Dear Psychiatry Residency Applicants,
Welcome to the Department of Psychiatry, Weill Cornell Medicine. As Chair of the Department and a graduate of our residency program myself, I am very pleased that you are considering Weill Cornell for your post-graduate training. Weill Cornell is an outstanding Department with exciting new programs and initiatives in clinical care, education, and research. We are committed to developing the next generation of academic psychiatrists who have the capacity to engage and understand their patients in order to alleviate the burden of mental illness. We recognize that no single framework is adequate to understand the complexities of human behavior and psychopathology; therefore, we offer training that balances emphasis on neurobiology and psychopharmacology with first-rate education, training, and supervision in multiple modalities of psychotherapy
With rapid advances in neurobiology, your training during residency will evolve alongside a growing understanding of brain circuitry-syndrome relationships, leading to neurobiologically-informed treatments. Our Department is making considerable efforts to translate these neurobiological discoveries to advance diagnosis and treatment, especially with regards to leveraging the latest advances in functional neuroimaging. Importantly, we make these advances in a culture steeped in the past and present advances in psychotherapeutic treatments. We are uniquely poised to advance the interface between these two facets of mental health care.
Our training program consists of an outstanding ACGME-accredited Residency in General Psychiatry, a joint Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Residency with Columbia University’s Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons, and Residencies in Geriatric Psychiatry, Psychosomatic Medicine, and Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry.
Our Department has internationally recognized research programs spanning early development to late life including the Sackler Institute for Developmental Psychobiology, the Institute of Geriatric Psychiatry, the Personality Disorders Institute, the Program for Anxiety and Traumatic Stress Studies and the Center for Autism and the Developing Brain. Topics range from basic developmental neurobiology, to novel neuroimaging-based treatment development, to a model program for community delivery of mental health services. Our residents have access to scholars, lectures and materials through the DeWitt Wallace Institute for the History of Psychiatry, an interdisciplinary research unit whose objective is historical scholarship and its relevance to the present day theory and practice of psychiatry.
The Department has many “homes” including outstanding clinical and basic science communities at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center in Manhattan and NewYork-Presbyterian/Westchester Division in Westchester County. We also have close partnerships with our next door neighbors, Rockefeller University, and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.
We are expanding our efforts on all fronts to promote diversity in our faculty, trainees and staff. We believe the field of psychiatry needs people from many different cultures, perspectives, and experience to achieve progress and scientific discovery. We are raising awareness of this mission within our department as we look for opportunities to foster an inclusive environment that attracts unique minds from many backgrounds.
As Chair of the Department of Psychiatry, I encourage you to explore more about our residency training program, as well as our Department as we forge ahead with initiatives aimed at improving the treatment and care for our patients and generating and disseminating knowledge through our world-class education and research programs.
Francis Lee, M.D., Ph.D.
Chair and Psychiatrist-in-Chief