Psychiatry and
Behavioral Sciences

Graduation and Beyond

The Stanford Program has many strengths, but we realize we can't be all things to all people. What we offer is an outstanding faculty, respected leadership, a strong group of terrific trainees and one of the most beautiful areas in the world. The Bay Area is an ideal place to continue in the field of psychiatry after graduation for many reasons. The professional stimulation of a large group of mental health disciplines and well-trained professionals from all fields creates many opportunities to work in interdisciplinary setting, the opportunities for post-graduate work in a variety of specialization's abound, making it possible for graduates to go in many directions as their interests evolve over the years. There are several Analytic Institutes in the area with a broad range of theoretical orientations, including the San Francisco Psychoanalytic Institute. There are several active professional groups with which to affiliate. Finally, there is the ambiance of the Bay Area, which with it abundance of cultural, civic and intellectual activities attracts people from around the world and is at the forefront of environmental awareness and change.

Slightly more than half of our residents (54% over a thirty-year period) go on to full-time academic careers. Stanford graduates are eagerly sought after for faculty positions and are located in program around the country. Their faculty careers embrace a wide range of activities, from full-time clinical work to full-time basic research, with every possible permutation in between. In addition, many graduates become distinguished private practitioners and teachers. Our task as a training program is to prepare a diverse talents group of people for productive careers in psychiatry.


Fellowship Opportunities During General Psychiatry Training

Virtually all the full-time psychiatry faculty are engaged in research. Residents are encouraged to seek out potential faculty mentors early in their residencies so that arrangements can be made for funding of research activities at the appropriate time. Residents are free to work with any full-time faculty member at the University Stanford offers a rich array of research opportunities in virtually any area of a resident's interest. Funding for research fellowships comes from a variety of sources: institutional NIH training grants, individual NASA fellowships, Physician Scientist Awards, and numerous private Foundation. Applicants seeking additional information about research fellowships may e-mail or call 650-725-5591 for specific details.

NIMH Psychopharmacology Fellowships

Information Comming Soon!

Geriatric Psychiatry Training Program

Program Director: Jared R. Tinklenberg, M.D.,
Professor of Psychiatry
Director of Gero-Psychiatry Rehabilitation Unit,, PAVA

This comprehensive ACGME-accredited one-year training program includes clinical rotations, didactic seminars, courses, and research opportunities for a resident in geriatric psychiatry. The clinical rotations involve the Stanford/VA Alzheimer's Center, the Geriatric Consultation Team (VA-Palo Alto), the Geriatric Mental Health Clinic (VA-Menlo Park) and the Geriatric Inpatient Hospital (Stanford University Medical Center). These services are all directed by full-time members of the Stanford Psychiatry academic faculty. Applicants must possess a valid State of California medical license to be considered for this position and must have completed their PGY-IV General Psychiatry training prior to beginning the fellowship.

Child Psychiatry Training Program

Program Director: Dr. Hans Steiner,
Professor of Psychiatry
Chief, Pediatric Psychiatry at LPCH

A full description can be found at the Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Division web site. In brief, residents who have completed at least two years of general psychiatry are eligible to apply for the two-year child program which leads to subspecialty certification in Child Psychiatry. In order to develop a sound basis for psychiatric work with children, the first-year fellow in Child Psychiatry receives an early and extensive introduction to child development as a basic science. Through individually supervised diagnostic and therapeutic work with children, adolescents and parents, case conferences, didactic courses, seminars and literature reviews, the fellow acquires special skills in the diagnosis and treatment of disturbed children and their families. The fellow's range of experience in types of problems and treatments is broadened by inpatient, outpatient and pediatric consultation-liaison work in the Lucile Salter Packard Children's Hospital (See ) at Stanford and the Children's Health Council of the Mid-Peninsula, an agency providing diversified experiences with emphasis on the child with multiple handicaps. In the second year, in addition to continuing diagnostic and therapeutic activities, the fellow is helped to develop special interest in clinical practice, community psychiatry, forensic psychiatry, teaching and research. Other training opportunities include advanced ward administration assignments and the completion of a research project designed in the first year.

VA Special Fellowship Program in Advanced Psychiatry,
VA Palo Alto Health Care System.

Program Director: Jerome Yesavage, M.D.
Professor of Psychiatry,
Director, Sierra Pacific MIRECC
Chief, Psychiatry Service (PAVA)

This fellowship is an interdisciplinary 2 year postdoctoral program that aims to train psychiatrists to become outstanding clinical researchers in high priority areas of mental health, with a particular emphasis on Alzheimer's disease and PTSD. The program combines individualized, mentored research and clinical training with a state-of-the-art curriculum that emphasizes research methods; statistics; epidemiology; mental health systems; quality improvement methods; education and service delivery. Fellows devote 75% time to research and educational activities and 25% to clinical training. Information about the program can be found at:


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