Women’s Mental Health Fellowship

Program Director: Cathy Kondas, MD, MBS

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About the Program

The NYU Department of Psychiatry offers a one-year Women's Mental Health Fellowship designed to train experts in the psychiatric care of women, specifically in the assessment and treatment of psychiatric symptoms that occur during the perinatal period, particularly among underserved, minority and lower income women. The fellow will acquire expertise in assessment and treatment of psychiatric disorders associated with the menstrual cycle, pregnancy, and the postpartum period.

The fellow will develop an academic project related to perinatal mood disorders. The project can range from collaborating on an ongoing research project, co-authoring a book chapter, or writing a review paper. The fellow will be encouraged to submit a paper for publication and/or present at a conference.

Fellowship Rotations

The fellow will have set rotations (4 hour blocks) in each of the below clinics on a weekly basis.

I. Women’s Health Service at Bellevue Hospital Center: An outpatient obstetrics and gynecology clinic is located in the Ambulatory Care Center at Bellevue. The fellow will evaluate and treat pregnant women with psychiatric disorders throughout their pregnancy and postpartum period. The fellow will be available for onsite referrals and consultations in this clinic. The fellow will co-facilitate a weekly mother-infant parenting group co-located in the Women’s health clinic.

II. Outpatient Psychiatry Clinic at Bellevue Hospital Center: This is an outpatient service offering consultation, diagnostic evaluation, pharmacotherapy and brief psychotherapy for patients in the community (including uninsured, Medicaid, Medicare recipients) with psychiatric disorders. Typical consultations include: pre-pregnancy psychopharmacologic consultations, treatment for postpartum depression, and postnatal PTSD.

III. Bellevue Hospital Psychiatry Consultation Service: This is a service that provides psychiatric consultation to inpatients on Bellevue Hospital Obstetric and gynecologic units. The fellow will function as a liaison to the Ob/gyn staff and attend weekly rounds to consult on challenging cases. The fellow will also be available for consultations with pregnant and postpartum women on the inpatient psychiatry units.

Supervision and Didactic Curriculum

I. Individual supervision with Dr. Cathy Kondas and/or Dr. Mimi Levine Weekly for 1 hour
II. Reproductive Psychiatry Journal Club Wednesdays 12:00-1:00PM
III. Reproductive Psychiatry Academic Work Group ("Juliet") Meeting First Monday every month 12:00-1:00PM
IV. One Park Reproductive Psychiatry Clinical Case Discussion and Journal Club Tuesdays 3:30-5:00PM
V. NYU Psychiatry Grand Rounds Thursdays 11:00-12:00PM
VI. Bellevue Psychiatry Case Conference Fridays 12:00-1:00PM
VII. Psychosomatic Medicine Didactics (relevant topics) Ad lib
VII. NYU Obstetrics and Gynecology Grand Rounds (relevant topics) Ad lib

 

Application Information

Application materials for the may be submitted beginning May 1. Interview dates are selected for July, August and early September. Early application submission is strongly encouraged.

Eligibility

We have 1 position available for each academic year. We look for mature, motivated applicants who must have satisfactorily completed an ACGME-accredited general psychiatry residency prior to entering the program. We consider such factors as one’s writing ability, research experience, leadership potential, flexible temperament, interest in public psychiatry and career goals.

US 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, the fellow must have a valid limited permit for practice in New York State in order to be enrolled.

Application Procedure

The complete core application should be emailed in PDF form to Ms. Young-Nuzzi.

  • Please email all core application materials at once
  • Submit to: Tanisha.Young-Nuzzi@nyumc.org
  • The subject line of this email should be: Women’s Mental Health Fellowship Application [APPLICANT LAST NAME, APPLICANT FIRST NAME]

Please submit the following materials:

  • A completed application form* (Download PDF) (Download DOC)
  • Your curriculum vitae/Resume
  • 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: a valid ECFMG certificate and proof of Visa status or US citizenship.
  • Letters of reference*

* Please arrange for a minimum of two (but not more than three) letters of reference from persons who are familiar with the nature and quality of your work; one of those persons must be the Director of your General Psychiatry Residency Program. Letters of reference should be submitted directly by their authors to Ms. Young-Nuzzi. Electronic submission in PDF form is preferred.

Applicant Selection

The program begins reviewing applications in May and interviews are usually scheduled to take place in early fall. No application is considered until all required materials have been received, including the training or clinical Director’s letter of recommendation. Applications are reviewed by a screening committee which identifies a list of short listed candidates who will be invited to interview. Interviews generally 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 fitting candidates, and an official letter of offer is issued upon acceptable of the position.

An offer of employment is not final until the fellow has been successfully credentialed by the NYU office of Graduate Medical Education. Terms of employment, including current year salary levels, benefits, duty hours, moonlighting policy, etc., may be found at http://med.nyu.edu/gme/policies-procedures.

For more information contact:

Cathy Kondas, MD, MBS
Associate Director, Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry
Director, Women's Mental Health Fellowship
Attending Psychiatrist and Assistant Clinical Professor
Department of Psychiatry, NYU School of Medicine at Bellevue Hospital Center 
212-562-2526
Cathy.Kondas@nyumc.org

Tanisha Young-Nuzzi, MA
Senior Program Coordinator
NYU School of Medicine
Department of Psychiatry, 8th Flr.
1 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10016
(646) 754-5438
Tanisha.Young-Nuzzi@nyumc.org