Fellowship in Consultation Liaison Psychiatry & Psychosomatic Medicine at Zucker Hillside Hospital

About us

Long Island Jewish Medical Center offers a one-year fellowship program in psychosomatic medicine in the Department of Psychiatry. The program is one of the largest in the country and has been recognized nationally and internationally for excellence in consultation-liaison education, including winning the Alan Stoudemire Award for Innovation and Excellence in psychosomatic medicine education.

The fellowship provides broad training in consultation-liaison psychiatry in the inpatient and outpatient settings. Fellows have a manageable caseload in each area with extensive supervision by an active attending staff. A well-developed didactic program provides a combination of lectures, case conferences, and journal club and clinical bedside rounds. Fellows also assist in teaching medical students, as well as Zucker Hillside PGY-2 residents.

Extensive liaison and specialized clinical opportunities with neurology, oncology, cardiology, OB/GYN, and other services are available. Development of clinical research skills is actively encouraged and taught.

Conferences and lectures

Staff Meeting (Monday – Noon-1PM)

The fellows attend a weekly staff meeting.

C-L Psychiatry Fellow Lecture Series (Wednesday — 9-10AM)

The fellows meet weekly with the Director of the Fellowship to discuss any Issues they may have or problems on the service. Career choices, research projects, case loads, and overall performance is discussed.

Fellows Interviewing Course — 2nd half/year (Wednesday — 10-11AM)

The fellows meet weekly with the Director of the Fellowship Program and see patients on the floors together, discuss difficult cases. Mock Board exams in preparation for the Psychiatry Oral Boards is also done.

Grand Rounds (Wednesday — 11AM-Noon)

The Department of Psychiatry at The Zucker Hillside Hospital organizes a grand round. It is a weekly presentation on Wednesdays at Hillside Auditorium.

Journal Club (Wednesday — Noon-1PM)

It is held twice a month and organized by one of the Fellows. An interesting C-L psychiatry topic is chosen; it may include review of current literature or presentation by a guest speaker or one of the house staff/attending. Lunch is provided.

Weekly C-L Clinical Case Conference (Friday — Noon-1:30PM)

The C-L Clinical Case-Conference is held every Friday. It involves the presentation of an interesting clinical case selected from the in-patient C-L service. After the presentation, the patient is interviewed by one of the attendings, followed by an open discussion. It has been a popular weekly event and is heavily attended by trainees, house staff, and attendings.

Medical student program

Medical students from Albert Einstein, NYCOM, and SUNY Downstate consistently rate their psychiatric rotation through the Department of Consultation Liaison Psychiatry at LIJ Medical Center extremely highly. The reputation of this student rotation is based on one-to-one learning and encouraging medical students to take on clinical responsibilities in a team setting. The rotation aims to allow students who are interested in psychiatry to explore their curiosity and to give solid psychiatric skills to those students intending on pursuing other specialties.

Each medical student is assigned to a team and is expected to participate in daily ward rounds. Students are allocated patients and they are expected to follow those patients on a daily basis, recording follow-ups in a logbook. Case write-ups form the core of the clinical assessment — students report attaining a great degree of intellectual stimulation from researching and writing up these cases. It is not uncommon for students to discover previously unknown facts about the patient that shed insight on the case.

The teaching program includes a series of lectures on Consultation Liaison Psychiatry topics. Other activities include a lively journal club that includes a complementary lunch and a Friday case conference that always promotes stimulating debates.

The outpatient service follows patients in treatment after their discharge from the general hospital and also treats patients referred from the ambulatory care clinics of the general hospital who have combined psychiatric medical problems.

For further information, please contact:

Jerry Chang, MD
Director, Medical Student Education
Department of Psychiatry Hillside Hospital
75-59 263rd Street Glen Oaks, NY 11004
(718) 470-8384

Application process

The consultation-liaison psychiatry and psychosomatic medicine training program at Long Island Jewish Medical Center admits four fellows annually. Trainees must have completed a general psychiatry residency training program and be either licensed in New York state or eligible for a license.

Interested applicants must download a copy of the application [PDF] and submit along with the following:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • A personal statement
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation that are no older than six (6) months
  • ECFMG Status Report, if applicable

Applications should be submitted no later than Nov. 25, but we accept applications on a rolling basis and will continue to accept applications for a given academic year until we have filled our fellowship positions. 

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