Message from the Director of Residency Training 2012-2013

Welcome to Weill Cornell!


Elizabeth L. Auchincloss, MD
NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center, in partnership with the Weill Cornell Department of Psychiatry, offers a four-year residency training program in adult psychiatry for 48 residents. Primary training sites for medicine and neurology include the NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. Primary training sites for psychiatry include the Payne Whitney Clinic of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital and the NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Westchester Division, which together make up the largest private university-based clinical program in psychiatry in the United States. The Department of Psychiatry of Weill Cornell Medical College has close to 200 full-time and more than 350 part-time faculty members, all of whom contribute to the educational mission of the department. Our residency program in psychiatry is dedicated to training residents with superior clinical skills who are also prepared for a professional life of scholarship, research and teaching. Weill Cornell residents are educated for future leadership in the field of psychiatry.

This is an extraordinary time to be beginning a career in psychiatry. The explosion of research in the brain sciences together with the real possibility of integrating our knowledge of the brain with our understanding of the mind promises advances in our ability to help patients as well as tremendous intellectual excitement. As a world-renowned center of excellence in both brain-based and psychologically-based psychiatry, the Weill Cornell Department of Psychiatry is in a unique position to prepare residents to participate in a field undergoing rapid growth and change. We recognize that today's resident must acquire a broad range of skills and master a knowledge base of great complexity. Our residency program is designed to help residents meet these challenges. The clinical services at the Payne Whitney Clinic and NewYork-Presbyterian Hosptial Westchester Division provide residents with experience caring for patients from diverse socio-economic and cultural backgrounds, spanning every age group and every type of clinical problem. Training in research methodology and scholarship, integrated throughout the program, prepares residents to evaluate the academic literature, to translate clinical experience and observation into research questions and to participate in empirical investigation. We also recognize that no single frame of reference is adequate for understanding human behavior and psychopathology. Throughout our intensive clinical, didactic and research program, residents are taught a sophisticated approach to patient care and intellectual inquiry based on the integration of phenomenological, biological, psychodynamic and socio-cultural viewpoints. An additional priority for all residents is the development of the self-awareness, personal growth and enthusiasm for learning necessary for excellence in psychiatry.

Please browse our website and call us with any questions.

Best wishes,
Elizabeth L. Auchincloss, MD
Vice Chair for Graduate Medical Education
Director of Residency Training

Contact Information

Vice Chairman for Graduate Medical Education and Director of Residency Training
Elizabeth L. Auchincloss, MD
Telephone: (212) 746-3722
Fax: (212) 746-8886
E-mail: elauchin@med.cornell.edu
Chief Residents
Jonathan Avery, MD
Telephone: (212) 746-5561
Email: joa9070@nyp.org

Raymond Raad, MD, MPH
Telephone: (212) 746-9787
Email: rar9038@nyp.org

Program Coordinator
Jackie Sternberg
Telephone: (212) 746-3720
Fax: (212) 746-8886
E-mail:jas2021@med.cornell.edu
Associate Training Director
Sibel Klimstra, MD
Telephone: (914) 997-5710
Fax: (914) 682-6963
E-mail: sakyol@med.cornell.edu
Assistant Training Director
Michael Walton, MD
Telephone: (212) 746-3765
E-mail: miw2008@med.cornell.edu
Assistant Training Director
Jessica Zonana, MD
Telephone: (212) 746-3824
E-mail: jez9004@med.cornell.edu
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