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Directors' and Chairman's Welcome

Outstanding Clinicians, Emerging Leaders in Psychiatry
Pioneers in clinical care, research, medical education, healthcare system reform, and public policy.

Welcome to our website for the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine Psychiatry Residency Program at The Zucker Hillside Hospital .  We are excited about our residency program and are eager to share that excitement with you.  We are both steeped in tradition and 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 opened its doors to its first class in the fall of 2011 and we are proud of our new 115 bed state-of-the-art inpatient facility, the Behavioral Health Pavilion, which opened in January 2013, and is the principal site for inpatient resident experiences.

Our training includes the biological, psychological, and socio-cultural aspects of psychiatry.  In particular, we focus on the integration of neuroscience, research, and evidence-based decision-making with outstanding training in the diagnosis and management of psychiatric illness.  You will graduate with well-developed skills in pharmacotherapy and psychotherapy, and you will have the opportunity to develop as a leader, scholar, and educator.  You will also have the opportunity to craft a set of experiences aligned with your primary career interest(s).  As Training Directors, we are fortunate to have a department leadership team and a medical school that regards education as a cornerstone of our mission.  The faculty consists of educators with a true devotion to teaching residents in both clinical work and research.  

Trainees at North Shore-LIJ learn psychiatry in a friendly setting, embedded with state-of-the-art hospitals and clinics and one of the nation's most innovative medical schools and enhanced by an internationally-distinguished psychiatric research division that develops new evidence and treatments.  These advances are disseminated into other health care delivery settings, often with residents as emissaries.  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.


John Q. Young, MD, MPP
Vice Chair for Education
Director, Residency Training 
Alexandra Klufas, MD
Associate 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 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. There are also 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 Medicine, our faculty and house staff is also actively engaged in the teaching and supervision of medical students.

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


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