Dear Potential Candidates:
This is an extraordinary time to pursue a career in psychiatry. The acceleration of research in the brain sciences, together with the burgeoning possibilities of integrating the growing knowledge of the brain with our understanding of the mind, promises advances in our ability to help patients and offers tremendous intellectual excitement.
As a world-renowned center of excellence in both brain-based and psychologically-based psychiatry, the Weill Cornell Department of Psychiatry is in a unique position to prepare residents to participate in a field undergoing rapid growth and change. We recognize that today's resident must acquire a broad range of skills and master a knowledge base of great complexity. Our residency program is designed to help residents meet these challenges. NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, in partnership with the Weill Cornell Medical College's Department of Psychiatry, offers a four-year residency training program in adult psychiatry for forty-eight residents. The primary training sites for medicine and neurology include the NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. The primary training sites for psychiatry include the NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center and the NewYork-Presbyterian Westchester Behavioral Health Center, that together make up the largest private university-based clinical program in psychiatry in the United States. These clinical services provide residents with experience caring for patients from diverse socio-economic and cultural backgrounds, spanning every age group and every type of clinical problem. Weill Cornell residents are developed to be future leaders in the field of psychiatry. Weill Cornell’s Department of Psychiatry has a large and distinguished faculty of more than 160 full-time and 400 voluntary members. Our accomplished faculty is the foundation of our training program providing a breadth and depth of expertise in clinical psychiatry, research, and scholarship and inspiring, encouraging, and promoting intellectual curiosity in our residents. Our program provides outstanding training in the development of clinical skills and opportunities to participate in empirical investigation. Our residents are encouraged to translate clinical experience and observation into research questions and receive training in the development of research methodology. Our residents evaluate and contribute to the academic literature to prepare for lifelong engagement in scholarship. We recognize that no single frame of reference is adequate for understanding human behavior and psychopathology. Throughout our intensive clinical, didactic and research program, residents are taught a sophisticated approach to patient care and intellectual inquiry based on the integration of phenomenological, biological, psychodynamic and socio-cultural viewpoints. An additional priority for all residents is the development of the self-awareness, personal growth and enthusiasm for learning necessary for excellence in psychiatry. We are delighted by your interest in the field and in our program, and hope that you will feel free to contact us with any questions.
Julie B. Penzner, M.D.
Director of Residency Training in Psychiatry
Elizabeth L. Auchincloss, M.D.
Vice Chair for Education, Department of Psychiatry
Associate Director of Residency Training in Psychiatry
Jimmy N. Avari, M.D.
Assistant Director of Residency Training in Psychiatry
Program Coordinator for Residency Training in Psychiatry