Psychiatry Residency Program Director – Clinical Assistant/Associate or Professor of Psychiatry and the Behavioral Sciences (Clinician Educator) – (Los Angeles, California, United States)

The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences in the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California (USC) is accepting applications for the position of Psychiatry Residency Program Director. This position is for a full-time Clinician-Educator at the rank of Assistant, Associate, or full Professor. This role reports directly to the Chair and Vice Chair for Education, and indirectly to the GME and ACGME.

Description of the Psychiatry Residency Program

The Psychiatry Residency program is a 4-year, ACGME accredited program co-sponsored by Los Angeles General Medical Center (LAGMC) and USC. The program is highly sought-after, receiving approximately 1000 applications for 12 intern slots per year. The program’s mission is to train psychiatrists who are clinical experts and leaders in the care of complex, underserved, ethnically diverse, urban patient populations through supervised and mentored experiences in diverse clinical settings and practices. While LAGMC – one of the largest public safety-net hospitals in the country – is the primary training site, residents also train at the West Los Angeles Veterans Affairs Hospital, Keck Hospital of USC (a tertiary-quaternary care private hospital), and USC’s student mental health center. Residents have many opportunities to engage in the teaching and supervision of medical students, and residents are required to complete scholarly projects as part of their training. In the last academic year, 18 residents gave national presentations and/or received national awards or fellowships. Graduates of the program pursue careers in academia, the public sector, and private practice.

Description of the Department of Psychiatry and the Behavioral Sciences

The mission of the Department of Psychiatry and the Behavioral Sciences is to care for and protect the mental health of our communities. Our vision is to drive innovative, leading mental health care by being the place to work, receive care, and create future leaders through learning and discovery.

The Department of Psychiatry and the Behavioral Sciences is committed to excellence in three equally important areas: clinical care, education, and research. The Department has grown in recent years in its research mission, strengthened by its ongoing collaborations with local, national, and international partners and has expanded the breadth and depth of the education programming, with innovative leaders in curriculum, evaluation, research, and teaching methodology. The Department’s clinical educators and clinical services are a fundamental part of the academic and training missions. The team of mental health professionals offer a range of psychiatric and behavioral health services utilizing the most up-to-date research in the field and state-of-the-art technology. The Department of Psychiatry provides clinical services primarily at the Los Angeles General Medical Center, USC Student Health, and student exclusive practices as part of Keck Medicine of USC, and additional ambulatory practices for Keck Medicine of USC, including Keck Hospital of USC, USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center, and the USC Care Medical Group.

The responsibilities of the Program Director will include but are not limited to:

  • Direction and oversight of the educational curriculum and maintaining program compliance with the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) standards including curriculum development, trainee evaluation and feedback, policy development and implementation, monitoring duty hours and trainee wellness, and assessing the clinical competency of each trainee
  • Approximately 60% administrative time and 40% clinical effort, contingent upon overall percent effort of program and associate program directors
  • Operational oversight on a variety functions, including clinical rotations, didactics, assessment, advising, psychotherapy training, research, and scholarship
  • Lead a mission-driven recruitment and selection of residents into the residency training program
  • Operational oversight for residents’ comprehensive clinical educational experience
  • Create and engage in high-quality educational programs
  • Strategic planning and development in graduate medical education
  • Operational oversight on resident well-being, inclusion, and belonging
  • Operational oversight on resident recruitment, orientation, training, duty hours, and evaluations
  • Operational compliance with ACGME standards of curriculum, trainee competency, evaluation and feedback, and policy development and implementation
  • Serve as a national leader for innovative training models in psychiatric education
  • Coordinate with clinical leadership across affiliate training sites to ensure compliance
  • Provide clinical services and direct supervision of residents within a clinical site based on department needs and clinical interests and expertise
  • Attend Psychiatry Department Grand Rounds, Social Justice Forums, and Department Matters meetings; provide periodic service specific Grand Rounds
  • Represent the Psychiatry Department and residency program on committees and at meetings as appropriate
  • Participate in annual faculty merit review and mid-year performance evaluation processes
  • Collaborate with clinical and research division leaders to embed high-quality and innovative clinical and scholarly activities in the residency training program.
  • Other projects and duties, as assigned

Minimum Qualifications:

  • At the time of application, candidates must have an MD or related degree and be board certified in general psychiatry and must have or be eligible for a California medical license or equivalent certification/permit as determined by the Medical Board
  • Three (3) or more years of psychiatry education program leadership, administration, and teaching in an ACGME accredited training programs
  • Demonstration of outstanding academic accomplishments and trajectory which may include innovative educational program development, excellence in teaching, clinical leadership, or research
  • Multicultural competency in working with patients of color, patients from all economic classes, LGBTQIA2S+ patients, and international patients

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Effectively works in a highly diverse and multicultural patient population and LGBTQIA2S+ affirmative environment
  • Commitment to the highest ethical standards of professional practice and to professional integrity
  • Desire to continue to grow as a professional and committed to excellence and lifelong learning
  • Additional language skills are welcome

Please submit CV/resume, cover letter expressing interest in and fit with the minimum and preferred qualifications, and 3 letters of recommendation. Please submit the materials to Geoffrey Finucane at

The annual base salary range for this position is $220,000-$3.  When extending an offer of employment, the University of Southern California considers factors such as (but not limited to) the scope and responsibilities of the position, the candidate’s work experience, education/training, key skills, internal peer equity, federal, state, and local laws, contractual stipulations, grant funding, as well as external market and organizational considerations.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging

The Department of Psychiatry and the Behavioral Sciences is committed to attracting and nurturing a diverse community dedicated to providing culturally informed, high-quality behavioral healthcare to a multicultural population. Both in our work environment and clinical practice, we embrace diversity across multiple dimensions. We aim to provide a safe, inclusive environment for our faculty, staff, residents, fellows, trainees, volunteers, patients, colleagues, and the multitude of stakeholders with whom we work. Through our clinical services, educational programs, research studies, and policy initiatives, we are committed to addressing health care disparities for historically underserved groups; to combating racism and anti-Blackness at all levels; and to promoting and ensuring social justice.

USC strongly values diversity, equity, and inclusion and is committed to equal opportunity in employment. We prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status, marital status, or any other legally protected status. All genders, BIPOC, LGBTQIA2S+, people with disabilities, veterans, bicultural/multicultural and bilingual/multilingual individuals, and foreign nationals are encouraged to apply. For more information about the work visa types that USC’s Faculty and Staff Visa Services can sponsor, please visit the website at

The University of Southern California (USC), founded in 1880, is the largest private employer in the City of Los Angeles. As an employee of USC, you will be a part of a world-class research university and a member of the “Trojan Family,” which is comprised of the faculty, students and staff that make the university what it is.

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