The psychiatry residency is a four-year training program. Residents are accepted after graduation from medical school for the full four-year program. Candidates who have completed a full year of Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, or the first year at another accredited psychiatry program may apply for entrance at the PGY-2 level. Successful applicants must demonstrate a respect for the cultural, ethnic, and spiritual needs of patients.

The residency training program is currently accredited for sixteen residents divided over the four-year program.

PGY-1 and PGY-2 Didactic Curriculum

The goal of the first and second years is to provide a firm foundation in the evaluation and treatment of adult patients with medical, neurologic, and psychiatric illnesses. First year residents will develop their identities as competent, caring, and empathic physicians.

Second year residents will learn to view patients as possessing both strengths and vulnerabilities as they progress along a developmental continuum.

PGY-1 and PGY-2 Didactic Curriculum

  • Emergency Psychiatry
  • Psychopathology
  • Psychopharmacology
  • Clinical Interviewing Practicum
  • Substance Use Disorders
  • Introduction to Psychotherapy
  • Geriatric Psychiatry
  • Creative Arts Therapy
  • Consultation Liaison Psychiatry
  • Ethics in Psychiatry
  • Forensic Psychiatry
  • Cultural Psychiatry
  • Trauma and Therapy
  • Systems in Psychiatry
  • ECT
  • Personality Disorders
  • Psychological Assessments
  • Preparation and Review for Annual In-Service Exam

PGY-3 and PGY-4 Didactic Curriculum

The third and fourth years focus on outpatient treatment. 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. Individual supervision by senior clinicians is provided for long-term psychotherapy, psychopharmacology, as well as family, child/adolescent, group, and short-term psychotherapies.

Residents will learn child and adolescent psychopathology and normal child and adolescent development, as well as develop their interviewing skills necessary to work with children and adolescents.

PGY-3 and PGY-4 Didactic Curriculum

  • Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
  • Psychopharmacology
  • Family & Group Therapies
  • Interpersonal Therapy
  • Ethics in Psychiatry
  • Forensic Psychiatry
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
  • Clinical Interviewing Practicum
  • Medical Presentation Skills
  • Administrative Psychiatry
  • Preparation and Review for the Annual In-Service Exam

PGY-1 Year Clinical Curriculum

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 Clinical Curriculum

The second year is based at Jamaica Hospital except for the Forensic Psychiatry rotation at Elmhurst Hospital Center. 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, rotating through the two inpatient units. Here they will move to a more advanced level of evaluating and treating patients requiring inpatient psychiatric care. Residents will spend one month at the Forensic Unit of Elmhurst Hospital. 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 two months on the Consultation Liaison Psychiatry Service learning the principles and treatment techniques of psychosomatic medicine.

Residents begin to learn outpatient treatment during the second half of the PGY-2 year. Long-term patients are seen for psychotherapy with psychopharmacology in the Mental Health Clinic at Jamaica Hospital.

PGY-3 Year Clinical Curriculum

The third and fourth years focus 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 Clinical Curriculum

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 a three-month rotation of Administrative Psychiatry and four-month rotation on the Consultation Liaison Psychiatry Service. Integration of new skills will be through one month of Geriatric Psychiatry and one month on the Mobile Crisis Team. Residents will gain experience doing research for their mandatory research project. Electives may be added to the schedule.  Vast opportunities are available within the MediSys Health Network to meet an individual’s interests.