At the Mount Sinai Beth Israel Psychiatry Residency Program, our curriculum incorporates current thinking from the biological, psychodynamic, and sociological perspectives. It uses various learning environments including formal didactics, clinical teaching, small group sessions, case conferences, grand rounds, research symposium, individual and group supervisions, and mentorship engagements. Learning progresses over the years of training and allows you to develop elective specialization based on your interests. Resident and faculty feedback play an active role in our yearly curriculum development and improvement process. As active members of the departmental curriculum committee, you have opportunities to develop your teaching skills.

The Residency Training Program in Psychiatry is a four-year program approved by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and accredited by the Accreditation Council on Graduate Medical Education; it is designed to develop Psychiatric clinicians who have a broad base of clinical and theoretical knowledge. The department's clinical philosophy blends the most current thinking from the biological, psychodynamic and sociological perspectives. The resident is expected to become proficient in applying these perspectives to the treatment and understanding of his/her patients and to understand current research and developments in the field. Under close supervision, the clinical and academic assignments are designed to gradually help the residents integrate their knowledge and experience. The educational process is enriched by an extensive range of clinical and research activities, didactic seminars, grand rounds, clinical conferences and journal clubs. While providing a rigorous academic and clinical program, the department fosters a warm sense of community. Residents quickly sense the ease with which they can approach staff for advice and support. Their involvement in the department is encouraged and enhanced by weekly resident lunches and resident-organized social events. Residents receive one month of vacation a year.

PGY-1 Courses

  • Introduction to Psychiatry Residency
  • Acute Management Issues
  • Introduction to Psychiatry: Basic Diagnosis and Psychopharmacology
  • History of psychiatry / Basis of  Psychiatric Diagnosis
  • Multicultural Issues
  • Other Issues in Psychiatry
  • Introduction to PGY-2 Year
  • Journal Club
  • Interviewing Class
  • Psychopharmacology
  • Narrative Medicine Seminar

PGY-1 Block Schedule

  • 4 Blocks of Internal Medicine with 1 week vacation
  • 6 Blocks of General Adult Inpatient Psychiatry with 1 week vacation
  • 1 Block of EOB (Extended Observation Bed)
  • 1 Block of Night float (2wks) / Vacation (2wks)
  • 1 Block of Night float (2wks) / Comprehensive Psychiatry Emergency Service (2wks)

PGY-1 Call Schedule

During your medicine blocks, you will rotate through several medical inpatient floors (not ICU or telemetry), and will be an added intern to the primary team. You will have 1 week of vacation to take at any point during these 4 months.


  • Every fourth day
  • Weekday calls are short calls from 5pm-8pm
  • Weekend/Holiday calls are from 7am-8pm
  • No overnight call


  • Cover inpatient psychiatric units and EOB (Extended Observation Beds) in the CPEP
  • Approximately every seventh day
  • Weekday calls are short calls until 10 PM
  • Friday calls are split for PGY-1 residents. One resident covers from 5 PM until 10 PM.  A second resident is given time off from noon until 10 PM on Friday and then covers from 10 PM until 8 AM on Saturday.  
  • PGY-1 residents do not have 24 hour shifts
  • Weekend/Holiday calls are 8 AM - 8 PM.
  • PGY-1's participate in two 2-week blocks of night-float per year
  • PGY-1 residents on-call always have direct supervision available from an on-site senior resident (PGY-II or PGY-III) and an on-site attending psychiatrist

PGY-2 Courses

  • Addiction Psychiatry
  • Psychosomatic Medicine and Consult- Liaison Psychiatry
  • Community and Administrative Psychiatry
  • Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
  • Forensic Psychiatry
  • Research Seminar
  • Advanced Diagnosis and Psychopharmacology
  • Quality Improvement Workshop
  • Psychopathology
  • Medical Knowledge
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Introduction to Individual Psychotherapy
  • Introduction to Psychodynamic Theory
  • Interventions with  families
  • Management of  Borderline Personality disorder
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Geriatric Psychiatry
  • Introduction to PGY-3 year
  • Process Group
  • Journal Club

PGY-2 Block Schedule (13 four week blocks)

  • 2 Blocks of Neurology (including Neurobehavior)
  • 2 Blocks of Inpatient Geriatric Psychiatry
  • 2 Blocks of Inpatient Addiction Psychiatry
  • 2 Blocks of Psychosomatic Medicine (Consultation-Liaison)
  • 1 Block of Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program (including child assessments)
  • 2 Blocks of Night float (2wks) / Vacation (2 wks)
  • 1 Block of Integrated Outpatient Psychiatry (2 days per week of Intakes in MSBI outpatient clinic, 2 days per week of ACT (Assertive Community Treatment) Team, and 1 day per week of ECT
  • 1 Block of Elective (examples: Opiate Treatment, HIV, Bipolar Family Center, Adolescent Day Treatment Program, Clinical Research, CPEP, Inpatient Geriatrics, Inpatient Addictions, CL)

PGY-2 Call Schedule

  • Cover adult and child emergency department and consults on medicine/surgery
  • Approximately every tenth day
  • Weekday calls are short calls until 10pm
  • Friday call is overnight (maximum of 2 per year)
  • Weekend/Holiday calls are 8am-8pm.
  • PGY-II's participate in 2-weeks of night-float per semester, Sat-Thurs (off on Friday). Each night float rotation is paired with two weeks of vacation.

PGY-3 Courses

  • Child Psychiatry Seminar
  • Brief Psychotherapy
  • Supportive therapy
  • Family Therapy
  • Cognitive  Behavioral Therapy
  • Psychotherapy II
  • Geriatric Psychiatry Outpatient Journal Club
  • Child Psychiatry Outpatient Journal Club
  • Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry Outpatient Journal Club
  • Psychotherapy Case Seminar
  • Advanced Psychodynamic Theory
  • Psychopharmacology Small Group Seminar

PGY-3 Monthly Schedule

Twelve Months of Outpatient Psychiatry including Child and Adolescent, Addiction, Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry, and Geriatric Psychiatry

PGY-3 Call Schedule

  • Cover Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program and consults on medicine/surgery.
  • Two options:
    • Eight residents do one week of night-float plus one additional Friday overnight call
    • Remaining residents cover all other Friday overnight calls
    • Total of approximately 6 to 8 calls for the entire year for each PGY3

PGY-4 Courses

  • Psychotherapy Evaluation Seminar
  • Senior Psychopharmacology Journal Club
  • Psychosexual Medicine (followed by clinical elective)
  • Reproductive Medicine (followed by clinical elective)
  • Brief Psychotherapy Seminars (CBT and Relational Therapy)
  • Family/Child Seminars
  • Neuroscience
  • Advanced Psychopharmacology Tutorial (Elective)
  • Advanced Seminar in Interpersonal-Relational Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (Elective)

PGY-4 Month Schedule

  • 6 Months (half time) as Senior Resident (either inpatient unit, outpatient clinic, CPEP, or C-L service)
  • Continuing Outpatient Psychiatry including Child Psychiatry
  • 1 Month of CPEP (12 hours per week)
  • Pediatric Consultations
  • Selectives and Electives: (University Counseling, Assertive Community Treatment, Project for the Homeless, Mobile Crisis Unit, Pain and Palliative Care, Psychosexual Medicine, Reproductive Health, Movement Disorder Neurology, ECT, Bipolar Family Treatment, Forensic Psychiatry Practicum, Integrated Care with Family Medicine). A wide range of additional electives are available at Mount Sinai Hospital and Mount Sinai Morningside.
  • Protected Research Time

PGY-4 Call Schedule

No Call