Our community of residents is the heart and soul of our program. We see our residency not only as a communal forum for learning but also as the spring board for each resident’s individual professional growth. We care about the well-being of our residents, and do our best to ensure they are heard and respected. Residents learn together through small work groups and, as they become more senior, in sharing their knowledge by teaching junior residents. Ultimately, we hope to foster a bond between residents that will continue long after their training days in San Mateo are over.
The residents who enter our program are committed to public psychiatry and to making a positive impact on the lives of their patients, on our system, and on the field of psychiatry. They are self-starters and have had diverse life experiences that have led some to pursue advanced degrees such as MPH, MBA, and MA among others.
While in training, our residents are often involved in organizational psychiatry and attend a variety of psychiatry conferences. In addition, several residents have held fellowships from the APA including the APA/SAMHSA Minority Fellowship and the APA Public Psychiatry Fellowship. In the 2019-2020 academic year, three residents held APA/SAMHSA fellowships with funding for projects that addressed health disparities in our communities. In the 2020-2021 academic year, one resident held an APA/SAMHSA Minority Fellowship and in the 2021-2022 year, one resident holds the only APA Edwin Valdiserri Correctional Public Psychiatry Fellowship in the nation.
After training, our residents pursue a variety of career paths. Many of our residents have gone on to fellowships in Public Psychiatry, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Forensics and Addiction among others. Many residents have pursued careers in public psychiatry, academic psychiatry, organizational psychiatry, and private practice. Many continue to be involved in the residency program community as mentors and supervisors. At the end of the 2020-2021 academic year, two of our residents fast-tracked into Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship at Stanford, one resident was hired by Santa Clara County Emergency Services, and one resident went into group practice.
As noted above, two residents from the Class of 2021 matched as PGY3 fast-track applicants into Child and Adolescent Fellowship in the last academic year.