St. Barnabas Hospital

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Last Update

Jan. 5, 2018

Contact Information

Name of Externship: St. Barnabas Hospital

Name of Director/Coordinator: Dr. Daphna Locker

Street Address:

4422 Third Ave
Bronx, NY 10457
Attn: Psychiatry Dept, 6th. Floor

Telephone: (718) 960-9119

Fax: (718) 960-3272

Email: [1]


General Information

Start Date: First week in July
End Date: Through end of June

Appropriate for:


Scheduling (e.g., required/optional days of week, # hrs per day, total hours per week, flexibility in scheduling):

MINIMUM OF 16 - 20 Hrs/Wk; 2 Full Days per week, usually Mon/Wed or Tues/Thurs or Mon/Fri, plus an extra 1/2 day for group supervision which usually will take place on either Wed or Friday mornings depending on schedules. Extra time either Wed or Fri depending on scheduling is an option if more hours are needed.

Required level of readiness (any prior experiences or level of training required for applicants):

Some clinical experience, knowledge of DSM IV & V

Preferred level of readiness(any prior experiences preferred for applicants):

Prefer 3rd and 4th year students

Is there a stipend for externs?

Externs will receive food vouchers to help pay for meals in the hospital cafeteria the day they are in the hospital.

Application Process

Do you permit applications before January 16, 2018?


What materials need to be submitted?

  • CV
  • Cover letter
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation
  • Letter of readiness from your Director of Training

How should it be submitted?

Email to Dr. Locker or via snail mail

Any details of the application process (e.g., interviewing, time frame, how decisions are made):

All applicants generally get interviewed, and will be notified within a week.

Description of Externship

Populations commonly served:

Children - are only seen during the Emergency Department rotation
Adolescents - are only seen during the Emergency Department rotation
Severely and Persistently Mentally Ill
Ethnic Minorities
Severely Medically Compromised Individuals

If any of these populations are only available to students under certain circumstances, please indicate:

Children & Adolescents are only available during the Emergency Department rotation.

Training models offered:

Integration-based model

If any of these models are only available to students under certain circumstances, please indicate:

Not specified.

Intervention training experiences commonly offered:

Individual Psychotherapy
ER Consultations & Evaluations

If any of these intervention experiences are only available to students under certain circumstances, please indicate:

Not specified.

Assessment training experiences commonly offered:

Intake Report Writing
Assessment Report Writing
Mental Status Exam

If any of these assessment experiences are only available to students under certain circumstances, please indicate:

Not specified.


Estimated hours/week of individual supervision: 1 hour
Estimated hours/week of group supervision: 1.5 hours

Amichaelides 22:18, 7 Jan 2010 (EST)

The externship at St. Barnabas Hospital provides students with an excellent opportunity to work with severely and persistently mentally ill adults in a private hospital, in an inner-city setting. The patients come from varied cultural and educational backgrounds, with diagnostic categories that include major depression, bipolar disorder, psychosis, and issues related to unemployment and homelessness. In addition, many of our patients suffer from ADHD, poly-substance dependence, and personality disorders. It is a 12-month Externship, with the year split into three rotations. The Externs spend 4-months on each of the two-inpatient units, for a total of 8-months on the units, and 4-months in the Emergency Department.

For those Externs who are Spanish speaking, we provide an opportunity to conduct group and individual therapy in Spanish and for those patients, individual supervision can be conducted in Spanish if so desired.

During the year, the student is the primary therapist for a number of patients on the unit; these cases tend to be short-term, however, with many of our patients there is an opportunity to treat them multiple times over the course of the year as they come in and out of the hospital. In addition to the individual work, the Externs conduct 2 groups a day on the unit, do psychological testing as needed, &/or as requested by the Psychiatrist, and help conduct a research project for the hospital’s annual Performance Improvement Fair. Finally, on the days that the Externs are in the hospital, they participate in the units’ Morning Report and Treatment Planning sessions, where they get to work as part of a multidisciplinary team fostering relationships with social workers, psychiatrists, nurses, physicians, residents, and medical students.

While in the Emergency Department, the Externs help with the triaging of adult and pediatric patients; by interviewing them, assessing their mental status, and writing up the consultations. The students also contact family members and treatment programs for collateral information, call other hospitals to help with the transfer of patients when our inpatient units are full, and interact with the Medical Attendings in the ED.

There is also an opportunity to work with Psychiatric Residents, to participate in their case conferences, and to participate in the various educational opportunities provided to the Residents such as Grand Rounds, Journal Club and the various lectures given to them on a weekly basis.

The St. Barnabas Externship requires a commitment of at least two full days a week for an entire year, from the beginning of July to the end of June. Due to the severity of the population, we prefer clinical students going into their 3rd and 4th year, but we have accepted exceptional second year students in the past.

The student may fax their Externship application material to 718.960.3272 or email it to me at