Resident Rotations


First-year (PGY-1) residents' training includes:

Two months of internal medicine inpatient wards
Two months of family medicine or child outpatient clinics
Two blocks of neurology consultation service (inpatient and outpatient)
Seven blocks of inpatient psychiatry wards


Second-year (PGY-2) training includes, depending on resident interest.

Two or three months of geriatric psychiatry
Two or three months of child and adolescent psychiatry
Two months of consultation-liaison psychiatry
Two months of emergency psychiatry
Three months of inpatient forensic psychiatry


Third year (PGY-3) training includes 12-months of outpatient psychiatry. Under supervision of a faculty attending, residents will be exposed to the full spectrum of psychiatric disorders and intervention techniques, including psychopharmacology as well as various aspects of psychotherapy. Psychotherapy experience will span the PGY-3 and PGY-4 years of training. In addition, addiction psychiatry will be one of the rotations in third year.


Fourth year (PGY-4) residents may broaden their training experience by taking a combination of electives. These electives may include:

Private practice psychiatry
Research at the UC Riverside Division of Biomedical Sciences
Administrative psychiatry
Consultation psychiatry
Emergency psychiatry
Addiction psychiatry
Outpatient community psychiatry
Inpatient forensic psychiatry
Inpatient community psychiatry

About PGY-4 Research

The elective rotations in year four are designed to promote the entry of psychiatry residents into careers in mental health research, including academic, clinical, translational and basic science research, which is accomplished through proactive and collaborative mentorship and targeted research support.

For those incoming residents who already have significant research experience, we will customize this year to meet your research career plans. Residents receive career mentoring, protected time for research activities, and individualized training opportunities. Other highlights include:

  • Academically divers faculty and rich training environment
  • Collaboration with researchers at UCR
  • Career mentorship opportunities