Graduate Medical Education - Residencies and Fellowships

 

 Overview

 
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    The Psychiatry Residency Training Program at Naval Medical Center, San Diego, is a fully accredited four-year training program in general psychiatry. It is dedicated to developing in each of its residents the skills, knowledge, and attitudes necessary to provide the highest quality diagnostic, therapeutic, and preventive management of all psychiatric and related medical disorders. As an element of the Navy's overall graduate medical education initiative, the Psychiatry Residency Training Program at NMCSD maintains a special emphasis on the psychiatric care of the active duty members of the armed forces and their families. However, the residency program's focus on the unique demands of the military environment only supplements its proven ability to train psychiatrists to effectively manage all psychiatric disorders in males and females of all age groups, ethnicities and social situations. Since the Residency Program was founded at the Naval Hospital in Balboa Park in 1981, over 90% of all its graduates have been fully certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in general psychiatry, and many have earned subspecialty certification as well.

    At present, the Residency is authorized by the U. S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery and the civilian Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education to maintain six trainees at the PGY-1 level and six trainees at each of the PGY-2 through -4 levels (a total of 24 trainees are authorized). Although any senior student in any accredited medical or osteopathic school may apply for one of the Residency's six internship positions each year, new interns are recruited mostly from the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences (USUHS), the Department of Defense Health Professions Scholarship Program (HPSP), and the Health Services Collegiate Program (HSCP). At present, many PGY-1 trainees continue in their residency training after the completion of their internships, although the policy of the Navy is to prepare all interns for a possible tour of duty as a General Medical Officer, Flight Surgeon, or Diving Medical Officer prior to applying for further graduate medical education commencing at the PGY-2 level. Navy Medical Officers who serve in the fleet after their initial internship training are generally given the highest priority for available PGY-2 positions each year.

 

 Program History

 
  • ​We ensure that motivated residents are rewarded. Since 2009, four of our residents have won the national Laughlin Fellowship for future leaders in psychiatry. Two of our residents have been committee members on the Organization of Resident Representatives to the American Association of Medical Colleges. Our residents have also won the AOA membership, the American Psychiatric Association Resident Recognition Award, and the American Psychiatric Leadership Fellowship. As a result of their residency accomplishments and advocacy from the residency program, since 2010, three graduates were promoted early to LCDR.

 

 Academics

 
  • ​Our residents and faculty consistently rate our academic curriculum as a highlight of the program. We offer over 50 courses and frequently invite national experts to provide one or two day training conferences. Our residents score well above the national average on in-service examinations, and 100% of our graduates pass the psychiatry boards, exceeding the national average. We have faculty who are dual boarded in psychiatry and neurology or internal medicine, as well as subspecialists in forensics, child psychiatry, addiction medicine, and geriatric psychiatry. Several faculty members have additional training in acupuncture, ECT, and TMS. Our faculty outnumbers our residents, allowing for extensive supervision. Every resident receives one hour of weekly individual global supervision at each clinic site, individual psychodynamic psychotherapy supervision from psychoanalysts with San Diego’s Psychoanalytic Institute, and training in numerous techniques of psychotherapy. Our affiliation with UCSD enables residents to interact with a broader patient population and experience diverse treatment settings.

 

 Curriculum

 
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 Faculty

 
  • Program Director: CAPT John L. Lyszczarz, MC, USN

    Following graduation from the USUHS F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine, CAPT Lyszczarz completed his residency training with the NMCSD Psychiatry Residency Program in 1997. He later completed fellowship training in Forensic Psychiatry at Case Western University in 2012. Previous positions that CAPT Lyszczarz has held include Department Head of the NMCSD Substance Abuse Rehabilitation Program, and Director of Medical Services at U.S. Naval Hospital, Rota, Spain.

    CAPT Lyszczarz has led the NMCSD Psychiatry Residency Program since June, 2014. He is committed to ensuring the highest quality educational experience for all trainees.

    Naval Medical Center Psychiatry Teaching Staff:

    KLAM, Warren, CAPT(RET), MC, USN M.D., Board Certified, ABPN Child and Adolescent Director for Mental Health Chairman, Department of Psychiatry Staff Psychiatrist, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
    LYSZCZARZ, John, CAPT, MC, USN M.D., Board Certified, ABPN Forensic Psychiatry Director, Residency Training Program Staff Psychiatrist
    OLIVER, David, CAPT, MC, USN D.O., Board Certified, ABPN Staff Psychiatrist Department Head, Mental Health
    CAZARES, Paulette, CDR, MC, USN M.D., Board Certified, ABPN Staff Psychiatrist Associate Director for Women's Mental Health
    CLARK, Ashley, M.D. Board Certified, ABPN Staff Psychiatrist, NTC Assistant Director, Residency Training Program
    DEBLOIS, Thomas, M.D. Board Certified, ABPN Child and Adolescent Staff Psychiatrist, Child Guidance Clinic
    ELESH, Ronald, M.D. Board Certified, ABPN Staff Psychiatrist, Consult Liaison
    HURST, Donald, LCDR, MC, USN M.D., Board Certified, ABPN Staff Psychiatrist Division Officer, Mental Health Research
    JACOVICH, Alan, M.D. Board Certified, ABPN Forensics Staff Psychiatrist, Miramar
    LANOUETTE, Nicole, M.D. Board Certified, ABPN Staff Psychiatrist, Adult Outpatient and Consult Liaison
    LE, Lu, D.O. Board Certified, ABPN Staff Psychiatrist, OASIS
    LOEFFLER, George, LCDR, MC, USN M.D., Board Certified, ABPN Staff Psychiatrist, Psychiatry Transitions Program
    MARRONE, Laura, M.D. Board Certified, ABPN Staff Psychiatrist, Inpatient
    MAYFIELD, Alan, M.D. Board Certified, ABPN Staff Psychiatrist, Adult Outpatient, ECT
    MILLEGAN, Jeffrey, CDR, MC, USN M.D., Board Certified, ABPN Director, NCCOSC
    REINA, Bryn, CAPT, MC, USN M.D., Board Certified, ABPN Staff Psychiatrist, NAB
    RICCIARDI, Michael, CAPT(RET), MC, USN D.O., Board Certified, ABPN Child and Adolescent, Forensics Staff Psychiatrist, Child Guidance Clinic
    ROSS, Leslie, M.D. Board Certified, ABPN Staff Psychiatrist, Adult Outpatient, TMS, ECT
    VOLKERT, Stacy, M.D. Board Certified, ABPN Staff Psychiatrist, MCRD
    WEISER, Jeffrey, M.D. Board Certified, ABPN Child and Adolescent Staff Psychiatrist, NTC
    YUNG, Kathryn, M.D. Board Certified, ABPN Staff Psychiatrist, SARP
    ZIAJKO, Lauretta A., M.D. Board Certified, ABPN Associate Director, Residency Training Program Staff Psychiatrist, Adult Outpatient
 

 scholarly activity

 
  • ​Research is a required component of the 4-year psychiatry residency experience. San Diego is home to the National Center for Combat and Operational Stress Control and the Naval Health Research Center, both of which offer outstanding research collaboration opportunities for psychiatry residents. In addition, our faculty members are prolific researchers and include a two time winner of the Navy-Wide Academic Research Competition. Our residents have also won multiple research awards and recognition, including two becoming the BUMED subject matter experts on Spice and Bath Salts and another winning a position on the editorial board of the Journal of Graduate Medical Education. Opportunities abound for motivated physician scientists.