Educational and Departmental Activities
Weill Cornell Medicine psychiatry residents participate in weekly psychiatric grand rounds at both the Payne Whitney Clinic and NewYork-Presbyterian Westchester Division. Residents are invited to lunch with speakers and departmental faculty members following their talks.
Clinical Scholars Institute
Our novel clinical scholars program fosters career development and improves clinical scholarship among residents. All residents participate in didactics, group mentorship, writing seminars and career days, as part of a concerted effort to train well-informed academic psychiatrists.
All residents are invited to participate in scholarly writing seminars, biweekly meetings of senior and junior faculty members who meet to discuss ideas and review drafts of manuscripts prepared for possible publication. Since the program's inception, these seminars have led to over 100 publications in peer-reviewed journals, almost half of which have been co-authored by our trainees.
Disorder of the Quarter (DOQ)
This joint educational and quality initiative was developed for faculty members and trainees across disciplines to promote evidence-based practice and encourage clinicians to reflect on current clinical practices and implement change. The program covers a given major psychiatric disorder over a three-month period, including educational practice guidelines for the disorder, a medical record review of prevailing treatment practices in the department and pre- and post-program knowledge assessment.
Previous DOQ topics include bipolar disorder, alcohol withdrawal, pediatric OCD and metabolic syndrome. The program has measurably improved our clinical practice and enhanced our training and education programs.
Morbidity and Mortality Conferences
During these monthly case conferences, we identify a case with a particular difficulty or adverse outcome, usually related to a DOQ topic. The case is presented by a resident, discussed by a faculty speaker as a lecture and then discussed by residents and faculty together as a group. The format is collegial and designed to improve our clinical practice and our own experience in caring for some of our most complex patients.
Weekly Resident Lunch
We provide a weekly lunch for all residents (and sometimes for hungry faculty members), during which we discuss issues related to work in our training program and the experience of learning to become a physician and psychiatrist. Guests are invited to speak about topics relevant to our residents' interests and needs.
Invited speakers discuss their career choices during this acclaimed, annual half-day meeting for all residents.
Medical Student Teaching
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:
- The Sackler Institute (developmental cognitive neuroscience) study group and Rockefeller University seminar for developmental neurobiology.
- Personality disorder service research meetings with Otto F. Kernberg, M.D.
- Specialized case conferences, with topics including family therapy, sleep-wake disorders, human sexuality, neuropsychiatry and forensic psychiatry.
- HIV journal clubs.
- Specialized discussion groups, with topics including spirituality and cross-cultural studies.
- Biostatistical education programs.
- Behavioral science grand rounds at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.
- Scientific meetings of the Association for Psychoanalytic Medicine (Columbia) and New York Psychoanalytic Institute.
- Participation in local and national activities of the American Psychiatric Association.
- Participation, often funded, in numerous meetings of national psychiatric organizations.
- Presentation of scholarly and clinical work in national meetings each year, with an extraordinary record of winning fellowships to enhance participation.
Campus Life and Benefits
20 days per year
Housing and Gym Facilities
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.