Context for Training
You are entering psychiatry at an incredibly exciting time. Healthcare reform will emphasize the unmet needs of those suffering from psychiatric and addictive disorders, not only because they are among the most common and disabling illnesses, but because inadequate recognition of emotional and behavioral issues in general medical care is a major contributor to higher risk, excess cost and poor outcomes.
We have the unique advantage of a large and highly specialized range of psychiatric services (Zucker Hillside Hospital) embedded within one of the country’s largest and most visionary health systems (North Shore-LIJ Health System) and one of the country’s newest and most innovative medical schools (Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine). A brief description of each follows.
Zucker Hillside Hospital
As the psychiatric division of the Long Island Jewish Medical Center, The Zucker Hillside Hospital (ZHH) is known for its pioneering work in the diagnosis, treatment, and research of mental illness. It was the #16 ranked hospital in the country for psychiatric care by U.S. News in 2013. Located on the border of New York City’s Borough of Queens and suburban Nassau County, the hospital serves a remarkably diverse patient population.
The ZHH offers the full continuum of behavioral health services – an integrated setting that is ideal to learn clinical psychiatry. The ZHH has 228 inpatient beds, including an Early Phase Illness unit, a Women’s unit, an Affective Disorders unit, an Adolescent unit, Geriatric units, and general adult units. Our new Behavioral Health Pavilion houses 6 of our inpatient units, a new ECT Suite, a state-of-the-art Conference Center, and spaces for gatherings among patients, families and clinical teams. This modern, patient-centered facility is surrounded by a tranquil and sprawling environment that preserves the unique history of the ZHH campus. Acute care services in the department include a fully staffed psychiatric emergency room within the emergency department of Long Island Jewish Hospital that utilizes telepsychiatry to serve outlying hospitals with no overnight psychiatry coverage.
ZHH also offers a wide variety of ambulatory services including a large adult general clinic, a Bipolar Disorder Diagnostic Center, an Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Diagnostic Center, a College Program, a Clozapine Clinic, ECT Inpatient and Outpatient Treatment Programs, Partial and Day Hospital Programs, a Child and Adolescent Outpatient Program, a Perinatal Psychiatry Program, substance abuse treatment, and the Recognition and Prevention Program.
North Shore-LIJ Health System
The Zucker Hillside Hospital is a psychiatry specialty hospital embedded within the Long Island Jewish Medical Center and a hospital of the North Shore-LIJ Health System, the largest healthcare system in New York State. It includes 16 hospitals, 3 skilled nursing facilities, and nearly 400 ambulatory practices. The North Shore-LIJ Health System is visionary in developing new care delivery models in efforts to enhance the health of its patients. It is home to the largest ‘corporate university’ in the healthcare industry – the Center for Learning and Innovation – and it has created the nation’s largest patient simulation center – the Patient Safety Institute. It continues to be recognized as a national leader in quality improvement. And the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research ranks among the nation’s top 5 percent of all institutions that receive funding from the National Institutes of Health.
Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine
The Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine is a unique partnership between two outstanding Long Island institutions. Hofstra University, with its distinguished schools of law, business, liberal arts and sciences, communication, education, and human and health services, contributes its accomplished faculty and existing admissions and student services infrastructure, as well as a beautiful campus. North Shore-LIJ Health System, as one of the largest integrated health systems in the nation, provides a first class group of hospitals, health care facilities and research institutions, and some of the nation’s most respected physicians and researchers.
The first allopathic medical school in Nassau County and the first new medical school in the New York metropolitan area in more than 35 years, the School of Medicine welcomed their first class in 2011 with the goal of accomplishing the following visionary objectives:
- • To be a premier "Millennial Medical School"
- • To be a major contributor to the redefining of medical education
- • To have positively changed the University, North Shore-LIJ Health and the community
- • To have improved the health of the region
Putting it all together
This array of clinical services and systems gives us an opportunity to work with a unique mix of local communities, families and consumers, high schools and colleges, local, state and federal agencies- all on a very broad scale and serving one of the most diverse populations in the world. Our medical school, though only a few years old, has already established a national reputation for its excellent and innovative approaches to teaching the next generation of physicians. You will have the opportunity to teach and supervise medical students and develop as an educator. And we will prepare you for the future changes in healthcare as you train in a health system that is leading the way in making care more integrated, accessible, and effective.