Residency Training Programs

This is an extraordinary time to begin a career in psychiatry. The explosion of research in the brain sciences together with the real possibility of integrating knowledge of the brain with the understanding of the mind promises advances in the ability to help patients as well as 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. Weill Cornell residents are educated for future leadership in the field of psychiatry. We seek to train residents with superior clinical skills who are also prepared for a professional life of scholarship, research, and teaching.

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. The clinical services in Manhattan and Westchester provide residents with experience caring for patients from diverse socio-economic and cultural backgrounds, spanning every age group and every type of clinical problem. The program is extraordinary in its clinical range, with more than 300 inpatient beds representing every clinical area in psychiatry.

Thorough integration of training in research methodology and scholarship into the entire program prepares residents to evaluate the academic literature, translate clinical experience and observation into research questions, and participate in empirical investigation.

We also recognize that no single frame of reference is adequate for understanding human behavior and psychopathology. Throughout the 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 sociocultural viewpoints. An additional priority for all residents is the development of the self-awareness, personal growth, and enthusiasm for learning that is necessary for excellence in psychiatry.

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