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Frequently Asked Questions

What is your accreditation status?
The program is fully accredited, having received notification following our most recent site visit in 2009.

Does the department offer fellowships?
Yes, our Department offers the following fellowship programs:

Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Director: Burton Rochelson, MD
Director of Obstetrics and Maternal-Fetal Medicine

It is the goal of the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine of the North Shore-LIJ Health System to train fellows for careers in academic medicine and in the skills necessary to function as independent consultants in Maternal-Fetal Medicine. These goals will be achieved through a series of didactic lectures and conferences, extensive clinical experience, and a broad range of clinical and basic science research opportunities. By the conclusion of training, fellows will become adept at procedures integral to the practice of Maternal-Metal Medicine, including targeted ultrasound, chorionic villus sampling, fetal echocardiography, cordocentesis and fetal transfusion.

Eighteen months will be spent each in clinical and research training. Clinical training will be at North Shore University Hospital and Long Island Jewish Medical Center. The System, through its affiliate hospitals, is responsible for approximately 22,000 deliveries annually, with 11,000 at the two tertiary centers. At each tertiary institution yearly, there are over 80 maternal transports, and over 15,000 obstetrical ultrasounds are performed. Electives are offered in genetics, intensive care, obstetrical anesthesia, and neonatology (at the Schneider Children’s Hospital, a tertiary care, 154 bed children’s medical center).

Fellows will have the opportunity to pursue scholarly research under the tutelage of mentors experienced in clinical or basic science research, available on campus at the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research. The Institute ranks in the top 6% of independent research institutions funded by the National Institutes of Health. For those interested in further training in basic science research, there is an opportunity to pursue a PhD. 
Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery
Director: Harvey Winkler, MD
Co-Chief, Division of Urogynecology

The Division of Urogynecology and Reconstructive Surgery at North Shore University Hospital currently trains physicians in a fellowship program in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery.  The fellowship is a comprehensive and broad based 3 year training program intending to train physicians as both clinicians and researchers.  Faculty includes 3 fellowship trained Urogynecologists, 2 Urologists, 3 Colo-rectal physicians, and 1 Gastroenterologist.  The Division of Urogynecology and Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology has a fully equipped office with 2 urodynamics labs as well as 2 cystoscopy rooms.  The division also employs 2 physician assistants as well as a research coordinator. The Division of Urogynecology and Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery has a close working relationship with the Department of Urology and this is a combined fellowship program within the two areas. 

Fellows assist in resident education and training including office based evaluation and treatment of pelvic floor dysfunction as well as surgical management of female pelvic reconstructive surgery.  Surgical experience is diverse as we perform abdominal, vaginal, and laparoscopic/robotic pelvic floor reconstruction.  The Fellows are expected to be actively involved in a research projects as well as resident research projects and/or in connection with the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research. 
Gynecologic Minimally Invasive Surgery
Director:  Michael Nimaroff, MD
Vice Chairman and Chief of Gynecology

The fellowship program in Gynecologic Minimally Invasive Surgery at North Shore-Long Island Jewish is a one-year program designed to expose the physician in training with extensive experience in both the outpatient and inpatient surgical management of gynecologic disorders using the full arsenal of minimally invasive techniques.  The physicians within the Division of Gynecology have been leaders in the field of advanced laparoscopic and hysteroscopic surgery for nearly two decades and established one of the first robotic gyn surgery programs in the region.   The fellow will be integrated into the resident teaching schedule including both didactic and simulation training offered in the laparoscopic training facility.  In addition, the fellow will serve as faculty in training programs presented at the Bioskills Surgical Training Center, North Shore-LIJ's surgical education institute.  Currently, the center is offering programs in the performance of single incision gynecologic surgery.  Prospective fellowship candidates should contact Kristin Kurtz at (516) 562-8574.

(See What Our Graduates Do).

Are medical student electives available?
Yes, we offer four-week elective study rotations. See Medical Student Electives for a description of each elective. Please contact Dianne Huang (NSUH electives) at dhuang@nshs.edu and Donna Campagna (LIJ electives) at dcampagn@nshs.edu for more information.

How many positions does your program offer?
There are ten categorical positions and two preliminary positions.

What is your application deadline?
Our application deadline is December 1. However, since our formal interviews are in November and December we encourage you to apply early.

Is there a minimum score requirement for USMLE, steps 1 and 2?
We do not have a minimum USMLE score requirement. We review the overall application. The USMLE Step 2 scores are not required at the time of the application process; however, evidence of successful completion must be submitted before you begin the program.

Do you accept applications from osteopathic and international medical graduates?

When is orientation?
There is a mandatory Health System orientation and a mandatory departmental orientation one week before the start of the academic year (July 1).

Is there on-campus housing?
Yes, see General Information

Is there a meal allowance?
Residents are provided with a stipend in their paycheck.

Is there an on-site day care center?
Yes, see General Information

Does the department cover expenses for presentation of research?

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