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Frequently Asked Questions

Listed below are some of the questions that previous applicants have asked us about our program. The answers we have given you are meant to open up further discussion. We encourage you to get a complete and accurate understanding of our program, so you can make the choice that’s right for you. 

1. What are the major strengths of your program?

  • The Steven and Alexandra Cohen Children’s Medical Center of New York
  • A primary teaching campus of Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine
  • A teaching campus for the Albert Einstein School of Medicine
  • The most diverse patient population in the New York metropolitan area
  • A large nationally and internationally respected faculty
  • The largest patient simulation center in the United States
  • A fully integrated electronic medical record
  • A commitment to resident education as a core mission
  • A state of the art, ACGME recognized, web-base case based learning curriculum
  • World class research opportunities at the Feinstein Institute 

2. What is the North Shore LIJ Health System?

The North Shore LIJ Health System is the largest healthcare provider in the New York metropolitan area. The health system includes 15 hospitals located throughout Long Island and New York City. Some of the highlights of the system include:

  • Opened the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine, New York State's first new allopathic medical school in more than 40 years
  • Recipient of the National Quality Forum's 2010 National Quality Healthcare Award
  • Nation's second-largest, non-profit, secular healthcare system, based on number of beds
  • Nation's 16th-largest, integrated healthcare network, based on net patient revenue, and the largest in New York State
  • Service area of 7 million people in Long Island, Manhattan, Queens and Staten Island
  • Home of the largest “corporate university” in the healthcare industry – the Center for Learning and Innovation
  • Home of the nation's largest patient simulation center - the Patient Safety Institute
  • Recipient of The Joint Commission’s Codman Award, the first health system to attain this distinction
  • Recipient of Healthcare Association of New York State’s (HANYS) Pinnacle Award
  • Nursing school affiliations with 15 colleges and universities 

3.What hospitals does the program use as training sites?

The majority of the resident’s training is received at the Cohen Children’s Medical Center.  There are additional rotations to Cohen Children’s Medical Center at North Shore neonatology unit (1-2 blocks).

4. How are the experiences at each of the training site different?

Both Cohen Children’s Medical Center and Cohen Children’s Medical Center at North Shore are primary and tertiary-care academic medical centers with an integrated full-time general pediatric and sub-specialty faculty. The former is a fully functioning Children’s Hospital while the latter is part of a tertiary care medical center.

5. What is the continuity clinic like?

Residents will establish a panel of patients in our Housestaff practice.  In your practice you are supervised by full time general pediatric attendings.  As an intern you will be paired one to one with a faculty member.  As you gain experience as a PGY 2 and PGY 3 you will be become part of a group practice of approximately 6 residents supervised by three faculty members. 

6. Do you offer a second ½ day of ambulatory experience?

We offer all our PGY2 and PGY3 residents the opportunity to have an additional ½ day of ambulatory experience.  This can be in the continuity clinic, a private practioner’s office or in subspecialty of your choice.  The opportunity to spend ½ day in a subspecialty clinic for two year is a very unique experience only offered by a handful of programs throughout the country

7. What pediatrics fields do your residents pursue after their residency training?

Approximately 75% of our residents go onto train in a variety of subspecialty fellowships.  The other quarter pursue jobs in private practice, training program continuity clinics, as hospitalists or careers in public health.

8. Do you have a mentorship program?

Each PGY1 resident will be assigned to one of 20 advisors.  These advisors will guide you through your three years of training.  They will help you create individual learning plans and unique curricula.  You will also be assigned a mentor at the beginning of you second year to help you prepare for the next stage in your training if you wish to pursue a fellowship.

9. Do you incorporate patient simulation in you training?

The program utilizes the largest patient simulation center in the United States to train residents in a multidisciplinary fashion.  A sample of the courses the residents will attend are listed below.
Pediatric Resuscitation
Pediatric Procedure Training
Neonatal Medicine
Pediatric Clinical Scenarios
Pediatric Communication Skills

10. Do you have a Global Health Tract?

In response to a number of resident requests a Global Health Tract was created in 2010.  This tract includes a series of seminars provided by full time and guest faculty, journal clubs and on-line educational modules.  This tract includes the opportunity to travel to the Dominican Republic, Kenya and India.  Residents who chose not to be in the ‘tract” can elect to spend an international month in these sites during their PGY3 year.

11. Will I have the opportunity to do research?

Scholarly pursuits by residents are highly encouraged and supported.  Each year the Health System sponsors an annual academic day in which residents throughout the health system compete for awards. CCMC also has its own annual resident/fellow research day. In addition, a significant number of residents present at national conferences each year. 

By the beginning of a resident’s PGY2 year most residents have selected a mentor to help them with their scholarly work.  In addtion many residents may elect to take a “research month” to pursue in depth scholarly activity during their PGY2 and PGY3 years.

If a resident’s paper is accepted for presentation at a national meeting the program will pay the resident’s reasonable travel expenses.

12. Will I have the opportunity to train medical students?

CCNC is a primary teaching campus of Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine and an important teaching campus for the Albert Einstein School of Medicine.

13. What is a typical “on call” schedule?

Intern schedules are base on a night shift schedule.  While on the inpatient units, NICU or term newborn rotations a resident is assigned to work 3 weeks of days and one week of nights.

Most senior resident’s call in the NICU, PICU and inpatient units also is based on a night shift system.  Seniors are assigned approximately 4-6 weeks of night shift/year.  While on an inpatient rotation, to maintain continuity of care, you have no calls.  While on elective, on average, you will have 2-3 calls/month

14. Are there call free months?

The program has in the past been able to grant call free months to PGY3 residents.  Otherwise there are many months where senior residents only have 2-3 calls.

15. Where do residents live?

Residents live throughout the NY metropolitan area.  Because of CCMC unique location on the Queens/Nassau border residents choose many different living arrangements.  Residents currently live in Nassau, Queens, Manhattan, Brooklyn and Suffolk counties.

16. Do you provide resident housing?

North Shore LIJ owns Garden-apartment style housing units on the campuses of Cohen Children’s Medical Center and Cohen Children’s Medical Center at North Shore. Usually the program has 10 -15 apartments per intern class available for rent.  Occasionally a lottery must be conducted to assign housing if there are more applicants than apartments available.  If a resident is not assigned housing an additional monthly stipend is provided to the resident to help cover the cost of housing.

17. What is the salary for the residents?

North Shore LIJ salaries are among, if not, the highest in the nation.  For 2014- 2015:

PGY1 - $65,500
PGY2 - $67,500
PGY3 - $69,500

18. What type of social activities are available to the residents?

The department sponsors a monthly happy hour for the residents as well as weekly lunches.  In addition, there are yearly holiday parties, retreats and other activities (ski trips, baseball games, picnics) scheduled.

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