Family Health Centers at NYU Langone Psychiatry Residency Postgraduate Year 3
During postgraduate year 3 (PGY-3), residents fully enter their training in community psychiatry. Their clinical work occurs at the Family Health Centers at NYU Langone, with numerous opportunities to explore the practice of psychiatry within complex systems of care. Comprehensive didactic education further prepares residents for outpatient care including through extensive education in psychotherapeutic modalities.
Clinical Rotations for Residents
Rotations take place primarily in the Family Health Centers at NYU Langone.
The year is divided as follows:
- 48 weeks at the Sunset Terrace Family Health Center at NYU Langone and affiliated clinical programs
- 4 weeks of vacation
Sunset Terrace Family Health Center at NYU Langone Behavioral Health Services
PGY-3 residents rotate through Sunset Terrace Family Health Center at NYU Langone, which serves as the hub for the Behavioral Health Program—Family Health Centers at NYU Langone. This clinic offers specialized outpatient care for children as young as 5 years old, adolescents, adults, and geriatric patients. Within the clinic, there are specialized programs in trauma-informed dyadic treatment, early psychosis, substance use disorders, and crisis recovery. Residents treat patients with various modalities, including psychopharmacology, team-based treatment, and psychotherapy.
The Sunset Terrace Family Health Center at NYU Langone is also home to the Collaborative Care Psychiatry Program. This program takes a team-based approach to the management of psychiatric illness in primary care settings. The psychiatrist serves as a consultant and collaborator with primary care clinicians, creating a unique opportunity for residents to participate in peer education with internal medicine and family medicine colleagues.
Residents have the opportunity to take on cases through the School Health Program—Family Health Centers at NYU Langone. This program provides psychiatric consultation and psychotherapeutic care, both in person and remotely, to New York City public schools throughout Brooklyn. The program treats children from kindergarten through the 12th grade. The School Health Program is one of the largest such programs in the country and is a major component of the effort to decrease barriers and improve access to high-quality mental health services.
PGY-3 residents can strengthen their expertise in public psychiatry and systems of care through the Community Medicine Program at Family Health Centers at NYU Langone. This program provides healthcare to adults through several New York City homeless services locations, with a focus on evaluation, treatment, and connection to resources.
During outpatient rotations, residents have ample opportunity to engage in education and scholarly activity, including medical student teaching, journal clubs, and participation in quality improvement projects.
On-Call Shifts for Residents
There are no required call shifts for PGY-3 residents.
Postgraduate Year 3 Didactic Education
Didactics are shared with NYU Grossman School of Medicine’s Psychiatry Residency. In PGY-3, the educational focus is on outpatient evaluation and treatment modalities. Seminar-style education in psychopharmacology and psychotherapy includes but is not limited to dynamic, interpersonal, behavioral, trauma-based, group, family, and sex therapies. Other classes explore LGBTQ+ issues in psychiatry, women’s mental health, outpatient substance use treatment, forensics, and psychiatry in the media.
A biweekly teaching conference gives PGY-3 residents the opportunity to present an ongoing outpatient case and observe a faculty expert interview the patient in front of your class. Additionally, residents lead discussions based on modules from the National Neuroscience Curriculum Initiative (NNCI), which aims to teach neuroscience in an interactive manner.