General Psychiatry Residency

Trinitas Regional Medical Center

General Information

Many challenges of daily life can make it difficult to cope. From aging, building a healthy family, or finding alternatives to chemical dependency, many types of conflicts can be challenging to manage. Our General Psychiatry Residency Program was born because Rutgers Health realizes that behavioral health and psychiatric services are an essential component in providing healthcare services. This program began in 2006 and provides physicians-in-training with the knowledge, technical experience, and humanistic skills necessary to provide high-quality, compassionate patient care.

The Program provides Residents with excellent Didactic Curriculum and Board Certification courses from PGY1-PGY4 resulting in achieving 100% board-certification rate every year. Trinitas Regional Medical Center operates one of the most comprehensive departments of Behavioral Health and Psychiatry in New Jersey. Services and a full continuum of care for adults, children and adolescents, and their families are offered.

What to Expect in the General Psychiatry Residency Program

Throughout the program, residents are challenged in many psychiatry subspecialties and gain experience in a variety of treatment modalities. Residents treat their own patients under the supervision of a board-certified psychiatrist in inpatient, outpatient, geriatric psychiatry, forensic psychiatry, substance abuse, child psychiatry, consultation, and emergency psychiatry.

Our comprehensive training program provides rigorous and comprehensive instruction in many disciplines in a challenging, yet supportive atmosphere. Psychiatric services we offer are well integrated, and our training program includes instruction by faculty with extensive expertise in all fields. Residents will get the chance to treat their own patients, both in inpatient and outpatient settings, and be supervised by psychiatry experts.

We also feature training in psychodynamic psychotherapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, family and group therapy, neuropsychological testing, and interviewing techniques. Trainees will gain experience as a team leader, by working with allied health professions through interdisciplinary rounds. These may include trainees from other teaching programs at Trinitas Regional Medical Center, such as social work and psychology programs.

One of the greatest strengths of our program is that all of the clinical experiences are available on site at Trinitas. Residents only need to travel outside our hospital for two months of Neurology training.

Meet Our Program Director: Dr. Rehan Malik, MD

Rehan Malik, MD

Dr. Rehan Malik is a double board-certified physician in psychiatry and neurology. He has run the Rutgers-New Jersey Medical School Psychiatry Program Director at Trinitas Regional Medical Center since January 2018. Dr. Malik graduated from Ross University Medical School, Dominica, Wisconsin, and completed his residency at Richmond University Medical Center/New York Medical College. He served as the Associate Program Director of our program since 2015. He has been the Medical Director of Psychiatric Emergency Services from 2013-2017. Dr. Malik is currently the Medical Director of the Psychiatric Consultation Services since 2013 and the Medical Director of Substance Abuse Services since 2017 at Trinitas Regional Medical Center.

Dr. Malik was appointed Associate Professor at the Seton Hall University School of Health and Medical Sciences Graduate Medical Education in 2015 and is currently at Rutgers-New Jersey Medical School. He is also Associate Professor at Saint Georges University School of Medicine, Grenada, Wisconsin. In January 2018, Dr. Malik became the Clerkship Director for the Saint Georges University Medical School.

Psychiatry Faculty List: Names and Areas of Teaching

Hitendra Patel, MD
Supervises residents at the Adult Inpatient Psychiatry and presents related Psychopharmacology lectures.

Awais Sethi, MD
Supervises residents at the Adult Inpatient Psychiatry and presents related Psychopharmacology lectures.

Jaya Gavini, MD
Supervises residents at the Child & Adolescent Inpatient Psychiatry and presents related Psychopharmacology lectures.

Saul Gorman, MD
Supervises residents at the Adult Outpatient Psychiatric Unit and Outpatient Psychotherapy. Presents related Advanced Psychopharmacology lectures to PGY III residents and also presents DSM IV lectures to all residents PGY I and PGY II.

Stephen Grelecki, MD
Supervises residents at the Adult Outpatient Psychiatric Unit and Outpatient Psychotherapy. Presents related Advanced Psychopharmacology lectures to PGY III residents.

James McCreath, LCSW, PhD
Provides lectures on Managed Care and Ethics.

Ruby Mangsatabam, MD
Supervises PGY II residents on the Adult Inpatient Psychiatry and DD rotations and presents related lectures.

Salvatore Savatta, MD, Chairman, Department of Psychiatry
Supervises residents on Outpatient Psychiatry and presents Outpatient Psychiatry Lectures as well as Bioethics and Advanced Psychopharmacology.

Marianne Farag, MD: Medical Director of the Psychiatric Emergency Services. Supervises PGY II residents at their ER rotation and the PGY I residents at their short calls. Presents Lectures on Emergency Psychiatry and Child Psychiatry.

Frequently-Asked Questions

Q. How do I submit an application?
A. All residents must apply through the Electronic Residency Applications (ERAS). Applications submitted in any other form will not be reviewed.

Q. How Many Categorical Positions are there?
A. We are approved for 15 positions. Currently we have filled 14 positions.

Q. What are the programs criteria?
A. We prefer scores of 225 and above on USMLE or 550 Comlex all on the first attempts.

NOTE: The Psychiatry Program does not sponsor visas.

Q. Where will I do my rotations?
A. All rotations are done right in Trinitas except for the PGY I Neurology Rotation which is done at JFK. Elective rotations can be done at other hospitals with approval from the Program Director.

Q. What are some of the facilities of the hospitals?
A. The participating institutions provide some/all of the following:

  • Computerized Medical Records
  • State-of-the-art Libraries
  • Parking
  • Resident On-Call Rooms
  • Resident Lounge

Q. Does your program allow observerships?
A. The Psychiatry Program does not sponsor any observerships, externships or volunteering.

Q. What will my salary be as a resident?
A. PGY-I- $52,329.68
PGY II- $ 56,160.00
PGY III- $ 59,745.71
PGY IV- $ 63,339.33

Q. Will I receive other benefits?
A. Yes as a resident you will receive the following benefits:

  • Meal Cards while on call
  • Lab Coats
  • Scrubs
  • Malpractice
  • Medical and Dental Insurance
  • Book Allowance
  • MKSAP

Q. Will I need a NJ Medical License before I can start my residency?
A. NJ does not require residents to have a license.

Q. What is our Board Pass Rate?
A. Since our first graduating class we have had 100% board pass rate

Psychiatry Rotation Schedule

PGY I
6 months Adult Inpatient Psychiatry
3 months Internal Medicine
1 month Emergency Medicine
2 months Neurology
Including 1 month Vacation

PGY II
2 month Adult Inpatient Psychiatry
1 month in DD unit
1 month Geriatric Psychiatry
2 months Psychiatric Emergency Medicine
2 months Consultation Psychiatry
2 months Addiction
2 months Child Psychiatry
Including 1 month Vacation

PGY III
12 months Adult Outpatient Psychiatry
Including 1 month Vacation

PGY IV
11 months Elective rotation
Including 1 month Vacation

Post Residency

Some of our most recent graduates have transferred to the following Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship Programs:

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship Program
Penn State Milton S. Hersey Medical Center
Hershey, PA

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship Program
Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital
New Brunswick, NJ

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship Program
SUNY Down State
Brooklyn, NY

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship Program
Tufts University Hospital
Boston, MA

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship Program
Jersey Shore University Hospital/Hackensack Meridian Health Care System
Neptune, NJ

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship Program
University of Texas
Dallas, TX

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship Program
Johns Hopkins University Hospital
Baltimore, MD

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