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We welcome your interest in our Psychiatric Residency Training Program at Westchester Medical Center, in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at New York Medical College. We offer a dynamic program grounded in clinical experience and didactic education.

Our residents have broad-based clinical training in multiple settings. Residents treat geriatric and adult patients as well as adolescents and children in our on-site specialty units. Evidence-based clinical work encompasses diagnosis, psychiatric management, psychopharmacology, somatic, and psychotherapeutic treatment modalities. A new program in Cognitive Behavior Therapy is under way in our Outpatient Department, and specialized training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy will be starting soon.

Residents learn in the emergency room, inpatient, outpatient, consultation-liaison, general medical, and pediatric settings. Residents receive supervision from a talented, dedicated faculty and have opportunities to engage in clinical research projects. Our didactic curriculum covers all psychiatric disorders and the major treatment modalities. The program is offered in a progressive, collegial atmosphere while embracing new challenges to our field.

In addition to our four-year adult psychiatric residency training program, we also have fellowships in child and adolescent psychiatry and psychosomatic medicine. Psychoanalytic courses taken by residents trained in either adult or child may be integrated into a separate advanced psychoanalytic training program or a selective during the PGY4 year.

We are especially seeking self-motivated, inquisitive, and proactive residents. We encourage our residents to engage with each other and the faculty. Through this dynamic interaction, residents will help shape their educational experience.

I welcome your interest and enthusiasm for psychiatry. I look forward to meeting you and discussing your future in our program.

Alexander Lerman, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry
Vice Chairman for Education and Residency Training Director
New York Medical College at Westchester Medical Center
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Behavioral Health Center 3rd floor
Valhalla, New York 10595


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