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
A dynamic Racial Equity in Mental Health course is offered throughout the year in the all-residents noon hour on Thursdays. The course is co-led by Crystal F. Lewis, PhD, the Tisch Scholar for Racial Equity in Mental Health, and Christin Drake, MD, the department's vice chair for diversity and health equity. Invited speakers who are leading work in their varied fields and disciplines to promote racial equity join the course for teaching and open discussion.
The case-based Structural Racism in Clinical Practice course is a progressive, level-appropriate, practical course taught in each of the post graduate years to build skills in anti-racist practice.
Importantly, structural humility and skills to promote racial equity in mental health are integrated into departmental learning opportunities including grand rounds, Morbidity and Mortality conferences, and clinical case conferences during which faculty and trainees learn together and from one another.