Psychiatric Medicine

Rochester General Hospital

Director’s Letter

Welcome to the Psychiatry residency at Rochester General Hospital. Rochester General is one of 5 teaching hospitals, that cover a 14 county radius in upstate NY. We are delighted you are looking at becoming a psychiatrist as we (the faculty) find it an invigorating, growth-promoting, career, and want to help you develop your full potential with scholarly interest and as a clinician, teacher, and advocate for mental health.

The residency program is new, but our faculty are experienced clinicians and teachers. Our clinical programs are busy, and well established, treating diverse populations. Our goal is to help you become a state of the art clinician who has retained/developed a sense of humanity, wellbeing, and resilience.

We hope you will look closely to see the elements that make our program special and a good fit for you,

Ann EZ Griepp, MD
Residency Program Director
 

Program Highlights

Clinical Exposure
This Psychiatric Residency will prepare you for a wide variety of clinical presentations. We offer the most expansive behavioral health services in Upstate and Western New York.

Rochester General is a 528 bed hospital with the 11th busiest emergency room in the country. In 2019 the RGH psychiatric inpatient unit saw 648 adult patients, while the Psychiatric ED saw 2,837 patients.

With both urban and rural rotations available, the system has inpatient/outpatient adult psychiatry, outpatient child psychiatry, inpatient, outpatient substance use disorder treatment, consultation-liaison services, geriatric outpatient and consultation services, chronic mental health outpatient care, integrated psychiatry- medicine sites and urgent care behavioral health care. If a service is not available in our system, we will work with you make it happen within our region. Rochester, the home of the biopsychosocial model, is well known for its collaborative care.

Teaching
We are new to having our own residency, but most staff have/are teaching residents, medical students in other locations.

Although our psychiatric residency program is new, most of our faculty are experienced educators working with residents and medical students in other programs. We are not a university . . . . we teach because it is what we do . . . . our commitment to the patients and our community.

Academics
A new residency, the system has been taking care of our patients without trainees, thus our rotations are not “ run on the backs of residents” but are selected for optimal educational opportunity/patient exposure. There is a robust didactic schedule with a protected half day for lectures, case conferences and supervision.
Our faculty can be found in state of the art programs such as Project ECHO (virtual case conferencing) for Eating Disorders, Opioids and Addiction. A monthly, evidence based and CME approved, Best Practices Seminar is open to the residents. Our faculty are certified to teach the Buprenorphine training required to apply for an x waiver in NYS. As residents progress, the curriculum is designed to build, enhance and refine skills year after year. There will be opportunities for teaching, and training on how to teach.
Research and Publication
Though not a University program, many of our faculty do have university appointments. Our Faculty are presenters at local, regional, national and international meetings.
Our faculty are extremely involved in community projects and outreach to decrease stigma for patients with Behavioral Health conditions. The faculty and hospital system are poised to help you discover and research your interests.
Quality and Safety
Residents will learn about quality initiatives and have first hand opportunity to participate in projects like follow up after hospitalization, poly pharmacy and other developing projects.
Ambulatory Care
Residents will leave this program with skills in wellness, preventative care, individual and group psychotherapy, as well as strong experiences in somatic therapies. Multiple psychotherapy models will be presented during training.
Wellness and Diversity
Whether it is a rotation in a refugee clinic or a 4th year elective at our community’s largest transgender health center diversity is respected and cherished at RRH (in our patients faculty and residents) the departments desire is to develop residents who will be intrigued, and fall in love with psychiatry. Focus on health lifestyle, work-life balance, mindfulness and support for the special stress of being training for this challenging work, is designed to avoid “burnout” and encourage a desire for clinical practice.

Curriculum

PGY-1 Curriculum

ROTATION WEEKS
Emergency Psych 4
Inpatient Psych 4
Inpatient Medicine 12
Inpatient Neuro 4
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation 4
Outpatient Neuro 4
Outpatient Medicine 4
Addiction Psych 4
Geriatric Psych 4
Forensic 4
Pain 2
Research 2
TOTAL 52

PGY-2 Curriculum

ROTATION WEEKS
Inpatient Psych 28
Addiction Psych 4
Wellness & Inclusion 4
Emergency Psych 8
Outpatient Psych 4
Pain 2
Research 2
TOTAL 52

PGY-3 Curriculum

ROTATION WEEKS
Outpatient Psych 24
Child & Adolescent Psych 14
Addiction Psych 2
Elective 4
Consultation Liaison 4
Emergency Psych 4
TOTAL 52

PGY-4 Curriculum

ROTATION WEEKS
LGBTQ 4
Elective 10
Inpatient Psych 4
Admin Psych 4
Palliative Care 4
Emergency Psych 4
Outpatient Psych 10
Eating Disorders 4
Consultation Liaison 8
TOTAL 52

How to Apply

Thank you for your interest in the Rochester General Psychiatric Residency Program. We are currently accepting applications for four PGY-1 positions.

Applications for the next intern class to the Rochester General Hospital Psychiatric Residency Program are required to apply to the program using ERAS.

Applicants should contact their medical schools, or see the ERAS Web site for more information on this service.

Due to the number of inquiries we receive, we are unable to review any applicant information that is not submitted through ERAS.

We Require:

  1. Three letters of recommendation are required (one from a psychiatrist preferred)
  2. Personal Statement: We have no specific requirements but would like to hear why you are choosing Psychiatry
  3. No more than one failure on USMLE/COMLEX
  4. Applicants must be legally able to work in the U.S. or eligible to obtain work authorization
  5. Applicants must be able to communicate effectively in English (both written and verbal)
The cost for H1B Visa will be covered

Benefits & Compensation

The following is a list of benefits granted to all residents at no charge.

Vacation

4 weeks of paid vacation per year

Travel & Education Allowance

Each resident year an allowance will be provided for education items and activities:
R1-$200
R2-$700
R3-$800

MKSAP Allowance:
Program reimburses for 1 electronic copy of MKSAP and 1 yr ACP membership

Professional Liability Insurance

Professional liability insurance is provided by Rochester General Hospital’s insurance program for activities required by the residency program.

Term Life Insurance

$10,000 employer paid coverage with option to purchase added coverage up to 4 times annual salary.

Plan for Short-term Disability

Residents are entitled to up to six months of pay in the event of any disability, compensated at 60% of the resident stipend.

Long-term Disability

Option to purchase 50-67% of pay coverage

Retirement Program

Option to enroll in tax-deferred annuity plan.

Dental Plan

Option to purchase one of two plans available

Wellness Center

Free membership to state of the art Rochester Regional Health fitness center, including classes offered at the center.

Salaries are paid on a bi-weekly basis. The salaries for the 2020-2021 academic year will be:

$61,500

PGY-1

$62,500

PGY-2

$65,000

PGY-3

$68,000

PGY-4

Faculty

Sarah Akram Janjua, MD, MBA

Lead Physician, Clinical Preceptor

Additional Information

Location: Riedman Health Center

Medical School: Saba University School of Medicine

Residency: Internal Medicine, Rochester General Hospital

Rachel Borden, MD, MS

Psychiatrist, Assertive Community Treatment Team

Additional Information

Location: St. Mary’s Campus

Medical School: University at Buffalo State University of New York

Residency: Psychiatry, University of Rochester Medical Center

Richard Scott Dent, MD

Medical Director, Chemical Dependency Services

Additional Information

Location: Unity Hospital

Medical School: Mayo Medical School

Internship: Internal Medicine, Mayo Graduate School of Medicine

Residency: Neurology, Mayo Graduate School of Medicine

Residency: Rehabilitative Medicine, Mayo Graduate School of Medicine

Mary L. Dombovy, MD, MHSA

Vice President, Chair, Neurosciences

Additional Information

Education and Training: Doctor of Pharmacy from Saint John Fisher College, Wegmans School of Pharmacy, Rochester, NY;

PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency at Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, NY.

Practice Area: Anticoagulation Stewardship

Residency preceptor for core and longitudinal staffing rotation and anticoagulation stewardship rotation.

Email: christina.ruscio@rochesterregional.org

Dorota Gardy, MD

Medical Director

Additional Information

Location: Genesee Mental Health

Medical School: University of Witwatersrand

Residency: Psychiatry, University of Witwatersrand

Fellowship: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Elmhurst Hospital

Fellowship: Addiction Psychiatry, Mt. Sinai Hospital

Eve Gotham, LCSW-R

Senior Director, Clinical Excellence & Children’s Mental Health

Additional Information

Location: Genesee Mental Health Center

Graduate Education: Syracuse University

Ann E.Z. Griepp, MD

Program Director, RGH Psychiatry Residency Program

Additional Information

Location: Rochester Mental Health Center

Medical School: Michigan State University

Residency: Psychiatry, University of Rochester

Fellowship: Neuropsychiatry, University of Rochester

M. Saleem Ismail, MD

Staff Psychiatrist

Additional Information

Location: Genesee Mental Health Center

Medical School: Sind Medical College, University of Karachi

Internship: Internal Medicine and Neurology, Medical College of Pennsylvania

Residency: Adult Psychiatry, Medical College of Pennsylvania

Fellowship: Geriatric Psychiatry, University of Rochester

Adrian Leibovici, MD

System Chair, Psychiatry & Behavioral Health

Additional Information

Location: Rochester Mental Health Center, Rochester General Hospital

Medical School: “Carol Davila” Medical School

Residency: Family Medicine, “Carol Davila” Medical School

Internship/Residency: Psychiatry, University of Rochester

Fellowship: Geropsychiatry, University of Rochester 

Mary K. Marrocco, MD

Medical Director, Emergency and Consultative Psychiatry

Additional Information

Location: Rochester Mental Health Center

Medical School: Wayne State University

Residency: Psychiatry, Loyola University of Chicago

Fellowship: Psychiatry and Law, University of Rochester

Manuel M. Matos, MD

Chief Medical Officer

Additional Information

Location: Unity Hospital

Medical School: Universidad Catolica Madre y Maestra (UCMM)

Internship: Internal Medicine, Crozer Chester Medical Center

Residency: Internal Medicine, SUNY Health Science Center

John S. McIntyre, MD, DFAPA, FAC

Psychiatrist

Additional Information

Medical Director, HCR Home Care

Medical School: University of Rochester

Internship: Medicine, University of Kentucky Medical Center

Residency: Psychiatry, University of Rochester

Mina E. Ohm, MD

Medical Director, Inpatient Psychiatric Services

Additional Information

Location: Rochester General Hospital

Medical School: University at Buffalo, SUNY

Residency: General Psychiatry, University of Rochester

Stephen D. Ryan, MD, MPH, AGSF, FACP

Senior Medical Director for Geriatric Services

Additional Information

Location: ElderONE

Medical School: University at Buffalo, SUNY

Residency: General Internal Medicine, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Clinical Research Fellowship: Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Fellowship: Primary Care Research, Division of Internal Medicine, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

James Q. Schubmehl, MD

Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry, University of Rochester

Additional Information

Medical School: University of Virginia School of Medicine

Internship: Internal Medicine, Case Western Reserve University Affiliated Hospitals

Residency: Psychiatry, Bronx Municipal Hospital Center of Albert
Einstein College of Medicine

Anca Seger, MD

Medical Director, Outpatient Adult Mental Health

Additional Information

Location: Genesee Mental Health Center

Medical School: “Carol Davila” School of Medicine

Residency: Psychiatry, University of Rochester

Matthew Michael Tessena, DO

Eastern Region Medical Director

Additional Information

Location: Clifton Springs Hospital

Medical School: Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

Internship: University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

Residency: General Psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

Christopher Tidd, MD

Clinical Director, Rochester Psychiatric Center

Additional Information

Medical School: SUNY Health Science Center at Syracuse

Residency: General Psychiatry, University of Rochester

Why Rochester?

The Greater Rochester area, in the Finger Lakes region of New York, is a truly unique place to live and work. Rochester’s urban arts, entertainment and dining venues are complemented by surrounding suburban, rural and lakefront communities. This results in a wealth of options for work and play.