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The UCI Psychiatry Residency program supports a positive learning environment, promoting wellness and work-life balance. Residents pride themselves on being there for each other and forming lasting friendships. Residents often celebrate their birthdays together, attend each other’s weddings and baby showers, and spend time exploring Orange County attractions, including Disneyland, Old Towne Orange and Laguna Beach.

The UCI School of Medicine Psychiatry Resident Retreat is a favorite annual tradition where residents spend time together at scenic locations. During the retreat, residents participate in informal discussions about the residency program and how it can be improved. The majority of the time is devoted to resident bonding. The program excuses residents from clinical duties for the duration of the retreat. 

Wellness Resource Guide

The School of Medicine prioritizes the wellbeing of its residents. Psychological, emotional and physical wellbeing are all critical components of a competent, caring and resilient healthcare provider. We offer a variety of tools and resources to help care for our community and promote a supportive culture.   

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Big Sibling-Little Sibling Program

Every PGY-1 is paired with a PGY-2 “big sibling” when they join the residency program so there is someone to help guide the PGY-1 through the intern year.

Buddy Calls

In addition to orientation, PGY-1 residents have several “buddy calls” with a PGY-3 resident so they can become comfortable handling the workload during call shifts before working their first shift alone.

Resident Meetings

Chief residents lead a monthly resident meeting where they discuss current issues and invite feedback for improvements. Additionally, there are monthly Resident Council meetings, which allow residents to address concerns with program leadership directly.

Choosing a residency program is a big decision, and where you live plays a big part! Luckily, UCI residents enjoy the best of both worlds: a supportive environment and a vibrant community like Orange County. Here are a few resources to help you explore:

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