Graduate Medical Education

Graduate Medical Education

Psychiatry Residency Program

Dear Applicant,

This is one of the most exciting times to be entering the field of psychiatry! The advances in our knowledge of neuroscience and the need for more specialists in behavioral medicine have created a wealth of opportunities for those who choose to do clinical work and research in this area. The Charles R. Drew Department of Psychiatry is rapidly expanding and growing to meet the needs of underserved communities in South Los Angeles. Our newly accredited program is well positioned to provide you with an amazing training experience in the middle of the cultural and geographic oasis of Southern California.

Our institution’s faculty includes individuals recognized as national and international leaders in psychosocial interventions for those affected by health disparities such as HIV/AIDS, diabetes, chronic kidney disease and domestic violence. CDU staff and faculty have held training grants for programs around the globe including Rwanda, Angola, Jamaica and Belize. Our affiliations include the Los Angeles County Departments of Mental Health and Health Services, as well as the multiple facilities funded by these entities. Our main clinical partner, Kedren Community Health Center, is a dynamic nonprofit hospital with both inpatient and outpatient psychiatric and primary care services. Through this diverse network of partners, our trainees will find boundless opportunities to design and participate in innovative clinical and research electives. Our program’s philosophy is to provide a learning experience customized to the needs of our community and our residents. A strength of our small, yet nimble program will be to provide post-graduate trainees with a strong voice in matters pertaining to governance and program development.

I sincerely hope that you consider our program as you choose the next destination for your medical specialty education. We look forward to introducing you to our premier clinical and research institution.


Curley L. Bonds, MD
Chair, Department of Psychiatry


Residency Program:
The Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science (CDU) Psychiatry Residency Program is INNOVATION.  A template for producing physician leaders capable of transforming health systems, our program is designed to provide an exemplary training experience that combines academics, research and clinical training with expertise in public sector care. The program serves a vibrant community that boasts a historically strong spirit of social activism and engagement. As the only training program centered in the South Los Angeles area, CDU can provide unique access to an array of world class medical care and patient centered research opportunities.

Residents graduating from our program will join a long tradition of leaders who are well equipped to serve as the healers, teachers and innovators of tomorrow.  CDU is a university entirely focused on the health sciences with recognition as a national leader in training minority physicians. The Department of Education has designated CDU as a Historically Black Graduate Institution, and it is a charter member of the Hispanic-Serving Health Professions Schools, a national nonprofit dedicated to improving the health of Hispanic people through research initiatives, training opportunities, and academic development. Our diverse faculty is dedicated to teaching and research that are responsive to the unique needs of the communities that we serve.

Our top priority is to produce clinician researchers who are leaders in building innovative evidenced-based interventions focused on eliminating mental health care disparities and achievement of health equity.  Our partner institutions are committed to providing health services in under-resourced areas that are disproportionately affected by socioeconomic disadvantage, urban trauma and health disparities. Our program will prepare trainees to form therapeutic alliances using tools ranging from culturally informed diagnostic assessments and traditional psychotherapy to state of the art psychopharmacological interventions. Residents will be collaborative participants on multidisciplinary teams focused on helping individuals with mental and physical challenges using a recovery-oriented approach.

Rotations sites will include:

  • Kedren Community Health Center – inpatient and outpatient psychiatry
  • Rancho Los Amigos Hospital  - inpatient and consultation neurology
  • UCLA Harbor General Hospital – emergency and consultation psychiatry
  • Kedren Primary Care Clinic (a Federally Qualified Health Center)

If you are seeking an exemplary education and training experience that prepares psychiatrists to provide the highest quality of evidence-based psychiatric medical care, our program is for you.   If you seek a sense of community that cultivates the pursuit of excellence, our program is for you.  If you are dedicated to addressing and meeting the needs of marginalized populations in public sector settings, our program is for you.  If you have an enthusiasm for learning and research and seek an environment that encourages raising difficult problems and creating solutions, our program is for you.  If our program is for you, then you too are INNOVATION.

C. Freeman, MD, MBA
Program Director, Department of Psychiatry