Frequently Asked Questions:
- What do graduates of the program end up doing? The majority of recent graduates have gone into clinical practice. There are plenty of opportunities for private practice and community mental health settings. Some have chosen additional fellowship training, such as forensics, substance abuse, or research fellowships. About a third of our graduates have pursued academic careers as research faculty and clinician-educators.
- How much psychotherapy training is there? The fellowship program has outstanding training in a broad range of psychotherapy. Fellows have a minimum of three long-term psychotherapy cases. During required rotations, fellows also learn a variety of therapies such as functional and structural family therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, parent training, trauma-focused therapy, and more. Elective therapies include social skills training, DBT for adolescents, psychoanalytic psychotherapy, and more.
- I hear there are many internal candidates applying, what are my chances as an out-of-state applicant? Our trainees have graduated from some of the most prestigious training programs from around the country, including from UCLA. The fellowship has a commitment to diversity, and we believe that fellows from a variety of different training programs contributes greatly to the richness of the training experience. We typically have a third to half of our trainees from non-UCLA residencies.
- What is it like to live in LA?There is plenty to do on your off-hours from salsa dancing to surfing, from amazing restaurants to live shows. It can be expensive to live in LA, but less than places such as New York City and San Francisco. There is graduate student housing which is more affordable. Current fellows live in a variety of different neighborhoods in Los Angeles.
- What is call like? Call is only on week-nights Monday-Friday from 5pm to 9pm; there is no weekend call. Call is divided among the first year fellows (about every 7th weekday). You may be paged roughly 0-4 times per night; however the average is 1-2 patients per night. On busy call nights, there is a back-up adult psychiatry resident who can be called in to help. All calls are for new evaluations, since floor issues are covered by the adult psychiatry residents on-call. After 9pm, call is covered by the adult residents.
- I know there are a lot of child psychiatry researchers at UCLA. Are fellows required to do research during the training program?At UCLA, there are two tracks, a traditional 2-year clinical track (6 fellows per year) and a 3-year research track (1 fellow per year). The goal of both of our child psychiatry fellowship tracks is to provide the best and most current clinical training possible, taught by national leaders in the field. In the traditional 2-year clinical track, fellows can elect to pursue research but are not required to do so. There are plenty of clinical and research electives to choose from.
- Is traffic in Los Angeles really that bad? Sadly so - the reputation is well-deserved, but there are many ways to avoid the gridlock. 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, there are many moonlighting opportunities both within the UCLA system and throughout the city. It is not uncommon to moonlight, especially in the second year.