Frequently Asked Questions:
- What do graduates of the program end up doing? The majority of recent graduates have gone into private practice. Many others have pursued other fellowships, such as forensics or substance abuse, or gone to work for the Department of Mental Health in community clinics, developmental clinics or various juvenile justice settings. A few other graduates have remained at UCLA as clinical, teaching or research faculty.
- I hear there are many internal candidates applying, what are my chances as an out-of-state applicant? The fellowship has a commitment to diversity, and we believe that fellows from different training programs contribute greatly to the richness of the training experience. Despite the high rate of matriculation from the UCLA adult psychiatry program, internal candidates are never guaranteed a spot in the fellowship before the interview and match process occur.
- How expensive is LA? It's not cheap and is more than many other U.S. cities but less so than New York City or San Francisco. Nearby graduate student housing provides a limited but affordable housing option. Current residents can also help you identify other less expensive areas of Los Angeles in which to live.
- What is call like? Call is divided among the first year fellows and consists of in-house call from 5pm-9pm on Mondays through Fridays. You may be paged roughly 0-4 times per night; however the average is one patient per night. All calls are for new evaluations, since floor issues are covered by the adult psychiatry residents on-call. After 9pm and on weekends, in-house call is covered by the adult residents, and the child fellows is on 'home call' and only has to come in to confirm the disposition plan for ER patients who have already been worked-up by the adult resident and are being discharged to go home. Typical weekend duty is light, 0-1 calls per weekend.
- I know UCLA is very research-oriented. Is this a research-heavy fellowship? Absolutely not. The goal of the fellowship is to produce well-trained clinicians who are capable of using and understanding the research base. Currently a research track is being established for those candidates who are interested in a more intensive research experience and faculty are available to mentor fellows who are interested in establishing a research career, but the focus of the fellowship is clinical.
- Is traffic in Los Angeles really that bad? Sadly so - the reputation is well-deserved, but there are many ways to avoid the mess. Some fellows live near enough to the hospital to walk or bike to work. Others live further away and time their commute or use public transportation to avoid the rush hour traffic.
- Is moonlighting allowed? Yes, but there are no moonlighting opportunities within the UCLA system. Most fellows find the first year too busy to look for additional work. Most of the second years have moonlighting jobs and there are many opportunities available, including starting a private practice, throughout the city.
- How much psychotherapy training is there in the training? This is variable depending on the individual fellow's interest. Requirements for therapy training include a minimum of 3 long term therapy patients throughout your fellowship. Based on their individual interests, many fellows choose to have several more patients than required. Other opportunities for shorter term therapy include Adolescent partial patients, Trauma clinic, CBT in Anxiety clinic, young child partial program patients (ABC), and medically ill patients on the consult-liason service.