North Shore University Hospital

Welcome to the North Shore University Emergency Medicine Residency Program

Dear Applicant,

I am delighted at your interest in our program and would like to share with you my thoughts on residency education in emergency medicine at North Shore University Hospital.

The educational program is based on a number of key principles that serve as anchors for residency activity during the three-year program at North Shore. Several of the most important are:

  • Service - The single most important principle is service, centering all that you accomplish and learn as a resident on the idea of service to the patient. All activities, be they clinical, technical, academic, interpersonal, or otherwise are directed to answer the question “How best can I serve the patient?” At North Shore, we expect this to be a working principle, not a platitude.
  • Expertise - As a resident in training, you are the future of the specialty and, as such, must establish an identity as a specialist, standing as a peer among other specialists in medicine. The areas of expertise that we develop in our residents include: care of the undifferentiated patient, care of the critically ill, interpersonal and communication skills, and resource management.
  • Individual Initiative - In my experience, the residents who are most successful are those who take personal responsibility for their education. These residents understand that the time of their residency training is the most important period of their education as a physician, a time when they develop the habits and values of practice that will shape their professional careers. They also know that it is a time of great challenge, during which they must take full advantage of many daily learning opportunities through service and self-study, while at the same time balancing this strong work ethic with time to fulfill personal needs and goals.
  • Continuous Improvement - Since I place significant emphasis on residents taking personal responsibility for their education, as the Program Director, I in turn feel obligated to monitor the residents’ experience and feedback about the program and then adjust the educational and clinical experiences based on that feedback.

North Shore University Hospital provides many resources to advance our educational principles. Our Emergency Department (ED) is a Level I Adult and Pediatric Trauma Center with among the highest acuity of any ED in the country (35%). We care for a wide diversity of adult and pediatric patients, serving both as a tertiary care referral center for the North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System and as a vital health care resource for the surrounding communities.

Furthermore, the North Shore ED experience is complemented with a range of clinical, administrative, research, and elective opportunities which are designed to take advantage of our faculty foci in ultrasound, toxicology, critical care, sports medicine, and basic science. Pediatrics is emphasized as well, with five and one half months of pediatric rotations as well as a unique Grand Rounds program in pediatric emergency medicine.

We also subscribe to the old saw “it’s not practice that makes perfect, it’s perfect practice that makes perfect” by exposing residents to faculty role models with a wide array of expertise and skill. Senior residents are also relied upon in this regard for the guidance of junior house staff and medical students. The educational and didactic program that emphasizes an interactive approach to learning and our substantial research infrastructure serve to support the residents’ progress in the program and the development of the skills necessary for the practice of competent, compassionate emergency medicine.

We are proud of our residents’ achievements as emergency physicians and emergency medicine leaders in a broad array of clinical, administrative, academic, and fellowship positions in all areas of the country.

I invite your inquiries about our program. Please contact me personally if you have questions or need further information about emergency medicine at North Shore University Hospital.

Joseph LaMantia, MD, FACEP
Program Director, Residency in Emergency Medicine