UCSF/SFGH Public Psychiatry Fellowship

The Department of Psychiatry at the University of California San Francisco offers a fellowship in Community Psychiatry through its affiliate program at San Francisco General Hospital. This one year traineeship, under the Direction of Christina Mangurian, MD, Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and James W. Dilley, MD, Vice-Chair of the Dept. of Psychiatry at UCSF and Chief of Psychiatry at San Francisco General Hospital, will develop and educate the next generation of leaders in community psychiatry.  Core Faculty for the Traineeship includes Mark Leary, MD, Robert Cabaj, MD, Irene Sung, MD, Martha Shumway, PhD, Raj Parekh, MD, and Christopher Benitez, MD.

This one year training experience, in collaboration with Community Behavioral Health Services (CBHS), San Francisco Department of Public Health (SFDPH), will be oriented around a range of clinical care activities within existing CBHS community psychiatry service programs (0.80 FTE) and (0.20FTE) focusing on building a knowledge base specific to Public Psychiatry.  Fellows will be strongly committed to the role of psychiatrists as physicians caring for the chronically and seriously mentally ill and receive didactic education oriented towards becoming leaders in public psychiatry.  Fellows will learn about the history and organizational structure of public psychiatry, program development, effectiveness and advocacy. Fellows will also be expected to prepare an evaluation or quality assurance project focused on improving some aspect of care at their clinical care assignment.


Applicants must have completed a general adult residency in psychiatry and by the time the fellowship begins, must have a California medical license.  Applicants must either be a US citizen or hold an appropriate visa.  Fellows will be selected from applicants whose achievements reflect a strong desire to advance the work of public psychiatry in caring for those with complex mental health disorders and an interest in integrating mental health and primary care. Minority applicants are especially encouraged to apply.

Term of Fellowship

Trainees will be junior faculty and hold the rank of Clinical Instructor, UCSF Dept. of Psychiatry.  Salary is set at $74,850 annually plus full benefits including health care, vacation and educational leave. These board eligible trainees will serve one-year terms (July 1, 2014 – June 30, 2015).  Fellows will also be eligible to earn additional compensation for providing evening/weekend coverage in the psychiatric emergency room at the hospital.

How to Apply

To apply, please send a cover letter telling us a little about yourself and your interest in public psychiatry, a CV, and telephone and/or email contact information for three references (no actual letters needed).  In your cover letter please indicate if you currently hold a California Medical License and if you are not a US citizen, let us know your visa status.  We cannot provide visa assistance to applicants. After reviewing this information, we will arrange interviews.  A complete set of training documents will be requested prior to final acceptance.

For applicants interested in the 2014-2015 academic year, please submit your application electronically to: 
ppf.admin@ucsf.edu. Although we have a rolling admission process, we will begin to accept applications for the 2014-2015 Academic Year as early as July 1, 2013.

Please send the requested materials to:

Public Psychiatry Fellowship Program Administration
c/o Myleka Johnson, UCSF Education and Training Coordinator
Email address: 

Public Psychiatry Fellowship Program Contacts:

Christina Mangurian, MD
Director, UCSF/SFGH Public Psychiatry Fellowship
SFGH Department of Psychiatry
1001 Potrero Ave, Suite 7M
San Francisco, CA  94110

Myleka Johnson
UCSF Education and Training Coordinator
SFGH Department of Psychiatry
1001 Potrero Ave, 7M26
San Francisco, CA 94110


Core Activities of the Traineeship will include:

  • Element I: Academic or Didactic Curriculum
  • Element II: Primary Field Placement in CBHS outpatient clinic
  • Element III: Faculty Supervision and Mentoring
  • Element IV: Teaching, Presenting, and Supervising
  • Element V: Research/Quality Improvement Project
  • Element VI: Systems Management Skills
  • Element VII: Community, Consumer, or Family Advocacy
  • Element VIII: Recovery/Resiliency Oriented Services
  • Element IX: Cultural Disparities, Competency and Sensitivity
  • Element X: Telepsychiatry


The didactic, clinical, administrative, and scholarship experiences provided during the traineeship will enable fellows to develop knowledge in:

  • Prevention and public health aproaches to community mental health
  • Historical foundations of community mental health
  • Effective leadership practices and consultation methods
  • Administration and financing of public psychiatric services
  • Integrated care for co-occurring disorders
  • Program development in public behavioral health systems and system based care with an emphasis on the role of psychiatrists as physicians
  • Services for special populations: Homeless, Criminal Offenders, LGBT clients, Addicted, Child and Family, Geriatric, Institutionalized
  • Person - Centered Care: Assessment and Treatment with a focus on diverse populations
  • Professionalism



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Leadership in research, education, psychiatric care and public service