Community Psychiatry Track
The Department is excited to continue expanding our award-winning community track residency program to sites across Central New York hospitals. At the start of the 2022-2023 Academic year, we will have 14 residents at 5 different CNY hospitals. The community track residents will spend 2 months per year in the first 2 years and 1 day a week in the third and fourth years of training at their respective community sites. In the 2022-2023 recruitment season, we will be recruiting for 3 residents for this track: 1 will work for Samaritan Medical Center in Watertown, NY, and 2 will work for the New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH) at Capital District Psychiatry Center. While rotating at their rural sites, the resident is supervised by Upstate and on-site faculty; the resident will tele-commute to all classes and Grand Rounds while assigned to their site. The community track residents share all learning and didactic experiences with their peers at Upstate.
After completing their residency training, the community track graduate will work for five years at these community facilities as an on-site supervisor, teacher in the community curriculum, and spend 1 day a month at Upstate to strengthen relationships, serve on committees, teach, and collaborate on research. By adding other community 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 communities.
Requirements for the community track are the same as our general training track with the exception of Visa sponsorship. The community 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.