We offer three different UCLA Psychiatry Residency tracks to which you can apply. The California State Board of Medical Examiners accepts each of our programs as a fulfillment of the internship requirements for state licensure. Each track has a different NRMP number used when applicants create their rank list.
Most people apply to the regular General Psychiatry track. Our “Research” track, open to two interns each year, includes protected research time throughout residency and a 5th year research fellowship. Our “Community Psychiatry” track places one intern each year at the LA County Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, for an in-depth exposure to community psychiatry and medicine.
"Regular" track: NRMP 3030400C0
12 positions are available in the Regular track. Combined with the Research track and the Harbor track, a total of 15 residents make up each class.
"Research" track: NRMP 3030400C1
The Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences allocates two residency positions each year for trainees who have already demonstrated substantial promise as academic researchers, primarily M.D./Ph.D. or equivalent graduates.
During the period of training, research track residents will meet all requirements of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology to be eligible for board certification examinations. They will also receive training and experience individually designed to promote their proficiencies and potential for research careers, with a view toward preparing them for academic positions as independent investigators. Research track residents will be assigned mentors to help guide their research training and career development.
Please see the Research  link for more information about the research track.
The Research Track Residency Program is under the supervision of the program director, David Krantz, M.D. Ph.D. , and associate program director, Dr. Erika Nurmi M.D. Ph.D.  Other members of the Research Track Residency Oversight Committee and selection committee are Stephen Marder, M.D. , Bruce Kagan, M.D., Ph.D., James McCracken M.D., Nelson Freimer, M.D. , Robert Rubin, M.D. Ph.D., Michael Irwin, M.D. , Kenneth Wells M.D. MPH. The program is fully coordinated with the general residency program under the direction of James Spar, M.D.
"Harbor" track: NRMP 3030400C2
The Harbor track is a unique opportunity for one UCLA resident per class to spend their first year of training at the LA County Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. This resident then joins the regular track residents for their PGY2-4 years at UCLA. The Harbor-UCLA Medical Center is a 500 bed acute general hospital located approximately 20 miles south of the Ronald Regan UCLA Medical Center. This is an extremely popular option for those applicants who want to receive training at UCLA but wish to receive a greater emphasis in community psychiatry, treating underserved populations, or obtaining experience working within a county system.
The LA County Harbor-UCLA Medical Center provides public mental health care to more than two million people in LA County. The Harbor-UCLA Medical Center has its own psychiatry residency program, which is a separate residency program from the main UCLA program. The Harbor-UCLA residency program has an intimate class size of about 7 residents per class, and is often described as a program with a highly personal, family feel to the residency culture. The service areas and treatment teams are directed by faculty from the David Geffen UCLA School of Medicine.
The UCLA resident who matches into the Harbor track spends their entire internship year at the Harbor campus. During this time, the UCLA resident essentially becomes a part of the Harbor-UCLA psychiatry residency, rotating through the same services and taking part in the same didactics as the residents in the Harbor-UCLA training program. The UCLA residents who have matched at the Harbor track find this unique, year-long experience an essential component of their education and training, and find that it adds a dimension to their training not easily available through the regular UCLA residency track. To hear more about the Harbor track, please contact the UCLA psychiatry residency coordinator, Karina Amaya at firstname.lastname@example.org ; he can put you in touch with former Harbor track residents currently training at UCLA.