Our Residency Program

Director: John Manring, MD
Associate Director: Zsuzsa Meszaros, MD, PhD
Contact: Katherine Spottek, Program Coordinator
Please contact by email at SpottekK@upstate.edu.
Phone: 315 464-3106

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Welcome to Upstate Medical University, Department of Psychiatry Residency Program page!  Our program’s mission is to enhance resident education through creativity, innovation and humanities.   Some of the ways we accomplish this is through our award winning and diverse faculty, award winning psychodynamic psychotherapy program, and on-going support and mentorship provided to residents. In Syracuse, we have continued to practice and teach the crucial centrality to patient healing of the physician-patient alliance. We utilize the most effective methods and experiences in learning to weave together the newest findings in neurophysiology, pharmacology, somatic and psychotherapies to produce seamless biological, psychological and social approaches to healing. At the same time, we continue in a tradition of dialectical challenge, debate, discussion and research in what we hold as true and important.

What sets our program apart:

  • The nation’s first training program to develop an integrated webcam system for clinical supervision
  • Award-winning psychodynamic psychotherapy training program (2012 American Psychoanalytic Association Scientific Research Poster Award)
  • Award-winning resident research (2012 AADPRT’s Henderson Award for Best Paper in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Submitted by a Resident)
  • Over $2 million grants in federally funded research in 2012
  • The nation's only dedicated mentoring program for PGY-1 residents.
  • The nation's only residency program offering dual certification in MPA and psychiatry
  • 2 of the 5 APA core competency books in psychotherapy are written by Upstate faculty
  • 96% of residents rated their training program as “positive” or “very positive” in 2012
  • Flexibilty to design your own research and elective experiences
  • Innovative use of technology including Telepsychiatry and facetime with Ipads provided to each resident from the department. 
  • Award winning Faculty - As a whole, our faculty collectively boast 17 President’s Awards, 7 Chancellor’s Awards, one Jacobsen and two Distinguished Professors and countless Residents’ Teaching awards.

In 2012, our Program Director, John Manring, MD, was awarded the Graduate Medical Education Program Director of the Year award! Each year the GME office at Upstate recognizes a program director who exemplifies excellence in graduate medical education. As noted by his chair, Dr. Robert Gregory, “John’s immense talents and dedication are manifested through his tireless efforts (including evenings and weekends) to support our residents, improve the quality of resident education, and to make our residency training program the most innovative and effective in the country.”

Residency News and Updates

Our residents have published well over 50 articles and abstracts in the last ten years. In 2010-11 there were 9 posters presented at local and national meetings, 11 publications and 11 abstracts accepted. In 2011 – 13, 17 posters presented at local and national meetings, 7 publications and 7 abstracts. In 2013, two of our residents co-wrote book chapters with one of our faculty. Our residents have recently received both the Anne Alonso award in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and the Henderson Award in adult Psychiatry from the American Association of Director’s of Psychiatric Residency Training (AADPRT) and have also received the hospital-wide Teamwork Award twice and Gold Humanism Award from their peers.


The Editor of the leading journal 'Psychotherapy' commended our residency training program as a "highly innovative and ground breaking integration of computer and internet technologies in the training process. When visiting SUNY Upstate and observing this program I was doubly impressed... The SUNY Upstate program [is] not only one of the best in the country, but in my opinion provides a template for what ideal psychotherapy training ought to look like in the next 20 25 years!"