Psychiatry Inpatient Service at Kern Medical
First and second year residents each complete five rotations on the Kern Medical Inpatient Psychiatry Unit. The faculty includes three full-time psychiatrists. Residents receive at least two hours of individual supervision per week, as well as daily group supervision and rounds and weekly case conferences.
Residents admit, manage, and discharge acute psychiatric inpatients; attend teaching, training, and case conferences; work with interdisciplinary teams to manage all patients; read and report on current research literature and textbooks in teaching conferences; and develop standards of practice. Complicated dual diagnosis psychiatric patients with medical complications and addictions are prominent in the patient population.
Inpatient Internal Medicine at Kern Medical
Interns will complete three months of rotations at Kern Medical Internal Medicine inpatient wards, led by a team of UCLA-appointed, full-time, board-certified internal medicine attending physicians. Residents are supervised by one attending physician and one senior resident.
Residents spend six to eight hours per day performing patient care duties. Each week they participate in case conferences for one hour, morning report for four hours, didactic lecture series for four hours, and attend teaching rounds for eight to ten hours. Residents follow the on call schedule of the assigned internal medicine team. Residents may work with noted infectious disease specialists and coccidiomycosis researchers, Drs. Arash Heidari and Karlon Johnson.
David Geffen UCLA School of Medicine
Neurology Training Program at Olive View Medical Center
First-year residents complete a two-month rotation at Olive View Medical Center. Six full-time neurologists, a physician assistant, a case manager, a social worker, a neuropharmacologist, and an epilepsy center coordinator staff the program. In addition to treating neurology team patients, there is a general neurology and epilepsy clinic twice a week.
Olive View Medical Center is approximately 90 miles from Kern Medical. Housing is provided at UCLA main campus facilities, 10-15 miles from Olive View Medical Center.
Medicine Outpatient Specialty Clinic at Kern Medical
First-year residents will complete a one-month outpatient specialty clinic rotation at Kern Medical. The faculty includes ten part-time physician specialists ranging from rheumatology to infectious disease and endocrinology. Each case is presented to faculty for ongoing supervision.
Night Float at Kern Medical Inpatient Unit
First and second-year residents each complete four weeks of night float. They provide on-site physician supervision of the twenty-five-bed acute psychiatric inpatient unit and respond to hospital wide overnight psychiatric consults and calls, and emergency room psychiatric consults.
Consultation Liaison Psychiatry at Kern Medical
Second-year residents will complete four months of full-time rotations in Consultation and Liaison Psychiatry at Kern Medical. In daily rounds with the attending physicians, each case is discussed and the attending accompanies residents.
Geriatric Psychiatry at Kern County Mental Health and Kern Medical
Second-year residents will complete a one-month rotation in Geriatric Psychiatry at Kern County Mental Health. The faculty and staff includes a geropsychiatrist, two case managers, and two outreach specialists. This rotation spans inpatients, outpatients, emergency department consults and consultation and liaison patients.
Addiction Medicine at VA Sepulveda Outpatient Care Center
Second-year residents will complete a one-month full-time rotation at the Veterans Administration in Addiction Medicine at the Sepulveda VA in San Fernando Valley. Residents are housed at UCLA while at this away rotation. Training is supervised by a full time board certified addiction medicine attending physician and two or three fellows.
Resident Outpatient Clinic at Kern County Mental Health
While second year residents spend a one half day each week, third year residents spend three days per week seeing their outpatient caseload at the Resident Outpatient Clinic (ROC) located in the Mary K Shell Mental Health Building. The ROC provides continuity of care so residents may see the same patients for as many as three years. Residents are supervised by a board certified attending physician. The ROC is fully staffed with a clinic supervisor, clerical staff, receptionists, case managers, and a therapist.
VA Mental Health Clinic
Third year residents treat outpatient veterans one day per week for one year at the VA Bakersfield Mental Health Clinic under the supervision of a senior psychiatrist and with a full staff of support personnel including two therapists, on-site pharmacist and pharmacy, clerical support and security.
Oswell Children’s Clinic at Kern County Mental Health
KCMH East Bakersfield Outpatient Children’s “Oswell” Clinic provides a team of case managers, clerical staff, a nurse, a psychologist, and therapists in a collaborative patient centered model. Third-year residents treat children and adolescents one day per week at Oswell. Faculty members supervise the clinic and residents report to the attending child psychiatrist on duty.
Fourth Year Electives
Fourth year residents may choose to continue their outpatient psychiatry caseload at the ROC or they may choose a multitude of proven pathways or create one of their choosing. The one provision is that 50% of their fourth year must be composed of outpatient psychiatry. Residents generally choose to provide “senior supervision” to the inpatient unit, the consultation and liaison service, or teach medical students core psychiatry courses. Residents may choose to focus on research for a discrete period of time. They may choose rotations at UCLA affiliated sites or at away sites provided sufficient time is given to create affiliate agreements with the other organizations.