Residency Program

Psychiatric Medicine

Rochester General Hospital

Psychiatric Medicine Residency - 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.

Together, with our experienced faculty and staff, our program continues to develop into a robust residency experience. 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.


Residents will work with faculty that are experienced educators. We are not a university . . . . we teach because it is what we do . . . . our commitment to the patients and our community.


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.

About the Program



Emergency Psych14
Inpatient Psych28
Inpatient Medicine3.2513
Inpatient Neuro14
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation0.753
Outpatient Neuro14
Outpatient Medicine0.753


Inpatient Psych – RGH312
Education RPC0.52
Intermediate/longer-term care312
Addiction Psych312
Wellness & Inclusion0.52
Emergency Psych14
Integrated Psych – Outpt. C14


Outpatient Psych2.52.510
Rural CPEP (Child/Adult)312
Geriatric Psych0.52


Inpatient Psych (St. Mary’s)28
Admin Psych/Chief (Long)14
Emergency Psych14
Eating Disorders28
Consultation Liaison312

How to Apply

Thank you for your interest in the Rochester General Psychiatric Residency Program. The final date applications are accepted is November 30, 2023.

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.


4 weeks of paid vacation per year

Travel & Education Allowance

Each resident year an allowance of $1,500 will be provided for educational items and activities.

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 2023- 2024 academic year will be: (salary + stipend)










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

Eric Brewer, MD

Psychiatrist, Ambulatory MH

Additional Information

Location: Rochester Mental Health Center, Geriatric Psychiatry

Medical School: Indiana University School of Medicine

Residency: University of Michigan Medical Center

Fellowship: University of Michigan Medical Center

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.


Dorota Gardy, MD

Medical Director, Ambulatory Mental Health

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

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

Eve Hosford, LCSW-R

Vice President Behavioral Health Network

Additional Information

Location: Genesee Mental Health Center

Graduate Education: Syracuse University

Adrian Leibovici, MD

Faculty, ECT & TMS

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 

Ingrid Carolina Madero, MD

Psychiatrist, Finger Lakes CPEP

Additional Information

Location: Clifton Springs Hospital & Clinic

Medical School: Universidad del Norte

Residency: Jackson Memorial Hospital /University of Miami

Fellowship: University of Rochester/Strong Memorial Hospital

Mary K. Marrocco, MD

Acting System Chair, Psychiatry & Behavioral Health, 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

John S. McIntyre, MD, DFAPA, FAC

Psychiatrist / Mentor

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

Jennifer Richman, MD

Associate Program Director

Additional Information

Location: Unity Hospital / Rochester General Hospital

Medical School: University of Rochester Medical Center

Internship: University of Rochester, Clinical Psychology Program

Residency: Georgetown University Hospital

Zaid Saeed, DO

Psychiatrist, Faculty, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry

Additional Information

Location: Genesee Mental Health Center

Medical School: New York College of Osteopathic Medicine

Internship: Albany Medical College of Union University

Residency: Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

Nusrat Shafiq, MD

Psychiatrist, Inpatient Psychiatry

Additional Information

Location: Unity Specialty Hospital, Inpatient Psychiatric Unit, St. Mary’s

Medical School: Western Michigan Homer Stryker MD School of Medicine

Residency: Western Michigan Homer Stryker MD School of Medicine

Michael Simson, MD

Medical Director PROS, Chemical Dependency, Quality & Innovation

Additional Information

Location: Genesee Mental Health Center – PROS

Medical School: Harvard Medical School

Residency: Cambridge Hospital

Matthew Michael Tessena, DO

Medical Director, Eastern Region

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

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