Psychiatry Residency Program

Program Overview

Program Information

Mission Statement

This program aims to develop skills, knowledge, and attitudes necessary to provide the highest quality diagnostic, therapeutic, and preventive management of all psychiatric and related medical disorders in each of its residents for populations of all genders of all age groups, ethnicities, and social situations with a special emphasis on the psychiatric care of active duty members of the armed forces and their families.

Residency Aims

  • Wellness
  • Leadership
  • Clinical Care
  • Scholarship
  • Education

Program Structure

  • 28 Residents (projected 2022 – 2023)
  • 8 PGY-1s
  • 8 PGY-2s
  • 6 PGY-3s
  • 6 PGY-4s

PGY-1 Rotations

  • Adult Inpatient Psychiatry (12 weeks)
  • Child and Adolescent Inpatient Psychiatry at Rady’s Children’s Hospital (4 weeks)
  • Substance Abuse and Rehabilitation Program at Point Loma (4 weeks)
  • Emergency Psychiatry Service (8 weeks) and Transitional Telehealth Program (2 weeks)
  • Adolescent Medicine (4 weeks)
  • Inpatient Internal Medicine (4 weeks)
  • Ambulatory Care Medicine (4 weeks)
  • Emergency Medicine (4 weeks)


  • Over 50 courses
  • Didactics one morning each week
  • 100% psychiatry board pass rate
  • Topics:
Emergency psychiatry, child and adolescent psychopathology/psychopharmacology, forensics psychiatry, human sexuality, psychodynamic psychology, suicide, neurology, integrative psychiatry, adult psychopathology/psychopharmacology, geriatric psychiatry

Research Opportunities

  • National Center for Combat and Operational Stress Control
  • Naval Health Research Center
  • Many active psychiatry faculty
  • Residents and faculty have presented at or published in:
    • American Psychiatry Association
    • AMSUS
    • Military Medicine
    • American Journal of Psychiatry

San Diego Cost of Living

  • Dependent on desires or needs
  • Little difficulty to live below BAH

San Diego Area

  • Beaches – surfing, caves, wildlife
  • Hiking and Skiing – deserts, mountains, alcoves
  • San Diego Zoo and Safari Park – free to active duty
  • Sea World – free admission once per year to active duty
  • Petco Park and SDCCU Stadium
  • USS Midway and Maritime Museum of San Diego
  • Gaslamp, Little Italy, Hillcrest, etc.
  • Balboa Park!​


Residency Program Manager:
Richard Wells
(619) 532-8555

Graduate Medical Education
Naval Medical Center San Diego
34800 Bob Wilson Drive
San Diego, CA 92134

7:00 am – 3:00 pm

1. For Verification of Training, please send request to corresponding Residency Program Manager. Contact information can be found by visiting the respective program page under the SPONSORED PROGRAMS drop down link on the left side of the screen.

2. Navy Medicine & Readiness Training Command San Diego does not participate in the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). In order to apply you must be an Active Duty member of the United States Armed Forces and utilize the Medical Operational Data System (MODS) application in accordance with  BUMED NOTICE 1524. 

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