In February, 1995, the American Board of Family Medicine and the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology distributed their guidelines for a combined residency training program in Family Medicine and Psychiatry to residency training directors in the United States. At the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), we were delighted to be among the first to have an accredited, combined program. After obtaining accreditation, we started our inaugural class in July, 1997. Today, the program has ten active residents in the Combined Program and 16 graduates. The relatively small size of the residency program enables us to have a very strong esprit de corps among the residents and very close collegial relationship between residents and faculty.
The Family Medicine Residency Training Program and the Psychiatry Residency Training Program at UCSD are mature programs with a history of more than 20 years each of training resident physicians. Both programs are nationally recognized for excellence in the caliber of their faculty, residents, training programs, research and clinical care. Both disciplines recognize that they share many common interests in all of these areas, and the opportunity to develop the Combined Program was met by both departments with high enthusiasm. Combined residents spend approximately equal amounts of time working with the faculty in each department, and interested applicants should review our sister UCSD Psychiatry and Family Medicine Residences online to get a sense of the departments, programs and faculty.