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SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University

Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences

Training Office Welcome 



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Training Office Welcome

Welcome to the SUNY Downstate Medical Center Department of Psychiatry Office of Training!

SUNY Downstate is one of the largest health science centers in the United States. Downstate is rooted in a century-old tradition of teaching, patient care and research. Originally founded in 1860, Downstate today is the center for academic medicine in Brooklyn. It is the seventh largest medical school in the nation, with schools of nursing, health related professions and graduate studies.

The General Psychiatry Residency Training Program is a four-year accredited educational program and as the only university-based program in Brooklyn it is also the largest with a total of 48 residents training in general psychiatry.  Our residents are trained at various outstanding clinical sites in Brooklyn and Manhattan including: University Hospital of Brooklyn, Kings County Hospital Center, Lenox Hill Hospital, Brooklyn Veterans Administration Medical Center, Coney Island Hospital, and Kingsboro Psychiatric Center.  Together, these sites offer the residents a diverse patient population to treat and an exposure to every facet of mental health treatment.

The Department of Psychiatry has a rich history in community psychiatry, dynamic psychiatry, psychopharmacology, neuroscience and research. We are now at the forefront of psychiatric research with both the Center for Excellence for Alzheimer's Disease and the Institute for Genomic Health. 

Like the borough of Brooklyn itself, we pride ourselves on the diversity of our residents.  Applicants to the program hail both from across the United States and across the world.  The resident classes here at SUNY Downstate are a mix of US medical graduates and International Medical Graduates—American citizens who have completed medical school abroad and others who are foreign nationals on visas.  We believe that the diverse array of patients we serve benefit greatly from this cultural and ethnic diversity.

Residents here at SUNY Downstate also have the invaluable experience of teaching the medical student Because we are grounded in a medical school setting, our residents are integral in teaching medical students, an experience that enriches the learning experience for both. Universally lauded by our students and residents. Research is expected as well and our protected one month rotation in the PGY2 year is the springboard for this endeavor. Didactics are comprehensive and built into all four years of training. We are committed to community psychiatry. Not only do all of our residents gain experience assessing and treating individuals with mental illness who are homeless but most "give back" to the community by volunteering at the Brooklyn Free Clinic, the annual NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Walk, the annual AFSP (American Foundation for Suicide Prevention) Walk or other initiatives.

The academic and clinical rigor of our program, along with its focus on research, produces graduates with impressive CVs who go on to compete for highly sought after fellowships, academic positions, hospital appointments, community employment or private practice work. We take pleasure in having launched some of the most talented and exemplary psychiatrists both here and abroad. We hope that exploring our website will give you more detailed information about our training program. Thanks for visiting and don't hesitate to contact us directly. As we say to our new recruits "welcome to the family." 



Scot G. McAfee, MD
Vice Chair for Education
Director, Adult Psychiatry Residency Training Program



Juliet Arthur, BS, MHA, C-TAGME
Residency Administrator
Adult Psychiatry Residency Training Program