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Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Combined Internal Medicine/Psychiatry Residency Training Program

The Combined Internal Medicine/Psychiatry Residency Training (IMP) Program, which began in 2007, is a five year residency program in which residents complete requirements for both internal medicine and psychiatry training.  At the end of the five years, graduates are board-eligible in both specialties.  Residents work in a collaborative program between the Internal Medicine and Psychiatry Residency Training Programs. These two programs are both very strong and highly regarded nationally, and both are ACGME-accredited.  IMP residents work on rotations in each department, but also have special activities, seminars and rotations that integrate these two fields, with a strong focus on treating the patient and not just a disease.

Combined Internal Medicine/Psychiatry residents are natural leaders in their community and are involved in many extracurricular scholarly activities.  Over the past five years, our residents have collectively published widely in peer-reviewed journals and national clinical guideline resources (e.g. American College of Physician’s Information and Education Resource or PIER Depression Module).  Our residents and most recent graduate have been selected to numerous prestigious fellowships and leadership positions during residency training, including: 

  • The American College of Psychiatrists Psychiatry Resident-In-Training Examination (PRITE) Fellowship
  • The American Psychiatric Association Leadership Fellowship
  • The Gene Cohen Fellowship for the Committee on Aging
  • The Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry
  • The Ingrid and Dr. Allan Anderson Honor Scholar, American Association of Geriatric Psychiatry
  • Central California Psychiatric Society Council Member
  • Our first graduate, Margaret Leung, was selected as the 2011 Association of Medicine and Psychiatry Combined Resident of the Year (Fenton Award). She will be doing a Palliative Care Fellowship at Harvard.
  • Our 2013 graduate, David Hsu, will be doing the Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship at Harvard’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital for the 2013-2014 academic year.