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Resident Life


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