Psychiatry Residency Program
The mission of the Graduate and Undergraduate Medical Education Program at Orange Regional Medical Center is to prepare residents and students to be excellent physicians and well-developed individuals by educating them in the fundamental concepts, knowledge, and practical applications of skills taught by a team of dedicated medical professionals.
We welcome your interest in our AOA/ACGME approved Psychiatry Residency Training Program at Orange Regional Medical Center. We offer a dynamic program grounded in clinical experience and didactics, with an integrative care mission that will prepare our graduates to demonstrate the knowledge, clinical skills and empathy that is requisite to becoming an effective psychiatrist. Our goal is that these experiences will lead to a well-rounded and rewarding career in psychiatry.
- Ulrick Vieux DO, MS - Psychiatry Residency Program Director
Psychiatry Residency Program Overview
The goal at ORMC is to foster development of the knowledge, clinical and professional skills, compassionate behavior, and caring attitudes among its residents that are requisite to becoming an effective psychiatrist. Our psychiatry residency program is designed to fulfill each of the standards for residency training in general psychiatry as approved by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), American College of Osteopathic Neurologists and Psychiatrists (ACONP) and the American College of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).
Mental Health and Substance Abuse Health Needs in the Hudson Valley
Based on community health needs assessments, ORMC committed to mental health and substance abuse as one of its principal health prevention focus. Mental Health and Substance Abuse were selected as a high public community health priority initiative in Sullivan County because of several factors including:
- Consistency with Sullivan County Rural Health Network priority
- Excessive mortality rates from both suicide and cirrhosis of the liver
- Identification of the unmet need for additional mental health services within western Sullivan County outlying communities as well as forums
- Strong recommendation by the Hospital Advisory Committee that mental health and substance abuse should be selected as a County Community Public Health Initiative.
GME training programs at ORMC, psychiatry in particular, will increase the capacity of the local care delivery systems and will have a positive impact on the health indicators in our region by expanding access to behavioral health. The presence of these programs will benefit the local community and result in educational opportunities in the medical field previously not available in this part of the Hudson Valley.
Psychiatry Residency Core Curriculum
The curriculum is based on the seven areas of core competency (as described in the AOA Basic Standards for Postdoctoral Training) and the six areas of core competency in the ACGME basic standards. Our program will successfully prepare residents to achieve certification in general psychiatry from the American Osteopathic Board of Neurology and Psychiatry (AOBNP).
It is our intention that upon graduation from the psychiatry training program, physicians will be fully prepared to serve their patients and be a great asset to the profession, as well as their community.
The primary care training experience for psychiatry residents will occur during four months of the PGY-1 training year. Residents will train side-by-side with osteopathic family medicine residents during their Internal Medicine Rotation. We will have a fully accredited osteopathic family medicine and osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT) training program with dedicated primary care osteopathic physician’s members serving as faculty members. Teaching methods include bedside clinical teaching on daily rounds, lectures, seminars, clinical conferences and grand rounds. Residents attend one afternoon (five hours) of didactic seminars each week.
The psychiatry residents will learn how the principles of OMT apply to primary care medicine through both didactic and clinical experience. As part of their clinical assessment of patients, residents will be required to complete a relevant musculoskeletal examination and employ manipulative techniques for a variety of disease states where applicable. The ORMC library will have available educational materials to support the psychiatric residents. Specifically, the textbook, Somatic Dysfunction and Osteopathic Family Medicine (Nelson, K, Glonet, T., ACOPF, 2007) will be available in addition to other educational, video and internet resources. Furthermore, visiting faculty from Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine (TouroCOM) will be invited to participate in the delivery of the didactic curriculum to all ORMC residents.
It is anticipated that the psychiatry residents will be embedded within care teams, with other learners, on the inpatient medicine teaching service (MTS). For example additional PGY-1 residents, one or more supervising residents (PGY-2 or PGY-3) and full-time faculty attending supervisors. The primary care experience will ensure a breadth of experience working with adults and geriatric patients (approximately 40% of patients are over age 60), with a full range of diagnoses on the IPS at ORMC. The MTS at ORMC reflects patients from diverse backgrounds (ethnic and racial) and from all socioeconomic statuses. Similarly, the psychiatry residents will have opportunity to treat a full range of disorders in pediatric populations (i.e., children and adolescents) on both the inpatient pediatric service as well as in outpatient clinics.
Caseloads vary with services but are comparable with those carried by interns in the specialty area.
- Supervision occurs at the bedside, on rounds, in scheduled seminars and in departmental conference
- Lectures, conferences and grand rounds are offered on a weekly basis in the family medicine department.
- Attending faculty are always available in person or by pager for supervision.
- Evaluations will be completed for each resident and returned to the psychiatry residency program director (PD).
The duration of neurology training for PGY-1 residents is two separate block rotations. One of the two blocks will typically consist of an inpatient neurology experience, while the other block will be spent on the neurology consult service. The neurology department consists of full-time, board- certified neurologists who have robust ambulatory practices in addition to serving as faculty attendees on the inpatient unit and consult service. Neurology faculty members work with psychiatry residents as well as family medicine residents on these services.
The patient population that residents will care for during this experience is approximately 75% Caucasian and 25% other races (majority African-American) with a male/female distribution of 40%/60% respectively. The diagnostic mix for the neurology services is roughly 50% cerebrovascular disease, 20% seizure disorders, and the remainder is comprised of a variety of other neurologic illnesses. Specifically on the stroke services approximately 60% of patients are over the age of 60.
Teaching methods include bedside clinical teaching on daily rounds, lectures, seminars, SIM training, clinical conferences, and grand rounds. Supervision of residents will occur at the bedside, on rounds and in peer review. Evaluations will be completed for each resident and returned to the psychiatry residency program director (PD).
Inpatient psychiatry will be a major component of psychiatry resident training during the PGY-1, PGY-2, and PGY-4 years of training. Inpatient training will begin with a six months of block rotations in PGY-1. ORMC provides inpatient psychiatry services for the Greater Hudson Valley Region in its 30-bed inpatient psychiatric unit. Psychiatry residents will serve as integral members of the care team on the inpatient psychiatry service (IPS). Each care team will consist of psychiatry attending faculty members who are board-certified/eligible psychiatrists many of whom maintain full-time inpatient loads as well as some who provide additional outpatient or consultation liaison (CL) services; there is an attending assigned to each of the inpatient care teams.
Only adult patients are treated on the IPS at ORMC and approximately 25% of psychiatry inpatients are over the age of 60. The diagnostic mix on the IPS can be characterized as follows: 40% mood and anxiety disorders, 30% psychotic disorders, 10% cognitive disorders, 10% personality disorders, and 10% other psychiatric conditions.
Resident teams will typically care for an average daily caseload of five to six patients on this service. A significant portion of residents’ training and experience with Geriatric, Addiction and Forensic Psychiatry occurs during this rotation. Residents will be exposed to the various community mental health centers and other community based care organizations through discharge planning on the inpatient unit.
It is envisioned once fully operational, the PGY-4 residents will supervise the functioning of the IPS including activities of the PGY-1 and PGY-2 residents and medical students with oversight and counsel from the IPS attending. The PGY-2 resident also has opportunities for supervision of the IPS team in the absence of the PGY-4 resident. The PGY-1 is provided an opportunity to learn supervisory skills and utilize them when they assist in the supervision of medical students under the guidance of the PGY-2 and PGY-4 residents. Additionally, residents can be expected to assist in the instruction of medical students assigned to their service.
Teaching methods include bedside clinical teaching on daily rounds, working as part of an interdisciplinary team, lectures, seminars, inpatient clinical conferences, assigned readings with discussion and didactics. In addition residents attend five hours per week of formal didactics. Inpatient clinical conferences consist of weekly didactics on clinical interviewing, addiction psychiatry, CL/emergency room (ER) psychiatry and general psychiatry topics by different faculty attendees.
Supervision occurs at the bedside, on rounds and in peer review. The attending psychiatrist assigned to each inpatient team is also available throughout the day by phone. Evaluations are completed on each resident and are returned to the PD for review. In addition residents are expected to attend individual supervision for one hour per week for OGME-1 residents and two hours per week for OGME-3 residents.
Consultation Liaison (CL)
Two month rotation that occurs during the PGY-2 training year. The CL educational experience during these block rotations is taught by full-time, board-certified/eligible psychiatrists who are specifically assigned to each of the CL psychiatry teaching services.
Teaching methods include bedside clinical teaching on daily rounds, working as part of an interdisciplinary team, lectures, seminars, inpatient clinical conferences, assigned readings with discussion and didactics. In addition residents attend five hours per week of formal didactics. Inpatient clinical conferences consist of weekly didactics on clinical interviewing, addiction psychiatry, CL psychiatry and general psychiatry topics by different faculty attendings.
Supervision occurs at the bedside, on rounds and in peer review. The attending psychiatrist assigned to each CL service is also available throughout the day by phone. Evaluations are completed on each resident and are returned to the PD for review. In addition residents are expected to attend individual supervision for 1-2 hour per week.
Emergency (EM) Psychiatry
This rotation is three one-month block rotations during the PGY-2 training year which may include one or more months of night float. A full-time, board certified psychiatrist serves as the faculty attending for this rotation. During the daytime a psychiatry faculty member is assigned to each of the ER psychiatry services at ORMC and during the night-time ER psychiatry rotation the attending psychiatrist on-call is immediately available by telephone to provide supervision. Furthermore, the psychiatry residents will work closely with the emergency medicine attendees who are consistently available to all residents who are assigned to ER rotations. An average daily caseload of five to ten patients is carried by residents during this rotation; during the night-time ER psychiatry service residents get a nightly average of five to ten consults.
Teaching methods include bedside clinical teaching on daily rounds, working as part of an interdisciplinary team, lectures, seminars, inpatient clinical conferences, assigned readings with discussion and didactics. In addition residents attend five hours per week of formal didactics.
Supervision occurs at the bedside, on rounds and in peer review. Faculty is also available 24/7 for consultation by telephone. Evaluations are completed on each resident and are returned to the PD for review. In addition residents are expected to attend individual supervision for one hour per week.
Outpatient psychiatry consists of twelve months of block rotations during the PGY-3 training year as well as approximately 40% of the residents’ educational experiences during the PGY-4 training year. The outpatient psychiatry experience includes both experiences in a suburban office-based setting as well as experiences in community health settings.
The ORMC outpatient psychiatry clinic where residents will have regular clinics and maintain a panel of continuity patients is fully staffed with full-time psychiatrists, full-time clinical psychologists, as well as full-time social workers. There is always an attending psychiatrist available to supervise residents on each day there is a resident-run clinic. The clinic population consists of lower, middle and upper socioeconomic classes and is about 50% female and male respectively; 70% Caucasian, 15% Hispanic, and 15% other races. Patients range in age from young adult through geriatric with the majority between the ages of 20 and 55. Primary clinical diagnoses for the ambulatory clinic include: approximately 60% depressed and/or anxious, 20% psychotic, 10% personality disorders, and 10% substance abuse with many patients experiencing one or more comorbidities. Residents will spend the majority of their time engaging in combined medication management and brief supportive psychotherapy. They also maintain a panel of at least six long-term psychodynamic psychotherapy and cognitive behavior therapy patients. Additional experiences are available for group psychotherapy.
An average daily outpatient caseload would consist of 7-10 patients scheduled for combined medication management and brief supportive psychotherapy, one to two patients per week for individual psychotherapy; a weekly group psychotherapy session may also be present.
In addition to the office-based clinic described above, residents will also hold clinic sessions at the ORMC Outpatient Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Clinic where patients are between the ages of 12 and 17 and approximately 65% of the patients seen are female and 35% are male. The diagnostic complexion of the patient panel at this clinic is as follows: 40% mood and anxiety disorders, 20% ADHD and related disorders, 10% learning disorders, 10% psychotic disorders and 20% other psychiatric conditions. Educational experiences in this clinic will typically consist of one or more medication clinics wherein patients are also seen for brief psychotherapy. Residents work closely with parents, families or guardians of patients.
Residents will hold clinic sessions at the Orange Regional Family Program for Alcohol and Substance Abuse. Patients are mostly adults. Approximately 58% of the patients are male and 42% are female; Caucasian 87%, African American 7%, other 6%. Patients with alcohol as primary substance 37%, drugs as primary substance (including prescription/over the counter meds) 63%; (42% of 267 total patients report no secondary substances); Co-existing psychiatric disorder reported 61%. Age range of patient served: 13yrs through early 70s. Education experiences in this clinic will typically consists of group therapy sessions and individual treatments. Residents will work in collaboration with CASAC workers and with the oversight of the psychiatric attendee.
All residents have required individual supervision twice weekly and additional supervision for group therapy. Residents are also supervised by the assigned attending psychiatrist for the clinic that day before the patient leaves the clinic. Additional supervision is available on an as-needed basis.
A significant portion of residents’ training and experience with geriatric, child and adolescent, addiction, and forensic psychiatry occurs during this rotation and may include clinics held at other area ambulatory clinics.
Residents spend, on average, five hours weekly in seminars and didactics; faculty are always available for consultations; caseloads are carefully monitored by the PD and controlled for both breadth and variety of experience.
During PGY-2 residents will spend one- 4 week will rotation at the Mid-Hudson Forensic Psychiatric Center (MHFPC). While at MHFPC residents will work with Geriatric patients and perform psychiatric evaluations in nursing homes affiliated with ORMC. Residents will provide consultation liaison services at Middletown Park Manor Rehabilitation and Health Care Center and Highland Rehabilitation and Nursing Center. Duties will comprise of: psychiatric evaluations on behaviorally disturbed long term care patients, psychopharmacological management of these patients, consultation and liaison to physical rehabilitation, Hospice patients in the nursing home; follow up in the hospital should hospitalization be necessary, cross consultation and case discussion with primary care.
Forensic & Addiction Psychiatry
During PGY-2- residents will spend one- 4 week rotation each in Forensic and Addiction at the Mid-Hudson Forensic Psychiatric Center (MHFPC). At MHFPC residents will work with forensic and addiction patients admitted with psychiatric diagnosis and treat them for acute adjustment reaction & psychosocial dysfunction, depressive neuroses, neuroses except depressive, disorders of personality & impulse control, organic disturbances & mental retardation, psychoses, behavioral & developmental disorders, other mental disorder diagnoses, Alcohol/drug abuse or dependence, left AMA, Alcohol/drug abuse or dependence w rehabilitation therapy, Alcohol/drug abuse or dependence w/o rehabilitation therapy w MCC, Alcohol/drug abuse or dependence w/o rehabilitation therapy w/o MCC.
Our residents have broad-based clinical training in multiple settings. As a Psychiatry Resident, you can expect to your training to take place in a variety of different settings to capitalize your learn experience, including:
- In the emergency room
- General medical
- Pediatric settings
Residents treat geriatric and adult patients, as well as adolescents and children. Evidence-based clinical work encompasses diagnosis, psychiatric management, psychopharmacology, somatic and psychotherapeutic treatment modalities.
Participating Sites for the Psychiatry Residency Program
Orange Regional Medical Center – Behavioral Health Services
Orange Regional Medical Center is located in the Hudson Valley Region of New York State in Middletown; about an hour from New York City. ORMC’s BHS features multi-site services including a Psychiatric “Access Center” in the Emergency Department, an Inpatient Behavioral Health Unit, and two outpatient treatment centers. One outpatient location (Orange Regional Counseling Service) is for mental health counseling and medication management. The other location (Orange Regional Family Program) is for alcohol and substance abuse treatment. Both outpatient sites are within two miles of the hospital. The Access Center is a locked portion of the ED and features five interview rooms. The BHU is a locked unit with 30 private patient rooms and facilities for activity therapy, restraint/seclusion, and an outdoor courtyard.
ORMC’s General Psychiatric Residency Program serves to provide residents with comprehensive structured cognitive and clinical education that will enable them to become competent, proficient and professional psychiatrists. Residents completing the program will be competent in each of the seven Core Competencies of the AOA and the six Core Competencies of the ACGME. Additionally, they will be able to treat patients with individual psychotherapy, psychodynamic psychotherapy, family, group and cognitive-behavioral therapy, brief therapy and crisis intervention, psychopharmacology, and other somatic treatment modalities. Residents will also develop the skills to treat patients with alcoholism and drug addiction, with or without comorbid psychiatric diagnoses.
They will have basic competency to treat patients with any of the major psychiatric disorders, to develop and critique case formulations and make appropriate treatment plans, to respond appropriately to acute psychiatric emergencies, including acute psychosis and suicidal or homicidal ideation and behavior, and to distinguish medical and neurological problems from psychiatric disorders. They will understand legal procedures related to mental health care and how osteopathic manipulative therapies can be utilized to promote patient well-being. Patients of various ages, ethnicities, races, and socioeconomic groups will be encountered by residents in settings throughout the hospital system.
To become a “mind healer,” residents will develop critical thinking skills. Critical thinking will be emphasized as students review scientific literature, and through the consideration of theoretical, ideological, and ethical issues in psychiatry.
Orange Regional Family Program for Alcoholism and Chemical Dependency
75 Crystal Run Road Suite 135, Middletown, New York 10940
The ORMC Family Program offers a comprehensive program of outpatient treatment licensed by the Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services. The programs are designed to the special needs of individuals with Substance Use Disorders, including clinic and intensive outpatient programs for adolescents, adults and families.
Hours of Operation:
- Monday-Thursday: 9:00 AM - 9:30 PM
- Friday: 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Orange Regional Counseling Services
The Orange Regional Counseling Services offers outpatient clinic treatment to children, adolescents, adults, couples and families in Orange County and other neighboring communities. The clinic is staffed with a multidisciplinary team offering psychiatric evaluations, medication management, symptom management, coping methods and behavioral therapies. Individual, couples and family therapy are provided.
Hours of Operation:
- Monday- Friday: 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
- Saturday: 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Mid-Hudson Forensic Psychiatric Center
Mid-Hudson Forensic Psychiatric Center (MHFPC) is a secure adult psychiatric center that provides a comprehensive program of evaluation, treatment, and rehabilitation for patients admitted by court order. These admissions are consequent to judicial findings of "incompetent to stand trial" or "not responsible by reason of mental disease or defect". Resident rotations will include core and elective rotations in: Forensics, Addiction, and Geriatric Psychiatry.
The 1 month addiction rotation includes working with treatment teams and specialized substance abuse treatment groups. During the Forensic Psychiatry rotation, residents sit on Hospital Forensic committee. Residents are exposed to the management of forensic psychiatry. While on the geriatrics rotation residents rotate in a specialized ward for patients with debilitation medical conditions. This unit serves patients with debilitating medical conditions with many elderly patients.
Rockland Psychiatric Center
Residents will complete core and elective rotations at Rockland Psychiatric Center which provides treatment, rehabilitation, and support to adults 18 and older with serious mental illness. Rotations will include a community health core rotation. RPC has services at multiple levels of care, including hospital-based care, ambulatory clinic care, Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) teams, clubhouses, transitional and other residences, and family care residences. RPCs hospital-based services include focused treatment units for deaf adults, geriatrics, co-occurring substance disorders, and research.
RPCs main campus and hospital-based services are located in Orangeburg, NY, 17 miles north of Manhattan. RPC is affiliated with New York University and has a close relationship with the Nathan Kline Institute (NKI), one of the two OMH research centers in New York State. NKI is located on the same campus with RPC, and RPCs research unit is co-run with NKI and housed within NKI.
RPC has thirteen outpatient clinics in the seven counties of our catchment area, two ACT teams, a Mobile Mental Health Team in Sullivan County, and operates 11 residential programs in four counties. RPC is a member of the Hudson Valley Cares Coalition and Community Health Care Cooperative.
Available Tracks & Additional Training Opportunities
Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Track
For those who have an interest in fast tracking into Child and Adolescent Psychiatry after your PGY 3 year, this tract permits you to complete part of your four month primary care requirements in Pediatrics and begin to treat Child and Adolescent patients beginning in the PGY 2 year. The required ACGME forensic psychiatry is completed during your PGY 2 which is unique in that many programs have the forensic rotation during the PGY 4 year.
Your residency mentor and psychotherapy supervisors are members of our child psychiatry faculty, and you will be included in events and lectures offered by child and adolescent organizations such as AACAP (American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry). You can get a head start on a research project to pursue during a fellowship and enjoy a greater continuity of training in this rewarding, multidisciplinary field.
The Leadership Track within the ORMC Psychiatry Residency Training Program was developed to support early career development and to assist residents in becoming future leaders in psychiatry, academic medicine, and administration. The development of this track coincides with an institutional and national push to have residents and early career physician participate in quality improvement and systems based projects. The goal is to teach residents how to approach these issues in an innovative, collaborative, and rigorous manner in order to become effective future leaders. The training also includes incentives to pursue an MBA at Marist College, Poughkeepsie, New York.
Experiences include access to leadership specific educational resources, mentorship, article discussions, and direct practice of leadership skills. Residents are encouraged to seek additional positions including American Psychiatric Association, Graduate Medical Education Committee, and other state and national associations. Through these experiences, residents will have additional support in completing research/projects, publishing articles, presenting at conferences, in addition to gaining valuable leadership experience that they will carry throughout their careers.
Psychiatry Research Track
The Residency Research Track at ORMCs a new and innovative program designed to provide the resident with the knowledge and skills necessary to begin a career in academic medicine as a physician scientist and research-oriented psychiatrist. The Department of Psychiatry has partnered with neighboring hospitals and institutions to provide productive, high-impact scientific and interdisciplinary programs in a number of areas including, but not limited to: basic and clinical neuroscience, alcoholism and substance abuse, molecular genetics, cognitive neuroscience and neuropsychology, psychoneuroimmunology, psychopharmacology, PTSD, developmental disorders (e.g., autism and ADHD), HIV, and mental health services.
Our structured Residency Research Track program emphasizes systematic research skills training in psychiatry in conjunction with mentored independent research experiences. Protected research time is offered to residents during their second through fourth year of residency. Time for first year residents is also protected during their psychiatry rotations in order to enable attendance at the bimonthly research track meetings. During their participation in the research track, residents will learn research methodologies and related activities, including grant-writing, manuscript preparation and other data dissemination strategies. Trainees are encouraged to present their research outcomes at national and international meetings. By the completion of the program, the resident will have completed a research project with an identified mentor, published at least one peer-reviewed article in a scientific journal, and prepared a grant application for an early career development award. Collectively, these activities will allow for the development and implementation of individualized plans for post-residency, research-oriented career paths.
Psychodynamic Psychotherapy & CBT Training
Psychodynamic psychotherapy with opportunities in psychoanalysis is a particular strength of our program. Core faculty member, Kim Arrington, PsyD -who is the training director of the Harlem Family Institute -heads training in the multiple modalities of the therapies ranging from CBT to psychoanalysis. Her affiliation with the Harlem Family Institute-an institute that is committed to training tomorrow's diversity-sensitive psychoanalysts and operates multiple parent-child and psychotherapy centers- offer our residents to further explore their interest in providing therapy.
In addition to these core experiences our residents are encouraged to take advantage of other optional training opportunities as well:
Undergoing one’s own psychotherapy can be a powerful learning experience for residents in psychiatry. Members of the Harlem Family Institute provide reduced fee psychotherapy for residents.
Applying to the Psychiatry Residency Program
Applications are accepted for positions in a currently AOA accredited four-year program, which includes a categorical psychiatry internship followed by three years of post-internship training.
All applications to our residency program are accepted through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS): www.aamc.org/eras. This includes the following:
- Curriculum Vitae
- Personal Statement
- Dean’s Letter
- Official Medical School Transcript
- Three Letters of Recommendation
- Comlex scores, Part 1 and Part II, USMLE, Part 1 and Part II. We look for competitive scores without any unexplained failures.
Interview days are scheduled on Tuesdays from October through November. Program administration will contact all applicants accepted for interviews. You will be asked to complete a form indicating your areas of interest in Psychiatry, in order to try to have you meet with faculty members who have expertise in your particular areas of interest.
During the interview day you will have the opportunity to tour our facilities, meet with residents, and spend time with staff. All applicants are also welcome to return on a regular working day to attend classes, go to grand rounds or spend time with faculty or any service they are most interested in. Applicants are encouraged to arrive in Middletown by 4pm on the day before their interview so that they can have an informal social with residents in the program.
Terms of employment, including current year salary levels, benefits, duty hours, moonlighting policy, etc., may be found in our Prospective Applicant Packet
Frequently Asked Questions
How many openings do you have for the 2017-2018 academic year?
We anticipate accepting between 4 residents in the upcoming match.
Do I need to submit my application electronically?
How many letters of recommendation do you require?
A minimum of three letters is required to have your application considered complete.
Do you accept applications outside the Match system?
No, all of our 1st year positions will be filled through the National Residency Matching Program “NRMP”.
Is there a cut-off date for graduation from medical school?
No. We consider each application on an individual basis. However, length of time away from clinical practice is considered important.
The ERAS application asks me to include a personal statement. What type of information should I include and how long should it be?
The personal statement should be about 500 words in length. Tell us a little bit about yourself: your interests, experiences and aspirations. It would also be helpful to describe your reasons, both professional and personal, for choosing the field of psychiatry.
If there additional information that I should include in my application beyond what is required by ERAS?
If you are a part of a couples match please indicate this in your application, including name and specialty of the other person.
Is there a deadline for submitting applications?
ERAS allows applicants to begin applying to programs on July 15, 2017. We begin reviewing applications in July and begin conducting interviews in early October. We have no formal deadline for the submission of applications, but when our available interview slots have been filled, we no longer read applications. This includes applications that arrived early but were incomplete.
Do you sponsor visas?
Currently, ORMC is not sponsoring visas for any incoming residents.
Do you offer externships or observerships?
Yes, we do offer observerships.
Do you have openings for 2nd year residents?
Occasionally, we have openings for more one or two residents for the 2nd year of training. Please contact us for more information.
How do I apply for a 2nd year position?
Applications for these positions must be submitted directly to us. Applications for PGY2 positions should not be submitted through the ERAS system.
Do you have openings for residents beyond the second year?
Occasionally, we have openings for more advanced positions. Please contact us for more information.
In 2011, Orange Regional Medical Center became the first new hospital in New York State in more than 20 years. Our progress is in maintaining the latest technology and the highest standards - reflected in our accreditations, rankings and awards.
MEET OUR TEAM
We have dedicated passionate staff members who are committed to providing the best educational opportunities for all learners in our institution. Our physicians have trained at world- class institutions in every medical and surgical specialty.
Residents receive supervision from our staff members and have opportunities to engage in clinical research projects. Our didactic curriculum covers all psychiatric disorders and the major treatment modalities. The program is offered in a progressive, collegial atmosphere while embracing new challenges to our field.
- Cesar Rojas,
Psychiatry Department Chairman
Cesar Rojas MD earned his doctorate of Medicine and attended his residency in Neurology at Universidad Nacional Mayor De San Marcos (Peru). He also attended a residency in Psychiatry at Lincoln Medical & Mental Health Center. At New York and Presbyterian Hospital-Cornell Campus he conducted his Geriatric Fellowship, Psychiatry.
- Ulrick Vieux,
Psychiatry Residency Program Director
Ulrick Vieux DO, MS is the Psychiatry Residency Program Director/ Acting Chief of the Orange Regional Behavioral and Mental Health Counseling Services. Dr. Vieux completed his undergraduate degree at Cornell University, master's degree at Columbia University-College of Physicians and Surgeons and his medical degree from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed a family medicine residency at New York Medical College (Brooklyn-Queens campus) and psychiatry-child and adolescent psychiatry at St.Luke's and Roosevelt Hospital Center.
- Allison Sullivan,
Alison Sullivan, MD is our Child-Adolescent Director. She earned her doctorate in medicine at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and attended a residency in Psychiatry as well as Pediatrics and her Child-Adolescent Fellowship, Psychiatry at Mount Sinai School of Medicine (New York).
- Richard Wang,
Psychiatry Inpatient Director
Richard Wang, MD is our Psychiatry Inpatient Director. Dr. Wang is Board-certified in Psychiatry. He earned his medical degress from New York University Medical School and completed his residency at Mount Sinai Medical Center and a fellowship at Albert Einstein College of Medicine.
- Dan Giurca,
Dan Giurca, MD is our Consultation-Liaison Director. He earned his doctorate in Medicine from Carol Davila University of Medicine & Pharmacy and attended a Residency, Psychiatry at Bronx Lebanon Hospital Center and Child-Adolescent Fellowship, Psychiatry at Westchester Medical Center - C & A Psychiatry.
Read Dr. Giurca's authored piece entitled, Decreasing suicide risk with math
- Balveen (Biba) Singh,
Psychiatry Emergency Room Attending
Balveen Singh, DO is our Psychiatry Emergency Room Attending and Touro Clerkship Director, Psychiatry. She earned her doctorate of medicine from New York College of Osteopathic Medicine (Old Westbury) and attended an internship at St. Vincent's Midtown Hospital (New York) and a Residency, Psychiatry at Richmond University Medical Center.
Additional Staff Members
- Robert Stine, MD - Emergency Psychiatry Training Director
- David Yens, Ph.D. - Director of Research, NYCOMEC
- Clifford Knapp, Ph.D, RPh - Psychopharmacology Instructor
- Domenic DeSantis, Psy.D. – Neuropsychologist, Director of Process Groups
- Brigitte Gordon, DPP, NPP - Doctor of Nurse Practice, Psychopharmacologist
- Kim Arrington, Psy.D. - Psychotherapy Training Director, Clinical Director of Harlem Family Institute