El Rio Psychiatry Residency Program

Mission Statement:

The psychiatry residency program at El Rio Health strives to provide a comprehensive educational experience that integrates clinical excellence, research, advocacy, and community engagement to address the mental health needs of underserved communities. Our program aims to produce psychiatrists who are committed to providing high-quality patient care, advancing the field through research and scholarly activity, and promoting mental health equity. As an FQHC, we are committed to providing high-quality, culturally competent care to all our patients, regardless of their ability to pay. Our program’s mission aligns with the larger mission of El Rio Health, which is to improve the health and well-being of our community through access to affordable, comprehensive, and quality healthcare. The psychiatry residency program hopes to train physicians who will promote the advancement of high-value care through scholarly work and lifelong learning and serve as future leaders in the field of psychiatric medicine.


About El Rio



“El Rio is the largest Federally Qualified Health Center in Arizona and we serve nearly 130,000 patients.  El Rio is a Teaching Health Center and has eight residency/clinical learning programs.  We are so excited to add a general psychiatry residency to our large community based clinical psychiatry program.  Our general psychiatry program includes addiction medicine, child/adolescent and geriatric psychiatry opportunities.   Community psychiatry at El Rio is practiced in a multidisciplinary clinic setting in coordination with primary care pediatricians, family medicine and internal medicine colleagues.  At El Rio we firmly believe that medicine is best practiced in a coordinated team based multispecialty approach.  We believe that we are iteratively creating an innovative, coordinated system of care to best meet the needs of our patients and community.”

– Doug Spegman, MD, MSPH, FACP
Chief Clinical Officer

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