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Psychiatry Residency Program

Program Director: Kedarnath Challakere, MD
Associate Program Director: Christopher Schreur, MD
Residency Coordinator: Lacey Andel
Telephone: (510) 525-6927
Address: Behavioral Health, 400 N. Pepper Ave., Colton, CA 92324

The Department of Psychiatry at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center (ARMC) developed a residency training program which began in July 2008 and is accredited by the Accreditation Council on Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). On May 5th 2017, the program received initial accreditation status by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) retroactive to July 1, 2016. On April 19, 2019, the residency program was granted continued accreditation by the ACGME. The urgent demand for psychiatrists in California due to ever increasing mandates for services at the federal, state, and county level requires an expansion of training programs in California. We are proud to be part of this expansion. At the current time, the program does not provide visa sponsorship.

ARMC operates one of the busiest psychiatric emergency rooms in the Inland Empire and one of the busiest in all of Southern California with approximately 20,000 visits per year. We are the provider of last resort to the underserved population of Riverside, San Bernardino and other counties in the region. Our diverse clientele consists of Hispanic (40%), Caucasian (33%), African American (16%), Asian, and Native American patients among others. Certified interpreters are available both on-site and via tele-translation services at all times.

ARMC’s affiliation agreements with the San Bernardino County Department of Behavioral Health and six other training sites assure that our residents have a very broad spectrum of training within a system of care that employs more than 100 psychiatrists in every specialty field of psychiatry including child & adolescent psychiatry, adult inpatient and outpatient care, consultation / liaison services, outpatient and residential substance abuse care, geriatrics, and experiences in ECT, TMS/Neuromodulation, IV Ketamine and clinical trials.

The overall goal of the psychiatry residency training program at ARMC is tailored to training physicians who specialize in modifying the longitudinal course of psychiatric illnesses using a combination of biological, psychological, social and community based approaches.

Click here to view Program Curriculum and Didactic Information.

How to Apply

If you are interested in the ARMC Psychiatry Residency Program, we participate in the NRMP (National Residency Match Program). We offer 6 (ACGME) positions each year. Applicants are required to apply through ERAS ( the Electronic Residency Application Service and include the following:

  • Application
  • Personal Statement
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Medical School Transcript
  • Dean’s Letter
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation (At least 1 must be from Psychiatry)
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  • USMLE (Step 1 required, step 2 strongly encouraged)


  • COMLEX (Part 1 required, Part 2 strongly encouraged)

Additional Requirement Information:

  • Must have a valid ECFMG if applicable
  • Must have graduated medical school within the last three years
  • We DO NOT sponsor any Visas

Applicants will be invited for virtual interviews October through January.