Weill Cornell Medicine psychiatry residents participate in weekly, bi-campus psychiatric grand rounds that include NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center and NewYork-Presbyterian Westchester Behavioral Health Center. All presentations have been conducted via Zoom since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.
During these monthly case conferences, we identify a challenging case or one with an adverse outcome. The case is presented by a resident, followed by a faculty lecture, and then a group discussion by residents and faculty. The format is collegial and designed to improve our clinical practice and our own experience in caring for some of our most complex cases.
The Clinical Scholars Institute is a longitudinal curriculum designed to train residents to engage in scholarship during their careers as psychiatrists. It fosters career development, provides mentorship on scholarly projects during residency, and prepares trainees for a lifetime of engagement in scholarship. Residents have completed a wide variety of academic projects, many of which have led to publications and presentations at national conferences.
The Clinical Scholars Institute begins in the second year of residency and continues through the fourth year, culminating in the senior paper colloquium where they present their scholarly projects before graduation. The curriculum includes a day where prominent academic psychiatrists share their career biographies, a weekly writing seminar that helps residents learn how to write a scholarly paper, a course series on evaluating the literature, mentorship by senior faculty on scholarly projects, a trainee poster day, guidance on preparing a professional CV, and a class on developing skills for academic presentations.
We provide a weekly lunch for all residents (and sometimes hungry faculty members), during which we discuss issues related to working in our training program and the experience of learning to become a physician and psychiatrist. These include check-ins with the program director and chief residents; discussions focused on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; explorations of psychiatric subspecialties; and case discussions with a faculty member. Guests are invited to speak about topics relevant to our residents' interests and needs.
Invited speakers discuss their career choices during this highly-valued, annual half-day meeting for all residents.
Psychiatric residents in all four years of training participate in formal didactic and informal clinical teaching of medical students. Our clerkship is consistently rated as a favorite of Weill Cornell Medicine students, in large part due to the teaching skills of our gifted residents.
Council residents attend to the social well-being of house staff and faculty members alike, coordinating lunches, happy hours, the famous resident picnic and our annual resident-faculty holiday show.
In addition to these local activities, our residents are invited to participate in educational activities held throughout our campus and its neighboring institutions. These activities include:
PsychOSocial is a resident-led group that supports wellbeing and promotes community building within the residency. The committee plans events on a monthly basis, ranging from group exercise classes, weeknight happy hours, ice cream socials, Nets games, theatre in the city, and "Friendsgiving" potlucks. Since COVID, we continued with many events, shifting toward more picnics in Central Park, outdoor "Taco Tuesdays," virtual movie nights, virtual exercise classes, and even a cooking night with one of our chef-attendings on Zoom. COVID taught us how important it is to stay connected with each other; PsychOsocial continues to promote wellness and togetherness.
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Residents are provided with a $100 hospital cafeteria meal card each month. Additional food is available from a variety of on-site cafeterias and cafes.
In a popular effort to promote resident well-being, the Weill Cornell Department of Psychiatry funds memberships for all residents to ClassPass, a monthly service giving users access to community-based fitness classes and wellness services. Each resident receives 45 credits per month which they can use alone or with co-residents. In addition to exercise options, ClassPass credits can be used for wellness and beauty activities including spa visits, massages, and manicures