Welcome Statement from the Chairman

Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology (OB/GYN) has developed a residency program designed to educate physicians to be primary providers of women's health care. Preparing our residents to provide comprehensive care to their patients, our program is structured to insure the development of expertise in all aspects of obstetrics and gynecology. The OB/GYN residency consists of four years of post-graduate education, providing progressive and thorough training in all skills related to our specialty while maintaining careful supervision conducted by a highly skilled faculty.

Our program provides broad training in primary care and general obstetrics and gynecology, as well as significant experience in all the sub-specialty areas. This is achieved through wide exposure to the sub-specialties. In addition, regular, active participation through the entire four years of training in our outpatient continuity clinics prepares obstetrician-gynecologists to function as primary care physicians for their patients.

Residents have experiences at the Health System’s two major tertiary care hospitals; North Shore University Hospital and Long Island Jewish Medical Center, both serving as area Regional Perinatal Centers. NSUH and LIJMC had over 14,000 deliveries and approximately 8,000 gynecologic procedures performed by our voluntary and full-time faculty. General OB/GYN practices had nearly 105,000 ambulatory visits. Over 700 IVF procedures are performed at the Center for Human Reproduction.

The program incorporates progressively graded opportunities to be the “responsible physician” for all patients. Senior residents have opportunities for extensive decision making while junior residents are directly supervised and supported in their responsibilities by the senior resident and an attending physician.

Our department stresses continuity of care throughout the training program. Each resident is assigned to a block of office hours in our outpatient continuity clinics. This enables a significant experience in residency training to be devoted to the primary care of patients. Further, each resident is part of a team of healthcare providers that also includes attending physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, social workers and other support staff. Our goal is to provide holistic care for all patients. Training is extensive in medical interviewing, patient communication, psychosocial aspects of care, as well as in patient counseling and education. The outpatient continuity clinics are under the direct supervision of full-time attending physicians. In addition to the emphasis on educating the residents in developing superb clinical and surgical skills, there is also an extensive didactic program and a strong mentoring program with each resident having a dedicated faculty advisor.

NSUH and LIJMC are the main clinical sites for the Hofstra/North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine enabling our trainees to take part in the educational process for these students. LIJMC is the Long Island Campus for the Albert Einstein College of Medicine (AECOM) and maintains a close and meaningful relationship with AECOM including many joint programs, core clerkships and other teaching activities for AECOM medical students each year. In addition, the NSUH campus serves as a clinical campus for the medical student (MS3) core OBGYN clerkship from SUNY Downstate School of Medicine.

Physicians completing our residency program are well-equipped to practice the full range of the specialty of Obstetrics and Gynecology in a clinical and academic setting or to enter a sub-specialty fellowship program.

Adiel Fleischer, MD

  • Senior Vice President & Executive Director, Obstetrics and Gynecology Services,
    North Shore-LIJ Health System
  • Chairman, Obstetrics and Gynecology,
    North Shore-LIJ Health System
  • Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology,
    Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine
  • Executive Director, Women's Heath Service Line,
    North Shore-LIJ Health System
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Welcome from the Program Director

Thank you for your interest in the obstetrics and gynecology residency at the Hofstra/North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine. Our program is designed to provide a graduated educational experience leading to an ability to practice independently as an attending physician.

These are exciting times for our Health System.  We have seen the opening of the Katz Women’s Hospital on both the North Shore University Hospital and Long Island Jewish Medical Center campuses.  Our Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine has welcomed its fourth class, and the inaugural class will graduate in May 2015. This all as our residency is now a fully merged program, with both the North Shore University Hospital and Long Island Jewish Medical Center campuses sharing equally in the clinical and didactic education of our residents.

Our residents are the heart and soul of the program.  I seek resident candidates who will bring enthusiasm and who desire to make a contribution to our program.  I want each graduate to feel like the residency is better because they have been in the program.

We take great pride in fostering and maintaining an atmosphere of support and supervision. While our full-time and voluntary staff includes physicians trained at regional, national and international institutions, quite a number began their careers as medical students and/or residents at North Shore University Hospital and Long Island Jewish Medical Center. That so many physicians have elected to remain part of our Department makes a strong statement about their commitment to the institution, as does their involvement in the clinical and didactic activities and the mentoring program.

The clinical rotations and didactic schedule are outlined here. We place a strong emphasis on primary care, as is clear from the diverse rotations in PGY-1 and continued ambulatory care experience throughout the training. Our residents have weekly sessions at the Patient Safety Institute, our Health System’s high fidelity simulation facility that is a core component of the Center for Learning and Innovation. The Bioskills Laboratory, the System’s cadaver dissection facility, is also used for surgical skill development.

Over 14,000 deliveries are performed each year between North Shore University Hospital and Long Island Jewish Medical Center and a constant flow of maternal transports due to the hospitals’ role as a regional perinatal center. This ensures that our residents have a broad and complex population of patients to care for while under the direct supervision of full-time members in the Divisions of General OB/GYN and Maternal Fetal Medicine, as well as from the large number of voluntary attending physicians. A comprehensive understanding of and expertise in the full range of medical and procedural aspects of obstetrics are hallmarks of our program.

Long-establish and emerging modalities, including the full range of diagnostic and operative minimally invasive procedures, are used on the gynecology service to provide in-patient and out-patient care. For example, both campuses have DaVinci™ robotic platforms and robust case loads throughout the spectrum of gynecologic surgical specialties. The Divisions of Gynecologic Oncology, Urogynecology & Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery and Human Reproduction play an integral part in the residents' experience and training, which ensures the development of comprehensive skills in the full-range of surgical and non-surgical therapies. In 2014, a Family Planning service line is beginning with an ambulatory clinic and a full range of operative care offered.

As you can see from "What our graduates do", our residents have successfully sought fellowship training in each subspecialty and joined both full-time and voluntary practices. While most of our graduates remain in the local or metropolitan areas, many have pursued career paths throughout the United States.

Despite clinical volumes that support sub-specialty training programs, our Department remains committed to resident-level education. Our program provides a wonderful suburban setting conducive to an intensive professional experience balanced with the availability of a wide variety of activities suited to the fulfillment of one's personal life. The Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine’s training program in Ob/Gyn is simply a great place to start your career!

Andrew William Menzin, MD

  • Associate Chief - Gynecology Oncology of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Long Island Jewish Medical Center
  • Associate Chief - Gynecology Oncology of Obstetrics & Gynecology, North Shore University Hospital
  • Associate Professor, Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine
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Program overview

The obstetrics and gynecology residency program trains physicians to be primary providers of women’s healthcare. At the completion of the four-year training program, our residents are able to provide comprehensive care to their patients in all aspects of obstetrics and gynecology.

The residency training takes place on the campuses of the North Shore University Hospital and Long Island Jewish Medical Center with experience at Huntington Hospital designed to supplement the surgical training at the core sites.

The schedule of clinical activities is organized around regular blocks of time, with residents rotating through both core and subspecialty clinical areas. Compliance with duty hour regulations is facilitated by a night float system.

In the intern year (PGY-1), a broad experience in obstetrics, gynecology and neonatology provides the foundation for the first year of training. Rotations in the Medical Out-Patient Department, the Emergency Department and the SICU enhance the residents' primary and critical care skills. As a junior resident (PGY-2), involvement in the full spectrum of obstetric and gynecologic cases fosters the ongoing development of clinical expertise. This growth is supported by rotations in gynecologic oncology, sonography, colposcopy, pathology, and experience in the Breast Clinic. The first two years of training are also characterized by an abundant ambulatory surgery schedule and increasing responsibility during in-patient procedures.

Senior residents (PGY-3) take on greater responsibility on the various obstetric and gynecologic services, both managing more complex clinical problems and supporting the more junior residents (under the supervision of service attending physicians), including maternal fetal medicine, reproductive endocrinology and infertility, and urogynecology.

Chief residents (PGY-4) function in leadership roles in obstetrics, gynecologic, urogynecologic and oncology services. A rotation as the Chief Resident in the Out-Patient Clinic serves as the culmination of the continuity experience in ambulatory medicine and as an additional step toward the transition to general practice or further training. It is also during the PGY-4 that the resident presents the results of their research and experience, that is the highlight of our academic series. At the completion of training, graduates take the written examination of the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology certification process. 

Highlights

  • Mentoring program — Each resident is assigned a faculty mentor with whom they meet on a regular basis. Mentors serve as advisors, counselors and support personnel. They facilitate the transition to residency and guide their charges throughout the program.
  • Attending supervision is part of all clinical care provided by the resident staff. An in-house attending is present at all times, with both full-time and voluntary attending physicians sharing this responsibility. An atmosphere of support and guidance is our goal and we succeed.
  • The program remains in strict compliance with the ACGME regulations and the New York State rules regarding work hours. Residents maintain a daily log of their duty shifts, and the program director reviews these regularly, submitting reports to the institution's GME Committee quarterly. A night float system is in place to assist with duty hour compliance. The night float team consists of an intern, a junior resident and a senior resident. They work from Sunday through Friday evenings with the other residents covering the remaining shifts. Chief Residents participate in the Night Float System at both LIJMC and NSUH.
  • Both North Shore University Hospital and Long Island Jewish Medical Center have very busy obstetrical services, drawing patients from throughout the Metropolitan area, and serving as a Regional Perinatal Center. The High-Risk Obstetrical Program, under the supervision of the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine (MFM), has multiple weekly clinic sessions. The Antepartum Testing Unit conducts the full range of perinatal assessments with participation by the residents in early pregnancy ultrasound, Level I and Level II sonography, fetal monitoring, amniocentesis and other obstetric interventions. The residents are also part of our Diabetes in Pregnancy and HIV in Pregnancy programs.
  • Seven gynecological oncologists between the two sites perform a large number of major cases annually as well as a large number of ambulatory procedures, including both laser and electrosurgical treatments. Residents are involved in all of these cases, fine-tuning their skills in complex dissections, advanced laparoscopy and critical care..
  • There are seven full-time members of the Division of Human Reproduction, who provide a comprehensive lecture series, reviewing reproductive endocrinology and infertility (REI). The residents' experience during the REI rotation includes ambulatory evaluations, sonography and hysterosalpingography, ambulatory and in-patient surgical procedures, (including operative hysteroscopy, operative laparoscopy, and intraperitoneal laser). The residents also learn about the laboratory assessment of endocrinopathies and infertility, as well as the management of sexual dysfunction with a full-time staff member who has special expertise in this area.
  • Three fellowship-trained specialists in Urogynecology and Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery oversee one of the busiest services in the region.They provide instruction and supervision for urodynamic testing, non-surgical management of incontinence and genital relaxation, as well as a variety of transvaginal and transabdominal reconstructive procedures. The experience gained by performing complex dissections complements the skills fostered on the other services.
  • With a full-time and voluntary generalist staff of more than two hundred physicians, residents are ensured an opportunity to work with and learn from many attending physicians. This allows our residents to see a great variety of approaches to clinical management. Many members of our staff have considerable expertise in advanced obstetric and gynecologic techniques, providing a diverse and comprehensive training experience.
  • The residents conduct their continuity and other clinic sessions, either in an out-patient facility, which is located in a professional office building on Northern Boulevard several minutes from the hospital and surrounded by buildings which house most of the medical staff members' offices, or within the ambulatory care unit within the hospital. This creates a setting and environment where our resident staff can attend to their patients in a manner similar to what they will experience in practice. The full range of out-patient ancillary services are available, including a laboratory, colposcopes, ultrasound units and support staff such as nutritionists, lactation consultants and social workers. The Physician-in-Charge of the Ambulatory OB/GYN Clinic is present to supervise patient sessions.
  • A team of allied health professionals are a vital part of our Department. They work seamlessly with our resident and attending staff to enhance the residents' opportunities for learning and optimize our patients' care. They also assist in the coverage of certain basic, routine issues during transition times in the residents' schedule and during conference times.
  • Didactic Program — A comprehensive curriculum is in place based upon CREOG guidelines, covering all aspects of general OB/GYN, sub-specialty care and primary/preventive medicine. Chapter reviews from major OB and GYN texts, journal clubs, M&M reviews, Tumor Boards, and a variety of other conferences provide a foundation upon which independent study can build. Guidelines have been established to assist in the development of a self-study routine that will continue throughout the residents' career.
  • Our residents have weekly sessions a the Patient Safety Institute, our Health System’s high fidelity simulation facility that is a core component of the Center for Learning and Innovation.  The Bioskills Laboratory, the System’s cadaver dissection facility, is also used for surgical skill development.
  • Ultrasound is a core part of clinical practice. Residents rotate through the Department's Ultrasound Unit on both campuses, as well as with ambulatory radiologists. Sonography equipment is also available for use on the Labor & Delivery Suite, in the Division of Human Reproduction's office and in the Ambulatory Clinic, providing an opportunity for residents to incorporate sonography into their evaluation of continuity clinic patients.
  • Breast Education — Our residents have a multi-disciplinary approach to supervised learning in Breast Health. In addition to the exposure to breast evaluation on the OB/GYN services and Medical Clinics, our residents rotate through the Breast Clinic, further enhancing their skills in the triage and management of breast complaints under the supervision of faculty from the Department of Surgery.
  • Committees — Residents participate in hospital-wide committees, such as the Resident and Fellow Forum, the Program Evaluation Committee and the Clinical Competency Committee.  
  • Research — Residents are required to complete a project under the supervision of a faculty mentor and present their work at the annual Research Lectureship. This serves as the accumulation of a progressive education in critical thinking and analysis. Our residents are frequent presenters at regional meetings (e.g.  New York Obstetrical Society, ACOG District II, Nassau OB/GYN Society). Their projects have also been highlighted at national conferences, most recently the annual meetings of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the American Society of Reproductive Medicine, and recently an international conference in Prague.

Application process

Applicants interested in the obstetrics and gynecology training program at North Shore-LIJ Health System should apply through the electronic residency application service (ERAS), which allow applications starting Sept. 15.

 No applications are reviewed after Dec. 1.

Essential application information includes:

  • Common application form
  • Curriculum vitae
  • USMLE or COMLEX transcript
  • Medical school transcript
  • Personal statement
  • Dean’s letter
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation from faculty members familiar with your performance
  • Photograph
  • ECFMG Status Report, if applicable

Our faculty

Program director

Andrew William Menzin, MD

  • Associate Chief - Gynecology Oncology of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Long Island Jewish Medical Center
  • Associate Chief - Gynecology Oncology of Obstetrics & Gynecology, North Shore University Hospital
  • Associate Professor, Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine
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Associate program directors

Susan Laela Alkasab, MD

Adi Katz, MD

Valerie M. Muoio, MD

  • Chief - Ambulatory Services NS Womens Health
  • Co-Chief - Ambulatory Care & Women's Health -PCAP of Obstetrics & Gynecology, North Shore University Hospital
  • Assistant Professor, Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine
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Additional faculty

Adiel A. Fleischer, MD

  • Chairman of Obstetrics & Gynecology - Maternal Fetal Medicine, Long Island Jewish Medical Center
  • Chairman of Obstetrics & Gynecology, North Shore University Hospital
  • Associate Professor, Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine
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Michael L. Nimaroff, MD

  • Chief of Division - Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery of Obstetrics & Gynecology - Minimally InvasiveGynecologic Surgery, Long Island Jewish Medical Center
  • Chief of Division - Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery of Obstetrics & Gynecology, North Shore University Hospital
  • Vice Chairman of Obstetrics & Gynecology, North Shore University Hospital
  • Assistant Professor, Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine
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Allen Wesley Toles, MD

  • Vice Chairman of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Long Island Jewish Medical Center
  • Assistant Professor, Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine
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Avner Hershlag, MD

  • Chief of Division - Human Reproduction of Obstetrics & Gynecology - Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, North Shore University Hospital
  • Professor, Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine
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Lawrence R. Lind, MD

  • Co-Chief of Obstetrics & Gynecology - Urogynecology and Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery, Long Island Jewish Medical Center
  • Co-Chief of Obstetrics & Gynecology - Urogynecology and Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery, North Shore University Hospital
  • Assistant Professor, Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine
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Harvey Allen Winkler, MD

  • Co-Chief of Obstetrics & Gynecology - Urogynecology and Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery, Long Island Jewish Medical Center
  • Co-Chief of Obstetrics & Gynecology - Urogynecology and Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery, North Shore University Hospital
  • Assistant Professor, Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine
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Burton Lee Rochelson, MD

  • Chief of Division of Obstetrics & Gynecology - Maternal Fetal Medicine, North Shore University Hospital
  • Professor, Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine
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Natalie Beth Meirowitz, MD

  • Chief of Division of Obstetrics & Gynecology - Maternal Fetal Medicine, Long Island Jewish Medical Center
  • Assistant Professor, Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine
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John Louis Lovecchio, MD

  • Chief of Division of Obstetrics & Gynecology - Gynecologic Oncology, North Shore University Hospital
  • Professor, Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine
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Jill Maura Rabin, MD

  • Co-Chief - Ambulatory Care & Women's Health-PCAP of Obstetrics & Gynecology - Ambulatory Care and Women's Health Program - PCAP, Long Island Jewish Medical Center
  • Co-Chief - Ambulatory Care & Women's Health-PCAP of Obstetrics & Gynecology, North Shore University Hospital
  • Professor, Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine
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Benjamin Goldman, MD

Our graduates

2014 Graduates Medical School Post Grad
Ebere Azumah, MD Wayne State University School of Medicine Private Practice
Kiran Bharadwa, MD SUNY at Buffalo School of Medicine Faculty Practice
Judy Fong, MD Saint George’s University Private Practice
EmmaKate Friedlander, MD Mount Sinai School of Medicine Family Planning Fellowship, U. of Hawaii
Nimish Parekh, MD University of Oklahoma College of Medicine Private Practice
Melissa Phipps, MD* SUNY at Downstate/Brooklyn College of Medicine Faculty Practice
Nicole Smizer, MD* Albany Medical College Private Practice
Naomi Ufberg, MD Sackler School of Medicine Private Practice
Adanna Ukazu, MD Albert Einstein College of Medicine Faculty Practice
Leigh Ann Wade, MD Saint George’s University Private Practice
     
2013 Graduates Medical School Post Grad
Karen Barasch, DO* Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine Faculty Practice
Ilia Calluzzo, MD* University of Puerto Rico Private Practice
Eleanor Hawkins, MD Albany Medical College MIGS Fellowship, Montefiore
Linda Huynh, MD Ross University School of Medicine Private Practice
Randi Leigh, MD Drexel University College of Medicine Private Practice
Shilpa Malhotra, MD K. J. Somaiya Medical College Private Practice
Justin Petrocelli, MD* New York Medical College Private Practice
Cheruba Prabakar, MD U. of Connecticut School of Medicine MIGS Fellowship, Maimonides
Sarah St. Louis, MD Howard University College of Medicine UROGYN Fellowship, Morristown Memorial
Justin Weprin, MD American University of the Caribbean Private Practice
     
2012 Graduates Medical School Post Grad
Cynthia Abraham, MD SUNY at Downstate/Brooklyn College of Medicine Faculty Practice
Margarita Chudner, MD Drexel University College of  Medicine Faculty Practice
Kemoy Harris, MD Albert Einstein School of Medicine MFM Fellowship, NSLIJ
Lauren Kauvar, MD Sackler School of Medicine Private Practice
Christina Liao, MD New York Medical College UROGYN Fellowship, Harbor-UCLA
Yaakov Rosner, MD SUNY at Downstate/Brooklyn College of Medicine MFM Fellowship, NYU
Jessica Rubin, MD* Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons Faculty Practice
Elizabeth Schmidt, MD University of Rochester, School of Medicine Familly Planning Fellowship, Washington Univ.
Scott Wyman, MD Oregon Health Science University School of Medicine Faculty Practice
     
2011 Graduates Medical School Post Grad
Annie Frenkel, MD* Sackler School of Medicine Faculty Practice
Adi Katz, MD* Sackler School of Medicine Faculty Practice
Katherine Lackritz, MD University of Vermont College of Medicine Faculty Practice
Sana Lee, MD New York Medical College Faculty Practice
Farida Nentin, MD New York Medical College Faculty Practice
Doreen Marinese, MD* SUNY at Brooklyn College of Medicine Faculty Practice
Michelle Santoyo-Perez, MD* Albert Einstein College of Medicine Voluntary Practice
James Scott, MD SUNY at Brooklyn College of Medicine Voluntary Practice
Ankit Shah, MD Drexel University College of Medicine MFM Fellowship, Chicago
Jason Sternchos, MD* Eastern Virginia Medical School Faculty Practice
     
2010 Graduates Medical School Post Grad
Paula Brignoni, MD

St. George's University SOM

Voluntary Practice
Roxanne Connell, MD Georgetown University School of Medicine Faculty Practice
Peggy Constant, MD Albert Einstein College of Medicine Private Practice
Dzhamala Gilmandyar, MD UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School MFM-Rochester
Elissa Hellman, MD NYU School of Medicine Voluntary Practice
Lindsey Huber, MD Loma Linda University School of Medicine Private Practice
Audrey Murray, MD* Cornell University Medical College Faculty Practice
Megan Pierce, MD University of Wisconsin Medical School Faculty Practice
Lana Rayev, MD SUNY at Buffalo SOM Voluntary Practice
Patrick Schreiber, MD NYU School of Medicine Voluntary Practice
     
2009 Graduates Medical School Post Grad
Maksim Fedarau, MD Minsk Medical Institute Anesthesia-Rochester-Double boarded
Christina Flores, MD SUNY at Stony Brook Health Science Center Faculty Practice
Leda Gattoc, MD New York University School of Medicine LSC-Georgia
Sooyoung Hwang, MD NYU School of Medicine Faculty Practice
Zsuzsa Kovaks, MD University of Debrecen, Medical & Sciences Health Voluntary Practice
Sharon Smith, MD Temple University School of Medicine Private Practice
Galit Steinberg, MD Ross University Voluntary Practice
Amanda Stewart, MD SUNY at Brooklyn College of Med. MFM - John Hopkins
Brocha Tarshish, MD Sackler School of Medicine Genetics Fellowship - Emory
Veleka Willis, MD SUNY at Downstate/Brooklyn College of Medicine Faculty Practice
     
2008 Graduates Medical School Post Grad
Susan Alkasab, MD* Ohio State University Faculty Practice
Gary Fruhman, MD New York University School of Medicine Genetics-Baylor
Katie Fung-Yip, MD SUNY at Buffalo SOM Faculty Practice
Shrusan Gray, MD Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine Private Practice
Lucine Grier, MD Tulane University School of Medicine Voluntary Practice
Elizabeth Y. Hung, MD University of Vermont Voluntary Practice
Shevon Joseph, MD Temple University School of  Medicine Faculty Practice
Myriam Langer, MD Sackler School of Medicine, Tel-Aviv University Private Practice
Lana Lipkin, MD Sackler School of Medicine Faculty Practice
Patrina Phillip, MD SUNY of Downstate/Brooklyn College of Medicine Faculty Practice

Medical student electives

MATERNAL/FETAL MEDICINE
Sponsor: Burton Rochelson, MD

This fourth-year elective is designed to acquaint the student with high-risk obstetrics in the environment of a tertiary perinatal referral center.  The course is one month in duration.  The student is exposed to obstetrical ultrasound and antenatal testing, and obstetrical high-risk consultations.  The student will join a team of Maternal-Fetal Medicine faculty attendings, fellows and senior OB/GYN residents while rotating through the high-risk clinic, the high-risk inpatient service, the antepartum testing unit and labor and delivery. Opportunities are available for participation in clinical research studies.

GYNECOLOGIC ONCOLOGY
Sponsor: John L. Lovecchio, MD

This elective in Gynecologic Oncology will be offered all year. The assignment will encourage involvement in all activities of the Gynecologic Oncology Service. Emphasis will be placed on pre-treatment evaluation of patients, modalities of therapy available (surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy) and the principles on which the choice of treatment is made. During the rotation, students will have the opportunity to see all types of GYN malignancies. The student will have the opportunity to participate in Team Rounds and a wide variety of operative cases. In addition to in-hospital care, the student also will be exposed to office management of gynecologic oncology patients. Students will be encouraged to attend all Grand Rounds and also will have the opportunity to attend formal and informal didactic sessions with direct emphasis on various aspects of gynecologic oncology, including our regular Tumor Conference.

REPRODUCTIVE ENDOCRINOLOGY
Sponsor: Gerald Scholl, MD

This elective will permit students to spend four weeks on Reproductive Endocrinology. The student will participate in the diagnosis and treatment of infertility and other female reproductive tract disorders. The student will also be involved in office hours, the operating room, in-vitro fertilization procedures, journal clubs, and the Andrology and Embryology laboratories.

GENERAL OB/GYN
Sponsor: Valerie Muoio, MD

During this four week elective, available from September through May, the student will be an integral part of the office based faculty practice of our five full-time generalist staff. The student will participate in office hours, surgery and on-call labor room activities.

MINIMALLY INVASIVE GYNECOLOGIC SURGERY
Sponsor: Michael Nimaroff, MD

This elective, available from August through December, will span four weeks, during which time the student's time will be divided amongst minimally invasive surgical cases (both in the ambulatory and main operative room), the post-operative care of in-patients undergoing minimally invasive surgery and the Laparoscopic Surgery Training Laboratory. Throughout the elective, the student will participate in the Department of OBGYN residency didactic program, as well as the laparoscopic lecture series sponsored by the Section of Minimally Invasive Surgery in the Department of Surgery. It is expected that a brief presentation on an area of interest in Minimally Invasive Surgery will be made at the conclusion of the rotation.

Department Contact

Please contact Dianne Huang, Residency Program Coordinator at (516) 562-4429 or dhuang@nshs.edufor more information.

Medical Student Electives at Long Island Jewish Medical Center

GYNECOLOGIC ONCOLOGY
Sponsor: Antoinette Sakaris, MD

The major objective of this Clerkship is for the student to develop basic clinical skills for the prevention, diagnosis and management of female genital cancers. An individualized working schedule will be made for each student. The schedule consists of a multidisciplinary Gynecologic Oncology Conference, daily bedside discussion, rounds of gynecologic cancer patients with the gynecologic oncologists, work-up and personal follow-up of patients with a variety of gynecologic neoplasms, operative experience by assisting at cancer surgery, involvement in the ambulatory gynoncology clinic, detection of precursor stages of cervical cancer through colposcopy, review of pathology with the gynecologic pathologist and exposure to research, if desired.

MATERNAL/FETAL MEDICINE
Sponsor: Natalie Meirowitz, MD

This fourth-year elective is designed to acquaint the student with high-risk obstetrics in the environment of a tertiary perinatal referral center.  The course is one month in duration.  The student is exposed to obstetrical ultrasound and antenatal testing, and obstetrical high-risk consultations.  The student will join a team of Maternal-Fetal Medicine faculty attendings, fellows and senior OB/GYN residents while rotating through the high-risk clinic, the high-risk inpatient service, the antepartum testing unit and labor and delivery.

Department Contact

Please contact Donna Campagna, Residency Liaison at (718) 470-4837 or dcampagn@nshs.edu for more information.

General information

Benefits

The North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System provides residents with a flexible benefits program called FLEX, which provides choices in various health, dental, life and disability options that best suit the needs of the resident. Flexible spending accounts for health care and dependent care expenses are also available. For more information, contact Benefits at (516) 734-7000.

Child Care

Harbor Child Care is located on the North Shore campus in Building 6, one of the tenant apartment buildings. The center is accredited by the National Academy of Early Childhood Program. It offers programs for both infants (3 to 18 months) and toddlers (18 months to 3 years).
Hours of Operation: 6:45 am to 6 pm

For more information, please visit the Harbor Child Care website or call (516) 562-2575.

Housing

On-campus housing units are available and residents receive housing based based on a lottery system. The apartments range in size from studios to three bedrooms. Housing assigns apartments based family size. Pets are allowed. 

If an individual applies for housing and is denied due to the lack of a sufficient supply of apartments turning over, the Hospital will provide a monthly living allowance in the intern year that will be included in the individual's salary.  For more housing information, please contact Housing/RealEstate Services at (516) 465-3101.

Salaries

PGY1:  $64, 000
PGY2:  $66,000
PGY3:  $68,000
PGY4:  $71,000*

*Chief Residents receive an additional $1,500 stipend.

Vacation

Residents are entitled to four weeks (20 days) of paid vacation per year, with scheduling determined through the Administrative Chief Resident and Program Director, as appropriate. In addition, Chief Residents are granted one approved conference/meeting.

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?
Yes.

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?
Yes. 

Contact us

For additional information, please feel free to contact us.

  • Residency Program Director 
    Andrew W. Menzin, MD
    Email:  amenzin@nshs.edu 
  • Associate Residency Program Director, North Shore University Hospital Site Director
    Susan Alkasab, MD 
    Email: salkasab@nshs.edu 
  • Associate Residency Program Director, Long Island Jewish Medical CenterSite Director 
    Adi Katz, MD
    Email: adkatz@nshs.edu 
  • Residency Program Coordinator (North Shore University Hospital) 
    Dianne Huang, MS 
    Phone: 516-562-4429
    Email: dhuang@nshs.edu 
  • Residency Liaison (Long Island Jewish Medical Center) 
    Donna Campagna 
    Phone: 718-470-4837
    Email: dcampagn@nshs.edu