Congratulations to Drs. Kristy Lamb and Kai MacDonald on their recent publications!

Two members of our "combined family" with particular interests in attachment and dynamic psychotherapy have recently published two papers on the role of oxytocin and attachment in the psychotherapeutic relationship. Current combined chief resident Dr. Kristy Lamb has been working with her mentor, UCSD Combined program alum Dr. Kai MacDonald, for the past 3 years. Dr. MacDonald has an active psychotherapy practice in San Diego and remains a volunteer faculty member in the UCSD Department of Psychiatry, as well as conducting research on the role of attachment in the psychotherapeutic relationship.

Drs. Lamb and MacDonald recently published their work in the Ad hoc Bulletin of Short Term Dynamic Psychotherapy:

MacDonald K, Lamb K. Oxytocin, the Brain's Bassoon: Sex, Ties, and Videotapes. Ad hoc Bulletin of Short Term Dynamic Psychotherapy. 2012 Oct: 16(2): 7-26.

MacDonald K, Lamb K. The Brain's Bassoon: A review of oxytocin and the dance of attachment. Ad hoc Bulletin of Short Term Dynamic Psychotherapy. 2012 Apr: 16(1): 5-27.


San Diego’s Homeless Population Third in Nation

San Diego has the third largest homeless population among U.S. cities, behind only New York and Los Angeles. Annual survey data also demonstrates that the homeless population in San Diego has grown in recent years. About 25% of that population is chronically homeless. These data confirm what our combined residents and faculty already know from our front-line experience: for the past few years we have been serving more people, with fewer resources. This highlights the need for innovative programs that have been shown to be effective for reducing homelessness, such as supportive housing and housing-first intervention programs. Read the full article here:



Combined Program December Newsletter is out!

Happy Holidays from our UCSD Combined Residency family! Check out the December edition of our monthly newsletter for an update on combo happenings, our recent work in the community, and a resident profile.

Link to the December newsletter here.


Combined residents & faculty lend a hand at the opening of the city's emergency winter shelter

San Diego's emergency winter shelter opened last week in Barrio Logan, close to our St Vincent de Paul Village clinic. The SVdP Mobile Health Clinic, staffed by UCSD Combined residents and faculty, completed health screenings on over 200 people before they entered the shelter. We screened for conditions that could pose public health risks, and provided on-site medical and psychiatric treatment for people requiring medical attention in order to be safely housed at the shelter. Our mobile heath clinic will be on-site at the winter tent every Monday, all winter long, providing ongoing medical & psychiatric care. Our faculty, residents, and Village health staff have been part of this effort every year for over a decade.


Dr. Folsom presents Project 25 successes at Meeting of the Minds

Last week, Dr. David Folsom and others from St. Vincent de Paul Village presented the early results of Project 25 at the Meeting of the Minds conference. Project 25 is a "housing first" model that helps people who are chronically homeless and very high utilizers of the healthcare system. The UCSD Combined program and St. Vincent de Paul Village Family Health Center serve as the medical home and primary physicians for Project 25 clients.