The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences offers extensive educational opportunities for medical students, residents and postdoctoral professionals. Faculty committed to resident education and training, top-notch facilities and opportunities for diverse patient care, research and academic pursuits make UC Davis an ideal place to train.
Residency training programs
The Department offers ACGME-accredited training programs in general psychiatry, and child and adolescent psychiatry. The Department also offers combined training in family practice/psychiatry for residents interested in board certification in both specialties.
The Department offers a one-year fellowship in psychosomatic medicine. The educational objectives of the program are to develop the fellow's clinical expertise and, through the fellow's teaching and liaison efforts, to increase the mental health skills and knowledge of non-psychiatric physicians and medical center staff.
The 12-month forensic psychiatry residency training program provides extensive exposure to a variety of criminal and civil forensic psychiatry experiences. The program is designed to facilitate the forensic resident’s successful completion of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology’s board examination for the Added Qualifications in Forensic Psychiatry. Graduating residents will be skilled in working in a variety of forensic settings and in interfacing with attorneys and courts.
The Train New Trainers Primary Care Psychiatry fellowship (TNT PCP) is a year-long clinical education certificate program for primary care oriented trainees and providers (e.g. internal medicine, family medicine, physician assistant, nurse practitioner, psychiatric nursing, emergency medicine and neurology) who wish to receive advanced training in primary care psychiatry.
The research fellowship in psychiatry was developed to attract physicians into research and provide training that enables them to eventually become independent investigators. This fellowship is intended for young physician investigators (M.D. or D.O. only) who have recently completed psychiatry residency training and are committed to an academic career. The two-year training program provides multiple opportunities to acquire research skills, take didactic courses related to research, formulate research hypotheses, collect, analyze, and publish data, and learn grantsmanship skills.
The Department has postgraduate opportunities in psychology. In conjunction with the Sacramento County Division of Mental Health, psychology fellows provide psychological services in a variety of settings including an adult inpatient service, an adult outpatient service, and a children's outpatient service. Postdoctoral research opportunities include research in autism, schizophrenia, psychopathology and sleep, among others.
Medical student programs
The Department of is strongly committed to medical student education. The integration of psychiatry into all levels of medical student education also provides excellent preparation for students interested in psychiatry.