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Our Residency Program

Our department is a home for creativity and humanism, and we believe these qualities permeate everything we do in psychiatry, from healing to innovation.  We believe that great psychiatrists have a solid foundation in psychotherapy, so we devote a lot of time and energy in providing this.  We also believe that within the art and a science of psychiatry, it must be possible to be excellent in psychotherapy and neuroscience at the same time. To that end, we strive to live in the tradition of dialectical challenge, debate, discussion and research.

We strive to create the best residency experience possible and have a long history of adopting new approaches to meet this goal. Eight years ago we established a one month long “Cornerstone Block” to ease our new residents into their clinical responsibilities, and provide a mentorship program to support our interns during this year as well. We also offer weekly process groups in the first 2 years of residency to promote well-being.   We work to create a low stress, supportive environment to promote learning and the creative energy necessary for innovative research and clinical work.

We aim for choices.  In addition to our excellent teaching sites (University Hospital, Hutchings Psychiatric Center, and VA Syracuse Medical Center) we have the fortune of offering electives with diverse patient populations, both in the city of Syracuse and in rural Upstate NY.  Our rich selection of elective experiences allow trainees to shape their residency in a way that best fit their interests and career goals.  We let residents chose their research mentors and projects.

Our faculty are passionate. Our residents are eager to learn.  Our department aims to help our area’s patients in their recovery process.  The awards and recognitions listed here prove that we are doing something right. It is an honor and pleasure to be a member of this department and residency program, and we hope that one day you will say the same thing.

Warmly,

Zsuzsa Meszaros MD/PhD, Program Director 
Katherine Walia, MD, Associate Program Director
 

What sets our program apart:

  • Award-winning psychodynamic psychotherapy training program (2013 American Psychoanalytic Association Scientific Research Poster Award). Click here to read more about our Psychotherapy program.
  • US News & World Report ranked our program as one of the top third psychiatry residency programs nationally
  • Innovative Rural Psychiatry Track - First in Central New York (click here to read more)
  • Specialized 4-week intensive July orientation for incoming residents (click here to read more)
  • The nations first training program to develop an integrated webcam system for clinical supervision
  • Over $2 million grants in federally funded research 
  • The nation's only dedicated mentoring program for PGY-1 residents.
  • The nation's only residency program offering dual certification in MPA and psychiatry
  • Board pass rate for the past 4 years is 92%
  • Flexibility to design your own research and elective experiences
  • Innovative use of technology including Telepsychiatry
  • Award winning Faculty - As a whole, our faculty collectively boast 19 Presidents Awards, 7 Chancellors Awards, one Jacobsen and two Distinguished Professors and countless Residents Teaching awards
  • Award winning residents - our residents have received both the Anne Alonso award in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and the Henderson Award in adult Psychiatry from the American Association of Directors of Psychiatric Residency Training (AADPRT). In addition, our residents have also received the hospital-wide Teamwork Award three times (a record for a single residency!). This year psychiatry residents received 3 of the 5 Gold Humanism Awards for Excellence in Teaching from medical students.
  • Our residents have published well over 60 articles and abstracts in the last ten years.


Residency News and UpdatesL. Leontieva presenting poster

Our residents have published well over 60 articles and abstracts in the last ten years.  Our residents have received both the Anne Alonso award in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and the Henderson Award in adult Psychiatry from the American Association of Directors of Psychiatric Residency Training (AADPRT).  In addition, our residents have also received the hospital-wide Teamwork Award three times (a record for a single residency!)  and Gold Humanism Award from their peers.