Psychiatry Fontana - Curriculum

The Kaiser Permanente Psychiatry residency program places special consideration upon resident education in the classroom setting. One half-day per week is allocated to resident lectures and this time is firmly protected. Residents are not responsible for any clinical duties during lectures. Furthermore, every attempt is made to have little to no call the night before lectures so that residents have had ample opportunity to prepare for their lectures and to be rested. Lecturers with knowledge specific to the topic at hand are brought in from the community, nearby residencies, and from our own faculty. Lecture series are divided by PGY year and are chosen based upon the applicability to current clinical settings that residents are rotating in as well as to current level of knowledge.

Lecture series for the PGY-1 year include:
• The basics of Neurology
• The basics of Psychopharmacology
• DSM5 criteria
• Child and Adolescent Development
• Psychosomatics
• Research Literacy

Lecture series for the PGY-2 and PGY-3-year build upon this knowledge by offering courses in:
• Advanced Neurology
• Advanced Psychopharmacology
• Literature Review
• Addictions
• Geriatric Psychiatry
• Courses specific to different therapeutic modalities are also offered (i.e. Cognitive Behavioral, Supportive, Group, etc.)

Lecture series for the PGY-4 year continue to hone the Resident’s skills with continued lectures on above topics but also introduce more specialized topics such as:
• Cross-cultural Psychiatry and Spirituality
• Specific focus is given to helping Residents prepare for the transition to being independent clinicians with courses that help to develop and refine Curriculum Vitae’s, interviewing skills, and an understanding of different practice environments

Sample Block Schedule


PGY -1PGY – 2
JulyInternal MedicineAdult Inpatient
AugustNeurologyConsult Liaison
SeptemberEmergency MedicineAdult Inpatient
OctoberInternal MedicineChild & Adolescent Inpatient
NovemberNeurologyAdult Inpatient
DecemberFamily Medicine/PediatricsGeriatrics Inpatient
JanuaryAdult InpatientChemical Dependency
FebruaryGeriatrics InpatientChild & Adolescent Psychiatry
MarchAdult InpatientGeriatrics Inpatient – Loma Linda
AprilAdult InpatientConsult – Liaison
MayAdult Inpatient – Loma LindaCrisis Stabilization Unit – ARMC
JuneAdult InpatientForensic Inpatient



MondayGroups/PostpartumAdult KP Clinic
TuesdayGeriatric/County Clinic/TMSAdult KP Clinic
WednesdayAdult KP ClinicAdolescent KP Clinic
ThursdayPsychotherapy SupervisionDidactics
FridayAdult KP ClinicPsychotherapy KP Clinic


Monday-FridayElectives/Adult KP ClinicElectives/Adult KP Clinic


Click here for Resident Lecture Series (PDF)

Click here for List of Research Projects(PDF)

Click here for full List of Block Diagram & Electives(PDF)