Messages from Chair and Training Director

Dr. Gerald Maguire

Greetings from the Program Chair

Gerald A. Maguire, M.D., D.F.A.P.A.

I thank you for your interest in learning more about our unique psychiatry training program here at UC Riverside. I joined UC Riverside in 2014 with the attraction of building the ideal residency program from the ground-up with education as the core. Our program operates on the fundamental principle that our residents are here to be educated first and foremost. With such, we have not encumbered them with service needs as evidenced by our mission of having no call. Instead of working nights and weekends in hospitals and emergency rooms, our residents grow academically by better spending valuable time in scholarly pursuits and community activities.

Our diverse faculty is united with the common bond of providing the best education possible for our residents. Our program offers eclectic training in all facets of psychiatry including psychotherapy and psychopharmacology with multiple training sites available. With ample elective time for clinical and research pursuits with supervision from dedicated faculty mentors, our residents have the full breadth of psychiatry training available.

Our program also provides travel stipends to support our residents to present at national and international meetings. We understand that residents are often faced with high student loans after years of schooling. To assist financially, our program offers internal moonlighting opportunities for residents.

I invite you to apply to join our family of UC Riverside Psychiatry. If I can answer any questions for you, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Gerald A. Maguire, M.D., D.F.A.P.A.

Takesha Cooper, M.D., M.S.

Greetings from the Training Director

Takesha Cooper, M.D., M.S

I am thrilled that you have chosen psychiatry as the next step in your medical career!  Here at UC Riverside School of Medicine Psychiatry Residency Training Program we strive to provide you an outstanding educational experience.  To do this, we emphasize top-notch educational opportunities, participation in research projects with our diverse and exceptional faculty, and teaching you how to deliver excellent culturally-responsive patient care.   
One of our many strengths is that we provide a unique experience that merges university-level research opportunities with a strong commitment to community mental health and service to our diverse patient population. To achieve this, we partner with other academic centers within UCR, public mental health systems, private and community-based organizations, including the use of advanced tele-health service providers.
The School of Medicine’s values of integrity, inclusion, innovation, excellence, accountability and respect are core components of the training you will receive, and after completing your training with UC Riverside, I am certain you will feel comfortable entering into any practice setting you choose.
As a native Southern Californian who grew up in Riverside County, I can attest to the tremendous growth of our region due to favorable housing prices, tremendous academic and employment opportunities, and more. We are easily accessible to a variety of amusement parks, beaches, skiing, hiking and more.  With no required resident call, there are plenty of opportunities to have fun and enjoy the warm weather!
Please come visit us and learn more about our fantastic program.  Thank you for considering UCR as the next step in your academic journey!

Takesha Cooper, M.D., M.S.