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Women’s Mental Health Fellowship

The Women’s Mental Health Fellowship in NYU Langone’s Department of Psychiatry trains physicians to assess and treat psychiatric symptoms that occur during the menstrual cycle, pregnancy, and the perinatal and postpartum periods. Under the leadership of Cathy Kondas, MD, MBS, program director, this one-year fellowship gives trainees the opportunity to care for underserved, minority, and low-income women. This training program is not accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).

As a fellow, you gain clinical experience through rotations in diverse treatment settings. You engage in a didactic curriculum and develop a collaborative academic writing project. You are also encouraged to submit a paper for publication or presentation at a medical conference.

Clinical Training for Fellows

Training takes place through clinics and services at NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue, home to an extensive faculty and a highly diverse patient population. Rotations consist of four-hour blocks in three sites on a weekly basis.

Women’s Health Service at Bellevue

This is an outpatient obstetrics and gynecology clinic in the Ambulatory Care Center at Bellevue. During this rotation, you evaluate and treat pregnant women with psychiatric disorders throughout their pregnancy and postpartum period and are available for on-site referrals and consultations. You also co-facilitate a weekly mother–infant parenting group in the Women’s Health Clinic.

Bellevue Outpatient Psychiatry Clinic

This outpatient clinic offers consultation, diagnostic evaluation, pharmacotherapy, and brief psychotherapy for patients in the community, including the uninsured and Medicaid and Medicare recipients with psychiatric disorders. Typical consultations include pre-pregnancy psychopharmacologic consultations, treatment for postpartum depression, and postpartum post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Bellevue Psychiatry Consultation Service

The Bellevue psychiatry consultation service provides psychiatric consultation to inpatients on Bellevue’s obstetric and gynecologic units. You function as a liaison to the obstetrics–gynecology staff and attend weekly rounds to consult on challenging cases. You also provide consultations with pregnant and postpartum women on the inpatient psychiatry units.

Fellowship Academic Project

As a fellow, you develop an academic project related to perinatal mood disorders. The project can consist of conducting ongoing research, co-authoring a book chapter, or writing a review paper.

Didactic Training for Fellows

Didactic training includes a weekly Reproductive Psychiatry Journal Club at Bellevue, NYU Women’s Mental Health Clinical Rounds and Lecture Series, NYU Langone Department of Psychiatry Grand Rounds, a Bellevue Psychiatry Case Conference, and didactic courses in Consultation–Liaison Psychiatry and Addictions. You also attend relevant NYU Grossman School of Medicine Obstetrics and Gynecology Grand Rounds.

Supervision of Fellows

Weekly supervision alternates between Dr. Kondas and Mimi P. Levine, MD.

Fellowship Eligibility Requirements

One fellowship position is available each academic year. We look for mature, motivated applicants who have satisfactorily completed an ACGME-accredited general psychiatry residency before entering the program. We consider factors such as writing ability, research experience, leadership potential, flexible temperament, interest in women’s mental health, and career goals.

U.S. citizens and green card holders must have a valid New York State license to practice medicine by the time of entry into the program. If not eligible for a full license, you must have a valid limited permit for practice in New York state to enroll.

Fellowship Application Process

You can apply to the Women’s Mental Health Fellowship beginning on May 1. We strongly encourage early submission.

We require a core application and two to three letters of reference.

Core Application

Please submit the following core materials:

  • a completed application form
  • your CV
  • a personal statement about why you wish to train in this fellowship (one to two pages)
  • a letter from your medical school dean

International applicants must also submit the following items:

  • a valid Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates® (ECFMG®) certificate
  • proof of visa status or U.S. citizenship

Email your completed core application as one PDF document to Jeffrey Sanchez, program coordinator, at jeffrey.sanchez@nyulangone.org. The subject line of your email should be: Women’s Mental Health Fellowship Application [APPLICANT LAST NAME, APPLICANT FIRST NAME].

Letters of Reference

Please arrange for a minimum of two, but no more than three, letters of reference from people who are familiar with the nature and quality of your work. One of these individuals must be the director of your general psychiatry residency program. Letters of reference should be emailed directly by their authors to Jeffrey Sanchez, preferably as a PDF.

No application is considered until all required materials have been received, including the training or clinical director’s letter of reference.

Interviews

A screening committee begins reviewing applications in May and identifies short-listed candidates to interview.

We schedule interviews for July, August, and early September. Interviews typically take a full day and include meetings with faculty representatives of several different rotations, as well as a chance to meet current fellows.

Offers

A phone offer may be made to suitable candidates. We issue an official letter of offer upon acceptance of the position.

An offer of employment is not final until you are successfully credentialed by NYU Grossman School of Medicine’s Office of Graduate Medical Education. Learn more about terms of employment and our graduate medical education policies and services.

Contact Us

To learn more about this fellowship, please contact Dr. Kondas at cathy.kondas@nyulangone.org or 212-562-2526.

For more information about applying, please contact Jeffrey Sanchez at jeffrey.sanchez@nyulangone.org or 646-754-4836.