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CommonSpirit Health Psychiatry Residency Program Director Opportunity in Northern California in Stockton, California

Dignity Health St. Joseph's Medical Center is currently seeking an experienced Program Director for our ACGME accredited Psychiatry Residency Program which began in 2021. We are a community-based program in partnership with Napa State Hospital with a mission to train psychiatrists who provide the highest quality of care. The program currently has seven (7) residents per year and is growing to ten (10) residents per year in academic year 24-2025. Psychiatry is one of nine successful residency programs that have started at this facility in the last five years which include Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Anesthesia, Urology, Neurology, Transitional Year, and Orthopaedic Surgery.

As the Program Director, the candidate will have the opportunity to continue to grow and develop the program where there are also plans to start fellowships in Child & Adolescent psychiatry and Addiction Medicine.


  • Overseeing and ensuring the quality of didactic and clinical education for all sites that participate in the Psychiatry Residency Program

  • Implement and enforce all ACGME standards and requirements

  • Establish the strategic direction of the program

  • Maintain and continually improve the quality of training within the Psychiatry Residency Program.

Additionally, the Program Director works collaboratively with physician leaders, administration, and staff to improve clinical outcomes. The Program Director must dedicate at least 50 percent of his or her time, (at least 28 hours per week or 1,400 hours per year) to program administration, evaluation, teaching, resident precepting, and scholarship. In addition, the Program Director is also required to spend additional time, not included in the 1,400 hours per year total, in direct patient care, independent of the residents.

Job Highlights:

  • Clinical appointments in Adult, Pediatrics, Consult-Liaison, Inpatient, and/or Outpatient psychiatry are available

  • State of the Art Training Facility

  • H1B Visa sponsorship available

  • Employed with highly competitive salary and benefits

  • Guarantee Base Salary + Sign-On Bonus + Relocation

  • 100% Of Health Insurance Paid for Provider

  • 401K, Generous PTO, CME, Malpractice, Disability, etc.

  • Academic rank for this position will be commensurate with the applicant's experience and academic background through Touro University, California

  • Primary training sites are St. Joseph's Medical Center, a 355 - bed Acute Care hospital, St. Joseph's Behavioral Health, a 34 - bed Psychiatric Hospital, and Napa State Hospital

  • Location qualifies for PSLF student loan program

Professional Qualification/Experience:

  • Five (5) years' experience as a practicing Psychiatry Physician.

  • Two (2) years' experience as core faculty member in an ACGME-accredited Psychiatry Residency Program.

  • Demonstrated leadership in teaching; experience in community-engaged health care research.

  • Demonstrated instructional and presentation skills.


  • MD or DO

  • Current Board Certification in Psychiatry (ABPM certified).

  • Unrestricted State of California Medical License (current or eligible) and DEA number.

Personal Characteristics:

  • A personality and style that is grounded in partnering, collegiality, and consensus building, coupled with the ability to make and stand by decisions.

  • An entrepreneurial spirit to engage collaborators to attract highly qualified and committed trainees and faculty.

  • Person of personal and professional integrity, principle and knowledge, earning respect and support when making difficult decisions and choices.

  • Strong, mature leader with the ability and willingness to make difficult decisions and choices and communicate those decisions clearly to all constituencies.

This is an opportunity to join a community-based practice affiliated with Dignity Health. In many cases, providers will join an existing single-specialty or multi-specialty medical group (solo options are occasionally available). Physicians in an independent group tend to enjoy both the practice of medicine and the business side of health care. Some benefits of independent practice opportunities include:

  • Exposure to and ability to impact all aspects of business operations associated with your practice

  • Flexibility to adjust work/life balance to meet your personal and professional needs, since you're the one running the practice

  • Choice of joining an established practice or developing a new independent practice

St. Joseph's Medical Center has been named one of America's 250 Best Hospitals by Healthgrades in 2023 and 2024 . St. Joseph's was also recognized by Fortune as one of the Top 100 Hospitals and also one of the Top 25 Teaching Hospitals in the nation, in 2022.

Stockton, CA is within two hours or less from San Francisco, Napa Valley, Monterey/Carmel, Yosemite National Park, and Lake Tahoe and is one of California's fastest-growing communities with a diverse, suburban community of 300k people. With an affordable California cost of living and options for city or country settings, Stockton boasts tree-shaded streets, beautiful parks, golf courses, bicycle paths and the Delta, which provides miles of waterways for water activities. You'll find opportunities to enjoy music, theater, dance and much more.

We are an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.