Stony Brook Eastern Long Island Hospital (SBELIH) is home to a new psychiatric residency program focusing on community psychiatry and addiction psychiatry.
Offered through the Renaissance School of Medicine at Stony Brook University, the program will be led by Eduardo Constantino, MD, Program Director of the SBELIH Psychiatry Residency Program. He will assume the role of Program Director on Feb. 1.
“The reason for the focus on addiction is that we have such a strong program [at SBELIH] with Quannacut,” said Dr. Constantino. Services at Quannacut include inpatient addiction services for both rehabilitation and detoxification, outpatient substance use disorder services, and outpatient psychiatric services. Quannacut Inpatient Services are provided at SBELIH in Greenport, while the new 14,000-square-foot Quannacut Outpatient Services facility is centrally located in Riverhead.
“This [residency] program is unique, between the psychiatry and addiction components,” said Douglas Hoverkamp, MD, Site Director for the SBELIH Psychiatry Residency Program. “To me, I really think the most unique part about this program is the exposure to three different campuses.”
First-year residents complete four months of a Medicine rotation and two months of a Neurology rotation at Stony Brook Southampton Hospital (SBSH), four months of Inpatient Psychiatry at SBELIH, and two months in the Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program (CPEP) at Stony Brook University Hospital. Residents will complete their third year of residency at Quannacut Outpatient Services, which will help meet a high demand for behavioral health services on the East End of Long Island. This wide variety of diverse rural, urban, and academic settings offers residents the opportunity to gain a wider scope of experience that better prepares them for practice after residency.
“I tell the candidates here it’s like having the best of both worlds,” said first-year resident Rosemarie Montecalvo, DO. “You have the small community feel out here, but then at Stony Brook you have access to all of those academic resources. It’s all very exciting.”
“This is a new residency [program], but we think about it as an off-shoot of an existing longstanding residency program at Stony Brook,” said Dr. Constantino. “There are 30 residents there, and now there are going to be 20 residents here with a lot of cross communication between the two campuses.”
SBELIH is already home to several of the most highly regarded behavioral health programs in Suffolk County. The Stony Brook residency program in psychiatry was accredited in 1978, one of the first four programs in the School of Medicine. While Stony Brook’s psychiatry residency program is well established, this is a new beginning at SBELIH.
“This is the first year,” said Dr. Hoverkamp. “I want to hear the residents’ ideas and I want the program to be cultivated by the residents—I want this to be theirs.
“I want to build a truly resident-friendly program. That’s my main goal.”