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The Residency Training Program


PGY 3 Year 


The third year of training (PGY3) marks a transition for our residents as they shift from working primarily in inpatient settings to primarily outpatient settings and begin to function independently as psychiatrists. Each resident has an office in the NYSPI and is given primary responsibility for patient care with individual supervision from faculty.

Residents are trained in many forms of outpatient treatment during the third year, including advanced psychopharmacology and multiple psychotherapeutic modalities, including cognitive behavioral, interpersonal, dialectical-behavioral, supportive, psychodynamic, and family. Residents also have access to supervisors who specialize in transference-focused, dialectal-behavioral, and schema-based therapies.  

We take pride in the quality and amount of supervision provided to PGY3 residents, who each receive 8 hours per week of supervision by expert faculty. There are 5 hours for individual psychotherapy and brief treatments, 2 hours each for psychopharmacology and evaluation, and 1 hour for substance abuse supervision. In addition to supervision, residents have daily didactic sessions building on themes first explored as a PGY2. Twenty percent of the year is set aside as a selective. During this time residents may pursue a specific research interest or receive more intensive training in either psychopharmacology or psychotherapy. In addition to the general resident outpatient clinic, all residents spend one half-day a week at a public psychiatry clinic, with choices ranging from the outpatient counterpart to the PGY2 WHCS rotation to working in a primary care clinic to provide integrated care.

Call Responsibilities for PGY3s

During the third year, residents return to the New York Presbyterian Hospital Psychiatric Emergency Room where they share night float and weekend call with on-site supervision from an attending physician.


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