Message from the Directors

We are pleased that you are considering the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (Morningside/West) program for your residency training in psychiatry. Our program offers a comprehensive approach to learning psychiatry in a setting that is both challenging and supportive. We have an excellent academic and clinical program that prepares you to provide outstanding care, contribute to the field, and develop personally and professionally satisfying careers in psychiatry. The exceptional clinical opportunities to treat patients with a broad range of diagnoses and cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds are combined with a didactic curriculum designed to build the skills and knowledge base you need to become a confident and compassionate psychiatrist. You will graduate with a strong professional ethic and a mastery of diagnostic and therapeutic techniques, enabling you to pursue any career direction you choose and to remain a lifelong learner.  Many of our graduates go on to fellowship training including child and adolescent psychiatry, psychosomatic medicine, public psychiatry, and forensic psychiatry, while others join the faculty as attendings, pursue other job opportunities or start their own practices.

Mount Sinai Morningside/West (previously known as the Mount Sinai St Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center) has a long and distinguished history in training psychiatrists in New York City. Our group of 44 residents is large enough to create a major presence in the hospital, yet small enough to encourage a friendly and personal atmosphere. Outstanding supervision and frequent contact with attendings, teachers, and researchers are major features of our program. In addition to clinical training, we have an extensive didactic curriculum composed of lectures and seminars targeted to each of the four years of training. The breadth and depth of these didactics ensure that our residents are presented with the most current psychological, sociocultural, and neurobiological theories in the field. Being part of the Mount Sinai Health System also allows for many shared research and educational opportunities for our residents.

Our department takes pride in providing training that will lead to the next generation of psychiatrists being equally at ease practicing psychotherapy and pharmacology. We integrate the various aspects of psychiatry from the first day of training and we believe that teaching by example has no substitute. You will find a faculty that is adept at teaching an integrated approach and marked by its enthusiasm and desire to impart these skills at every opportunity. Our residents take a very active role in continually shaping the program, and they are seen by the faculty not just as trainees, but also as colleagues who play a vital role in the success and reputation of our department.

As an integral part of the Mount Sinai Health System, our hospitals are committed to a strategy of "attracting world class physicians to deliver care in focused clinical centers of excellence and building an employee culture centered around respect for people, continuous improvement, a commitment to zero harm, and a desire that each and every patient encounter results in an exceptional patient experience,” as Arthur Gianelli, President of Mount Sinai Morningside said. Our hospitals serve the Lincoln Center, Upper West Side, Morningside Heights, and Harlem neighborhoods of Manhattan – all vibrant communities. The population in these neighborhoods is culturally, ethnically, and socioeconomically diverse, providing residents with an opportunity to treat a broad range of patients. We hope you find this website to be a helpful introduction to our department and program. 

Paul Rosenfield, MD
Director, Psychiatry Education & Training

H. Nicholas Kopple-Perry, DO
Associate Program Director