Message from the Program Director


Dear Applicant,

It is my great pleasure to welcome you to the Dignity Health St Joseph’s Medical Center Psychiatry Residency Training Program in Stockton, California. We are thrilled that you are interested in one of the newest Psychiatry Residency programs accredited by ACGME this year. We will begin our inaugural class of PGY-1 with 7 residents. We are a community based program in partnership with Napa State Hospital, the Oldest State Hospital in California, founded in 1875.  Our mission is to train psychiatrists who provide the highest quality of care for the medically under-served, under-insured, and culturally diverse communities of San Joaquin County, California State Institutions, and Northern California. Our major training sites include St. Joseph’s Medical Center, St. Joseph’s Behavioral Health Center and Napa State Hospitals. Through the training at these various sites, our residents will receive training in all aspects of psychiatry and learn to care for a diverse group of patients with different socioeconomic backgrounds.

We have a dedicated set of faculties with extensive clinical experience and diverse background.  Most of our core faculties have sub specialty training in fields like Child Psychiatry, Geriatric Psychiatry, Forensic Psychiatry, Addiction Medicine and Sleep Medicine. Residents will receive intensive supervision under our highly trained and board certified faculties.

We have a strong didactic curriculum focusing on topics in Neurology, Psychopathology, Psychopharmacology, Psychotherapies, Child Psychiatry, Forensic Psychiatry, Quality Improvement, PRITE and Board Reviews. This education experience is further enhanced by resident presentations and participations at Mortality/Morbidity conferences, Grand Rounds, Journal Clubs, Case Conferences and Seminars. 

Additionally, we have a research division devoted for promoting scholarly activities and quality improvement projects among residents. We are also in collaboration with Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine, their academic teaching further enrich our faculty development and scholarly projects. Residents will have adequate opportunities to engage in scholarly activities under the guidance of our clinical or research faculties.  

We are committed to recruiting a diverse group of residents and providing supportive environment for their wellness, professional and personal growth through teaching, mentorship and scholarship.

I invite you to visit our program and explore all the available opportunities for your training. Thank you for your interest.  We look forward to talking with you in person. 

Dr. Vijaya Ekambaram, MD

Vijaya Ekambaram, MD, MPH
Psychiatry Residency Program Director