The Department of Psychiatry at The Jamaica Hospital Medical Center offers a formal externship, providing five months of training that is designed for international medical graduates. Externs work full-time (8:00 AM – 4:00 PM) Mondays through Fridays.

The program includes the following components:

  • Supervised clinical observation and experience in the adult Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program, Psychiatric Inpatient Services, Chemical Dependency Unit and Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry.
  • Supervised training in patient interviewing skills
  • Didactic seminars on clinical and theoretical topics:
    • Foundations in Psychiatry
    • Basics of Psychodynamics
    • Introduction to Interviewing
    • Introduction to Psychiatric Research
  • Weekly Case Conferences and biweekly Grand Rounds/Journal Club.

The Jamaica Hospital and Flushing Hospital Medical Centers serve a wide variety of patients from different socioeconomic strata with rich cultural diversity. Therefore, we provide a cross-cultural experience, which sensitizes the externs to the diverse needs of our patients. At the conclusion of the externship, trainees are expected to gain experience in the following areas:

  1. How to conduct a comprehensive psychiatric interview.
  2. To acquire skills in the differential diagnosis of psychiatric syndromes.
  3. To acquire knowledge of the common psychiatric problems of adulthood
  4. To use laboratory tests, psychological testing and other diagnostic procedures appropriately; make accurate psychiatric diagnoses; formulate a problem list and the corresponding treatment plan.
  5. To acquire knowledge of the indications, contraindications, presumed mechanisms, dosing schedules and side effects for common psychotropic medications.
  6. To demonstrate consistent interest, tact, and compassion for the patient and the patient’s family.
  7. To demonstrate the qualities of reliability, conscientiousness, and integrity.
  8. To work harmoniously as a member of a mental health team in information gathering, treatment planning and implementation.

Admission to the program is a competitive process. There is no cost.

We are looking for applicants who are professional, mature, psychologically-minded, and culturally competent.

Applicants must have good communication skills and comprehension in both spoken and written English.

Applicants must have graduated from a medical school and have passes USMLE Step I, and Step II CK and CS exams.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens or a Permanent Resident with Green Card.


Please email us at or call us at 718-206-7708 for further information.