Psychiatric Emergency Service

A separate dedicated facility adjacent to the medical ER, the Psychiatric Emergency Service (PES) provides rapid, comprehensive assessment and treatment to nearly 3,000 patients per year. With a dedicated security guard at all times, the PES prides itself on providing a safe environment for patients and clinicians, allowing for intimate therapeutic contact with patients in quiet interview rooms, while at the same time providing for the absolute safety of staff members. 

Residents receive instruction in the practice of triage, assessment, crisis management, community psychiatry, and disposition to care, as they work one-on-one with an attending, and teach medical student rotators. PGY-2 residents spend one to two months in the PES. PGY-3 residents cover the PES overnight and on weekends under the supervision of an on-site attending psychiatrist.

In addition to the direct supervision residents receive from specialized ER psychiatrists through all stages of the patient’s care, the PES runs Journal Clubs as well as joint PES / Medical ER Case Conferences in which participants discuss complex patient presentations.


Contact Us

Tel: 212-659-8734

Icahn School of Medicine
Department of Psychiatry
Box 1230
One Gustave L. Levy Place
New York, NY 10029