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Our Division and Training Locations

The Division of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry of the NS-LIJHS is one of the largest clinical and academic programs in the nation. We have one of the largest and most comprehensive residency education/training programs in this subspecialty in the United States. The clinical research program of our division has a national reputation and receives funding from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and many private foundations. A major resource in the New York metropolitan region, our Division provides a wide range of clinical services on-site.
Our fellowship program’s academic affiliation is with the new Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine, which accepted its first students in the summer of 2011.  This is the first new allopathic medical school in the Northeast U.S. to have opened in over 35 years. Our fellows have been involved with the innovative interactive learning experiences in the medical school, and with students in various endeavors, such as a new LGBT medical student organization.

The core rotations and didactics of our program are located at the Long Island Jewish Medical Center (LIJMC), part of the North Shore-LIJ Health System, located on the Queens-Nassau border in Glen Oaks and Lake Success.  The advantages of training and educating fellows in child and adolescent psychiatry in such child-centered psychiatric facilities and full-range pediatric hospital as ours are great. Fellows are exposed on a daily basis to professionals who have devoted themselves to the care of children/adolescents and families at risk. The fellow's growing identity as a child psychiatrist is nurtured in a setting that is richly informative and supportive.

LIJMC consists of the Zucker Hillside Hospital (ZHH), and the Steven and Alexandra Cohen Children’s Medical Center of New York (CCMC), as well as adult and geriatric medical facilities.  ZHH includes a 21-bed Adolescent Inpatient Unit and a very large Child and Adolescent Outpatient Clinic. A major construction project on the ZHH campus is a new inpatient building, which will include a replacement for the current Adolescent Inpatient Unit as well as a state-of-the-art ECT Suite. This building will open in January 2013. LIJMC’s adult medical facilities completed in January 2012 a major new $250 million world-class tower for women’s health, in the Katz Women’s Hospital, and for surgical services in the Zuckerberg Pavilion. This tower is the beautiful new face of LIJMC.

Steven and Alexandra Cohen Children's Medical Center of New York (CCMC) is specifically designed to meet the physical and emotional needs of children and adolescents. This facility, part of LIJMC, serves the entire New York metropolitan area as a center for specialized pediatric health services. CCMC is also expanding with a major new addition, which will be completed in April 2013, and will house a separate pediatric ER and a unique pediatric trauma center. Fellows have their pediatric C/L rotation at CCMC and their ER rotations will move their when the addition is open.  Psychiatric consultation/liaison is provided with two child and adolescent psychiatry attendings for the medical-surgical patients, their families, and the staff. The CCMC environs are enhanced by important contemporary art, including a spectacular snake fountain by Niki de Saint Phalle, a series of lithographs by Andy Warhol, original murals by Keith Haring, giant Polaroid prints of dogs by William Wegman and the large signature sculpture also by Haring. Long Island's only Ronald MacDonald House adjoins as a residence for families of children undergoing prolonged courses of treatment.

The Department of Psychiatry of NS-LIJHS has a long history of excellence in the provision of clinical services to patients from all socio-economic backgrounds. There are over 200 inpatient beds, large short-term and long-term day treatment facilities and extensive aftercare and out-patient services at Zucker Hillside Hospital, part of LIJMC. The Department is responsible for an extensive network of community mental health centers and substance abuse programs, as well as emergency, crisis and residential services. Zucker Hillside Hospital contains a large and extensive psychiatric library, the adolescent and all adult/geriatric inpatient units, and the offices of the Chair and Department administration. A modern new ambulatory care building was opened in July 2004, which includes the Child and Adolescent Ambulatory Services. The Hospital is located adjacent to Steven and Alexandra Cohen Children's Medical Center of New York, on a large wooded campus.

Since our medical centers straddle the Queens-Nassau border, our patient population comes mostly from Queens and Nassau County, but we also see patients from Suffolk County, Brooklyn, the Bronx, Westchester, Manhattan and Staten Island, making ours the most ethnically and economically diverse population of any program in the country in terms of ethnicity, national origin, languages, socio-economic status, sexual orientation, and gender identity. Queens County is the most ethnically diverse county in the US, which results in the tremendous cross-cultural diversity that our fellows experience. Nassau County is also one of the wealthiest counties in the nation, giving our fellows a full range of economic diversity of families.
The major clinical and research facilities for the Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Residency Program are located primarily at LIJMC. Our Division's clinical facilities and services include:

  • The Adolescent Inpatient Unit (21 beds)
  • The Ambulatory Service (OPD) (over 20,000 visits/year)
  • The Crisis/ER Service
  • The Center for Eating Disorders (co-run with Adolescent Medicine)
  • The Consultation/Liaison Service (C/L)
  • The Mineola Treatment Center (a community-based adolescent substance abuse program)
  • The Research Division 
  • The School-Based Mental Health Service
  • The Sexual Identity Service and Long Island Lambda Clinic

Our fellows have rotations in other facilities of the Health System, as well as in the community at the Lifeline Center for Child Development, Queens Children’s Psychiatric Center, and the Board of Cooperative Educational Services of Nassau County, all providing a wide range of child and adolescent mental health services for acute, chronic, mild to severe psychiatric disorders.  The rotations in Child Neurology and Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics are in nearby satellite clinics of CCMC.

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