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Transforming Psychiatric Residencies

Mark Ragins


California’s Mental Health Services Act recognized that to transform our mental health services we would need to transform our workforce and put aside money for workforce development and training. An old mentor of mine, Dr. Elpers shamed me into trying to work together with my local residency program and county DMH to try to put together a plan for transforming psychiatrists’ training since psychiatrists are regularly identified as a the staff most difficult to transform. I put together this article as a foundation for negotiations and a formal proposal. After months of effort nothing came of it and the MHSA money went elsewhere.


Ragins, Mark. 2005. Transforming Psychiatric Residencies. Retrieved from,

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Contributed on 10/17/2013

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