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SUNY Downstate
Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences

Offering clinical services, education and research opportunities in the only university department of psychiatry in Brooklyn.

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Graduate Education
The General Psychiatry Residency
Training Program

The only university based program in Brooklyn offering a total of 48 residents training in general psychiatry, at multiple sites, each offering unique educational experiences.

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Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship

Offering the opportunity to work in a public hospital setting with experiences in a full continuum of care and rich didactic exposure.

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Clinical Services
A Quick Guide for Patients

Providing a wide range of services aimed at promoting and caring for the mental health of all people.

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Grand Rounds

Complete Grand Rounds list of upcoming lectures (PDF).


Clinical Newsletter Issue1 PDF

Clinical Newsletter Issue2 PDF


Mar 27-30th 2015, in New Orleans

Welcome to the Department of Psychiatry

"In order to cure the human body, it is necessary to have knowledge of the whole of things."


The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at SUNY Downstate is among the largest and most diverse in the country. As the only public medical school Department of Psychiatry in New York City, and the only University Department of Psychiatry in Brooklyn, New York's most populous borough, we have a complex, multidimensional mission.

News & Announcements…

  • Shama Patel, MD - American Psychiatric Association Child Fellowship Award 2015
  • Ammar El Sara, MBChB - American Society of Psychopharmacology Fellowship on Clinical Trials Travel Award 2015

American Psychiatric Association Mind Games Resident Competition

Every year, the American Psychiatric Association holds a competition for teams of three residents from any of the psychiatric residency training programs throughout the United States. This event is called "Mind Games". It is a Jeopardy-like competition where the teams are required to answer questions covering the entire field of psychiatry as quickly as they can. The initial screening is held online, with the three highest scoring teams competing live at the APA National Meetings in May.

SUNY Downstate Department of Psychiatry team scored number 8th place out of 99 competitor groups from around the country.

Our team this year consisted of:
Jacob Birk, PGY-1
Srinath Gopinath, PGY-3
Ammed Arain PGY-3


» American Association of Directors of Psychiatric Residency Training (AADPRT) Annual Meeting - Innovative Workshop
Orlando, Florida, March 4-7

  • Title: Navigating Through the New ERAS System
  • Presenters: Juliet Arthur, MHA, Barbara Gamboni-Silva

» Brooklyn Psychiatric Society (BPS) Annual Meeting and Resident Poster Competition
Brookdale University Medical Center
Wednesday, March 18th, 2015

Presenters from Downstate:

  • Title: Clinical and Socio-demographic Characteristics of Adults Recently Admitted to the Kings County Outpatient Psychiatric Service: a Chart Review Study.
    Presenter: Ammar El Sara
  • Title: Cabergoline in the treatment of Risperidone induced hyperprolactinemia: A case report.
    Presenter: Maninder Bhutani
  • Title: Human trafficking: federal legislation enabling prevention, protection, prosecution with ongoing challenges.
    Presenter: Shama Patel
  • Title: Clozapine use in patients with HIV and treatment refractory schizophrenia patients: Where does filgrastim fit in?
    Presenter: Anupriya Razdan