PGY-1 Year

During the first year, residents rotate four months on the Family Medicine and Internal Medicine Services, including two months on the Neurology Service, all at Jamaica Hospital. Residents will spend four months on the Inpatient Psychiatry Services at Jamaica Hospital, one month of Emergency Psychiatry at the Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program at Jamaica Hospital, and one month on the Chemical Dependency Unit at Flushing Hospital.

PGY-2 Year

The second year is based at both Jamaica and Flushing Hospitals.  During this year, residents will learn to view patients as possessing both strengths and vulnerabilities as they progress along a developmental continuum.

Residents will spend five months on the Inpatient Psychiatric Service. Here they will move to a more advanced level of evaluating and treating patients requiring inpatient psychiatric care.

Residents will spend one month doing a forensic rotation, either at Elmhurst Hospital Center, on the Women’s Forensic Unit or with the Queens Court System.

Two months will be spent in the Psychiatric Emergency Department.  Residents will develop the ability to assess, begin treatment, and make disposition decisions of patients in crisis.

Residents will learn specific diagnostic and treatment tools for geriatric patients on a one-month rotation at the Trump Pavilion for Nursing and Rehabilitation at Jamaica Hospital.

Residents will spend a one-month rotation on Community Psychiatry by joining the Mobile Crisis Team at Jamaica Hospital.

Residents spend one month on the Consultation Liaison Psychiatry Service at Jamaica Hospital and one month at Flushing Hospital.  Here, they will learn the principles and treatment techniques of Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry.

PGY-3 Year

The third year focuses on outpatient treatment and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. The goals are to see psychiatrists as physicians with broad outpatient responsibilities. Residents will develop skills across a spectrum of diagnostic categories and services. They will improve their understanding of psychodynamic principles and applications in psychotherapy, as well as develop skills necessary to provide other psychotherapies. Clinical work will be done at the outpatient Mental Health Clinic of Jamaica Hospital.

PGY-4 Year

During the fourth year, the focus on outpatient treatment continues.  Residents will further develop and consolidate their identity as a psychiatrist through continued care of patients.

Residents will refine their skills and develop the ability to function autonomously and develop leadership skills through rotations in Administrative Psychiatry, both inpatient and outpatient. 

They will also rotate on the Consultation Liaison Psychiatry Service, Geriatric Service, Emergency Room, and with the Mobile Crisis Team.

In order to prepare for the Boards, senior residents will also rotate on the Neurology Service, providing a different prospective then when they rotated on this service as a PGY-1 resident. 

Electives may be added to further enhance they educational experience.

Residents will also complete their research project, which they will conduct from start to finish.  This will help them gain experience in the Psychiatry research process.

PGY-1 and PGY-2 Didactic Curriculum

  • Emergency Psychiatry
  • Psychopathology
  • Substance Use Disorders
  • Introduction to Pyschotherapy
  • Geriatric Psychiatry
  • Creative Arts Therapy
  • Consultation Liaison Psychiatry
  • Cultural Psychiatry
  • Trauma and Therapy
  • Systems in Psychiatry
  • ECT
  • Personality Disorders
  • Psychological Assessments

PGY-3 and PGY-4 Didactic Curriculum

  • Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
  • Family & Group Therapies
  • Interpersonal Therapy
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
  • Administrative Psychiatry

Didactic Courses for all four years

  • Psychopharmacology
  • Clinical Interviewing Practicum
  • Ethics in Psychiatry
  • Forensic Psychiatry
  • Preparation and Review for Annual In-Service Exam