KETKI SHAH, M.D.
Department of Psychiatry, Bronx Lebanon Hospital Center
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
PHILOSOPHY OF TRAINING
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
We hope that you, too, may find a home here at Bronx-Lebanon.
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.
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/