Director and Chairman's Welcome


Welcome to the North Shore-LIJ Psychiatry Residency Program Website. We are truly pleased to share our excitement for our residency program with you. As the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ Medical School at The Zucker Hillside Hospital Psychiatry Residency Program we are steeped in tradition and at the same time poised for the future. Our psychiatric hospital has been in existence since 1941 and our Residency Training Program has been accredited since 1958. Our new medical school will have its first class starting in the fall of 2011 and we have broken ground on our new 115 bed inpatient facility which will be completed in 2012.

The foundations of the residency program are an established department and leadership team, with a long history of clinical and research psychiatry. The underpinnings of teaching lie in the biopsychosocial model of medicine. In our program, we teach the integration of neuroscience, research, pharmacology, psychological treatments, social and systems approaches. As Training Directors, we are fortunate to have an Administration that regards education as a cornerstone of our department’s mission. Our faculty consists of educators with a true devotion to teaching residents in both clinical work and research.

Please view the website where you will be able to explore the multi-faceted nature of the department and residency training program. We look forward to hearing from you. 

Bruce Levy, MD
Director, Education and Training 
Andrea Klufas, MD
Assistant Director, Residency Training



We are pleased to learn that you are interested in our graduate training programs in psychiatry.
There have been extraordinary advances in psychiatry in recent years, and this is a particularly exciting time to begin one's training. Psychiatry offers enormous opportunities in an unusually broad range of areas from therapeutic modalities, such as psychotherapy and behavior therapy, to brain imaging, genetics and pre-clinical neuropsychopharmacology. We are particularly proud of our training program in its ability to provide our house staff with well-structured and well-supervised exposure to the diverse aspects of the field. Our educational efforts also benefit from our extensive clinical services and specialized treatment programs for both inpatients and outpatients of all ages. In addition, we are very involved in Managed Care and initiatives relevant to healthcare reform. We have developed extensive linkages with primary care physicians to improve the interface between general medicine and mental health services. This provides a framework for our trainees to prepare themselves to excel in any type of service delivery model.

All of the ingredients are present for an extremely rich learning experience, including exposure to and participation in a broad assortment of research projects. Some of the research programs include our National Institute of Mental Health funded Advanced Center for Interventions and Services Research for the Study of Early Phase Psychosis and our NIMH funded Center for Intervention Development and Applied Research in First Episode Schizophrenia. In addition, there are studies in affective disorders, phobia and anxiety disorders, child and adolescent psychiatry, substance abuse, geriatric psychiatry, health services research and other areas. In addition to our core clinical programs, laboratories involved in neurophysiology, neuropsychology, genetics and brain imaging are available to house staff for teaching, consultation and elective opportunities.

A goal of our training program is to facilitate the integration of the psychodynamic, psychosocial and biological perspectives that are the essential ingredients of modern-day psychiatry.
As a partner in the Hofstra-North Shore-LIJ School of Medicice, our faculty and house staff are also actively engaged in the teaching and supervision of medical students. We are offering them a background in psychiatry which can be applied to whatever specialty they may choose to pursue.
We invite you to visit the Medical Center and to meet our house staff and faculty. We are very proud of the training environment that we have fostered within our department. 

  John M. Kane, MD 
Vice President for Behavioral Health Services
NS-LIJ Health System
Professor and Chairman of Psychiatry, Hofstra-North Shore LIJ School of Medicine


Last Update

May 25, 2011
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