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Welcome to the Psychiatry Residency

The Department of Psychiatry offers a fully accredited,  4-year residency training program with  36  residents. We provide a comprehensive, collaborative, and fulfilling experience in psychiatry training. The Maimonides faculty consists of over  30  board-certified psychiatrists who work closely with psychologists, psychiatric nurses, and social workers. Our residents gain experience in clinical work and an extensive teaching schedule.

We have weekly business meetings where residents can speak to our faculty about any questions, issues, or interests to help improve the program and the resident experience

Maimonides Medical Center has developed an outstanding reputation for multi-disciplinary psychiatric care.

The Psychiatry Residency experience

Our Psychiatric Residency Program provides training in all mental health and psychiatric care settings including, adult inpatient services, outpatient services, community day treatment, child and adolescent services, substance abuse, psychosomatic medicine, community outreach, and emergency psychiatry. We offer substantial opportunity for research and scholarly activities enabling our residents to succeed in competitive subspecialty fellowships in all fields.

Learn more about the Psychiatry Residency life

I’m proud to be part of an organization that actively combats racism, supports underserved and marginalized communities, and searches for ways to improve care for patients. Maimonides celebrates diversity, and it’s an amazing place to work and learn.

Christopher Thipphavong, PGY1

Beyond the great leadership, diverse patient population, and robust training, what drew me to Maimonides were the people. The camaraderie between my co-residents is indescribable. We truly are a family here at Maimonides!

Jenna Margolis, PGY3

Our program has given me the freedom and encouragement to enact resident wellness initiatives, conduct quality improvement projects, and improve my skillsets as a teacher and lecturer- all while receiving top quality education in the most populous borough in NYC.

Jordan Schwartzberg, PGY4 and Chief Resident

I chose this program to work with the diverse community, and returned after fellowship for the very same reason! I also wanted the opportunity to work and learn from the faculty and staff that I admired during my training!

Susan Yeung, Director of the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Clinic

Fourth year is exciting, where no two days are alike. PGY4s return to acute services to supervise residents and students, as well as see patients in the clinic. Chief responsibilities allow me to ensure a positive experience for my colleagues.

John Sobotka, PGY4 and Chief Resident

Residency Overview

The Psychiatry Residency Program offers an outstanding training experience under the program’s leadership team. With sub-specialty trained faculty, residents get exposure to all disciplines of psychiatry while getting comprehensive experience in clinical work, research, and academia. We continuously aim to expand our offerings and support each resident with electives and opportunities that align with their individual interests.

Our residents are the true success of our program! Each trainee comes from a diverse background but collectively contributes to the collegial, diverse and close-knit community in a department that takes pride in the long-standing tradition of providing top quality care to patients of all backgrounds.

The Psychiatry Residency Program

Board preparation

The PGY-4 curriculum is specifically designed to prepare students for their boards and includes the studies of neurology for psychiatrists, neuroscience, child psychiatry, and general psychiatry. Senior residents have the option of attending a nationally recognized board preparation course. Residents can use their yearly educational benefit stipend to offset the cost of the course. We also offer robust, individualized board preparatory and independent study time to prepare senior residents for the examination.

Divisions of the Department of Psychiatry

  • Adult Outpatient Services  (AOS)  – Offers group and individual therapy as well as psycho-pharmacological and psychotherapeutic treatment to patients who are able to function as part of the community
  • Child and Adolescent Outpatient Services  (CAPS)  – Psychiatrists, psychologists, and social workers work collectively to provide outpatient treatment to children in need of psychiatric care. We also treat children with behavioral and learning difficulties
  • Community Mental Health Center Inpatient Unit and the Jane B. Aron Pavilion  – Provides a total of  70  beds for the treatment of the acutely mentally ill with a growing Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) division
  • Consultation-Liaison Service  (CL Service)  – Brings psychiatric expertise to the medical and surgical units
  • Primary Care Clinic – Offers residents in their  1st year the opportunity to perform medical evaluations and procedures on inpatient psychiatric units and in the outpatient medical clinic. Residents become more proficient in learning about medical problems that commonly affect psychiatric patients, including metabolic syndrome, electrocardiogram (EKG) changes, nicotine addiction, and also how to get and keep patients engaged in treatment
  • Wellness Recovery Program  (WRP) – Provides daycare to patients who do not require hospitalization, but who need more intensive treatment than can be provided in outpatient visits. We have a subdivision that specifically addresses the needs of the Latino community and uses Spanish as a primary language
  • Psychiatry Emergency Service  – This rotation offers all residents the opportunity to complete full psychiatric evaluations on patients in an acute setting under the direct supervision of an attending physician. Evaluations are done in the main ER, as well as in our state-of-the-art psychiatric ER. Residents learn how to manage acute psychiatric emergencies as part of an interdisciplinary team consisting of an ER attending, psychiatry attending, nurses, social workers, and mental care health workers

On-Call

Residents are required to be on-call at the hospital and hours comply with the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and New York State  405  regulations restricting the number of consecutive hours worked. The frequency of calls decreases each year, and 4th-year residents have the opportunity to do supervisory calls. Moonlighting opportunities exist in the community. Call responsibilities include covering admissions in the ER, medical and psychiatric emergencies on the inpatient units, and psychiatric emergencies on the medical floor. An attending psychiatrist is available in-house  24/7.

Research

All residents participate in research activities which may include conducting an original research project on a subject of their choice, a scholarly review project under the supervision of a faculty member or under the guidance of our department’s Research Director, Dr. Jacob. All residents participate in departmental PI/QI projects.

Curriculum Overview

Maimonides is truly an environment where learning is valued, and we take pride in providing residents the tools needed to become the psychiatric leaders of the future!

The Clinical Curriculum for PGY1s is split between 6 months of Medicine (Neurology, Primary Care, Emergency Medicine, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics) and 6 months of Psychiatry (Inpatient and Emergency Psychiatry.)

PGY2s split their time between Inpatient, Child and Emergency Psychiatry, Consultation-Liaison, and a flexible “float” month. Individual supervision and mentorship is provided on all rotations.

PGY3 is dedicated to outpatient psychiatry with split focus between medication management and various modalities of psychotherapy. Individual and group supervisions are provided for various patient populations and sub-specialties within psychiatry.

PGY4s have 4 months of elective time to utilize for internal, external and international rotations in addition to being Junior-Attendings on various clinical services.

For the academic curriculum, each class has 4 hours of protected time per week, in addition to Grand Rounds, Journal Club series, case conferences and other interest talks. All residents have protected time to work on scholarly activities (QI/ research).We incorporate our state-of-the-art Simulation Center to help our residents build confidence and competence by learning and debriefing in a controlled environment.

The Psychiatry Residency curriculum

PGY-1

The PGY-1 clinical year has   months of medical rotations including, Inpatient Medicine, Medical Emergency Room, Pediatrics or Primary Care medicine,   months of Neurology, and   months on various Psychiatric Services. Psychiatry rotations include Inpatient Psychiatry on  1  of our   Inpatient Units, Night Float, and Psychiatric Emergency Room. Seminars include professional development, short introductions to anxiety, mood, personality, substance and psychotic disorders, psychiatry interviewing, inpatient management including a course on ECT, journal club, introduction to psychotherapy class series, and psychopharmacology.

PGY-2

The PGY-2 strives to build patient experience in the Child & Adolescent Service, Consultation-Liaison Service, Night Float, the Psychiatry Emergency Department, as well as the Inpatient Units.  Seminars include advanced interview class series, psychopharmacology seminar, courses on addictive disorders, consult liaison psychiatry, child psychiatry, peer review, ethics, and research didactics. Residents are exposed to psychotherapeutic theory, cognitive behavioral therapy, group psychotherapy and psychodynamics, and trauma-based therapy.

PGY-3

The PGY-3 places emphasis on intensive outpatient experience in the Adult Outpatient Service, Child and Adolescent Outpatient Clinic, WRP for patients with chronic or persistent mental illness, and Rapid Access Clinic for initial intakes.

Residents study pharmacotherapeutic management of patients and crisis intervention, as well as in the use of short- and long-term individual psychotherapy modalities. We offer robust supervision of residents’ caseloads and work closely with supervisors. Residents are provided with group Addiction Supervision with an Addiction psychiatrist and are encouraged and supported to complete the buprenorphine waiver training.

Seminars consist of a year-long symposium on ethics and psycho-dynamic techniques; human sexuality; continuation of psychotherapy courses; cultural psychiatry and forensic psychiatry. Residents also participate in our journal club, psychopharmacology club, and case conference.

PGY-4

The PGY-4 experience is unique, as it is personalized to the individual. The curriculum includes a teaching and senior supervisory responsibility in acute care services, electives, and the ongoing care of their psychotherapy and medication management patients. All senior residents are provided with a robust experience working with medical students from New York Institute of Technology – College of Osteopathic Medicine (NYIT-COM) and State University of New York (SUNY) Downstate, our affiliate medical schools, by providing clinical instruction and teaching formal didactics.  4th-year residents are encouraged to engage in research projects, Performance Improvement/Quality Improvement (PI/QI) work and must complete a research project to be presented at Grand Rounds.  2-3  residents may be selected as chief residents who attend a national conference on the leadership role of the psychiatric chief resident.

Seminars in the final year of residency include career planning, psycho-dynamic case study, eating disorders, a senior seminar on suicide, consult liaison psychiatry, integration of psychopharmacology and psychotherapy, advanced topics in psychiatry, and community psychiatry.

Residents engage as a co-therapist in group therapy, are integral in running treatment and support groups in the WRP Programs, and benefit from instructing students from SUNY Downstate and NYIT-COM to develop professional teaching and training experience

This program fosters a sense of family where help is always available, no matter the hour, through supervision from attendings and senior residents. We have protected didactic time where we learn the fundamentals of psychiatric patient care, and similarly are vital in contributing to the education of medical students. Maimonides offers diversity in pathology and patient population, and PGY1s play an integral role in shaping mental health treatment in Brooklyn.

Liad Maslaton, PGY1

Third year of residency is great! I appreciate the flexibility of scheduling patients and having protected time for supervisions, didactics, research, administrative tasks, and teaching. I am also someone that takes the work-life balance seriously, which fortunately the program supports.

Amit Batta, PGY3

Residency was a transformative experience for me. I received guidance from mentors in the program who were truly invested in my progress. Their encouragement helped me take on multiple challenging and rewarding leadership roles including getting involved with the APA Assembly and Board and becoming Chief Resident. The training office leadership nominated me for several honors and awards, and thoroughly supported me through my residency journey.

Sanya Virani, MMC Graduate 2020

I ranked Maimonides as my #1 choice after learning from various sources that the department maintained a great work environment for all employees, and then after meeting the residents and faculty during my interview day. I immediately felt how invested everyone was in resident education and patient care. I stayed on as an attending as ALL proved to be true. Everyone in the department is truly supportive and encouraging.

Alejandro Ramirez, Attending Psychiatrist

Apply to our Psychiatry Residency Program

We welcome your application to the MMC Psychiatry Residency Training Program (ACGME ID# 4003521143.) All applications should be transmitted through the ERAS matching system at www.aamc.org/eras this Fall. Complete details and timelines for individual programs are available on the ERAS website.

We review the dean’s letter, transcript, USMLE/COMLEX scores, research and extracurricular experiences and require a minimum of three letters of recommendation. In all, we review the application in its entirety. Both J1 visas and a limited number of H1 visas are accepted. A passing step 3 result is required by match day for the possibility of an H1 visa.

Complete details and timelines are available on the ERAS website. Applications for most residency programs can be submitted beginning September 1st; however, you can begin the process of preparing your application prior to that date through the ERAS website. Please check with the individual residency or fellowship program for the initial and final dates of submission. In general, the psychiatry training program will accept applications from September 15th through December 31st and will be conducting interviews in November, December, and January.

Applications for our Program are accepted solely through the ERAS system. All communications with potential applicants will be exclusively through ERAS. Any communication that is NOT within the ERAS system may go unanswered.

In order for your application to be reviewed, we require the following information from the ERAS Common Application Form, including:

  • Common Application Form
  • ERAS Common Application Form
  • Medical School Transcript
  • Medical Student Performance Evaluation (Dean’s letter) or equivalent
  • 3 letters of recommendation (Psychiatry letters are preferred)
  • USMLE transcript
  • ECFMG Status Report, if applicable & available
  • Personal Statement
  • COMLEX transcript, if applicable
  • Citizenship, Visa type

In response to commonly asked questions, we are providing the following information:

  • We sponsor applicants for J1 or H1-B visa
  • USMLE first time pass is preferred
  • As we consider each application in its entirety, there are no absolute cutoff dates
  • USMLE/COMLEX results or for graduation, but we will preferentially review those applicants with scores over 200 and who have graduated medical school in the last five (5) years
  • US clinical experience is preferred but not required

Maimonides Medical Center complies with the federal and city laws prohibiting discrimination including race, creed, color, national origin, sex, age, handicap, marital status or sexual orientation.

For more information, visit our website at www.maimonidesmed.org or visit the FRIEDA website. You can also reach out to our Residency Coordinator Anne Ober at 718-283-8484 and email her at [email protected] or [email protected] for further inquiries.

The future of medical care is you

Our Medical Education program strives to provide the best educational experience in an environment that assures a balance between academic and clinical activities. We take great pride in educating the next generation of expert medical practitioners.

After graduation, our alumni remain a part of the Maimonides community as they often drop in for impromptu visits, attend our graduation parties, and teach or give lectures to current residents.  Maimonides graduates go on to the finest fellowship programs for subspecialty training, are highly regarded as candidates for positions at prestigious institutions throughout the United States and overseas, publish articles in revered journals, and attain board certification.  Maimonides’ reputation for excellence propels our graduates onto a successful career.

Apply to the Psychiatry Residency Program today!

Meet Our Physicians

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Raviv Berlin, MD

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Namratha Boda, MBBS

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Maria M. Bodic, MD

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Rita Clark, MD

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Paulette C. Ginsburg, MD

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Erica Hutchison, PhD

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Melanie E. Schwarz, MD

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Deepan Singh, MD

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Abraham M. Taub, DO

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Alexander Trakhtman, MD

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David M. Yamins, MD

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