airport.
KDHCD Psychiatry emphasizes that to be effective healers residents must
take care of their wellness. Some of the ways we accomplish this are:
- Residents are allowed time off for personal appointments and encouraged
to attend therapy regularly.
- Intensive 4 week, paid, district and program orientation.
- All residents receive a discounted membership to our 55,000 square foot
KDHCD Lifestyle Center (health club) conveniently located just steps away
from the Psychiatric Hospital.
- The program has budgeted funds and protected time to allow for Resident
Activities and a Program Retreat organized by the Resident led Social Committe.
- The program provides dedicated and protected time for Resident Process Group.
- The Program Director, Program Coordinator and all faculty have an open
- Residents are members of Tulare County Medical Society, and have access
to confidential mental health services and legal assistance by representatives
not associated with GME.