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, program director, this one-year fellowship gives trainees the opportunity to care for a diverse population of patients spanning two hospitals and six clinical sites for a truly rich and exciting experience. 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 multiple treatment settings, including NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue and NYU Langone’s Tisch Hospital and Kimmel Pavilion. Outside of direct patient care, you engage in a highly expert didactic curriculum, have ample supervision, and are encouraged to pursue academic projects, presentations, and publications. Didactic training includes a weekly Reproductive Psychiatry Lecture Series. You also have the opportunity to present your scholarly activity at Bellevue’s Department of Psychiatry Educational Rounds.
Clinical Training for Fellows
Training takes place through rotations in clinics and services at Bellevue and NYU Langone, both homes to highly trained faculty and diverse patient populations. Weekly supervision is overseen by multiple specialists in reproductive psychiatry.
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 may also be asked to provide consultations to pregnant and postpartum women on the inpatient psychiatry units in the main hospital as well as the psychiatric emergency room. These consults provide a unique educational experience as you navigate caring for women in the perinatal period in diverse settings within the hospital.
NYU Langone Psychiatry Associates
Fellows have the opportunity to see outpatient perinatal consultations as well as women with other hormone-related mood disorders within the outpatient psychiatry faculty group practice (FGP). This clinical experience gives fellows the skills they need to provide patients with reproductive psychiatry consultation, conduct family sessions with the patient and their partner, and coordinate care with the requisite outpatient providers including the patient’s obstetrician and gynecologist. Fellows may also choose to refer patients from the Perinatal Psychiatry Program to the FGP for more longitudinal treatment. Through this experience, fellows have the opportunity to supervise postgraduate year 4 residents participating in the Women’s Mental Health Elective.
Perinatal Psychiatry Program at NYU Langone Ambulatory Care Center East 53rd Street
Embedded within an ambulatory care obstetrics practice, this outpatient service provides psychiatric consultation, diagnostic evaluation, pharmacotherapy, and brief psychotherapy for women with reproductive-related psychiatric or psychological symptoms. Fellows also gain exposure to the collaborative care model of behavioral health care.
Consultation–Liaison Psychiatry Service at NYU Langone
Fellows spend two half-days per week on the consultation–liaison psychiatry service at NYU Langone. Time on service focuses on providing consultation to patients admitted to obstetrics and gynecology services within NYU Langone’s Tisch Hospital and Kimmel Pavilion. Fellows also participate in multidisciplinary morning huddle with colleagues from pediatrics, maternal–fetal medicine, obstetrics, and social work to identify patients at risk for perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, with specific attention focused on antepartum patients.
Fellowship Academic Project
As a fellow, you develop an academic project related to perinatal mood disorders. The project can consist of conducting ongoing research, creating a presentation or poster, or writing for publication.
Fellowship Eligibility Requirements
Two fellowship positions are 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 interest in women’s mental health, research experience, leadership potential, writing ability, flexible temperament, 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.
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 email@example.com. 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.
A screening committee begins reviewing applications in May and identifies 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.
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.
For more information about applying, please contact Jeffrey Sanchez at firstname.lastname@example.org or 646-754-4836.