Welcome to our Adult Psychiatry Residency Program at The Mount Sinai Hospital, in the Department of Psychiatry at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Our mission is to train residents to become leaders in academic psychiatry, employing individually-designed program and subspecialty “majors.”
Leveraging Mount Sinai’s culture of flexibility and innovation, we offer a wealth of raw materials for you to fashion into unique educational, academic, and professional experiences. We encourage new ideas. While we certainly excel in teaching the cores of clinical psychiatry, our curriculum is to a significant degree emergent and individualized. We require residents to “pick a major” and develop a niche, and we provide teaching, facilitation, advising, and mentoring along that chosen path. In our residency redesign, we maximized flexibility, allowing for the growth of projects and independent thinking at an early stage. Beyond core requirements, we help you build your own experiences so that you can become a true specialist, providing the most effective treatments in your domain, whether you choose to become an academic clinician, researcher, educator, executive, theorist, or advocate for public awareness of mental illness.
Mount Sinai is a unique place to learn how to become a 21st century psychiatrist. Our top notch faculty covers psychiatry’s ever-broadening field—including outstanding physicians in neuroscience, clinical research, and psychotherapy—and is unusual in that these divergent realms interact regularly, transcending the conceptual barriers that often separate “biological” models of mental illness from “mind.” At Mount Sinai we expect all residents to gain the knowledge base and clinical skills to practice clinical psychiatry, but we aim for more than that. For a long time, psychiatrists have specialized according to population treated (e.g., geriatric, child) or by the method of treatment (e.g., psychotherapist, psychopharmacologist). However, we see the field of psychiatry undergoing a new sort of differentiation—along the lines presaged by medicine and neurology—into subspecialties based on syndrome and/or disease processes (e.g., autism spectrum, bipolar, anxiety, attention, reward circuitry, etc.). As some of the best treatments in psychiatry entail a combination of symptom-specific psychopharmacology and psychotherapy, we seek to train psychiatrists with clear areas of expertise in each.
We strive to provide an open, stimulating, and supportive environment. Residency training is hard work, but we know that there is joy and excitement in becoming a psychiatrist, and we intend for these years to be professionally productive and personally fulfilling. Welcome to the Mount Sinai Health System.