Setting of Your Internship

SUNY Upstate Medical University is one of only 128 academic medical centers in the United States. Academic Medical Centers, which are built around medical schools and teaching hospitals, lead the nation in conducting medical research, educating health care professionals, and providing the most advanced care to patients.

SUNY Upstate Medical University serves both Syracuse and the larger Central New York region. The Upstate University Health System, including University Hospital, serves 1.8 million people, covering one-third of the state of New York. It is the only academic medical center in Central New York and is the regions largest employer. Given the scope of the population served by the medical center, the demographics of the patients are highly varied, offering trainees the opportunity to work with a very diverse group of people in both inpatient and outpatient settings. The inpatient training setting is University Hospital. Outpatient training occurs in the Adult and Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Clinics, which contain a number of sub-specialty clinics (e.g., CBT, Adult and Adolescent DBT, Anxiety Disorders, Trauma, and Eating Disorders). Interns also receive outpatient training in settings outside the psychiatry clinics at ENHANCE and Elmcrest. ENHANCE is a primary care setting serving children in foster care. Elmcrest is a local residential treatment facility for children and adolescents.

Adding to the diversity, all interns (Adult and Child track) have the opportunity to treat students at the University through the Student Counseling Service. Since 2006, student enrollment has grown by 30% as Upstate responds to the needs of the region. Consistent with this growth, the number of students served by the Student Counseling Service has more than tripled since that time. The student population at Upstate includes international students as well as students from U.S. undergraduate institutions. Upstate has four colleges and 24 different degree programs, both at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Students range in age from 18 to 60+ and come from all different walks of life. Student Counseling serves all students, and thus, interns involved with Student Counseling have the opportunity to work with a wide range of people struggling with a wide range of problems. The Student Counseling Service is directed by two of the internship faculty (Drs. Vanderhoff and Thomas) and, along with the psychiatry clinics, is located within the department of psychiatry.

The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences offers courses for the undergraduate medical curriculum, a psychiatric residency training program, and fellowships in forensic psychiatry and child psychiatry. The Division of Clinical Psychology, in addition to its activities as a part of the department, maintains direct consultative, research, and service relations with all departments of the Medical University.

The Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences building, located one block from the hospital, is the hub of the psychology internship training program and the home of Upstates Department of Psychiatry. It provides individual office space with networked computers and webcams for psychology interns and faculty. It also houses modern, well-equipped outpatient psychiatric clinics for both adults and children. The two clinics serve both the general community and the various medical center departments as a setting for individual and group treatment. The clinics faculty, staff, and complement of trainees represent the disciplines of clinical psychology, psychiatry, psychiatric social work, and nursing. As such, the clinics provide a matrix of inter-disciplinary training and offer varied training formats that promote collaboration and exchange. Interns participate in a model of training that reflects the working situation they will encounter as professionals.

University Hospital

University Hospital, a 350 bed facility, is the primary teaching hospital of the SUNY Upstate Medical University. University Hospital has long held the distinction of caring for the most seriously ill and injured in the state. It is a Level-I trauma center and features the region's only children's hospital, Golisano Childrens Hospital. University Hospital is also a NYS Designated Center for: Stroke, AIDS, Trauma, Burn, SAFE services, and Poison Control, and offers 77 unique specialty clinics. Its Diabetes Program is a NYS Center of Excellence and its Epilepsy Center is a Level 4, the highest designation possible. In keeping with the Upstate vision, Upstate continues to create new centers of excellence such as the recently added Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital, in addition to centers focused on cancer, breast care, cardiovascular care and open heart surgery, behavioral medicine, and stroke. University Hospital is a modern complex that houses a broad range of inpatient and outpatient services, plus laboratories and research facilities directly connected with Upstate Medical University. Inpatient services include a 24-bed psychiatric unit (opened in 1969) and an Acute Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation unit, both of which serve as training rotation sites for interns on the Adult Track of the internship.

Other Attractions

Upstate Medical University...

maintains a large medical and scientific library to which interns have full access. The general and specialized libraries of Syracuse University are also readily available. Interns have easy access to computer facilities and there is a networked computer in each intern office. The Upstate Campus Activities Building provides a gym, swimming pool and facilities for other sports and social activities. The Campus Activities Board hosts social events throughout the year, including comedy hour, coffeehouse music series, and movie night. Syracuse University sponsors a variety of drama, film, lecture, music, and athletic programs.

The City of Syracuse

has a professional theater company (Syracuse Stage), the acclaimed Everson Museum of Art, the Red House, and the OnCenter, Civic Center, and Landmark Theatre, which host a variety of concerts and events. New York-based touring companies bring Broadway theater productions to the city, and major orchestras, as well as jazz, rock, and country music performers, include Syracuse on their tour circuits. Syracuse also has an active night life and great restaurants in the Armory Square section of the city. The well-known Tipperary Hill neighborhood offers a bit of the Irish culture, including the upside-down traffic light. The natural beauty of the Syracuse area provides the opportunity for a host of recreational activities including boating, golf, hiking, and skiing. The beautiful summers in Syracuse are full of outdoor concerts, theatre, and festivals, including the annual NY State Fair.