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Residency in Adult Psychiatry at Zucker Hillside Hospital

Welcome to the General Adult Psychiatry Residency Training Program at Zucker Hillside Hospital. Embedded within Northwell Health, one of the nation’s most innovative health systems, and the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell, our program provides a remarkable setting for residents to discover their 'calling', design their own individualized path, and launch their careers as outstanding clinicians and emerging leaders.

What we offer

Supportive community. As a large, freestanding psychiatric hospital that offers comprehensive services across the continuum of care—all on a single campus—Zucker Hillside welcomes residents into a dynamic, close-knit, and supportive community of clinicians. This atmosphere is enhanced by a beautifully landscaped campus and the new Behavioral Health Pavilion, which houses six of our 10 inpatient units, a new ECT suite, a state-of-the-art conference center, and gathering spaces for patients, families and clinical teams.

In addition, the residency program offers housing immediately adjacent to the Zucker Hillside and North Shore University Hospital campuses. The housing is spacious and well maintained, highly subsidized and typically available to all interested applicants. Off-campus options include vibrant urban neighborhoods of Queens (such as Astoria and Forest Hills), Brooklyn (such as Park Slope, Williamsburg and Brooklyn Heights), and Manhattan, as well as the more suburban neighborhoods of Long Island and Westchester (which feature some of the best public school districts in the country).

Diverse patient population. Situated in Queens, the most diverse county in the U.S., and on the border of Nassau County, Zucker Hillside gives residents the opportunity to care for patients and their families from all backgrounds. Northwell’s global health initiatives in India, Ecuador and Guyana provide additional opportunities to promote health equity, address healthcare disparities, and learn about the interplay between psychiatric illness and culture via international rotations.

Leaders in research and medical education. Our trainees benefit from the opportunities to participate in our department’s pioneering translational research and one of the country’s new and most innovative medical schools, the Zucker School of Medicine.

Specialized clinical services. As a national leader in healthcare delivery innovation, Zucker Hillside offers unparalleled opportunities to learn the full spectrum of clinical psychiatry. With 10 units and nearly 240 beds, Zucker Hillside includes specialized inpatient units in early phase psychosis, chronic schizophrenia, women’s mental health (including a perinatal team), affective disorders, adolescents, young adults and geriatrics. In addition, Zucker Hillside houses the second largest ECT service in the country.

Moreover, in order to improve access and patient outcomes, the department has successfully integrated behavioral health into medical settings (such as the emergency room, primary care, oncology, and obstetrics) and leverages digital technology to improve access to care via initiatives such as telepsychiatry (to learn more, see this video) and smartphone-delivered CBT. Residents have the opportunity to rotate through a variety of specialized ambulatory programs: addiction, bipolar, early phase psychosis, OCD, eating disorders, perinatal psychiatry, chronic psychosis (including the clozapine clinic and the long-acting injectable clinics), child/adolescent psychiatry, geriatric psychiatry, and partial and day hospital programs.

One of the unique programs in which residents participate is the Behavioral Health College Partnership. The program has built relationships with over 70 local colleges and universities to provide rapid psychiatric assessments and treatment to their students in acute crisis. Residents learn about and participate in early recognition, treatment, and prevention of serious mental illness among college-age students—a stage of life when many psychiatric diagnoses first manifest. After acute treatment, the program acts as a liaison with the colleges to help ensure ongoing care and a smooth transition back to their educational environments. Similarly, our residents participate in the Early Treatment Program—a highly innovative, research based program designed for teenagers and young adults who are experiencing psychotic symptoms for the first time. Explore our website to learn more.

We address the many mental health needs of the communities we serve by providing exceptional psychological services and behavioral health resources.

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