Residency Program

Our Mission:

Charles R. Drew University’s (CDU's) Psychiatry Residency Program is committed to developing physicians prepared to practice in under-resourced settings. Our educational curriculum and clinical experiences emphasize relationships as the driver of healing—the relationship of the patient to their psychiatrist, to the health system in which healing is expected, to their own psychic and physical selves, to their families, and to their communities at large. We situate trainees within a sociohistorical framework that addresses the biological, psychological, and social needs of our patients and challenge our trainees to read and be conversant in a wide range of psychiatric, philosophical, and social thought. CDU residents embrace introspection and intellectual curiosity and are advocates for their patients and their profession, the cause of social justice, and the people of South Los Angeles.

CDU’s Psychiatry Residence is unique:

  • Our program is designed to provide an exemplary training experience that combines academics with exposure to varied clinical training experiences with expertise in public sector care. 
  • The program works hand in hand with the Los Angeles Department of Mental Health (DMH) to serve 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, we provide unique access to an array of world-class medical care and patient-centered opportunities.
  • CDU as a whole is entirely focused on the health sciences and is recognized as a national leader in training minority physicians.
  • The Department of Education has designated CDU as a Historically Black Graduate Institution (HBGI), a Hispanic Serving Institution (HIS).
  • CDU 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. 

Psychiatry Residency Program Salaries and Perks

Salaries per month July 1, 2022 - June 30, 2023
County Of Los Angeles - Department of Mental Health Resident (DMH)
Dates Of Appointment: July 1, 2022- June 30, 2023
PGY1 4,914.80 (PGY1 Start Date- 6/16/2022)
PGY2 5,338.36
PGY3 5,784.18
PGY3 5,784.18


  • $2,000 Educational Scholarship
  • Housing Allowance
  • Meal Stipend

Wellbeing Offerings:

  • CPI Training
  • Annual retreat
  • Mental health programs
  • Buddy system
  • Mentorship