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Program Director’s Message

Welcome to the Psychiatry Residency Program at St. John’s Episcopal Hospital. This is an exciting time to be learning, teaching, treating and researching psychiatric illnesses.

The primary objective of the Residency Training Program of the Department of Psychiatry at St. John's Episcopal Hospital is to train outstanding Clinical Psychiatrists.

We strongly believe that proper understanding and successful treatment of psychiatric disorders is multi-dimensional, and requires a combination of biological, psychological, and social approaches.

Throughout the training, biological, psychological, and socio-cultural factors are integrated so that the resident becomes versatile in selecting and utilizing all current methods of pharmacotherapy and psychotherapy.

While emphasizing Clinical Psychiatry, the residency program provides an extensive didactic schedule and expects the resident to learn and develop administrative, teaching, and research skills.

Our educational program is designed to teach residents the fundamental skills required for certification and practice in General Psychiatry. We also actively assist residents in developing their special interests, such as Child Psychiatry, Forensic Psychiatry, Geriatric Psychiatry, and Psychiatric research.

We believe that the cornerstone of an excellent residency lies in finding balance among supervised clinical work, a stimulating and comprehensive didactic program, and exciting research opportunities in a supportive and flexible environment.

The goal of the Psychiatry Residency Program is to enable residents to develop a broad range of Psychiatric skills so that they can effectively and competently practice Psychiatry in a wide variety of settings. Residents develop these skills through caring for a wide range of patients in different ages, socioeconomic statuses, cultural backgrounds, and diagnoses in various clinical settings. Through systematic supervision and didactics, residents develop a proficient knowledge base in general Psychiatry.

As a supplement to our broad range of clinical experience, the Psychiatry Residency Program offers an extensive conference schedule. We have bi-weekly case conferences and Grand rounds. Our bi-weekly medical Grand Rounds often feature eminent speakers from major medical centers.

Medical students from several universities complete their core and elective rotations with us. The residents are expected to assume an active role in the teaching, which they do enthusiastically.

We provide an environment that is supportive, rich in choices and allows for protected time for didactics which helps the residents grow to be well rounded Clinicians.

Residents at St. John’s Episcopal Hospital actively participate in QI and Safety projects. We emphasize strongly on Resident scholarly activities.

The PGY-1 year includes 8 months of Inpatient Psychiatry, 3 months on the General Medical floors and 1 month of Medical Emergency Room.

The PGY-2 year consists of 4 months of Inpatient Psychiatry, 3 months of Consultation/Liaison, 3 months of Psychiatric Emergency Room services and 2 months of Neurology.

The PGY-3 year consists of 12 months of Outpatient Psychiatry.

Our PGY-4 year includes Substance Abuse training and electives in Inpatient Child Psychiatry, Community Psychiatry, Palliative Care amongst others and continued OP clinic.

We want to prepare the Residents to be outstanding clinicians, educators, researchers and be the leaders in the field.

The Department of Psychiatry will strive to excel in enhancing behavioral health through scientific research, education, training, community leadership, and service.

From creating researchers to concentrated clinical experts, our approach allows for a high degree of flexibility, tailoring, and personalization as our Residents determine their future as effective contributors to the field of psychiatry and to the needs of psychiatric patients.

We endeavor to provide an open, stimulating, and supportive environment for our residents.

Residency education involves hard work, but there is joy and excitement in becoming a Psychiatrist, and we intend for these years to be professionally productive and personally fulfilling.

We look forward to sharing with you our enthusiasm about the St. John's Episcopal Hospital’s Residency Program in Psychiatry.Our Mission

The Department of Psychiatry will lead the effort to understand, diagnose, treat, and prevent psychiatric disorders, prepare future clinicians, provide state-of-the-art care, and give direction to community efforts to improve behavioral health.

Our Mission

St. John’s Episcopal Hospital in partnership with our community provides exceptional healthcare and education programs in an academic setting across the continuum of care. We deliver high quality, value based services with cultural sensitivity to the faiths and traditions of those we serve.

Our Vision

St. John’s Episcopal Hospital will build an effective coalition aimed at achieving improved community health status in a financially stable environment, with emphasis on serving the needs of our patients and families, while training the physicians and healthcare providers of tomorrow.

Our Values

ICARE: I-Innovation C-Compassion A- Accountability R- Respect E- Empathy

Welcome to St. John's Episcopal Hospital!

Madhu Rajanna MD
Program Director- Psychiatry Residency & Director of CMHC

327 Beach 19th Street Far Rockaway, NY 11691 | TO REACH US: (718) 869-7000