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Resident Life

Chairman, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health
Message from the Chairman

It is truly an interesting and challenging time to be a psychiatrist. Opportunities to flourish and succeed in any given niche are limitless. Psychiatry remains a field in which there is exponential growth in comprehension of the human brain and its impact on our emotional well-being. Our knowledge of the relative role of environment versus genetics in the manifestation of psychiatric illnesses continues to grow. We continue to improve our biological skills whilst at the same time recognizing the continued need for the presence of psychotherapy training for future psychiatrists. The world is dynamic, our role and the modality in which we practice psychiatry is dynamic. As we move towards the future, flexibility will become increasingly necessary to develop and provide optimal care for our patients. In order to be excellent psychiatrists we must first and foremost be excellent internists to rule out medical comorbidities that may confound our diagnoses. A thorough understanding of substance use disorders is also imperative. Therefore, as you can see there is neither a clear nor easy path to follow. It is clear though that we as individuals must build on our strengths, it is only in this manner that our true potential can be attained. We need to ensure that there is a balance between our work and home life. It makes immanently good sense. As psychiatrists it behooves us to identify our talent and convert it to strength. Our ultimate goal must be to contribute to the provision of excellent patient care. We can do this as Leaders, Clinicians, Researchers and Educators. In order to truly succeed in any one of these areas we need to actively seek mentors.

It is my distinct honor and pleasure to thank you for your interest in our program. We look forward to the opportunity of working with you.

Evaristo O. Akerele MD, MPH, DFAPA
Chairman, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health
Interfaith Medical Center
Brooklyn, NY

Psychiatry Program Director
Message from the Program Director

Welcome! I thank you for your interest in our program. We provide a unique educational experience in multiple, comprehensive psychiatric treatment services within Interfaith Medical Center. During the first and second years of training residents rotate through our inpatient acute psychiatric treatment units, extensive substance use disorder units, consultation/liaison service and psychiatric emergency room. The first year residents also rotate through medicine and neurology. Outpatient rotations take place at two sites, our Center for Mental Health and Behavior Health Program. Together these sites provide a diverse range of patients that span all socioeconomic and ethnic groups. Residents work with skilled faculty members who are dedicated to teaching and training future psychiatrists. We provide a supportive learning environment. We are committed to maintaining a personal, supportive individualized training approach that enhances the strength of each resident.

Our mission is to produce psychiatrists who are erudite, excellent clinicians, compassionate, and genuinely committed to meeting the mental health needs of patients both at home and globally. We have developed a “buddy” whereby each resident is assigned from the outset to a more experienced peer. We encourage close supervisory relationships with faculty. Furthermore, we have an open-door policy for problem-solving with Chief Residents and Faculty.

Once again thank you for your interest in our program. I look forward to meeting you.

Tolu Olupona, M.D.
Program Director,Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health
Interfaith Medical Center
Brooklyn, NY