October Newsletter Shumate Resident Spotlight

Collin Shumate, MD
PGY3 UC Davis School of Medicine

Resident Spotlight

My name is Collin Shumate. I am a current PGY-3 in the psychiatry residency program at UC Davis Health. I am honored to contribute to this newsletter!

I have a background in organized medicine and psychiatry, which I’m excited to say has led me to recently be appointed as an APA Public Psychiatry Fellow! I previously worked extensively within the American Medical Association (AMA) where I drafted several policies that focused on LGBTQ+ health and diversity initiatives. I also served on an advisory committee to the AMA Board of Trustees focused on LGBTQ+ health. I helped craft issue briefs to educate state medical societies on the harms of conversion therapy and “bathroom bills”.

I chose UC Davis, and Sacramento, in part due to my interest in health policy. I’m inspired by all of the mental health advocacy and have received mentorship from several UC Davis faculty who work with organized psychiatry in California. I currently sit on a committee within the recently formed organization, Psychiatric Physicians Alliance of California (PPAC) and am thrilled to have the opportunity to advocate for physicians and patients. During residency, I've had the unique experience to work in diverse work settings such as the UC Davis emergency department, county inpatient psychiatric hospital as well as the jail. This year I'm spending most of my time in the UC Davis outpatient mental health clinic. Serving the underserved population in Sacramento has given me the experiences and motivation to engage in mental health policy work. 

After residency, I hope to complete a fellowship in Forensic Psychiatry. With this specialized training and continued involvement in organized psychiatry, I hope to participate in improving healthcare, access, and laws in a way that better serves our community. I look forward to the opportunity to engage with CCPS and providers in our region on these ever important endeavors. 


Collin Shumate, MD