Public Psychiatry Fellowship
The Public Psychiatry Fellowship in NYU Langone’s Department of Psychiatry is a one-year program that gives early career psychiatrists the necessary knowledge, skills, and expertise to be leaders in the mental health system. This fellowship is not accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).
Under the leadership of Rachel J. Rodriguez, MD, program director, and J. Rebecca Weis, MD, associate program director, this fellowship focuses on mental health programs that use public funding to provide healthcare. These settings include institutions at federal, state, and local levels, as well as not-for-profit hospitals and agencies. Patients served in these programs often have chronic and severe mental illness with myriad other health and psychosocial challenges and have difficulties accessing optimal care.
Our fellowship is compatible with the busy lives of senior fellows and junior faculty. As a fellow in our program, you are employed by your work site at the attending physician level.
We do not have rigid stipulations about when a psychiatrist may participate in this training. Many people find the fellowship valuable during their first year of employment as an attending because the training helps them to become oriented with their work site. Others wait to settle into their jobs for one or more years first, so that when they do participate in the fellowship, they are better able to focus on class material.
Clinical Training for Fellows
Over the years, many of our fellows have worked at NYU Langone’s Tisch Hospital or one of NYU Langone’s affiliate hospitals or facilities, including NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue, NYC Health + Hospitals/Gouverneur, the VA NY Harbor Healthcare System, NYC Health + Hospitals/Woodhull, and New York State Office of Mental Health’s Manhattan Psychiatric Center, Rockland Psychiatric Center, and Kirby Forensic Psychiatric Center.
Other employment sites that have previously supported participation in the fellowship include the Institute for Community Living (ICL), Project for Psychiatric Outreach to the Homeless, Community Healthcare Network, and Rikers Island correctional facility.
Didactic Training for Fellows
During the fellowship, you participate in a didactic curriculum that meets once weekly, allowing you to collect a full-time salary while managing your clinical responsibilities.
Educational modules include leadership and advocacy; management and administration; development of public mental health policy; programs for special populations such as the homeless, veterans, and the dually diagnosed; new and evolving models for community mental healthcare; and principles of global mental health.
Instructors encourage you to link the theoretical knowledge acquired through the didactic program with your overall experience at your clinical site, which helps you learn to systematically assess and evaluate health programs, detect their strengths and weaknesses, and propose and test program improvements. This case-based experience relies on the use of the congruence model, a systems analysis methodology.
Fellowship Scholarly Project
During the fellowship, you also work with a group to design and implement an evidence-based quality improvement project tailoring scholarly principles from research and evaluation methodologies to fit goals within the public mental health framework. Improving the medical care of psychiatric patients and reducing violence in psychiatric inpatient settings are examples of past projects.
Fellowship Faculty Supervision
Our program matches you with an experienced faculty supervisor based on your work site focus and academic and career goals. You and your supervisor meet for an hour every other week to discuss jobsite issues, career progress, and congruence model project implementation.
You also have monthly group supervision meetings to discuss group dynamics, fellowship experiences, and collaborative learning and project implementation.
Through the combination of didactic and supervision experiences, you also learn to cultivate your own unique leadership style.
Fellowship Eligibility Requirements
We look for mature, motivated senior fellows or attending psychiatrists with leadership potential and demonstrated interest in, and commitment to, public psychiatry. Most public psychiatry fellows are already credentialed as an attending physician by the time of program entry. All applicants must be employed in a setting that provides the foundational work experience to allow for application of the congruence model and a group project.
Attending psychiatrists from any New York City–area hospital or agency are welcome to apply. Salary support must be provided by your institution, along with release time to attend our didactic and supervisory sessions.
Fellowship Application Process
We accept applications on a rolling basis beginning in the fall and continuing through the spring for enrollment each year. All aspects of the application and acceptance process must be completed before the July 1 start date of the program each year. The application procedure is slightly different for internal versus external applicants. The number of applicants accepted varies from year to year.
If you are already employed as an attending at an NYU Langone hospital or an affiliate hospital, you must be nominated for this fellowship in writing by your respective institution’s director of psychiatry. After being nominated, you may submit your application materials.
If you are not an attending at an NYU Langone hospital or an affiliate hospital, your application materials must include a letter of recommendation from your residency training director or clinical director where you work now.
Additional Application Materials
In addition to your nomination letter or letter of recommendation, all applicants must submit the following materials:
- completed application form
- personal statement about why you wish to train in this fellowship (one to two pages)
- two letters of reference from people who are familiar with the nature and quality of your work, submitted directly by their authors
Electronic submission of your application is preferred. Please email materials to Jeffrey Sanchez, program coordinator, at email@example.com.
If you prefer to mail your materials, please send them to the following address:
NYU Grossman School of Medicine
Department of Psychiatry, 8th Floor
One Park Avenue
New York, NY 10016
The Public Psychiatry Fellowship screening committee reviews applications and invites shortlisted candidates for an in-person interview.
We make offers on a rolling basis. Acceptance to the fellowship is conditional on agreement with your employer. If you are an external applicant, the committee is willing to assist you with finding suitable employment.
Our fellows are hired by and paid by their work sites. Salary arrangements are made between the fellows and their employers; our fellowship program does not pay any fellows directly.
If you have questions about our fellowship, please contact Dr. Rodriguez at firstname.lastname@example.org or 212-562-4492.
For questions about the application process, please contact Jeffrey Sanchez at email@example.com or 646-754-4836.