Psychiatry and
Behavioral Sciences

Quality of Life

The residency program aims to provide an environment for optimal learning, competent and compassionate care, and personal growth and development. We have structured the program to provide a well-rounded experience and balanced lifestyle for residents.

A Variety of Educational Opportunities

Protected Didactic Time

In addition to the teaching on the wards and during other clinical activities, residents also attend scheduled didactic classes and Grand Rounds on Thursday afternoons.  Residents’ general clinical duties are covered during this time in order to provide a learning environment with minimal distractions.

Scholarly Concentration Time

Beginning in the PGY-2 year, residents have time set aside to work on a project or clinical activity of their own interest. This may include clinical work with patients, research, or other activities based on the individual goals of the resident.

Extracurricular Learning Opportunities

There are a wide range of learning opportunities available to residents including journal clubs, psychotherapy groups, small group psychodynamic seminars offered by local psychoanalytic institutes, CBT groups, research projects, focus groups, and several residency education projects and groups.

Weekly Process Group

Beginning in the PGY1 year, residents participate in a weekly process group with their classmates.  The goal of this experience is for residents to learn more about each other, find support, and to explore interpersonal dynamics and how these affect interactions with patients.

Arbor Clinic

Arbor Free Clinic is an acute care clinic primarily serving patients who lack medical insurance. Arbor has physicians and Spanish speaking translators on staff to treat children, adults, and seniors.  The Mental Health Clinic offers assistance for psychiatric needs. Residents can volunteer their time to see patients under attending supervision in this clinic on a monthly basis.

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Resident Life

A Balanced Call Schedule

The residency program has instituted a night-float system; therefore, there are no 24-hour calls, and on weekdays call shifts are from 4:30pm to 9 pm. You can find a more in-depth discussion of this topic on the Call Duties page.


Each year the department sponsors a day-long retreat for residents only. This is an opportunity for residents to connect, review all aspects of the program, and make recommendations to the chairman and training directors for improvement.

Resident Lunches

Each week, residents meet after Grand Rounds on Thursdays for a residency-sponsored lunch.  It offers a time for residents to meet and reconnect with each other.  Frequently, this time is also used for residency-wide or class check-ins with the program directors and chief residents.

A University Environment

Opportunities for Leadership

Psychiatry Residency Selection Committee

Residents are encouraged to participate in this committee, and be actively involved in all aspects of recruitment and selection of new psychiatry residents.

Resident Education Committee

This committee is comprised of faculty and residents and meets on a monthly basis to review any issues related to education and its improvement.

Graduate Medical Education Committee

Residents have an opportunity to be elected into this committee which coordinates and reviews all aspects of residency education.  It is composed of residents from all specialties and organized through the Graduate Medical Education Office.

Stanford House staff Benefits

Houses Staff Dinners

Periodic dinners and meals are organized by the GME office, supported by hospital benefactors.

Free Tickets to Cultural Events

Tickets to Stanford lively arts are available to residents.

House Staff Gym and Stanford Athletic Facilities

Residents have access to the Stanford gym and athletic facilities, including the Stanford golf course.

Salary & Benefits

Annual Salary 2009-2010











Additional Monetary Benefits

Moving Costs: Incoming house staff are given a $3,000 moving allowance.

License & Boards: The entire cost of USMLE III and obtaining initial medical licensure in California (approx. $800) is paid for by the Office of Graduate Medical Education.

Educational Costs: House staff are automatically provided a $2,000 for educational expenses and $1,000 for cell phone charges, mileage, etc. on yearly basis.


Interns and PGY-2’s have two pre-scheduled slots of 14 days each to be used for vacation and educational time.  PGY-3 and PGY-4 residents are allowed four weeks of individually-scheduled vacation/educational time each year.

Other Benefits

Maternity and Paternity

Stanford Psychiatry is a family friendly residency program. Time off and customization of residency training schedule is regularly and easily arranged through the residency training director. Any pregnant House staff member should notify administration as soon as possible after discovery of pregnancy to facilitate scheduling changes and leave.  Stanford Hospital provides up to six (6) weeks per year with pay less any applicable state disability benefits. In addition, the individual has the option of taking available personal time off for an additional three (3) weeks at the end of the period. Additional disability leave must be authorized by a physician.

For individuals from out-of-state who are considering Stanford or any other training program in California, the following are the minimum legal entitlements under state law:

In accordance with California law, a female employee must be granted an "unpaid" Pregnancy Disability Leave for a period of time up to four months during which the employee is incapable of performing her job duties because of medical disability resulting from normal pregnancy, delivery, or post-childbirth recovery, as verified by a physician. The sick leave policy will apply during this extended period of disability.
Stanford Hospital provides one week of paid paternity leave.

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