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SUNY Downstate Medical Center

Residency Program

Residency Program Overview

SUNY Downstate is one of the largest health science centers in the United States. Downstate is rooted in a century-old tradition of teaching, patient care and research. Originally founded in 1860, Downstate today is the center for academic medicine in Brooklyn. It is the seventh largest medical school in the nation, with schools of nursing, health related professions and graduate studies.

The General Psychiatry Residency Training Program is a four-year accredited educational program and it currently has an average of twelve residents per postgraduate year. Residents are trained at the University Hospital of Brooklyn (UHB), Kings County Hospital Center (KCHC), Kingsboro Psychiatric Center (KPC), Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center (KJMC), Brooklyn Veterans Administration Medical Center (BVAMC) and Coney Island Hospital (CIH). The Department of Psychiatry has a rich history in community psychiatry, dynamic psychiatry, psychopharmacology, neuroscience and research in the borough of Brooklyn.

Our curriculum uses as its framework the core competency requirements by the ACGME. The core competencies are the knowledge, skills and attitudinal attributes that a physician should possess in the minimum to be judged competent by society. The core competencies encompass: patient care, medical knowledge, practice based learning and improvement, interpersonal and communication skills, professionalism and systems based practice.

The following are our Goals for residents within our program:


The primary goal is to provide a resident with an introduction to core basic principles in the assessment and treatment of adult patients. Closely supervised training takes place in acute Inpatient Psychiatry, Addiction, Partial Hospitalization Program, Internal Medicine and Neurology.


The goal is to gain a more sophisticated understanding in the assessment, evaluation, formulation, and treatment of patients in an Adult Inpatient Psychiatric setting. Additionally, residents attain experience in the psychiatric subspecialties of Geriatric Psychiatry, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry, Forensic Psychiatry, Emergency Psychiatry and Research. There should be a more advanced level of expertise in evaluation and treatment of patients in an emergency acute care setting. Residents will begin their experience in Outpatient Psychiatry by treating a select few patients in this modality.


The primary goal is to train residents in the principles and practices of Outpatient Psychiatry, individual and group, using diverse therapeutic interventions and schools of therapy. Additionally, there is a continuous experience in Community Psychiatry.


The primary goals include acquiring sophistication and advanced skills in psychopharmacology and psychotherapy, a leadership role and gaining advanced administrative skills in psychiatry, formal supervision of junior residents and medical students and elective time provided to gain experience in selected areas of psychiatry. In addition, all residents are required to give a scholarly presentation to the department prior to graduation at the Departmental Grand Rounds.