Maria Oquendo, MD
Vice Chair for Education & Training and
Director of Psychiatric Residency Program
Melissa Arbuckle, MD, PhD
Co-Director of Residency Training
Our mission in the Columbia University Psychiatry Residency Training Program is to train residents to become outstanding clinicians, researchers, and teachers, who will find fulfillment in their work and make meaningful contributions to the field. We know that these goals require psychological and emotional awareness, thorough knowledge of the neurosciences and well-practiced clinical skills. To this end we foster professional, as well as personal growth in Residents through close supervisory relationships with faculty, process groups with other Residents, facilitation of personal psychotherapy and an open-door policy for problem-solving with Chief Residents, Faculty and ourselves. In addition, we have constructed an extensive didactic program that is broad-based and updated yearly in response to detailed Resident feedback. We believe that the key to creating an excellent academic training program is to provide an environment that is rich in choices, allows for protected class and research time and offers dedicated mentorship. Columbia's Residency provides all of these essential components.
Each day our jobs are exciting because we have the opportunity to work with a talented and dedicated group of Residents and Faculty. Each Resident brings with them unique strengths and viewpoints and we believe that our program is made stronger by valuing a diversity of opinions and interests. With this in mind, we are continually refining the program to meet the educational needs of our Residents. We are dedicated to providing the best educational experience possible, and to helping each Resident realize their fullest potential. Our faculty, many of them graduates from our Residency, is equally committed to the education of future generations of psychiatrists. We thus benefit from, and carry on, a solid legacy in psychiatric education. We are delighted that you are interested in our training program, and we look forward to showing you what makes it so outstanding.