Welcome to Weill Cornell's Residency Training Program
Dear Potential Residency Applicants:
We are happy to know that you are considering a career in psychiatry and are looking into our program here at Weill Cornell. This is an extraordinary time to pursue a career in psychiatry. The acceleration of neuroscientific research and technology, deepening appreciation of the importance of mental health in our culture, increased consciousness of cultural factors and systemic inequities that shape psychiatry, and continued integration of neurobiology with our understanding of the mind all advance our ability to help our patients.
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.
We offer a four-year residency training program in adult psychiatry for up to forty-eight residents. Training sites include the NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center in Manhattan, NewYork-Presbyterian Westchester Behavioral Health Center, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, and Lincoln Hospital in the Bronx, as well as other opportunities based in various settings throughout the community of New York City. These combined 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 provide a breadth and depth of expertise in clinical psychiatry, scholarship, and research. As mentors, they inspire, encourage, and promote intellectual curiosity in our residents. Upon completing residency, our graduates join an impressive network of alumni around the country who provide valuable connections for career development.
Our program provides outstanding training in the development of clinical skills and opportunities to participate in empirical investigation. Our residents are encouraged to 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 academic scholarship programs, residents are taught a sophisticated approach to patient care and intellectual inquiry based on the integration of phenomenological, biological, psychodynamic, and socio-cultural viewpoints. A priority for all residents is the development of the self-awareness, personal growth, and enthusiasm for learning necessary for excellence in psychiatry. Our program takes particular pride in our unparalleled psychotherapy training curriculum, which stands out for its comprehensive combination of dedicated clinical experience, expert teaching, and extensive supervision.
Our residency is committed to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion. These core values influence our efforts in recruitment, education, patient care, community-building, scholarly work, and research. As we strive to meet these central goals, we remain humble, understanding that the changes we seek require continued work and dialog over the long term. Within our community, residents and faculty come together to discuss structural racism, injustice, and persistent inequities in our system. In addition to the various efforts within our program, Weill Cornell Medicine and NewYork-Presbyterian sponsor a wide array of initiatives to support women, the LGBTQ+ community, and individuals from diverse, underrepresented and disadvantaged backgrounds in medicine.
We hope the information above conveys a basic sense of our approach to residency training. We have amazing residents, who build on their experiences here to become exceptional psychiatrists in the field. You can explore this website for more specific details on what it’s like to train in our program. Please feel free to reach out with any questions.
Daniel Knoepflmacher, M.D.
Vice Chair of Education
Director of Residency Training in Psychiatry
Alyson Gorun, M.D.
Associate Training Director and Director of Psychotherapy Training
Jimmy Avari, M.D.
Assistant Training Director
Katharine Phillips, M.D.
Residency Research Director and Residency Clinical Scholars Institute Director
Program Coordinator for Residency Training in Psychiatry