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The field of family medicine offers physicians challenging and diverse patient care experiences. Our residents provide comprehensive care for patients and their families within the Suffolk County community. With a focus on prevention, management of chronic illnesses and coordination of care, our residents are able to provide lifelong care to families and develop relationships that are integral to patient success.

Though many of our residents stay in the area, we often have residents that choose to work abroad in areas with few medical resources. The training they receive here preps them for providing comprehensive care in those countries where it is sorely needed.

The curriculum is broad based and extensive, providing the residents with the background necessary for practice in any demographic area. Twenty-four weeks of elective experience are scheduled to allow the individual resident to tailor their residency to areas of special interest while maintaining compliance with the curricular requirements of the ACGME and the recommendations of the American Board of Family Medicine.

Residents fully participate on the Program Evaluation Committee which serves as a forum for innovative ideas, advice and feedback. Competency based evaluation tools are utilized throughout the residency period with particular attention paid to the ACGME Milestone criteria.

Block rotations are shown below with their content, location and duration in weeks:




Family medicine teaching service - 22 weeks

Family medicine teaching service - 22 weeks

Family medicine teaching service - 16 weeks

Surgery - 4 weeks

Emergency department/clinical decisions unit - 8 weeks

Orthopaedics - 4 weeks

Obstetrics - 8 weeks

Intensive care unit - 4 weeks

Health care systems - 4 weeks

Pediatrics - 4 weeks

Pediatrics Huntington Hospital - 4 weeks

Palliative care - 4 weeks

Gynecology - 4 weeks

Pediatrics office - 6 weeks

Neurology - 4 weeks

Musculoskeletal medicine - 4 weeks

Endocrinology - 4 weeks

Subspecialty clinics - 4 weeks

Radiology - 2 weeks

Electives - 12 weeks

Electives - 8 weeks

Vacation - 4 weeks

Public health - 2 weeks

Pediatrics - 4 weeks


Subspecialty clinics - 4 weeks

Vacation - 4 weeks


Vacation - 4 weeks


PGY-2 and PGY-3 residents are also required to work in the Family Medicine Ambulatory Care Center. PGY-2 level residents must devote two to three half-days a week and PGY-3 level residents must devote three to five half-days a week to the following Continuity of Care units:

  • Geriatric continuity
  • Community medicine
  • Pediatric continuity clinic

Family medicine teaching service

Occurs in all three years and consists of team based inpatient adult medical care led by a PGY 3 resident with junior residents and PA’s as integral members. This takes place at Huntington Hospital and is supervised by Dr. Val Kraydman, a board-certified family physician and hospitalist. Residents provide coverage of a discrete patient population numbering approximately 15-17 inpatients. They also run rapid responses and codes with 24/7/365 in-house hospitalists and nocturnists participating.

Hospital Pediatrics

Occurs during PGY 1 and PGY 2 at Huntington Hospital and consists of daily rounds in the Nursery, on the inpatient Pediatrics floor and in the Pediatric ED. Supervision is supplied by pediatric hospitalists and neonatologists with faculty backup available on site 24/7/365. Weekly case presentations and didactic sessions compliment the clinical activities.


During PGY1, a block rotation is spent in obstetrics. As a continuity experience, obstetrics is studied throughout the program at Huntington Hospital. Consists of the family medicine residents participation as an integral team member with obstetricians, midwives and nurses in the hospital care of mothers and newborn in gestations of 34 weeks or greater. Supervision is performed by Dr. Robert Scanlon, chairman of the Department of OB/GYN, who has also had formal training in family medicine.

Women’s Health

During PGY1, residents work at the Dolan Family Health Center in Huntington, where women's health issues are studied. Under the supervision of board-certified gynecologists and family physicians, the resident participates in all aspects of outpatient women’s care.


Occurs during PGY 1 at Huntington Hospital and consists of preoperative, operative and postoperative care in both the inpatient and outpatient location. Supervision is by Dr. Robert Zingale, chief of the Department of Surgery.

Musculoskeletal Medicine

During PGY1, residents spend time in the Department of Physical Medicine at Glen Cove Hospital. The resident is exposed to common and less common musculoskeletal conditions that are cared for in a nonsurgical manner including medical and physical therapy modalities. Supervision is performed by Dr. Barry Root, chair of the Department of Physical Medicine.


During PGY1, residents study radiology under the direction of Dr. Steven Weck, the chair of the radiology department at Glen Cove Hospital. The resident is exposed to the principles of interpreting common X rays, CT scans, MRIs and sonograms.

Intensive Care

Occurs during PGY 2 at Huntington Hospital where the resident participates as an integral team member in the care of patients in both the MICU and SICU under the supervision of Dr. Peter Shih, a board-certified intensivist. The unit is a closed unit with care given 24/7 by board-certified intensivists with subspecialty input. Procedures appropriate to the ICU patient are learned as is the appropriate utilization of this special unit.


Occurs during PGY 2 at Glen Cove Hospital where the resident works alongside board-certified emergency room specialists in treating urgencies and emergencies including admission to the Clinical Decision Unit, where rapid diagnosis and treatment of patients who stay less than 36 hours occurs. Additionally, the resident performs daily inpatient rounds on Family Medicine clinic inpatients under the supervision of Family Medicine faculty.


During PGY2, residents study endocrinology at Glen Cove Hospital and at outpatient offices under the supervision of Dr. Tharakaram Ravishankar, the chair of the Division of Endocrinology. The diagnosis and management of common endocrine disorders with particular emphasis on thyroid disease and diabetes is thoroughly covered utilizing both inpatients and outpatients from Dr. Ravishankar’s practice as well as hospital consultations.

Ambulatory Pediatrics

In PGY2 and PGY3, residents study ambulatory pediatrics in the offices of Dr. John Sheehy, chair of pediatrics at Glen Cove Hospital. The resident works with Dr. Sheehy and his associates in a busy, state-of-the-art, pediatric office. This experience compliments the Pediatric Continuity experience obtained in the Glen Cove Family Medicine Center and the Dolan Family Health Center.

Public Health

Occurs during PGY 2 at the Nassau County Department of Health where the resident familiarizes himself/herself with disease surveillance and prevention and other public health considerations.

Orthopedics/Sports Medicine

Occurs during PGY 3 at the offices of Orthopedic Associates of Great Neck (Glen Cove) where specialists in general orthopedics, joint replacement and sports medicine provide care to a wide and varied population. Casting, splinting and the diagnosis of common orthopedic conditions encountered by family physicians are learned, as well as indications for joint replacement and other operative procedures. The prevention and treatment of common sports related conditions are emphasized.


Occurs at Glen Cove during PGY 3 and is supervised by Dr. Lawrence Robinson, chair of the Department of Neurology. This rotation is both inpatient and outpatient based and deals with the diagnosis and treatment of common neurological conditions such as stroke, seizures, headache, peripheral neuropathy, movement disorders, dementia and degenerative diseases.

Palliative Care

Third year residents do a rotation in palliative care at Huntington Hospital under the supervision of a full-time, board-certified end-of-life specialist. End-of-life care, advance directives and issues of medical ethics are thoroughly discussed, and appropriate methods of palliative care of chronic disease are learned.

Continuity rotations

In addition to block rotations, the family medicine resident experiences the challenges and rewards of rendering continuity care to a progressively expanding panel of patients in the FMC under the supervision and guidance of experienced family physician preceptors. The exposure increases from one or two half-days per week as a first year resident to as many as five half-days during the third year.

The FMC is organized to serve as a model practice for an attending physician upon completion of the program. We are a Level III Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) and accomplish state-of-the-art preventive care, patient follow-up and evidenced based diagnosis and management. Ongoing quality assurance and improvement are built into the structure and function of the PCMH. Additionally, continuity rotations in Pediatrics occur at the Dolan Family Medicine Center in Huntington and in Geriatrics at several Glen Cove extended care facilities.


Didactic sessions compliment and reinforce the clinical curriculum with a core series of lectures repeated every 18 months. These sessions are supplemented by current topics of interest, case presentations, simulations and grand rounds. Approximately 200 didactic sessions and presentations including Board Review sessions occur annually.

Off campus CME

Each resident is allowed five paid working days to attend conferences of their choice. Additionally subsidized group trips to CME activities in New York City and other nearby locations are occasionally organized by the program to include a social event.