Residency in General Adult Psychiatry
Zucker Hillside Hospital
Welcome to the General Adult Psychiatry Residency at The Zucker Hillside Hospital (ZHH)! Our training program offers the unique combination of a comprehensive and highly specialized range of psychiatric services on a single campus, within one of the largest health systems in the country – the North Shore-LIJ Health System. We are embedded within one of the country’s newest and most innovative medical schools - Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine. And remarkably, this abundance of resources is anchored in one of the most culturally diverse locales in the world.
Through our four-year training program, we introduce residents to all facets of this rich and textured environment and promote the forging of individualized paths that will launch their careers as clinicians and leaders, and improve the future care that patients experience.
Supportive community. As a large, free-standing psychiatric hospital that offers comprehensive services across the continuum of care, all on a single campus, ZHH welcomes residents into a dynamic and supportive community of clinicians. This atmosphere is enhanced by a beautifully landscaped campus and the new Behavioral Health Pavilion which houses six of our inpatient units, a new ECT Suite, a state-of-the-art conference center, and gathering spaces for patients, families and clinical teams. In addition, the residency program offers Subsidized Housing by lottery, next to ZHH and North Shore University Hospital campuses. The housing is large, well maintained and affordable with apartments ranging from studios to 3 bedrooms.
Diverse patient population. Situated in Queens, the most diverse county in the U.S., and on the border of Nassau County, one of the most affluent, ZHH gives residents the opportunity to care for patients and their families from all corners of the Earth.
Specialized clinical services. As a national leader in psychiatric research and care delivery innovation, the ZHH offers unparalleled opportunities to learn the full spectrum of clinical psychiatry. With 10 units and more than 220 beds, ZHH includes specialized inpatient units in early phase illness, women’s mental health, affective disorders, adolescents, and geriatrics patients. The Department operates a fully-staffed psychiatric emergency room, which uses telepsychiatry to provide care to other hospitals within the health system that do not have overnight psychiatric coverage. ZHH has one of the largest ECT services in the country and will treat close to 6,000 patients this year, 60 % of whom are outpatients. Residents have the opportunity to rotate through a variety of specialized ambulatory programs: addiction, bipolar, early phase psychosis, OCD, eating disorders, perinatal psychiatry, chronic psychosis (including the clozapine clinic and the long-acting injectable clinics), and partial and day hospital programs.
One of the unique programs in which residents participate is the College Behavioral Health Program. The hospital has built relationships with over forty local colleges and universities to provide rapid psychiatric assessments and treatment to their students during a stage of life when many psychiatric diagnoses first manifest. These clinical programs and research projects focus on earlier recognition, treatment, and prevention of serious mental illness. The program acts as a liaison with the colleges to help ensure for these patients a smooth transition back to their educational environments.
Behavioral disorders are among the most common and disabling illnesses. Yet stigma combined with inadequate access to safe, equitable, effective, and high-quality care leads to unnecessary suffering, poor outcomes, and excess cost. Healthcare reform must prioritize the unmet needs of those suffering from psychiatric disorders. To meet these challenges, our training program has a two-fold mission: to graduate outstanding clinicians and to foster emerging leaders in the field. Our learning environment and curriculum have been designed to prepare each resident for this future.
Our program embraces the biological, psychological, and socio-cultural aspects of psychiatry. In particular, we focus on the integration of neuroscience, research, and evidence-based decision-making with training in the diagnosis and management of psychiatric illness. Our trainees graduate with well-developed skills that cross the ‘dualisms’ of our field -- pharmacotherapy and psychotherapy, acute and chronic, mind and brain, gene and environment, individual and population, inpatient and outpatient, consultation and management. Residents begin their outpatient training in psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy at the beginning of their second year. Psychotherapy training includes psychodynamic, CBT, and Interpersonal Therapy.
Our program follows nine guiding principles:
- Patient- and family-centric care
- Engaged methods of teaching and self-directed learning
- Professional identity
- Responsibility and autonomy that increases with competency
- Health care delivery system reform
- Flexibility for individualized pathways that launch leaders
- Habits of innovation and inquiry that drive evidence-based medicine, quality improvement, and patient safety
- Frequent and supportive feedback
- Continual learning together
Our Advising Program provides each resident with a four-year faculty advisor. Through regular meetings, the faculty advisors help trainees set career and learning goals, identify mentors and discover their professional callings.
Our Pathways to Expertise program helps trainees transform their interests into expertise. Through a series of individually designed electives and mentored scholarship over the second, third, and fourth years, trainees develop expertise and leadership in their chosen area of focus. This prepares trainees to graduate as future leaders in the field.
For those interested in a career as a physician investigator, we have the Resident Research Track Program, which is an intensive pathway with at least 33 percent protected time during the second year of residency, at least 50 percent during the third year, and up to 90 percent during the fourth year.
Education leadership team
John Q. Young, MD, MPP
- Professor and Vice Chair for Education, Department of Psychiatry,
Hofstra North-Shore LIJ School of Medicine
Vice Chair for Education, Department of Psychiatry,
The Zucker Hillside Hospital
Program Director, Residency Training in Adult General Psychiatry,
Hofstra North-Shore LIJ School of Medicine at The Zucker Hillside Hospital
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John Kane, MD
- Senior Vice President, Behavioral Health Services,
North Shore-LIJ Health System
Chair of Psychiatry,
Zucker Hillside Hospital
Chair of Psychiatry,
Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine
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