We have large volume of specimens for both AP and CP; residents share rare interesting surgical cases everyday; strong teaching team on every subspecialty; great supporting stuff members. Regional pathology societies have regular meetings and training sessions for residents.
Long island is quiet and family friendly, while with easy access to NYC. Nice weather, too J
AP Introductory Month: This was a really great introduction to pathology. The AP intro month really gave us a smooth transition from medical school to residency!
The North Shore-LIJ Hofstra School of Medicine Program in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology has an exceptionally vibrant dynamic of professional development; residents and faculty participate together in both in-house seminars as well as outside lectures and with local, national and international societies (Nassau County Society for Pathology, New York Pathologic Society, and others) and regularly visit with and exchange lecture time and cases with other nearby hospitals and medical schools, including the newly minted Hofstra Medical School. Professional meeting attendance is an integral part of the program, so as residents, we benefit from access to many of the world authorities in their respective areas.
As and Oral and Maxillofacial Pathologist in-training, I have had the opportunity to spend 15 of my 36 months with Pathology and Laboratory Medicine. The exposure to all aspects of Clinical and Anatomic pathology has enhanced my knowledge and skills tremendously.
With so many residents and faculty in both Oral and General Pathology, hailing from so many areas of the world, the cultural and social dynamic is especially enriching.
It's said that, when entering any residency, the experience is like drinking from a water hose set to high pressure. In the best sense, this is what my experience at LIJ has been like. I've been exposed to almost every aspect of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, some of which I never even knew existed. I was told that, to assess the scope of my practice as an Oral and Maxillofacial / Head and Neck Pathologist, I should take my thumb, stick it to my nose, and turn my open hand 360 degrees… this would be the scope/area of my practice. By the end of my first year, this was amended to "do that, but touch your chin to your chest before you rotate your hand" and as I near graduation, it's amended once more to "touch your forehead to your big toe while you do that!" The sense here, of course, is the excellent exposure I've gotten to all aspects of Pathology and all the organ systems.
Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology lives in both Medicine and Dentistry, so as a resident I've been able to experience clinical dentistry (my primary profession) as well as the laboratory aspects of Pathology. Having the clinical *and* lab experience and seeing cases from 'start to finish' has made the experience both meaningful and fun.
I'm on my third residency (the two prior residencies were largely hospital-based dentistry on medically compromised patients and comprehensive dentistry, both with tremendous amounts of physical time spent in house); the nature of this residency at LIJ has afforded me much more time to sit down and learn at a self-directed pace, while still having access to draw from the experience and knowledge of all the faculty and staff, while still being able to enjoy and focus on my personal growth and my family.
David E. Klingman, DMD
Chief Resident, Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology
Program – general:
The program does give its residents the necessary tools to become excellent pathologists. But what is special - it also gives multiple unusual opportunities for growth in different areas of laboratory medicine. A resident can take a challenge of a real-world problem in research, management, teaching or any of subspecialties and get the experience beyond her or his imagination.
Outside of the hospital:
Volleyball community has made Long Island feel like home. On the beach in the summer, in local schools for the rest of the year; people of different age and abilities, from novice to advanced, get together for a weekly night of fun and exercise. It is a happy escape from routines of everyday life.
Autopsy (adult or peds):
Pediatric attendings keep “small” autopsy service at high level of quality and professionalism. The residents enjoy one-on-one supervision and teaching throughout the process. The complexity of investigation is amazing.
Lab Management Rotation:
The rotation is probably unique to residency world. A resident on Lab Management accompanies the Chairman in daily work both within the NSLIJ system and outside (national meetings), and at the same time gets a real-life project of choice to complete. This is an eye-opening and empowering experience (the word “cool” describes it well).
Amazing diversity of cases in Hematology and Surgical Pathology. Equal emphasis on CP and AP. Dedicated faculty. Amazing Frozen Section rotation. Nice series of lecture. Very enriching multicultural environment in the Department.
Awesome pediatric pathology team with robust number of interesting pediatric surgical pathology and autopsy cases. Solid hematopathology and transfusion medicine rotations, which start right during PGY-1.