Welcome to the Department of Psychiatry
Harbor-UCLA Medical Center is a very special place. Jointly administered by the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services and the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, this world famous 500 bed acute general hospital provides a rare combination of academic excellence and the rich patient flow of a major public teaching hospital.
The hospital contains distinguished departments and training programs in all major specialties, and the Department of Psychiatry, also supported by the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health, is in its fifth decade of research, training, and service to patients and their families.
Harbor-UCLA Medical Center offers a fully accredited program of four years of psychiatric training, including three years of general psychiatric residency and a first year Categorical Program. The Categorical Program, described in the PGY Years page , meets the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology’s first year requirement for training. While the Harbor psychiatry residency is affiliated with UCLA, we are an independent program; application is made to us directly.
Among the full range of psychiatric services and training offered, the experience in emergency psychiatry is the match of any in the country. We have a 5,000 square foot, state-of-the-art psychiatric emergency room which allows not only for the humane care of seriously disturbed patients, but also provides a milieu for studies in emergency psychiatry.
The Department of Psychiatry at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center offers several elective clerkships for visiting medical students. Application for these must go through the Office of Education, Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at UCLA.