From the Administration

Message from the Chairman

Jeffrey A. Lieberman, MD

From its inception more than a century ago, the Department of Psychiatry at Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons was unique. It was founded with the core belief that the best in scientific research belonged side-by-side with the best in clinical care. The idea that research has the ability to improve the lives of individuals and that patient care enhances the quality of research continues to be our guiding principle. I take special pride in enabling the talented and diverse members of our Residency classes and Faculty to fulfill this promise. From the experiments of the basic neuroscience lab to the clinical interactions with patients in the Psychiatrist's office, I deeply value the passion and commitment that the members of our Department bring to their work.

The Residency training program occupies a special position within the Department of Psychiatry. Each new class of Residents joins and enhances our departmental family and become part of the Columbia heritage. As valued members of the Department, our Residents enjoy a range of extraordinary opportunities for training and their professional development in an environment that combines world-class research, state-of-the-art clinical services and an illustrious history in one of the world's most exciting cities. From the division of Neurobiology to Child Psychiatry to Columbia's Psychoanalytic Institute, our Residents are taught and mentored by a vast array of talented faculty who are leaders in their fields and relish their role in training the next generation of physicians in psychiatric medicine. Our Residents also benefit from an education that integrates both biological and psychological viewpoints. This integration, essential in modern psychiatry, makes for better science, better clinicians, and ultimately better care.

There has never been a more exciting time to embark on a career in psychiatry. I believe many of the mysteries of mental illness will be solved in our lifetime. Training at Columbia will be a career defining experience, form the foundation of your professional identity and place you at the cutting edge of this dynamic field.

It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to the Department of Psychiatry at the Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons in New York City.

From the Vice Chair for Education and Director of Residency Training

Melissa Arbuckle, MD, PhD

Melissa Arbuckle, MD, PhD

Being the Director of Residency Training at Columbia has been an amazing and rewarding career. I love being immersed in the residency experience and grappling with the administrative and curricular issues that I face daily. However, meeting individually with residents for supervision and mentorship are the highlights of my week.

At the same time, I’ve also brought my love of research to this position. One of the most challenging tasks of a residency training director is keeping up with advances in the field. From an academic standpoint, this requires continuously evaluating and updating the curriculum to keep pace with emerging science. In addition, it includes teaching residents how to “evaluate their care of patients, to appraise and assimilate scientific evidence, and to continuously improve patient care based on constant self-evaluation and life-long learning,” one of the core training requirements within residency. As part of this task, I have the pleasure of overseeing our resident curriculum in Quality Improvement (QI). Our QI curriculum teaches residents how to translate new treatment guidelines into clinical practice. During the PGY3 year, residents consider their clinical practices and implement a group project aimed towards improving patient care. In this way, residents not only learn new medical knowledge, but also develop the skills to implement new advances within the field.

I’m also delighted to co-chair the National Neuroscience Curriuclum Intiatitve (NNCI). As our understanding of the underlying neurobiology of behavior and mental illness expands, it will be critical for residents to develop a strong foundation in neuroscience. The NNCI is dedicated to developing a comprehensive set of shared resources to train psychiatrists to integrate a modern neuroscience perspective into every facet of their clinical work The opportunity to combine my interests in education, clinical work and research, as part of an academic community with supportive colleagues and generous mentors, has made Columbia a special place for me. Getting to work with residents and seeing the bright future facing the field of psychiatry makes it all the more rewarding.