Dept of Psychiatry


Jason Hershberger, MD

Sanila Rehmatullah, MD

Deborah Dwoskin, MPA

Residency Program Coordinator



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.

Adult Psychiatry
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.

Program Director, General Psychiatry Residency Training: Sanila Rehmatullah, MD

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 Consultation & 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.

Residents 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 or 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
Director, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship Training: Sanila Rehmatullah, MD

The Child and Adolescent Psychiatry program is designed to expose advanced residents to every area of child and adolescent psychiatry and to help them develop professional excellence in the specialized field of the prevention, evaluation, and treatment of behavioral and emotional disorders in children and adolescents of different ethnic backgrounds.

Year 1
Residents work part time all year long in Brookdale’s Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Outpatient Clinic under close supervision; they also spend 4 months part time in the newly established Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics Program and Brookdale’s pediatric emergency psychiatry services. Residents also work with children and adolescents at various schools in the community.

Year 2
The 2nd year includes 4 months of training in Child Inpatient Psychiatry, 4 months of rotation in Pediatric-Consultation and Adolescent Extended Observation Bed unit, 2 months of training in Pediatric Neurology, and 2 months of electives. Residents continue their work in the outpatient clinic and carry cases under supervision of their assigned supervisor. To graduate from the program, residents must complete 24 months of approved training and conclude a research project in their area of interest.

Number of Resident Positions: 6 in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

Clinical Skills Verification (CSV)
Conducted for the residents for both Adult and CAP program by board certified Adult and or Child and Adolescent psychiatrists to fulfill the ABPN requirement.

Medical Faculty includes 21 full time psychiatrists. Many of our Psychiatrists are Board certified in Adult Psychiatry and some of them hold additional Board certification in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Geriatric Psychiatry, and Forensic Psychiatry. A substantial number of Social Workers and 3 Ph.D. Psychologists participate in the training of residents.

Facility Highlights
The department is the primary facility for the prevention and treatment of psychiatric problems in the community. It has two adult inpatient units, a geriatric mental health service, four adult Extended Observation Beds, a child inpatient unit, two Adolescent Extended Observation Beds, and a Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program for adult and child outpatients as well as outreach programs.

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

Residency Coordinator:  Deborah R. Dwoskin, MPA
Telephone: (718) 240-5667
Fax: (718) 240-5451