Message from the director

Welcome to the Pathology Residency Program of the North Shore-LIJ Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine. This program has been fully accredited for the past 30 years. We have a highly committed faculty who are dedicated to preparing residents to practice in either an academic or community-based setting. Residency training is at the forefront of our mission to provide the highest standards of patient care. Our residents receive comprehensive combined training in anatomic and clinical pathology. Residents rotate through two large tertiary hospitals, Long Island Jewish Medical Center and North Shore University Hospital a state-of-the-art Health System core laboratory, as well as the North Shore-LIJ Anatomic Pathology Services, a stand-alone surgical pathology office suite located in the Lake Success Quadrangle. 

Research opportunities are available within the department and in collaboration with the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research. With 80,000 surgical specimens and more than 10 million billable tests, overseen by more than 40 anatomic and clinical pathologists, this team-oriented department offers extraordinary opportunities in pathology residency education. Our greatest strengths include a chair who is a nationally recognized leader in pathology education, research and lab directorship, as well as a program director and coordinator whose primary focus is serving as advocates for our trainees. This is an exceptionally transparent program and residents have multiple avenues for evaluating the program and faculty. These evaluations are scrutinized by the program director and used to improve the effectiveness of the educational experience. We also meet with the pathology house staff once a month to discuss any issues that arise.

We are very excited about the partnership of the North Shore-LIJ with the new Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine. The department faculty is extensively involved in the integrated 2-year structure course and incorporates many of the active learning strategies utilized at the medical school into our residency program didactic sessions.

In summary, this is a department with an experienced, dedicated faculty, committed to excellence in patient care and graduate medical education, set in a nurturing and friendly environment. It’s challenging and a lot of fun! Why not join us?

Michael J. Esposito, MD

Program highlights

Highlights of our residency include:

  • Proven track record of graduating house staff into competitive fellowship programs and successful careers in pathology
  • Convenient location on the border of Queens and Nassau counties — An easy commute from Manhattan
  • Approachable and readily available program leadership, open to suggestions by house staff on improving the program
  • Accredited cytopathology and hematopathology fellowship programs
  • Volume and variety of specimen material
  • The residents have specific assignments enabling them to acquire the maximum learning experience, but they are not expected to deal with an excessive work load. A total of twelve approved PA positions between the two tertiary hospitals ensure that the residents can concentrate on their educational experience and not on the processing of large volumes of specimens.
  • While on anatomic pathology rotations, residents attend the Daily Case Review Session during which they not only view but are active participants in discussions relating to all problem and interesting cases as well as all cancer cases.
  • Complete AP subspecialty service based in an offsite anatomic pathology services office suite
  • All residents, irrespective of their rotation assignments at the time, attend and participate in certain key teaching conferences which are mandatory for all residents.
  • Protected didactic time (M-F 8-9AM) utilizing active learning strategies that emphasize critical thinking skills and resident participation
  • One-month “Introductory Rotation” in anatomic pathology, with two weeks at each tertiary hospital
  • The Cohen Children’s Medical Center of New York generates high-quality material for the pediatric pathology rotation and clinical pathology rotations.
  • The Department of Dental Medicine generates a large and varied oral and maxillofacial pathology case load, especially due to its extensive outreach program.
  • State-of-the-art molecular pathology and cytogenetics laboratory
  • Exposure to hospital-based laboratories (LIJ & NSUH) and a reference laboratory (Core Lab)
  • Increased opportunity for clinical consultation and interaction with the medical and nursing staff during clinical laboratory rotations.
  • Residents are exposed to specialized laboratory activities in electron microscopy, immunopathology, telepathology, flow cytometry, and special coagulation.
  • Clinical lab management rotation
  • Aperio Slide Scanner with a virtual slide study set containing greater than 1200 slides

Application Process

Applicants interested in the pathology residency training program at North Shore-LIJ Health System should apply through the electronic residency application service (ERAS), which allow applications starting Sept. 1.

No applications are reviewed after Dec. 31.

Required documents for graduates of foreign medical schools:

  • Copy of valid ECFMG certificate for all international medical graduates
  • Copy of current J1, H1 or temporary work permit (if applicable)
  • Copy of USMLE results, Parts 1 and 2 required and Part 3 preferred (Parts 1, 2 and 3 required for H1B visas)
  • Copy of 5th Pathway certificate (if applicable)
  • Foreign language documents must be submitted along with English translated version.

Required documents for residents currently attending American medical school:

  • Three current letters of recommendation from medical school faculty, including:
    • Letter from Dean indicating student's status and expected graduation date. (Letters must be less than six months old.)
  • Official medical school transcript copy, including 3rd year grades.
  • Copy of final year grades and medical school diploma must be submitted upon graduation.

Required Documents for Residents who have completed some residency training:

  • Copy of medical school diploma and final transcripts.
  • Copy of curriculum vitae
  • 3 current letters of recommendation including
    • Faculty letter from current or most recent residency/fellowship training program or employer that includes training/employment start and end dates. (Letters must be less than 6 months old)

There is no USMLE minimum score requirement. However, scores of 220 and above on parts 1 and 2 and passage of part 3 will be favorably considered.

Favorable consideration is also given to:

  • Graduation within the past 6 years.
  • Clinical research experience.
  • Publication in peer-reviewed journals.

The NSLIJHS sponsors both the J-1 Visa (with USMLE Parts 1 and 2) and the H1B visa (with USMLE parts 1, 2 and 3)

Our faculty

Program director

Michael John Esposito, MD

  • Chief of Division of Pathology - Autopsy Pathology, Long Island Jewish Medical Center
  • Residency Program Director of Pathology - Autopsy Pathology, Long Island Jewish Medical Center
  • Assistant Professor, Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine
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Department leadership

James Mackinnon Crawford, MD, PhD

  • Chairman of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Long Island Jewish Medical Center
  • Chairman of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, North Shore University Hospital
  • Medical Director - Clinical Pathology of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, North Shore University Hospital
  • SVP of Laboratory Services
  • Professor, Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine
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Tawfiqul Alam Bhuiya, MBBS

  • Vice Chairman of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Long Island Jewish Medical Center
  • Associate Professor, Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine
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Dwayne Allen Breining, MD

  • Director - Pathology of Pathology/Laboratory Medicine, Forest Hills Hospital
  • Medical Director - Clinical Pathology of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Long Island Jewish Medical Center
  • Director of Pathology, Franklin Hospital
  • Assistant Professor, Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine
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Florin Vasile Glodan, MD

Ibrahim Fahid Hitti, MD

  • Director - Director of Laboratory of Laboratory Medicine/Pathology, Syosset Hospital
  • Assistant Professor, Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine
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Laurie Frances Horowitz, MD

Vandana D. Jhaveri, MD

Urvashi Kapoor, MD

  • Associate Director - Blood Bank of Laboratory Medicine/Pathology, Syosset Hospital
  • Associate Director - Transfusion Services of Laboratory Medicine/Pathology, Syosset Hospital
  • Director - Pathology and Laboratory Services of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Plainview Hospital
  • Assistant Professor, Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine
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Jordan Seth Laser, MD

  • Senior Director - Cytogenetics & Molecular Pathology of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Long Island Jewish Medical Center
  • Senior Director - Cytogentetics and Molecular Pathology of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, North Shore University Hospital
  • Assistant Professor, Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine
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Rachel Glick Robbins, MD

  • Chairman - Dept of Pathology of Pathology, Glen Cove Hospital
  • Vice Chairman - Medical Board of Pathology, Glen Cove Hospital
  • Assistant Professor, Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine
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Henry Simpkins, MD

  • Department Chairman - Chairman of Pathology of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Staten Island University Hospital
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Gary Carl Stone, MD

  • Department Chairman - Chair of Pathology of Pathology, Huntington Hospital
  • Assistant Professor, Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine
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Samuel Joseph Wahl, MD

  • Chairman - Approved by the Jan 14 Med Board of Pathology, Lenox Hill Hospital
  • Chairman-Credentials Committee - Approved by the Dec 10, 2013 Med Board of Pathology, Lenox Hill Hospital
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Curriculum & didactic schedule

The four-year program offers integrated training in anatomic pathology (AP) and clinical pathology (CP). The training program is a 13-block schedule (4 weeks each block) which includes the following rotations.  

Review our 2014-2015 curriculum and didactic schedule.

Resident research

In addition to excellence in education and patient care, a true academic heath center must have clinical and basic research ongoing. With this in mind, several years ago North Shore University Hospital built the Boas-Marks Biomedical Science Research Center, now home to the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, and created a multi-disciplined Department of Research.

The Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine has recently created a Research Committee to enhance the basic science and clinical research effort in our department. This committee reviews applications for research projects requiring funding and also maintains a list of ongoing projects in the department.

Every year residents submit abstracts to various committees and organizations, both at the national and international level. The program pays the cost of sending residents to present their work at these meetings. The volume of these abstracts is indicative of the commitment the program has towards helping house staff achieve excellence in their research projects. Residents who have approved research projects are given 2 days per month protected time during their core rotations to complete research projects. In addition, residents may also use elective time for research.

Projects run the gamut from case reports to clinicopathologic research utilizing immunohistochemical and molecular studies. Didactics are offered on how to conduct a research study and submit a protocol to the IRB. Mentors are readily available on site for collaboration and guidance.

We are fortunate to have the expertise of the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research on our campus. The Institute houses over 100 physician scientists who have conducted trials on over 115,000 patients. The Institute is among the top 6 percent of the more than 3,400 institutions that receive National Institutes of Health funding each year. Faculty members in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine collaborate with research scientists at the Feinstein Institute. Courses are offered free of charge to all house staff.

Fellowship matches

Class of 2015
Ruth Asirvatham
Breast Pathology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
 
Tamar Brandler
Cytopathology, New York University
 
Maly Fenelus
Laboratory Medicine, Memorial Sloan Kettering
 
Nina Haghi
Hematopathology, North Shore-LIJ Health System
 
Chrystalle Katte Carreon
Pediatric Pathology, University of Pennsylvania/Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
 
Class of 2014
Anand Shah
Forensic Pathology, Miami Dade County Medical Examiner
 
Minoti Magotra
Hematopathology, University of Massachusetts
 
Nariman Gobara
Surgical Pathology/Gastrointestinal Pathology, University of Pennsylvania/Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

 

Class of 2013

Shweta Chaudhary
Breast Pathology, Mount Sinai Hospital

Weisheng Xu
Genitourinary Pathology, NYU           

Ana Yuil
Cytopathology, Hartford Hospital

Class of 2012          

Ion Chiosea
Transfusion Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH)           

Arvind Rishi
Surgical Pathology, Mount Sinai Hospital
Gastrointestinal Pathology, Johns Hopkins (in 2013)

Tianyu Yang 
Hematopathologym, New York University

Bindu Niravel           
Clinical Chemistry, William Beaumont Hospital, Detroit

Class of 2011          

Mario Rascon
Forensic Pathology, University of New Mexico at Albuquerque

Jaya Bajaj
Cytopathology, North Shore-LIJ Health System

Class of 2010

Lori Anderson
Surgical Pathology, University of Southern California

Syed Hoda
Orthopedic Pathology, New York University Hospital for Joint Diseases

Anupma Nayak
Breast Pathology, University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center

Jennifer Roman
Forensic Pathology, New York City Office of the Chief Medical Examiner           

Marko Sabolich
Surgical Pathology, University of Minnesota

Class of 2009          

Ihsane Ouansafi
Hematopathology, Weill Cornell Medical College-Presbyterian Hospital
Oncologic Surgical Pathology, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (in 2010)

Abha Goyal
Surgical Pathology, University of Pennsylvania
Cytopathology, University of Pennsylvania (in 2010)           

Oksana Yaskiv
Surgical Pathology, Washington University Medical Center
Genitourinary Pathology, Cleveland Clinic (in 2010)

About the department

Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

  • 16 Pathology Resident positions – 4 in each of the PGY levels - in our 4 year integrated training program in Anatomic Pathology and Clinical Pathology (AP/CP).
  • Fellowships in the following sub-specialties:
    • Cytopathology
    • Hematopathology
    • Blood Bank
  • Rotations in subspecialty areas including:
    • Cytopathology
    • Infectious Disease Diagnostics
    • Blood Banking and Transfusion Medicine
    • Hematology and Flow Cytometry
    • Clinical Chemistry
    • Immunology
    • Toxicology
    • Cytogenetics and Molecular Pathology
    • Lab management
    • Informatics
  • The integrated Anatomic Pathology Services of North Shore LIJ Health System - which includes North Shore University Hospital, Long Island Jewish Medical Center and NSLIJ Laboratories – In 2011:
    • Accessioned >80,000 surgical pathology cases and >130,000 cytology specimens

    • Conducted 236 autopsies (166 adult/pediatric and 70 perinatal). 

    • Performed over 11 million clinical laboratory tests - 60% of which represented outreach clients.

The residency program offers:

  • Training in laboratory management for both the academic and private sector environ­ment including training in medical directorship, quality management, utilization, instru­menta­tion, and informa­tion systems. 
  • Clinical or transla­tional scholarship in Anatomic Pathology, Clinical Pathology, and Cytogenetics and Molecular Pathology, or for collaboration with the basic and translational research of the Feinstein Institute.

FAQs

  1. Does the department offer fellowships? 
    We offer fellowships in cytopathology, hematopathology, surgical pathology and a blood bank fellowship through the New York Blood Center.
     
  2. When is orientation? 
    There is a mandatory Health System orientation approximately one week before the start of the academic year and a mandatory Departmental orientation on the first work day of the academic year.
     
  3. Is there on-campus housing? 
    There is limited on-campus housing available and stipends for those who live off-campus.

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  4. Does the department cover expenses for presentation of research? 
    Yes.
     
  5. What are the Educational Travel/Book Allowances?
    Sliding scale for PGY1-4 per academic year:
    • PGY1 - $200 Book allowance
    • PGY 2 - $1000
    • PGY 3 - $1200
    • PGY 4 - $1500
       
  6. What is life like on Long Island? 
    http://www.LifeOnLongIsland.com
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