Residents are integral in running treatment and supportive groups in the WRP Programs.
Residents as Teachers and Supervisors
The Department of Psychiatry conducts a clerkship experience for students from Albert Einstein College of Medicine and New York College of Osteopathic Medecine. The principal teachers and preceptors of these medical students are our third- and fourth-year residents. The residents are given a course in the techniques of teaching and supervising and faculty members continuously guide their work as supervisors. By the time the resident graduates, he or she has accumulated sufficient teaching, supervisory training and experience to add these valuable skills to his or her extensive clinical armamentarium.
Weekly Business Meeting
Every Thursday, the residents meet with the program director and the associate director for a working lunch meeting. At this time, residents are free to raise questions or issues of general interest and concern. These meetings are also attended by the chairman of the department and by representatives of the vice president's office on a regular basis. Residents are encouraged to speak openly with their supervisors and directors about areas of the program requiring change or improvement.
The program assists residents as they prepare for the board examination in psychiatry throughout their four years of residency. Each year, all residents sit for the Psychiatry Residency In Training Examination (PRITE). The results of this nationally administered test are used to help set learning goals for the individual resident and to suggest areas in which the program might strengthen its curriculum.
In addition to the required Clinical Skills Verifications (CSVs), residents participate in a yearly comprehensive oral exam, which evaluates their progress in knowledge and skills in interviewing psychiatric patients. Attending physicians serve as examiners for the residents, and at the conclusion of the interviews and presentations by examinees, feedback is offered to help residents improve their interviewing and presenting techniques.
Senior residents have the option of attending a nationally recognized board preparation course. Residents can use their yearly educational benefit stipend to offset the cost of the course . Residents find this week-long course to be extremely helpful as they prepare to sit for the board exam.
Beyond the Residency
Graduates remain in close touch with the program throughout their subsequent careers. They drop in for impromptu visits, attend our graduation parties, and often teach or give lectures to current residents. The achievements of these alumni are many and varied. Maimonides graduates are accepted to the finest fellowship programs for subspecialty training, are highly regarded as candidates for positions at prestigious institutions throughout the United States and overseas, publish articles in revered journals, and attain board certification.
Maimonides' reputation for excellence propels our graduates onto a successful career; reciprocally, the achievements of our graduates strengthen our reputation.
All residents are involved in research activities which might include conducting an original research project on a subject of their choice, or scholarly review projects under the supervision of a faculty member.