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KETKI SHAH, M.D.
 CHAIRPERSON 
Department of Psychiatry, Bronx Lebanon Hospital Center

WELCOME

Thank you for your interest in the Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center Psychiatry Training Program which is a clinical affiliate of The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. We are excited about our program and particularly proud of the devoted, energetic and committed men and women who choose to do their professional training here. Psychiatry remains the most challenging and inspiring field in all of medicine. We hope that this site will give you an overview of the wide array of opportunities at Bronx-Lebanon.

PHILOSOPHY OF TRAINING

Few disciplines have changed so dramatically as has psychiatry in the last two decades. The bio-psychosocial-cultural model, overworked as the term is, remains the most meaningful perspective for understanding the multiple factors that result in mental disorders. We at Bronx-Lebanon emphasize all aspects of this model.

The Bronx-Lebanon residency is a four-year program based on the premise that the central goal of training is the acquisition of the requisite clinical skills and knowledge that lay the foundation for any future clinical, teaching, administrative or research career. The assimilation of the knowledge and skills needed for this core educational experience occurs during the initial three years of training. The fourth year stands as an opportunity for focusing on areas of specialization, including the administrative skills of Chief Residency.

Situated in the South Bronx and affiliated with the Icahn School of Medicine, Mount Sinai, our program offers diverse and rich clinical opportunities in a voluntary hospital with extensive inpatient and outpatient facilities. Training continues to be a central priority of the Department. A noteworthy aspect of this residency program is the encouragement given to residents to pursue particular areas of interest, such as social psychiatry, psychobiological research, psychosomatic medicine, geriatric psychiatry, child psychiatry, emergency psychiatry, addiction psychiatry, forensic psychiatry, and psychotherapy. Talented faculty members with extensive expertise in clinical care and research work alongside our residents in the care of complex patients. Cultural competence is imbedded in our training philosophy and patient care. At Bronx-Lebanon, community involvement and academic pursuits are mutually reinforcing. As one 3rd year resident put it about this program,

“Nowhere could I have found such close and careful supervision, which is essential to the development of a competent clinician.  Here, the Director and the whole department have a tremendous investment in the teaching and practice of psychiatry.  I feel wanted and accepted in a very intense program.  Attending psychiatrists are available to me at all times – in the middle of the night if necessary.  I am home here.”

We hope that you, too, may find a home here at Bronx-Lebanon.

GENERAL INFORMATION

Located on two campuses, Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center, a 576-bed hospital and 300 bed continuing care facility is the major source of healthcare in New York City’s South Bronx and the largest site of mental health care for the entire borough. With a primary care network seeing over 900,000 visits per year and mental health and substance abuse outpatient system with nearly 300,000 visits per year, Bronx-Lebanon is the provider of choice for many of the 1.5 million people living in the Bronx.

Residency programs are available in 12 programs including Internal Medicine, Psychiatry, Family Medicine, Pediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Surgery and Opthalmology.  The Department of Psychiatry Inpatient Service is located in the Fulton Division.  It has the following:

 
  • Seventy-eight adult psychiatry beds, thirty-six beds for Alcohol and drug detoxification.
  • A dedicated facility for addiction services, Life Recovery Center which ecompasses detoxification, opiate maintenance, rehabilitation, outpatient addiction and transitional living services.  This unique model aims to help patients in all aspects of their recovery.
  • Twenty-five Child/Adolescent inpatient beds
  • A psychiatric emergency service, designated as a New York State Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program (CPEP) treating over 7,000 mental health emergencies per year.
The Department of Psychiatry also includes two outpatient clinics which serve over 2,000 people per month each, consultation/liaison service, child/adolescent outpatient clinic, adolescent teen pregnancy program, child abuse and prevention program, school based program, geriatric psychiatric clinic, alcoholism clinic and methadone maintenance program.

Of the professional staff at Bronx-Lebanon involved in residency training, most physicians and some non-physicians hold faculty appointments at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

Training continues to be a central priority of the department of psychiatry at Bronx-Lebanon. The Department-size is an advantage because of the breadth and depth of training options. A concerted effort is made to create an atmosphere conducive to the optimal professional and personal growth of each trainee. The training program’s reputation of being supportive and responsive to trainees is maintained by having a large training faculty, resident participation on major training committees, bimonthly resident/training director meetings and a preceptor program which provides each resident with a faculty mentor who has similar interests.

As a psychiatry resident during the next four years, you will learn with a dedicated and innovative staff consisting of psychiatrists, psychologists, nurses, social workers and activity therapists.

You will also learn to work with your patients’ realities: inadequate housing, alcoholism, substance abuse, broken families, or no families and all the biological, psychological, and social scars of people struggling with poverty. You will come to know and respect patients and earn the gratification of having made a difference in the lives of these patients.

Further Information please visit: http://bronx-leb.org/