Frequently Asked Questions
How would you characterize the culture at Montefiore Medical Center?
There is definitely a culture to the Northeast, as well as NYC, and The Bronx! We are a big healthcare system, servicing half of The Bronx. We do not turn patients away. High demand and fast-paced. We work hard. But also have fun. Pluralistic. Collaborative. Division of Psychology very supportive.
How diverse is the Bronx?
The Bronx is considered to be one of the most diverse areas in the nation! In 2019, there were an estimated 1,418,207 people living in The Bronx, of which 3.7% of the population identified as Asian, 29.0% identified as Black, 56.4% identified as Hispanic, and 8.8% identified as white. In addition, over 31% of the population was born in another country, over 55% of the population speaks a language other than English at home (over 45% speak Spanish), and only about 44.3% of the population speaks English at home. Also of importance is that nearly 30% of the population is under age 18 and about 30.7% of the total population residing in the Bronx lives below the federal poverty line.
Could you describe the diversity of your faculty?
We continually assess the diversity of our faculty, with the goal of having a faculty that is as diverse as the community we serve. We think of diversity in its broadest sense, including race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, age, ableness, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, and gender expression. In addition, our faculty are equally diverse in their theoretical orientations and areas of expertise.
Are faculty involved in research and other scholarly activities?
Yes! Almost all of the faculty have time each week allocated for scholarly activities and are therefore involved to varying degrees in research, presenting, publishing, governance, etc. As research is one of the APA profession-wide competencies, Residents are allotted up to 3 hours per week to participate in a scholarly project, with an assigned supervisor/mentor providing 1 hour of supervision per week.
Do you provide telehealth or are services onsite?
It depends! During the COVID-19 pandemic we pivoted to provide almost all outpatient mental health services remotely (through nearly all of our inpatient services remained in-person, with appropriate PPE and social distancing). Currently, most outpatient sites have adopted a “hybrid” blend of remote and in-person visits, though some have returned to being full time in-person. These policies will likely continue to be revised in response to the pandemic – but always with the safety of our trainees in mind.
Are there opportunities for postdoctoral residents to teach?
Yes! Residents will take ownership for various aspects (lecture, journal club, case conference) of the curriculum each month. They will also lead a mentoring meeting with the psychology interns each month, and attend contribute to a course On Becoming a Supervisor.
Are there opportunities for postdoctoral residents to be able to provide supervision?
Yes! Though it somewhat depends on the particular specialization. In addition, the Residents will lead a monthly mentoring group with our 9 psychology interns.
Are there opportunities for postdoctoral residents to do community outreach?
Yes. We frequently are approached – either directly or through our Office of Community Relations – to provide lectures, workshops, educational programs, and other proactive outreach work to groups working with our underserved population. Residents are expected to be involved in these outreach efforts several times throughout the year, with the goal of developing their skills and comfort level in leading such programs.
What are you looking for in a postdoctoral resident?
While it would be helpful to have had previous experience working in an academic medical center, on multidisciplinary teams, and with a diverse patient population, we value diversity in our trainees as much as the community we serve. Therefore, we welcome applications from all eligible candidates (see “How to Apply” section)!
How many applications do you typically receive?
In our inaugural year (2022-23) of the Montefiore Einstein Postdoctoral Residency Program in Health Service Psychology we received roughly 36 applications: 6 for our Ambulatory Consults Urgent Treatment & Evaluations (ACUTE)/CL Psychiatry Specialization, 5 for our Addiction Specialization, 6 for our Eating Disorders Program at Montefiore (EDPM)/Adolescent Dialectical Behavior Therapy (A-DBT) Specialization, 8 for our Psychosomatic Medicine Specialization, and 11 for our THRIVE Specialization.
Do you have on-site interviews and/or an Open House?
No. Based on recommendations from the APA and APPIC, we will be conducting all of our interviews over Zoom or Teams. In the interest of fairness and equity, we cannot accommodate requests for on-site visits or tours. However, we created a virtual tour the internship to give candidates a sense of the department, hospital, and surrounding community.
What do postdoctoral fellows do after they leave?
While we have only had one class of fellows thus far, we are pleased to report that we managed to retain all four fellows from our inaugural class! We know this may not happen every year – as we won’t always have attending psychologist positions available and some graduates will want to move on. If that’s the case, we expect that our candidates will be highly competitive in the job market and have the full range of career options to choose from. Click here for a list of our program graduates and the postdoctoral positions they have taken.
Is it appropriate for applicants to contact the current postdoctoral residents and faculty with questions?
Yes! Please email the Director of Psychology Training, Simon A. Rego, PsyD (firstname.lastname@example.org) to request contact information for any of the current trainees and faculty.
Does Montefiore offer housing?
Yes! Subsidized housing is offered in Montefiore-owned apartment buildings. However, please note that the demand typically exceeds the supply, so housing cannot be guaranteed. See here for more information: https://www.montefiore.org/housing
- Services and Treatments
- Outpatient Mental Health Services
- Outpatient Substance Abuse Services
- Neuropsychology Assessment Service (NAS)
- Psychiatry Residency
- Psychology Postdoctoral Residency Program
- Psychology Internship Training Program
- Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship
- Autism & OCD Fellowship
- Child Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship
- Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry Fellowship
- Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship
- Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship
- Early Career Physician Scientist Fellowships
- Psychiatry Research Institute
- University Behavioral Associates
- Montefiore-Einstein Psychiatry Associates
- Comprehensive Brain Health Center