Beginning a career in psychiatry is to embark on a journey that is intellectually exciting, personally rewarding and emotionally transformative. The discipline itself is being revolutionized by the explosion of knowledge in the neurosciences. The integration of this knowledge with sophisticated psychological understanding of the individual patient makes the practice of modern psychiatry complex, challenging and engrossing. This is a remarkable time to enter the field.
The residency program at Montefiore Medical Center / Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, which has 12 residents per class, is devoted to preparing trainees for this fast changing world by enabling them to become excellent clinicians able to integrate biological, psychodynamic, phenomenological and socio-cultural models in the effective treatment of patients.
We believe that residency training is first and foremost a postgraduate education and in our program, residents are not crucial to service delivery. While psychotherapy training is often overlooked or short-changed in training programs, we believe that becoming a competent psychotherapist is crucial and central to the professional identity and function of a psychiatrist. A developmental perspective on training is also key to our philosophy reflecting a belief in the maturational aspects of becoming a psychiatrist.
In addition, we strongly believe individual supervision to be a cornerstone in the development of clinical excellence; and our extensive and diverse faculty of psychoanalysts, generalists, service directors and specialists provide one on one and small group supervision in an array of areas including psychodynamic psychotherapy, psychopharmacology, cognitive behavioral therapy, group, family, addiction psychiatry etc. An extensive didactic curriculum further cultivates professional development. Finally, we view our residents as being part of a family wherein their well-being and clinical and intellectual development is paramount. Residents in our program through regular meetings with senior faculty are actively engaged in reviewing and revising the overall program. The training program belongs to the residents.
Since its beginning in 1955, the Department of Psychiatry has trained hundreds of residents, including some of the most notable psychiatrists in the nation. This Department was an innovator in the development of Social and Community Psychiatry in the United States and this aspect of psychiatric training remains central to our program. The Bronx is a multi-cultural society, mirroring the United State at large, and residents in our program treat a wide variety of socio-economic and ethnic groups, an experience that is invaluable for later professional life.
We believe that the personal psychological growth of the resident and the development of increased emotional awareness are crucial to becoming an excellent clinician since the psychology of both patient and clinician are centrally involved in all psychiatric treatments. In order to facilitate personal psychological growth and awareness, residents have a weekly experiential group with other residents, preceptors are assigned to each resident and personal psychotherapy, if desired, is readily facilitated.
Finally, this Department views the four-year psychiatric residency as a powerful developmental experience, which possess's specific stages during which the resident evolves in terms of clinical identity, personal emotional growth and psychological awareness. It is a demanding but incredibly fulfilling journey and we welcome your interest in our program.
Andrea Weiss, M.D.
Peter Buckley, M.D.