Residency Life, Education, and Benefits

residency life at cornell

Educational and Departmental Activities

Grand Rounds

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. Presentations are conducted in-person and via zoom.

Morbidity and Mortality Conferences

During these departmental 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.

Weekly Resident Lunch & Learn

We provide a weekly lunch for all residents, 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 talks by resident-invited guest speakers; 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.

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.

Clinical Scholars Institute

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. 

Dr. Katharine Phillips, our Residency Research Director, runs the Clinical Scholars Institute for the residency.


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. During the COVID-19 pandemic, we shifted events to 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.

Residency Council and Additional Educational Opportunities

Residency Council

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.

Additional Activities

In addition to these local activities, our residents are welcome to participate in educational activities held throughout our campus and its neighboring institutions. These activities include:

  • Career fair involving outside speakersdiscussing their career choices during this highly-valued annual event
  • Specialized discussion groups covering topics, such as women’s mental health, human sexuality, cross-cultural studies, forensic psychiatry and personality disorders.
  • 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 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

Salary, Benefits, and Agreement

Expected resident salaries, as of July 2024, are listed below.  Adjustments may occur for the upcoming academic year.

    • PGY-1 $89,100 + $7500.00 Housing Stipend
    • PGY-2 $98,700 + $7500.00 Housing Stipend
    • PGY-3 $106,700 + $7500.00 Housing Stipend
    • PGY-4 $109,800 + $7500.00 Housing Stipend

    Salary and Benefits Summary & Housestaff Agreement (Sample)


    Residents are given 20 vacation days per year.


    NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital Housing on the East Campus has provided a virtual tour of their spaces. View the tour.

    For more information about housing please view additional information listed below or contact the housing team at or 212-746-9096.

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    Child Care

    On-site child care is available for house staff members at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital through Bright Horizons.


    Residents are provided with a $180 hospital cafeteria meal card each month. Additional food is available from a variety of on-site cafeterias and cafes. 

    Lyft Credit

    Residents are given $2000 in Lyft credits yearly (dispersed as $1000 each half-year). Lyft credit can be used to pay for transportation to and from clinical sites.

    ClassPass Membership

    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 96 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