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Residency Training Program Director

Application Window

Open date: December 2, 2022

Next review date: Tuesday, Jan 31, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Sunday, Jun 2, 2024 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

Residency Training Program Director

The University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences (DPBS) is seeking a Director for our ACGME-accredited general residency training program.

The training director leads a residency dedicated to developing the next generation of leaders in academic and public psychiatry. The general adult residency program admits 16 applicants per year. The overarching purpose of the Director of the residency training program is to develop and implement innovative models of training, curriculum development, and scholarship at UCSF. The program includes multiple sites, including UCSF Health, the San Francisco VA Health Care System, Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland, and our community-based sites. The department, including all our training programs are deeply committed to social justice, diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism.

Over the past decade, UCSF has made mental health, psychiatry, and the clinical and basic neurosciences a major institutional priority. UCSF Psychiatry and Behavioral sciences, Neurology and Neurosurgery share “Best in the West” honors from US News and World Report. Within the last year, we opened the Nancy Friend Pritzker Psychiatry Building, a home to the department that includes outpatient care across the lifespan, psychiatry, and psychology training programs, integrated physical and mental health services, and cutting-edge clinical research facilities. DPBS also has a significant presence in the new Weill Institute for Neurosciences Building, including the Oberndorf Labs, dedicated to fundamental psychiatric research. A new, expanded adult inpatient unit is currently under construction at the UCSF Mount Zion campus and will open in the Spring of 2023.

The Residency Program Director position provides significant salary support and protected time. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and based on the University of California pay scales. The selected applicant is expected to balance the educational role with clinical, quality improvement and/or research activities. As a member of the Health Sciences Compensation Plan, the program director will be eligible for the clinical incentive program. The appropriate rank, step, series, and appointment will be based on the candidate’s qualifications and experience.


  1. Lead a strong faculty team that oversees a variety of residency program functions, including clinical rotations, didactics, assessment, advising, psychotherapy training, research and scholarship, and recruitment.
  2. Ensure a comprehensive clinical educational experience for residents and encourage the development of lifelong patterns of clinical excellence.
  3. Create a culture of scholarship, excellence and inclusion geared towards developing leaders in public/community and all aspects of academic psychiatry.
  4. Collaborate closely with other DPBS leadership and faculty to create high-quality educational programs and engage in innovative faculty development programs.
  5. Collaborate with UCSF GME leadership to share and adopt best practices in graduate medical education.
  6. Coordinate with residents to advocate for tangible changes that positively impact resident well-being, inclusion, and belonging.
  7. Cultivate a culture that expands our existing initiatives of diversity, equity and inclusion.
  8. Lead the recruitment, orientation, training, and evaluation of residents.
  9. Ensure best practices of compliance with ACGME standards, including curriculum development, trainee evaluation and feedback, policy development and implementation, monitoring duty hours and trainee wellness, while also assessing and documenting the competency of each trainee and continually evaluating the educational process.
  10. Serve as a national leader for innovative training models in psychiatric education.
  11. Manage existing and new residency pathways (e.g., Resident Research Training Program, Areas of Distinction Program) that offer specialized and innovative training models.
  12. Maintain and liaison with clinical leadership across sites to ensure compliance with respective clinical expectations at each site by the trainees.
  13. Liaison with the UCSF Office of Graduate Medical Education to coordinate the DPBS diverse fellowship and advanced programs including, but not limited to: Child-Adolescent, Addictions, Geriatric, Consult-Liaison, and other training programs.
  14. Coordinate and integrate DPBS’ cutting-edge research program into the residency curriculum.
  15. In addition to duties as Residency Program Director, the selected candidate will also provide clinical services and direct supervision of residents in inpatient and/or outpatient settings. This is separate from the administrative responsibilities as program director.

At the time of application, candidates must have the following qualifications:
• MD or related degree and be board certified in general psychiatry and must have or be eligible for a California medical license or equivalent certification/permit as determined by the Medical Board.
• Five (5) or more years of leadership and administrative experience in an ACGME-accredited training program(s).
• Strong communication skills and leadership ability.
• Demonstration of outstanding academic accomplishments and trajectory which may include innovative educational program development, excellence in teaching, clinical leadership, or research.

Apply online at, with a CV, statement of interest, statement of teaching, statement of contributions to diversity, and four reference contacts. Applicants’ materials must list current and/or pending qualifications upon submission.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - CV must clearly list current and/or pending qualifications (e.g. board eligibility/certification, medical licensure, etc.).

  • Misc / Additional - Statement of interest

  • Statement of Teaching

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Please see the following page for more details:

  • Cover Letter (Optional)

  • Statement of Research (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 4-6 required (contact information only)

Campus Information

As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy found here:

UC San Francisco seeks candidates whose experience, teaching, research, or community service that has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and excellence. The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status.

Job location

San Francisco, CA