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Pediatric Surgery Residency at Steven and Alexandra Cohen Children's Medical Center of New York

Pediatric Surgery Fellowship Program at Cohen Children’s Medical Center

The Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine at Cohen Children’s Medical Center offers a two-year completely clinical training program – Fellowship - in pediatric surgery. The program offers a broad experience in all aspects of pediatric general surgery with extensive experience in minimally invasive surgery, pediatric oncology, inflammatory bowel disease and neonatal surgery.

Cohen Children’s Medical Center is the only tertiary children’s hospital on Long Island. Trainees are surrounded by faculty and staff committed to comprehensive care of children, from infants to young adults. The program develops pediatric general surgeons who demonstrate sufficient competence to enter practice without direct supervision. Fellows learn to take responsibility for the pre-operative, operative, and post-operative management of neonates and children with pediatric general surgery problems work with multiple subspecialty colleagues involved in the care of pediatric patients.

There is an extensive minimally invasive surgery experience, with all advanced laparoscopic and thorascopic procedures being performed by all of the full-time attendings.  Approximately 2200 ambulatory and inpatient cases are done by the pediatric general surgery service at Cohen Children’s every year. Fellows rotate through the neonatal intensive care unit at Cohen Children’s and the pediatric surgical oncology department at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Cohen Children’s is a major referral center for many pediatric surgical problems including chest wall abnormalities, solid tumors, colorectal problems and congenital diaphragmatic hernias. The hospital is one of three centers in the New York-metro area that perform ECMO.

The curriculum addresses the educational needs of the surgical fellows through a combination of daily rounds, didactic lectures, case conferences, grand rounds, and mortality and morbidity conferences.  In addition, a formal lecture series utilizing the American College of Surgery SCORE Program has been established. The lecture series, which spans two years, is designed to provide exposure to the basic and clinical science topics that have been identified by the ACGME and the Pediatric Surgery Training Program Directors Association as important;. 

Application Process

Applicants interested in the pediatric general surgery training program at Cohen Children’s Medical Center should apply through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). You must be registered at the National Resident Matching Program Specialties Matching Service (NRMP) to be considered for the Match.

Essential documentation includes:

  • Universal application
  • A personal statement
  • At least three (3) letters of recommendation, including one from your general surgery program director. Letters of recommendation must be less than six (6) months old.
  • USMLE or COMLEX transcript
  • ABSITE scores
  • Updated Curriculum Vitae, to be emailed to the program coordinator
  • Letter of recommendation from  Medical School Dean
  • Medical school transcript

Only complete applications, with all supporting documentation will be reviewed.

Applicants invited for interview will be notified by email. For additional information please feel free to contact George Rodriguez any time.

George Rodriguez BSc.
Program Coordinator
Phone: 718-470-3575
Fax: 718-347-1233

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