General Psychiatry Residency

From the beginning, Brookdale’s mission was not only to care for its patients, but to train the next generation of physicians. In order to practice psychiatry, graduates of medical schools must train as residents alongside and under the supervision of more experienced psychiatrists for a minimum of four years. Brookdale’s psychiatry department is proud to include not only a fully accredited general psychiatry residency program with 20 residents, but also an advanced fellowship training in the sub-specialty of Child and Adolescent psychiatry, with 6 fellows.
In addition, the department provides an in-depth clerkship training to medical and physician assistant students, as well as an externship for graduates seeking experience in psychiatry prior to residency.

General Psychiatry Residency

Sanila Rehmatullah, M.D.,
Program Director, General Psychiatry Residency Training
Adela Gerolemou, D.O.,
Associate Program Director, General Psychiatry Residency Training
Welcome to the Brookdale Hospital and Medical Center General Psychiatry Residency Training Program!   We offer a four-year General Psychiatry Residency Training, fully approved by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.

General Psychiatry Residency Program


Our Psychiatry Residency Training Program is a twenty resident (5 residents in each of the 4 years) training program that received its first accreditation in 1968. The program currently has full accreditation from the American Council for General Medical Education (ACGME).

Educational Goals for the Program

The principal goal of the training program is to equip the graduating psychiatrists with the special knowledge, skills, and attitudes required to practice ethically and effectively in the field of general psychiatry.  The program is committed in training residents in the biological, psychological, and socio-cultural aspects of psychiatry.
Residents receive most of their four years of training on Brookdale Campus.  The program provides clinical experience in following clinical settings: Inpatient Psychiatry, Outpatient Psychiatry, Emergency Psychiatry, Addiction Psychiatry, Geriatric Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, Consultation & Liaison Service, Neurology, Community Psychiatry, Forensics, etc. The experience deepens in comprehensiveness and progressive complexity over the four years of the residency.  Our ultimate goal is to open the field of psychiatry to our residents and to help them become competent in the six core competencies of residency training:

Patient care

  • Interpersonal and communication skills
  • Medical knowledge
  • Professionalism
  • Practice-based learning
  • System­ based practice

Year I of Residency

The PGY I experience includes 4 months of training in Internal Medicine, 2 months of Neurology, 5 months of introductory training in Inpatient and 1 month in Emergency Psychiatry (Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program or CPEP). During the 6-month rotations in Internal Medicine and Neurology, residents work alongside Internal Medicine residents and are supervised by Internal Medicine Faculty.  Residents spend the remaining 6 months of their first year in the Department of Psychiatry Inpatient and CPEP units.  There is a strict cap of 10 patients per resident during their Inpatient rotation to protect new residents from overload or burnout.
The goals of the first year of training are to provide a foundation in internal medicine, neurology and emergency psychiatry as well as an initiation into the essentials of psychiatric practice. This is accomplished by allowing residents directly supervised responsibility for assessing and managing a diverse population of psychiatric inpatients on a general psychiatry service.
Every Thursday afternoon residents attend their didactics. The time during didactics is their protected time for learning.
Residents provide on call coverage from 5 pm to 11 pm every fourth night; they also have one two week block of night float as part of their training schedule.

Year II of Residency

The PGY II year provides a varied experience that includes: 2 months of Consultation & Liaison, 1 month of Emergency Psychiatry (CPEP), 1 month of Geriatric Psychiatry, 1 month of Addiction Psychiatry, and 4 months of advanced training in Inpatient Psychiatry. PGY II residents also focus on improving their interview techniques and begin working with at least one individual long-term psychotherapy patient.  In addition, PGY II residents are expected to supervise their junior residents.
The goals of the second year are to build on the capacities developed during the first year and to introduce more advanced knowledge and methods of care.  The second year also provides a foundation in psychopharmacology and the psychopathology of major psychiatric conditions, as well as more in-depth knowledge of psychosomatic medicine, addiction psychiatry and geriatric psychiatry.
PGY II residents share night float responsibilities and weekend call covering the CPEP and the inpatient psychiatric services.

Year III of Residency

The third year of residency is primarily devoted to learning outpatient psychiatry.  Residents spend 90% of their time in Adult Outpatient and the remaining 10% in Child Outpatient. They are required to attend weekly Outpatient Departmental Meetings and present their high-risk cases.
The goal of the PGY III year is to move towards independent work in the outpatient setting. Residents have their own caseloads and their own offices. They attain skills in various modalities of psychotherapies including cognitive behavior therapy, interpersonal, supportive, and psychodynamic. They also gain experience in how to run therapy groups.  Residents learn pharmacotherapy and achieve proficiency in assessing and managing adults with severe psychiatric disorders, and become competent in assessing and diagnosing children with mental disorders. Residents who are drawn to Child and Adolescent Psychiatry as a sub-specialty can apply for “fast tracking” and apply for a Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship, at Brookdale or elsewhere, in their third year.

Year IV of Residency

The goals of the senior year are to develop advanced psychiatric skills with a focus on the transition from trainee to independent practicing psychiatrist. PGY IV residents continue to spend 50 % of their time in the Adult outpatient clinic taking care of their caseload. In the remaining 50% of their time, residents rotate to specialty areas including the Child and Adolescent Inpatient unit, Community Psychiatry, and Forensic Psychiatry. The resident, through a personally selected elective, develops advanced experience in a psychiatric subspecialty. The electives available in our program are Geriatric Psychiatry, Addiction Psychiatry, Psychosomatic Medicine, and Inpatient Psychiatry. Finally, all senior residents hone their leadership skills by working as Chief Residents.

Research Experience

All residents are required to attend an introductory course on basic statistics and research design and weekly seminars on research. In addition, PGY III and PGY IV residents are required to initiate an independent research project and/or a project in collaboration with faculty and present their findings at Brookdale Departmental Grand Rounds and/or at local and national Association meetings. Residents of each training year also collaborate and work on group Quality Improvement projects.

Night Float

Residents in the PGY II year are responsible for the night float rotation. Night float comprises two-week blocks of night. The rotation starts on Sunday night and continues through Thursday night. The resident is off Friday and Saturday night and resumes duties on Sunday night.

Resident Wellness

In addition to the on-call room, the residents have access to a dedicated lounge. This vibrant and tastefully decorated space provides residents with a space of their own for socializing, reading and relaxation, fostering connection with their peers and a sense of camaraderie.

To Apply

We receive all our applications through ERAS.  The Program also participates in NRMP. We invite medical students seeking a psychiatry residency to contact us at any time for further information!


If you would like to send us any correspondence, please direct your materials to the following address:

Brookdale Hospital & Medical Center, Psychiatry Residency Training Program

1 Brookdale Plaza,

Brooklyn, New York 11212


To contact us with any questions, please call (718) 240-5667

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