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.
The Residency Program in Psychiatry at the Harbor-UCLA Medical Center is designed to train clinically competent and intellectually curious general psychiatrists who have comfort in a wide variety of practice situations. The range of patients seen and their broad ethnic diversity combine with the varied interests of the faculty to provide a rich opportunity for psychiatric education. At Harbor the approach is a “hands on” one, and residents have extensive opportunities for clinical experiences.
The service areas and multidisciplinary teams of the department are directed by full-time psychiatrists, all of whom are members of the Faculty of the David Geffen UCLA School of Medicine. Faculty members, including both psychiatrists and psychologists, have interests in many clinical and research arenas. In addition to the full-time faculty, Harbor relies on its more than 60 voluntary faculty members, drawing heavily from the many talented private practitioners in the South Bay area. These clinicians have a variety of psychotherapeutic skills (e.g., psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral) and serve as primary supervisors of psychotherapy cases.