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Dept of Psychiatry


Jason Hershberger, MD

Sebrina Jackson

Administrative Assistant



The Department of Psychiatry offers a four-year General Psychiatry Residency Training program and a two-year Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship Training Program, both fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.  The department also provides an in-depth psychiatric clerkship rotation for students from a number of affiliated medical schools.

Adult Psychiatry

Sanila Rehmatullah, MD
Program Director, General Psychiatry Residency Training

Deborah Dwoskin, MPA
Residency Program Coordinator

The primary goal of the training program in Adult Psychiatry 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 to graduating residents who are fully trained in the biological, psychological, and socio-cultural aspects of psychiatry.

Clinical Rotations
The clinical rotations are designed to provide residents with opportunities to work with diverse patient populations; to develop increasing levels of skills under supervision; and to progress from required clinical experiences to any of a wide variety of elective rotations.

The PGY-1 year includes 4 months of training in Internal Medicine, and 8 months of introductory training in Inpatient and Emergency Psychiatry.

Residents experience 2 months of training in Neurology, 2 months of Consultations & Liaison, 1-2 months in Emergency Psychiatry, 1 month in Geriatric Psychiatry, 1 month in Addiction Psychiatry, and 4 months of advanced training in Inpatient Psychiatry.

Resident spend this whole year in Brookdale's Outpatient Clinics treating adults, adolescents, and children under supervision.  They develop skills in all 5 required psychiatric treatment modalities.  In addition, they conduct group therapy and family therapy.

Residents choose electives to tailor the final phase of training to their individual needs, interests, and professional goals, while continuing their outpatient rotation on a part-time basis.  They also complete rotations in forensic psychiatry and community psychiatry.  A chief residency is offered to the resident who has distinguished him- or herself by academic excellence and leadership.

To support residents through this rigorous training, they receive both individual and group supervision from attending psychiatrists as well as psychotherapists.  They also participate in a weekly residents-only forum to discuss training-related issues and challenges.  If these issues cannot be resolved by mutual support, the Chief Resident can seek resolution from the Training Director of Hospital Administration.

To graduate from the program, and to be eligible to sit for the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology examinations in Psychiatry, residents must complete 48 months of approved training, including a PGY-1 year and complete requirements for Clinical Skills Verification Examination.  All residents are required to complete a research project in their area of interest before graduation.

Admission Policy
Applications, submitted through ERAS, are reviewed during the fall.  Selected applicants are invited to tour the facility and meet faculty and residents.  Interviews are conducted from October until December.  The general requirement for admission is graduation from a medical school approved by the American Association of Medical College (AAMC).  International medical graduates must be fully certified by the Education Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG).  Applicants who have completed one year of approved internship in internal medicine, pediatrics, family practice or psychiatry from an approved ACGME training program, may complete the program in three years.

Number of Resident Positions: 20 in General Psychiatry

Child & Adolescent Psychiatry

Marian Moca, MD, ABPN
Director, Child & Adolescent Residency Program

Deborah Dwoskin, MPA
Program Coordinator

The Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship is a two-year long program, following three or four years of general psychiatry.  Brookdale fellowship is the oldest child & adolescent psychiatry program in Brooklyn (1972).  The program has evolved over time.  It is an exciting time to join our fellowship as it prepares trainees to become competent, safe and caring child & adolescent psychiatrists of the 21st century.  The fellowship is designed to expose advanced-level residents to various areas of child & adolescent psychiatry and train them in a progressive fashion to develop expertise in the field of prevention, evaluation, and treatment of behavioral and emotional disorders in children, adolescents and their families, in a diverse inner-city community.

Number of Resident Positions:  3 fellows per year for a total of 6

Year 1
The first year of training is entirely committed to provide fellows with a solid clinical and theoretical foundation of child & adolescent psychiatry in well-structured and highly-supervised settings.  The schedule includes rotations in Child Inpatient & Adolescent Extended Observation Bed Unit (4 months), Inpatient Consultation-Liaison (2 months), Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Emergency Room (4 months) and Pediatric Neurology (1 month).  At the same time, fellows will begin to evaluate and treat children and adolescents in the outpatient setting as part of their longitudinal experience, everything under direct faculty supervision.

Year 2
The second year of training is designed to generously offer fellows opportunities to consolidate skills and knowledge acquired in year 1, utilize principles of practice management and learn to interactively work with other systems of care (school, child welfare, juvenile justice) in the best interest of children.  The schedule consists of rotations in Developmental Disorders, Adolescent Addiction, Juvenile Justice, School and Mobile Crisis, besides the General Outpatient and Child Psychotherapy that occur throughout the year.  Several electives are available.  Early Childhood, Mobile Crisis, Administrative Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, Research & Quality Improvement, Medical Student Education and Community Advocacy are just some examples.  While supervision is still readily-available, a more autonomous clinical decision-making process is gradually encouraged by faculty, everything in a team-approach model.

Lectures, seminars and workshops are individualized according to the level of training.  For instance, Year 1 curriculum includes lectures from 'On Becoming a Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist' and 'History of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry' to 'Child, Family & Development', and 'Pediatric Psychopharmacology'.  Year 2 curriculum consists of advanced seminars from 'On Leadership' and 'Translating Neuroscience into Practice' to 'Developmental Psychopathology' and 'Integrated Care in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry'.  At the same time, there is a common curriculum that covers topics of general interest and creates opportunities for peer interaction as well as resident teaching.  This includes courses from 'Public Health' and 'Cultural Principles' to 'Communication & Interviewing Skills' and 'Evidence-Based Medicine' in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry.

Our fellowship fosters an environment of inquiry and scholarly activities such as research, patient safety & quality improvement projects, curriculum development for medical student education and community service.

Besides clinical and education duties, we encourage fellows to balance their work, study and personal life.  Twice a year, fellows participate in organized retreat activities as great venues to express appreciation, build team strength and improve program.

Upon graduation, not only will our trainees be ready to pass the ABPN certification exams, but they will also be fully prepared to independently practice child & adolescent psychiatry in the "real world".  Our graduates were offered positions as child & adolescent psychiatrists in various settings from community clinics to academia or private practice.

We can reassure you, we will make every effort to provide you with an excellent training experience during the two years at Brookdale Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Residency Program.

"We have a faculty who love to teach and strives to improve our educational experience.  As a former graduate of the general psychiatry program, I can say Brookdale is the place to learn!"

Venu Alapati, MD
First-year child psychiatry fellow

"Child and Adolescent Psychiatry training at Brookdale is a privilege!  Knowledgeable and dedicated faculty and supportive environment to grow in my career!"

Melihat Fidan-Nowak, MD
Second-year child psychiatry fellow

 Medical Education

Stephan Carlson, MD, ABPN
Director of Undergraduate Medical Education and Faculty Development in Psychiatry

Deborah Dwoskin, MPA
Program Coordinator

The Psychiatry Clerkship is designed to enhance the clinical knowledge base and skill essential to becoming a competent and well-rounded physician.  With learning objectives based on Core Competencies, the rotation provides each student with a mix of inpatient, adult and child outpatient, consultation-liaison, and emergency clinical encounters.

Educational activities include:
  • An adult lecture series for all students based on the American Psychiatric Association's Introductory Textbook of Psychiatry, Sixth Edition by Donald W. Black & Nancy C. Andreasen.
  • Child and Adolescent program lecture series based on the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) recommended guidelines for medical students.
  • A psychopharmacology lecture series designed by the American Society of Clinical Psychopharmacology (ASCP).
  • Interview skill building program involving 4 opportunities to practice the psychiatric interview with real patients and receive feedback from assigned psychiatry resident mentors.
  • The expectation for independent study with self-directed learning modules approved by Association of Directors of Medical Student Education in Psychiatry (ADMSEP).

While the amount of psychiatric knowledge acquired by the student is undoubtedly reflected in his/her performance in the clinical arena and in many of the other planned learning activities, formative feedback is provided mid-rotation and at the end of the rotation, with performance summatively measured at the conclusion of the rotation by his or her medical school.  Every student is observed and evaluated on interviewing, mental status exam, oral presentation and assessment and treatment planning skills.
We look forward to having each student rotate through our department and hope that you consider psychiatry as a specialty.  We currently have medical students from New York Medical College (6 weeks), Saba (6 weeks), Ross (6 weeks) and NYIT (5 weeks) rotating with us.  Physician assistant students from Pace University (5 weeks) also participate int he clerkship.  We encourage you to look at Brookdale University Medical Center if you choose to continue your professional development in a psychiatry residency program.  Clerkship site placements are for 4-6 week blocks.

"This rotation has been a great experience into the world of psychiatry and provided an ample amount of clinical experience.  "Psych Jeopardy" was a lot of fun but also reinforced concepts we learned in didactics."
3rd Year Medical Student
Saba University

"This rotation was difficult but rewarding and I am grateful because it set the stage for future learning as I have gained a solid foundation of the core concepts of psychiatric medicine."

Physician Assistant Student
Pace University

Department Contact & Application Information

The Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center
Psychiatry Residency Training Program
One Brookdale Plaza, 12 CHC, RM. 1240-C
Brooklyn, NY 11212
General information:  718.240.6330