Our program exposes residents to a diverse patient population through various health systems, including Los Angeles County Department of Health Services, Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health, UCLA, Student Counseling Services at CSUN, private hospitals, and community health centers.
A large county hospital and academic training center, Olive View-UCLA Medical Center offers residents a unique opportunity to train in community psychiatry. Residents rotate at OVMC for several months on each of the following services: emergency psychiatry, inpatient psychiatry, forensic psychiatry, inpatient consultation & liaison psychiatry, HIV clinic, and women’s health. Residents also take call at OVMC and have the opportunity to moonlight once approved.
The Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital is a 74-bed acute psychiatric hospital and is one of the leading centers in the world for comprehensive psychiatric care, research, and education. Residents spend several months at this private hospital, rotating on the inpatient psychiatric unit during PGY-1 and the child and adolescent unit during PGY-2. There are also elective opportunities for residents during their PGY-3 and PGY-4.
PGY-2s and PGY-3s rotate through this outpatient clinic, which is a 3-minute drive from the main hospital. In this setting, they have the opportunity to treat patients with acute psychiatric needs. One unique benefit to this clinic for both patient care and trainee learning, is the treatment of patients in residential programs who are struggling with substance use disorders, who are transported to the clinic to receive appropriate care.
PGY-4 residents have the opportunity to provide counseling, therapy, and other mental health services to students at California State University, Northridge. CSUN University Counseling Services (UCS) offers a broad range of outpatient, education, outreach, prevention, and community services to a diverse population of approx. 39,000 students.
San Fernando Valley Mental Health Center is a large outpatient health center and the site of resident outpatient clinics beginning in PGY-2. Residents provide comprehensive mental health services to local patients of all ages, regardless of ability to pay. The clinic offers specialized mental health services for homeless patients and youth populations. Residents also gain exposure to the management of clozapine and the use of LAIs (long-acting injectable anti-psychotics) in the outpatient setting.
West Valley Mental Health Center is an outpatient ambulatory care mental health clinics that provides our residents with an opportunity to do comprehensive neuropsychiatric evaluation and follow up with geriatric patients in our community. It is part of the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health Centers.
SFCFC and CFGC are outpatient ambulatory care community mental health clinics that provide care to families with children who have significant emotional problems requiring comprehensive mental health interventions. They serve as the locations for our Outpatient Child and Adolescent Psychiatry rotations.
This clinic is also part of the LA County Department of Mental Health and serves as the base for residents who are engaged in our Street Psychiatry and Disaster Psychiatry rotations. This latter rotation was developed and activated in response to the needs of vulnerable and homeless patients during the COVID-19 pandemic. Residents who choose the Street Psychiatry elective go out into the field and care for unhoused patients on Skid Row in downtown Los Angeles. The Disaster Psychiatry elective was developed to provide telepsychiatry to patients in the homeless shelters designated for quarantined patients during the pandemic.