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Rural Psychiatry Track

The Department is excited to expand our award-winning rural residency program to two new sites at Central New York hospitals. This year, we will have 4 rural residency spots in Match 2021. 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. This year, we will be recruiting for four residents to work for the New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH). Two will be recruited for Greater Binghamton Health Center (GBHC) and two residents will be recruited to Hutchings Psychiatric Center (HPC) right here in Syracuse. 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. 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.

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.

Every year, a few of our residents currently spend 1 day a week at some of our affiliated rural sites.  Below are some comments they had about their experience:

'I went once a week for the year (2014) to Gouverneur, NY, and worked with an onsite supervisor. I would absolutely recommend the (rural) experience. Everyone there was great to work with and I learned a lot about a different patient population. It was a great thing to experience during my training.' T. Blatchford

'I had a great time in Ogdensburg, NY.  The good thing about it was that my show rate was close to 90%.  The patient population was understandably rural and it was an exercise in humility to talk to some folks who lived through a whole winter without electricity in a trailer. The North Country is gorgeous in every season. With daylight stretching as far as 8.30 pm at its peak, I got to scour every inch of Alex Bay, Sacketts Harbor and some beautiful parts of the St. Lawrence river.' V. Goradia

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