Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Psychiatry Residency Program Virtual Tour

Since its founding in 1955, the Psychiatry Residency Program at Montefiore Einstein has trained hundreds of residents, some of whom have gone on to become notable leaders in the field. Central to our training is a long-standing commitment to social and community psychiatry and a focus on innovative, integrated patient care. Our Bronx location affords trainees the opportunity to manage a wide variety of psychiatric issues while also considering the unique biological, psychosocial and cultural needs of each patient. During training, residents are exposed to a range of treatments and educational opportunities.

Ana R. Ozdoba, MD, Director, Adult Psychiatry Residency Training Program

Why our program could be right for you

Our program provides residents an outstanding clinical experience that emphasizes psychotherapy, psychopharmacology and research. A focus on integrated, community-based care exposes residents to the most advanced methods of treatment while providing patients with comprehensive, high-quality care. Over the course of their training, residents are supported every step of the way through mentorship, supervision and didactics.

What sets Montefiore Einstein apart

At Montefiore Einstein, we are guided by a mission to heal, to teach, to discover and to advance the health of the communities we serve. Comprising 11 member hospitals and more than 300 specialty care sites, Montefiore Health System provides highly specialized, coordinated care for diverse populations in the New York region, across the country and globally.

Albert Einstein College of Medicine, home to nearly 1,000 students in its MD, PhD and combined MD/PhD programs, is one of the nation’s preeminent centers for research, medical education and clinical investigation. Through the joint efforts of Montefiore Health System and Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Montefiore Einstein is able to advance research and accelerate discoveries, benefiting patients and ensuring access to state-of-the-art healthcare for all.  

  • Montefiore’s medical specialties ranked as top 1% in the nation by U.S. News & World Report
  • Children’s Hospital at Montefiore Einstein (CHAM) recognized as one of “America’s Best Children’s Hospitals” by U.S. News & World Report
  • Albert Einstein College of Medicine ranked a top 50 “Best Medical School for Research in the Country, 2023” by U.S. News & World Report 
  • The National Institutes of Health (NIH) awarded Einstein $201M+ in research funding in 2022, placing Einstein in the top 50 among 142 schools of medicine
  • 700+ clinical trials 
Catherine C. Skae, MD, Vice President and Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education

Graduate Medical Education at Montefiore Einstein

Representing one of the top 10 largest medical and surgical training programs in the country, Montefiore Health System and our Albert Einstein College of Medicine provide postgraduate clinical training to more than 1,400 residents and fellows per year. Clinicians across Montefiore Einstein’s numerous educational programs actively mentor and cultivate a new generation of healthcare leaders. 

Our mission to improve access and quality of care for our diverse community draws residents and fellows from top medical, dental and PA schools from around the world. We develop and expand programs designed to advance teamwork, communication and decision-making, and our progressive focus on comprehensive care provides an ideal training ground for our residents and fellows.

To make the process of working and training at Montefiore Einstein more seamless, we offer a variety of services for our house staff, physician assistants and interns, including assistance with credentialing and orientation, institutional resources, visas, contracts, HR documents, payroll, notary services and specialty training and certifications. 

Montefiore Einstein by the numbers

7.7 million+

patient interactions annually  

1.1 million+

patients annually, representing the largest network in the Bronx, Westchester and the Hudson Valley


specialty care locations, with more coming soon



The site of our Montefiore Psychiatry Residency Office

Housed within the 3331 Bainbridge Avenue location of Montefiore Medical Park, the Psychiatry Residency Office is home to our administrative staff, including program administrators, directors and our senior chief resident. This location also serves as our resident training house and is the site of our Thursday didactic training and resident wellness events. Through the social and educational events provided at the Psychiatry Residency Office, residents have ample opportunity to get to know one another throughout their four years of training. 

From the second I walked through the doors on interview day, I fell in love with the program’s warm atmosphere. It felt like a big hug, a family. Over the years, the program has proven to be just that.

Samira Rabbanifar, MD

Senior Chief Resident, PGY-5

Home to notable programs and our Centers of Excellence

Moses Campus is a 700-bed tertiary care center serving patients in the Bronx, Westchester and the Lower Hudson Valley. As the university hospital for Montefiore Einstein, all surgical and medical specialties are represented here.

The Outpatient Department is so collegial and supportive. Attendings and residents occupy the same space, and it’s nice to be able to receive and offer help on the spot.

Albert Luong, MD

Psychiatry Resident, PGY-4

Providing community-oriented psychiatric care

The Bronx Psychiatric Center, founded in 1963, is a decentralized, community-oriented institution that works closely with a network of satellite clinics and local facilities to better facilitate after-care planning and needs. Rotations at the facility provide residents intensive training in the longer-term care of hospitalized patients with severe and persistent mental illnesses, emphasizing the recovery and reintegration of those patients into their communities. To provide this care, residents have access to the latest therapeutic modalities available.

While training at the Bronx Psychiatric Center, residents are placed on a unit that provides intensive training to mental health professionals across multiple disciplines, including psychiatric residents, psychology interns, social work students and medical students. Our program offers experiences designed to encourage trainees to pursue careers in the public sector, particularly the state hospital system.   

An academic hospital adjacent to our Albert Einstein College of Medicine

While training at Jack D. Weiler Hospital, located on our Einstein Campus, residents have the opportunity to work in the emergency department and on a busy consultation-liaison service, which focuses on women’s and maternal mental health, addiction psychiatry and other primary psychiatric disorders. Our attendings and trainees provide consultation to all medical floors at Weiler Hospital, including obstetrics and gynecology. 

I appreciate that the Psychiatry Residency Program is warm, challenging and mission-driven. Everyone is approachable and takes pride in the program.

Rachel Belfer, MD

Psychiatry Resident, PGY-2

A world-renowned faculty

Ana R. Ozdoba, MD

Director, Psychiatry Residency Program
Advisor, Diversity and Inclusion Committee
Attending Psychiatrist, Adult Outpatient Psychiatry
Assistant Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Melissa H. Rooney, MD

Director, Psychiatry
Assistant Director, Psychiatry Residency Program

María F. Gómez, MD

Associate Director, Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry Service
Associate Director, Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry Fellowship Program
Associate Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Lisa Hutchison, MD

Associate Director, Psychiatry Residency Program
Director, Child Outpatient Psychiatry
Psychiatric Director, Eating Disorder Program
Attending Psychiatrist, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Assistant Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Rebecca I. Klein, MD

Assistant Director, Psychiatry Residency Program
Director, Psychiatric Emergency Services

Joseph Battaglia, MD

Assistant Director, Psychiatry Residency Program
Director, Einstein Medical Student Clinic

Adam Knowles, MD

Director, Adult Outpatient Psychiatry
Chair, Clinical Competency Committee
Assistant Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Gary J. Kennedy, MD

Vice Chair, Education
Director, Geriatric Psychiatry
Director, Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship Program
Professor, Education

Rubiahna L. Vaughn, MD, MPH

Director, Consultation-Liaison and Emergency Psychiatry
Director, Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry Fellowship Program
Assistant Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Andrea M. Kondracke, MD

Director, Psychiatry and Medicine
Associate Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Associate Professor, Medicine

A challenging and innovative curriculum

Our training program encourages an environment of collegiality and establishes strong interdisciplinary relationships across other medical specialities. As part of our curriculum, we offer residents ample opportunities to participate in clinical and health-equity research. 

Didactic learning

Throughout their four-year residency, trainees spend one full day per week devoted to scheduled lectures, allowing them protected time free from clinical responsibilities. On didactic days, attendings on each rotation address all clinical needs of the service, fully engaging residents in their education. 

Robust training

Our program is well known for offering extensive training in both psychotherapy and psychopharmacology. Trainees also gain exposure to various therapies, including psychodynamic psychotherapy, supportive therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy and dialectical behavioral therapy, among others. Additionally, our program features a robust psychopharmacology course, which includes case-based learning. 

Subspecialty exposure

We offer fellowships in all ACGME-accredited psychiatry subspecialties, including child and adolescent psychiatry, addiction psychiatry, geriatric psychiatry and forensic psychiatry, as well as consultation-liaison fellowships. Non-ACGME fellowships are also available in the fields of community and administrative psychiatry and integrative care, and several research fellowships are offered. As part of their training, residents are exposed to comprehensive, broad-based experiences and didactics that reflect each subspecialty. 

An unmatched diversity of experience

As a premier academic medical center serving the Bronx, Westchester and the Hudson Valley, Montefiore Einstein offers its postgraduate trainees comprehensive exposure to a broad diversity of patients and pathologies. The diverse range of experience available prepares our postgraduate trainees for future careers in their chosen field, be it in the research or clinical and/or non-clinical setting.

Hear from our residents

As one of the top 10 largest medical and surgical training programs in the country, Montefiore Einstein provides postgraduate clinical training to more than 1,400 residents across 106 accredited residency and fellowship programs. Here, our postgraduate trainees share their own first-hand experiences.

Live and work close to the best of everything

The Bronx, New York City’s northernmost borough, is a culturally rich neighborhood placed at the intersection of Manhattan and its surrounding regions. Our postgraduate trainees typically live in hospital housing or off-site in nearby Riverdale, Lower Westchester or Manhattan, and have access to an unmatched diversity of experiences beyond the program itself. 

In the Bronx, with its ample parks and gardens, you’ll learn first-hand why it’s known as “the City’s Greenest Borough.” The neighborhood offers plenty of local food, art, sports and culture, and is just a subway ride away from Manhattan’s famed theaters, museums and attractions. 

As a resident of the Tri-State region, you’ll have unmatched access to the city’s cultural offerings, not to mention the bounty of outdoor excursions that are available just beyond. Day-trips and weekend excursions to the Hudson Valley, Catskills, Long Island or New Jersey provide ample opportunities for swimming, hiking, biking, skiing and other seasonal activities. 

Drag map or zoom to explore things to do in the Bronx, Manhattan and beyond. 

Residency Application Information

We’re seeking residents who will shape the future of healthcare.

Our program utilizes the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) and participates in the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP). If you would like to apply to become a Psychiatry Resident at Montefiore Einstein, please refer to the NRMP website for important deadlines and other details. 

Montefiore Einstein recognizes that having a diverse and inclusive institution is critical to success, and we reaffirm our fervent commitment to fostering a culture in which diversity is a central tenet.

Have questions? Get in touch.

Bertha Leandry
Coordinator, Psychiatry Residency Program

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