Psychiatry Residency Curriculum in Cultural, Structural & Global Mental Health
NYU Langone’s Department of Psychiatry offers a residency curriculum in cultural, structural, and global mental health. We recognize that the primary drivers of socioeconomic, ethnic, and racial inequalities in mental health are socially based. For example, housing, education, employment, exposure to violence, and arrest all play large roles in disparities.
This curriculum exposes you to cross-cultural psychiatry and the social determinants of health, both nationally and internationally. You also learn ways in which physicians can intervene by collaborating with community organizations, non-health institutions such as schools and correctional facilities, and policymakers.
Didactic Training for Residents
Faculty who have completed our four-week Global Mental Health: Psychiatry in Ghana elective, or who have clinical experience working in other international sites, offer lectures on global mental health.
Psychiatrists experienced with community, cross-sector, and policy engagement offer courses in structural competency.
Global Mental Health: Psychiatry in Ghana Elective for Residents
This two- to four-week elective in Accra, Ghana, is for selected second-year and selected fourth-year residents. You primarily give educational support to medical students, house officers, and residents at the University of Ghana Medical School.
For details, see our PGY-4 electives catalog.
NYU Association for Culture and Psychiatry
NYU Association for Culture and Psychiatry’s (ACAP) mission is to create a forum to address issues of culture, race, and ethnicity as they pertain to psychiatry. While ACAP imparts practical and applicable clinical knowledge, our overarching objective is to cultivate attitudes of introspection and investigation into the role sociocultural factors play in the field of mental health and beyond. Since its inception, ACAP has worked on multiple projects within the Department of Psychiatry and its residency program, as well as with professional societies and community organizations.
Notable ACAP projects within NYU’s system include the following:
- quarterly evening seminars such as “Hasidic Society Cultural Awareness for Psychiatrists,” “The Cross-Cultural Therapeutic Dyad,” “Multicultural Issues in Working with Survivors of Torture,” “Intersections of Race, Sexual Orientation, and Gender Identity,” and “Gang Violence in New York Communities”
- co-sponsoring speakers for Department of Psychiatry Grand Rounds to address topics such as “Re-Engineering Mental Health Services for a Changing America” and “Advances in the Cultural Assessment of Stigma to Promote Mental Health: Case Example of Chinese Immigrants in NYC”
- recruiting events to attract diverse classes of resident psychiatrists interested in cultural issues
ACAP projects in the greater New York City community include the following:
- delivering a curriculum entitled “Emotional Resilience in Adolescents” to students at a public high school in Brooklyn
- partnering with leaders of the New York District Branch of the American Psychiatric Association to create the New York Minority Mentorship Network
For more information or to become involved in ACAP, contact our executive committee members listed below, based on your residency year:
Psychiatry Residents Postgraduate Year 3
Psychiatry Residents Postgraduate Year 4