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Rural Psychiatry Track

The Department is excited to continue expanding our award-winning rural residency program to sites across Central New York hospitals. At the start of the 2022-2023 Academic year, we will have 17 residents at six different CNY hospitals. The rural residents will spend 2 months per year in the first two years and one day a week in the third and fourth years of training at their respective rural sites. In the 2022-2023 recruitment season, we will be recruiting for four residents for this track: one will work for Samaritan Medical Center in Watertown, NY, and three will work for the New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH). While rotating at their rural sites, the resident is supervised by Upstate and on-site faculty; he/she will tele-commute to all classes and Grand Rounds while assigned to their site. The rural residents share all learning and didactic experiences with their peers at Upstate.

After completing their residency training, the rural track graduate will work for five years at these rural facilities as an on-site supervisor, teacher in the rural curriculum, and spend one day a month at Upstate to strengthen relationships, serve on committees, teach, and collaborate on research. By adding other rural track graduates to this program, there will be a vibrant and growing group of superbly trained faculty at hospitals in New York State's rural communities, which will become sites for excellent teaching, clinical innovation and research. While faculty will remain close to Upstate, they will be actively invested in serving their rural communities.  

Requirements for the rural track are the same as our general training track with the exception of Visa sponsorship.  The rural track program cannot accept Visas at this time, so all applicants for this track must be citizens or Green Card holders..

For more information on rural training, please review the attached letter to the editor,  written by our own faculty, published on-line in Psychiatric Services, December 2014.