NYU Psychiatry Residency Curriculum in Cultural, Structural and Global Mental Health

In recognition that the strongest drivers of mental health inequalities by socioeconomic status, ethnicity and race are social inequalities (in, for example, housing, education, employment, exposure to violence and arrest), the NYU Department of Psychiatry has transformed its cultural competency curriculum into a structural competency and global mental health curriculum.  The purpose of this curriculum is to expose residents not only to cross-cultural psychiatry, but also to social determinants of health both nationally and internationally, and then to ways that physicians can intervene through collaboration with community organizations, non-health institutions (such as schools and corrections), and policy makers.

The didactic curriculum for residents is as follows:

Cross-Cultural Interviewing Skills, with faculty from the Bellevue Survivors of Torture Program. Workshops include sensitivity to trauma, religion/spirituality, and language interpretation methods.

Global Mental Health with lectures by faculty who have completed NYU’s international elective in Accra, Ghana and/or have clinical experience working in other international sites.

Structural Competency with public health faculty and psychiatrists experienced with community, cross-sector and policy engagement.