+ What makes your program stand out?
Every Family Medicine residency program is different, so it's important to choose a residency that's a good match for your interests. We offer outstanding training from physicians who are considered leaders in Family Medicine and other fields. 100% of our residents pass their Family Medicine board exam on their first try. Our faculty and residents are committed to our community and its underserved patient population. We are particularly proud of our Community-Oriented Primary Care (COPC) curriculum. All of our first-year residents spend a month together learning about COPC, our community, and how to do a community needs assessment. For the past eight years, we have also traveled together to the Dominican Republic for a week to learn about the medical system and our patients' communities there. In the second and third years, residents have longitudinal time set aside to complete an individual COPC or research project. Several of these projects have been presented at national Family Medicine conferences.
In 2014 we received a grant from the Weil Foundation to expand our curriculum in integrative medicine. Our residency also has strengths in inpatient medicine and outpatient women's health.
+ Do your residents do international electives?
Global health is a common interest for many of our residents. In the past few years, our residents have traveled to Ecuador, China, England, and Thailand (in addition to the first-year trip to the Dominican Republic). We don’t have set international electives, but we do have relationships in many places that allow residents to explore their interests
+ How many faculty members are in your program?
Currently in 2014, our program has 22 faculty members: 19 MDs, five of whom also hold Masters in Public Health; two fellowship trained Maternity Care faculty; one faculty with a fellowship in Pain and Palliative Care; two PhDs; and a DrPH. Our faculty members work with our 18 residents in many different capacities, including inpatient rounds, lecture presentations, precepting in clinic, and teaching courses.
+ What are your graduates doing?
Many of our graduates continue their work with underserved communities, both in the NYC area and nationally. Our program graduates are in demand and all are able to get jobs before they graduate – unless they choose to take more time off!
CLASS OF 2015: FQHC in NYC Private practice in upstate NY FQHC near Washington DC FQHC near Washington DC FQHC in NYC FQHC in Westchester
CLASS OF 2014: Locum tenens work Hospital-owned practice near Boston Pain and Palliative Care fellowship in Miami Aerospace Medicine fellowship in Houston Private practice in Miami FQHC in NYC Private practice in NYC
CLASS OF 2013: Locum tenens work, including New Zealand Reproductive health fellowship Community Health Center near Atlanta, GA Private practice in PA Locum tenens work, including New Zealand Residency faculty in NYC
+ Which outpatient procedures will I learn?
Procedures residents learn include minor skin surgery in the Family Health Center (punch and shave biopsies, electrocautery); colposcopy; IUD and Nexplanon insertions; endometrial biopsies; laceration repair, joint injections; incision and drainage; and trigger point injections. We also provide early medical and surgical abortion training.
+ Do you have to speak Spanish?
You do not need to know any Spanish at all, as long as you are excited about learning! Our patient population is 85% Latino, mostly from the Dominican Republic, as well as from Mexico, Puerto Rico, and Central and South America. We also have patients of African, Russian, Jewish, Arabic, and Irish origins, among others. Half of our patients are Spanish-speaking only, and we provide support for residents who are learning Spanish. This includes formal classes and informal practice during our Community Oriented Primary Care month. We also have copies of Rosetta Stone for residents to borrow. An interpreter system is always available by phone, and there are speaker phones in all of our exam rooms. Best of all, our patients love to teach you Spanish. Whether or not you know Spanish at the beginning of your residency, you will have learned Spanish by the time you graduate. The Latino population is the largest minority group in the United States, so fluency in Spanish will make you a desirable candidate for almost any job position.
+ What links are there between your program and the University?
The Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons is our medical school affiliate and employs our faculty. As a resident at Columbia University Medical Center, you have access to an extraordinary array of resources. While most of our work takes place at a community hospital, at Columbia you can easily access specialist advice and teaching whenever you feel this is necessary. This allows to you to open doors for your patients in need of consults or special studies, as well as to learn from experts as you co-manage your patients with them. We often invite specialist colleagues to present conference lectures, using their expertise to help us with our primary care perspective. Faculty and residents are actively involved in teaching medical students, who rotate through Family Medicine in all four years of their curriculum. All residents have access to the University’s extensive computing and library facilities. For research projects, you will have the option of seeking mentors from other areas of the university, such as the School of Public Health, in addition to mentors from our own faculty.
+ What is the call schedule?
Different rotations have different call schedules. All of them strictly adhere to national and New York State work hours guidelines. On the inpatient family medicine service, first-year residents work during daytime hours only, while second- and third-year residents take turns supervising interns during the day or covering night float. The Inpatient Pediatrics, ICU, and OB rotations have, on average, three weeks of day shifts and one week of night float.
+ Where do residents live?
The most popular areas for residents (and some faculty) to live are the neighborhoods which are closest to the Columbia-NYP Hospital and our clinic, both in the northwestern part of Manhattan. These neighborhoods are quite different from one another and include: Morningside Heights (home of Columbia University undergraduate campus with a fun, lively collegiate vibe), Fort George/Hudson Heights (has a quieter, more residential feel), the Upper West Side (slightly more expensive but with an abundance of restaurants, cafes, bars, and nightlife) and Washington Heights/Inwood (closest to the hospital and clinic with a predominantly Dominican population base). A few of us live across the river in the Riverdale area of the Bronx. This neighborhood has the advantages of being very easily accessible to Manhattan by subway while at the same time offering a quieter, more suburban lifestyle--ideal for residents with families or pets. Some of our residents live in NYP subsidized housing, which is convenient to the Family Health Center and the main hospital. Regardless of where you live, almost all of us get to work by subway and end up having a 10-30 minute commute--just long enough to read a quick article!
+ Is your residency program opposed?
While New York Presbyterian Hospital does sponsor other residency programs, we don't consider ourselves "opposed" by them! Seriously, we are fortunate to have most of our inpatient training (Family Medicine inpatient service, surgery, obstetrics) at the Allen Hospital, which is a branch of NYP Hospital with a smaller, community hospital feel. Internal medicine, surgery, and a few other programs do rotate through "the Allen" also, but our FM inpatient service has only FM residents and faculty, and gets unassigned patients from the ED in a rotation with the IM resident services. On Labor and Delivery, our residents are supervised directly by FM and OB faculty (although we do work with Anesthesia, Emergency Medicine, and OB residents there). Our residents do work with other NYP residents on the following inpatient rotations: ICU, surgery, and inpatient pediatrics (which we do at CHONY, the Children's Hospital of New York). This lets us take advantage of their world-class faculty and excellent teaching. It's also nice to have friends in other departments around the medical center. We really have the best of both worlds!
+ What are the visa rules?
NYPH Visa Rules: As a general rule, The New York and Presbyterian Hospital (“NYPH”) will only accept foreign nationals (FNs”) into this Graduate Medical Education (“GME”) program who secure J-1 nonimmigrant classification, which is administered by ECFMG (Educational Commission for Foreign Graduates), or are otherwise authorized to work for the program duration without sponsorship by NYPH.
NYPH will not sponsor any candidate for an H-1B, H-1B1, E-3 or any other status to participate in this program.
In very limited circumstances, the NYPH will support O-1 sponsorship for FNs who qualify based on their extraordinary ability. In these instances, however, the FN will be required to pay for and use the services of an NYPH approved immigration legal provider who first will provide an opinion to NYPH that you are eligible for the O-1 classification and, if NYPH agrees to support the petition, then prepare and file an O-1 petition on your behalf.
WARNING: If you are a Foreign National and refuse to secure J-1 status, are not eligible for O-1 nonimmigrant status or lack employment authorization valid for the duration of the GME program in which you seek to participate, NYPH will not accept you into or allow you to complete its GME programs.