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Resident and Alumni Comments

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“My journey at the San Mateo psychiatry residency training program was full of gratitude and excitement! Our residency program is exceptional in preparing the next generation of leaders in the fields of community psychiatry, advanced  psychopharmacology and psychotherapy. Our training program provides plenty of room for focusing on individual  interests, be they personal or educational, such as the PGY4 fast track Public Psychiatry Fellowship in conjunction with UCSF, which I was part of and thoroughly enjoyed. In short, this training program has afforded me many opportunities for personal and professional growth.”

—Farah Zaidi, class of 2017, UCSF Public Psychiatry Fellowship class of 2017, Hospital Psychiatrist at San Mateo Medical Center

“There is a humanism about this place that permeates among staff, nurses, doctors and patients. I can’t imagine a better place to be doing my psychiatry residency training. In addition to the spirit and the people, you get a variety of rotation settings which I believe is a big advantage to the training here – county, Stanford, UCSF, Kaiser, jails, schools and more.”

— Siya Mehtani, PGY3, APA/SAMHSA Minority Fellow

“While on Inpatient Psychiatry, I have had the distinct privilege to care for some of our most vulnerable populations in a compassionate and humanistic capacity. My attendings have nurtured my goals to provide patient-centered care plans, and combined with close supervision, I feel strongly that my training as a resident physician has been nothing short of excellent. I feel truly fortunate to have chosen San Mateo for my residency program.”

— Juan Lopez, PGY1

“San Mateo County provides a unique opportunity to train in community psychiatry while also having the flexibility to pursue academic research, teaching, and leadership opportunities. Residents have the time and support to delve into areas they are passionate about and to make significant contributions to our residency program, the county mental health system, and to the greater field of psychiatry. I feel very lucky to have been at a program where these opportunities are so encouraged and supported.”

—Karen Bos, class of 2014, UCSF Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship class of 2016

“The San Mateo County Program has a wealth of residents and attendings with uniquely intelligent minds and diverse backgrounds. I admire my colleagues greatly and I am intellectually stimulated by them everyday. I feel safe yet challenged in my learning and supported fully by all the faculty. I have a deep sense that not only will I become an exceptionally well-trained psychiatrist while training at San Mateo, but also a more developed version of myself.”

—Laura Rubenstein, PGY4

“It’s a privilege to work in a county that devotes resources and has a longstanding philosophical commitment to mental health care for all its residents. I’ve been pleased with the sense of teamwork on Psychiatric Inpatient.”

—Daniel Irby, PGY2

“They provided educational experiences in clinical supervision, didactics, and on-site patient care which rivals that of larger, more nationally well known programs. Probably the best decision I made in my medical training was to be part of the residency program at San Mateo.”

—Dan Tzuang, class of 2008, Stanford Child and Adolescent Fellowship class of 2010, private practice in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

“I found that the San Mateo County program prepared me to go from residency right into the working world. I chose to continue working in public psychiatry, but feel just as comfortable moonlighting in any setting or starting a private practice. The comprehensive, ever-engaging residency provided me with the knowledge and clinical background I needed to be the psychiatrist I want to be. Is it normal to miss residency?”

—Neil Sachs, class of 2012, Lead Psychiatrist at West County Mental Health, Contra Costa County

“I am enormously grateful for matching at San Mateo’s psychiatry residency program. This unique program was built with a focus on humanistic values, accessible access to quality care, and training for psychiatrists with an equally progressive, balanced, and respectful structure. Self-directed learning time allows residents to truly process what we are learning. The schedule flexibility allows us to delve deeply into areas of interest. Starting out you are given autonomy, functioning as the treating physician for your patients, with direct attending support. Each resident has their own unique plan for mastering the necessary skills and desired areas of focus, preparing us to be leaders in any domain of the field.”

—Faith Rohlke PGY4

“The training at San Mateo is unique in its diversity of residents and the flexibility of the curriculum. I am grateful for the sense of camaraderie amongst my peers and the dedicated teaching of faculty members. The curriculum allows me time, support and resources to pursue a wide range of interests and prepare me for various practice models. “

—Tram Nguyen, PGY2

“The residency program at San Mateo County provides an excellent balance of autonomy and support. Whether on inpatient psychiatry, medicine, or in the regional clinics, we are “the doctor” from day one, responsible for caring for a team of patients, yet have support from senior residents and attendings. Didactics (a full day per week!) are resident-run and resident-driven, with fantastic facilitators from academia, community and private practice. As a resident, I felt that I truly enhanced my clinical knowledge and solidified my commitment to community psychiatry.”

—Laura Tully, class of 2015, Psychiatrist at Pacific Coast Psychiatric Associates

“With healthcare reform, community psychiatry becomes even more important to delivering care in an integrated setting. My training at San Mateo County not only prepared and immersed me in integrated, multidisciplinary, community settings, but also offered many leadership opportunities. These opportunities shaped me as a psychiatrist and continue to inform my career.”

—Chris Esguerra, class of 2009, Medical Director at Magellan Health

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