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Forest Hills Hospital Profile

Forest Hills Hospital (FHH) is a 222-bed/312 licensed community hospital that provides in-patient medical and surgical care, intensive care, and OB/GYN services. Located in an ethnically diverse residential neighborhood in northern Queens, our mission is to provide the highest quality of care with sensitivity and respect for the cultural needs of our patients and their families.

Our hospital is designated as a Level II Perinatal service. The Emergency Department is a 911 receiving site and a certified heart station, as well as a New York State designated stroke center. We are also an approved Community Cancer Hospital by the American College of Surgeons.

The Department of Medicine has a full complement of medical staff specializing in internal medicine with board certification in the following medical subspecialties: cardiology, pulmonary, rheumatology, infectious disease and critical care medicine, nephrology, endocrinology, neurology and psychiatry. Medical in-patient units are located on hospital floors 4, 5, and 6. The intensive care and cardiac care units are located on the 7th floor.

The facility serves as a teaching hospital for a fully accredited medical residency training program in internal medicine. Much of the strength of our residency program relates to the commitment of the teaching faculty, which provides a warm and supportive learning environment. There is a blend of primary care and subspecialty experience in both our in-patient and ambulatory services, with an extensive community based teaching network for both primary and subspecialty education. Non-internal medicine faculty also participates in teaching and mentoring.

General Medicine

The general medicine service is organized into teams consisting of an R-2 or R-3, one or two interns and third- and fourth-year medical students. Teams round daily to review admissions and management of patients and also perform bedside examinations and didactic teaching. The general medicine teams are on call every fourth and fifth evening until 9 pm, at which time a night float team assumes patient care responsibilities. Sign-in rounds occur at 7:30 am.

Ambulatory Care

The ambulatory care experience is designed to prepare the medical resident for entry into a career in medicine in which the majority of medical contacts and services will be rendered in the out-patient ambulatory care areas. Residents are prepared to work as primary care internists. They practice in the ambulatory care setting throughout their three years of residency and develop a panel of their own patients. These years also provide an opportunity for subspecialty experience.

Each resident is assigned to a preceptor throughout his or her three years in the residency program. During that time each resident develops a patient panel for which he or she becomes progressively more responsible. Throughout the three-year program, each resident must attend a weekly ambulatory clinic for one-half day per week, except during Intensive Care Unit rotations and vacation.


Morning report occurs three days per week at 8 am. Medical grand rounds are held every Wednesday at 8 am. from September to June. Noon lectures include: Core Conferences that occur three times per week and other conferences, including journal club, ethics, radiology, primary care, pharmacy, autopsy, morbidity and mortality, as well as coding rules and regulation.

Health Science Library

The Health Sciences Library is located on the ninth floor. A certified medical librarian staffs the library and is on duty from 8:00 am - 4:00 pm Monday - Friday. Access is available to the library 24 hours a day to the medical residents via code.

The Library has a collection of journals, texts, audiovisual material, directories and indices. Computers are available to residents 24 hours a day. The Librarian will run computer searches upon request and place inter-library loans for items that are needed. Medical books may be purchased through the library at a discount.

On-Call Rooms

The location of our on-call rooms is easily accessible to the emergency department, south elevators and stairway. The kitchenette is equipped with a microwave, refrigerator and dining table. The on-call area is maintained by housekeeping daily.

Computer Skills

All residents receive formal instruction in the use of computers for online medical literature searches through the librarian. In addition, literature searches and word processing are available through the chief resident's office. A computer workstation is available to the residents in the library. The residents need to have computer skills to be able to enter orders through our computerized physician order entry system.


Benefits include but are not limited to: uniforms, laundry service, life, health, dental, disability and malpractice insurance (provided by the hospital.) Coverage begins on the first day of employment(unless otherwise stated) and is renewable yearly.


Parking on campus is available in the garage adjacent to the hospital. Parking applications can be obtained from the program coordinator.

About our Residents

Our residents come from a variety of educational and cultural backgrounds. They each bring a wealth of previous personal and cultural experiences to our program. The residents are a very cohesive and supportive group and they work closely together to assure that each other's educational and personal growth is appropriate. Organized social activities and events throughout the year provide interaction on a non-medical basis and promote camaraderie and teamwork. Our program has a strong commitment to helping residents maintain a healthy balance between their professional and personal lives. The department practices an open door policy for any resident who wishes to meet with the program coordinator and program director.

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