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Residency in Family Medicine at Plainview Hospital

Director's welcome letter

The family medicine residency program at Plainview Hospital was founded twelve years ago by Gary K. Rachlin, DO. As one of the earliest osteopathic residency programs in the health system, the program was rooted in preventive care and the art of healing. Dr. Rachlin held dearly the sentiment of Dr. Francis Peabody's lecture to the students at Harvard Medical School in 1927.

"One of the essential qualities of the clinician is interest in humanity, for the secret of the care of the patient is in caring for the patient."

As a result, Dr. Rachlin was dedicated to creating a program with a profound commitment to patient-centered care. In November 2012, the program suffered a tremendous loss in the sudden passing of Dr. Rachlin. He was a superior physician and exemplary mentor, beloved and appreciated by his patients, residents and colleagues. Having worked as Associate Program Directors under Dr. Rachlin's leadership for several years, Lawrence Crafa, DO, current program director, and I made a commitment to carrying out Dr. Rachlin's mission.

The family medicine residents at Plainview are an essential part of the health care team, and as an unopposed residency, provide comprehensive and superior care to patients throughout the hospital.

With compassion and enthusiasm, the program's leadership and faculty are dedicated to the professional growth of the residents. The program's goal is to provide residents with the knowledge and skills necessary to excel in patient care, preparing them not only for success, but leadership in their chosen fields. 

Residents work one-on-one with attending preceptors that are steadfast in their commitment to individual mentoring and resident advancement. In turn, residents serve as mentors to medical students and interns. 

Our program prides itself on being dyanmic and responsive to the educational needs of our residents, maintaining an open door policy with staff, available 24/7. Our didactic program is designed to further the residents' medical knowledge, but also places emphasis on board examination preparation, professional growth, leadership development, medical/legal/ethical aspects of medicine and practice management.

Sincerely,

Tara Zahtila, DO
Director, Medical Education 


Our clinicians, educators and researchers are dedicated to delivering the highest quality care, while continually pushing the boundaries of knowledge.

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Overview

Thank you for your interest in the Department of Family Medicine at Plainview Hospital, an academic affiliate of the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell. Historically an osteopathic residency program, we have since received ACGME accreditation and now train both osteopathic and allopathic residents in Family Medicine. Our department is committed to ensuring that you receive outstanding training and education over the three year residency to successfully provide patient-centered health care and meet the needs of the community.

Our goal is to provide residents with the knowledge and skills necessary to excel in patient care, while preparing them not only for success but also leadership roles in their chosen fields. As part of Northwell Health, we are able to provide clinical and educational experiences in virtually all aspects of medicine. Residents work closely with attending preceptors that are steadfast in their commitment to individual mentoring and resident advancement. Our daily didactics program is designed to further our residents’ medical knowledge by placing emphases on board examination preparation, professional growth, leadership development, practice management, and legal/ethical/humanistic aspects of medicine.

We believe that an understanding of community medicine and healthcare policy is inherent in a physician’s role as a community leader. In order to ensure that our residents are well rounded and prepared to meet these challenges, we invite them to participate in community projects and hold positions in various hospital committees. In our efforts to strive for excellence, we encourage scholarly activities ranging from quality improvement projects to attending-mentored research opportunities. We are privileged to have access to Northwell data made available through a designated research assistant. We have access to the entire Northwell Health Electronic Health Sciences Library, which includes Harrison’s Online, MD Consult, and Up-To-Date; it is an invaluable resource utilized throughout our training. In addition, our department has designated conference rooms equipped with state-of-the-art audio/visual equipment with teleconferencing linked to the health system’s tertiary centers for grand rounds.

The FM residents at Plainview are an essential part of the healthcare team. As an unopposed residency, our residents provide comprehensive care to patients throughout the hospital. Since our program’s inception, our residents have maintained a 100 percent passing rate on the Family Practice Board Examination. After completing residency, the majority of our graduates have gone on to provide patient care in the outpatient setting (including urgent care), with several remaining in the inpatient setting as hospitalists or continuing their training through fellowship opportunities specializing in Palliative Care, Sports Medicine and Hospital Administration.

Curriculum

Northwell Health offers a variety of academic tracks: Behavioral Health, Women’s Health, Hospitalist, Urgent Care, Leadership, and Global Health. These tracks may be completed during your elective time throughout residency.

The most recently updated curriculum is as follows:

PGY-1 Year

  • Inpatient Medicine Service: 3 blocks
  • Intensive Care Unit (ICU): 1 block
  • Inpatient Cardiology: 1 block
  • Inpatient Medicine Night Float: 1.5 blocks
  • Hospital Admission Service (Admit Swing): 0.5 block
  • Emergency Medicine: 1 block
  • Surgery: 1 block
  • Labor and Delivery (at Huntington Hospital): 1 block
  • Pediatrics (at Cohen Children’s Medical Center): 1 block
  • Elective: 1 block
  • Continuity FM (at Advanced Family Medicine): 4 hours/week
  • Vacation: 1 block

PGY-2 Year

  • Inpatient Medicine Service: 2-3 blocks
  • Intensive Care Unit (ICU): 0-1 block
  • Inpatient Cardiology: 0.5 block
  • Inpatient Medicine Night Float: 1.5 blocks
  • Hospital Admission Service (Admit Swing): 0-0.5 block
  • Emergency Medicine: 1 block
  • Pathology: 0.25 block
  • Radiology: 0.25 block
  • Orthopedics Outpatient / Splinting: 1 block
  • Labor and Delivery (at Huntington Hospital): 1 block
  • Pediatrics (at Cohen Children's): 1 block
  • Pediatrics Outpatient (at Dolan Family Health Center): 1 block
  • Gynecology Outpatient (at Dolan Family Health Center): 0.5 block
  • Elective: 1 block
  • Continuity FM (at Advanced Family Medicine): 4-8 hours/week (rotation dependent)
  • Continuity FM (at Dolan Family Health Center): 4-8 hours/week (rotation dependent)
  • Nursing Home Geriatrics Continuity (White Oaks): 1 day/month
  • Vacation: 1 block

PGY3 Year

  • Inpatient Medicine Service: 1-1.5 blocks
  • Intensive Care Unit (ICU): 1 block
  • Inpatient Cardiology: 0.5 block
  • Inpatient Medicine Night Float: 1.5 blocks
  • Hospital Admission Service: 0-0.5 block
  • House Doctor: 0.5 block
  • Elective: 3 blocks
  • Dermatology: 0.5 block
  • Ophthalmology: 0.25 block
  • ENT: 0.25 block
  • Sports Medicine: 1 block
  • Behavioral Health: 1 block
  • Pediatrics Outpatient (at Dolan Family Health Center): 1 block
  • Gynecology Outpatient (at Dolan Family Health Center): 0.5 block
  • Continuity FM (at Advanced Family Medicine): 4-8 hours/week (rotation dependent)
  • Continuity FM (at Dolan Family Health Center): 4-8 hours/week (rotation dependent)
  • Nursing Home Geriatrics Continuity (White Oaks): 1 day/month
  • Vacation: 1 block

Regarding our outpatient continuity sites, we work at two locations. The first of these is Advanced Family Medicine, where we see patients over each year of our residency. After intern year, we expand our outpatient experience to our second continuity site, the Dolan Family Health Center. The combination of these two sites allows us to experience the full spectrum of outpatient family medicine, as we are able treat and educate patients of all ages, ethnicities, and socioeconomic statuses, with varying diagnoses and access to health care.

We maintain a robust schedule for didactics. Every Tuesday afternoon, there is protected time for four hours of lecture presented by both attendings and fellow residents. Throughout the remainder of the week, there are morning reports led by residents, evening report with the head of our emergency department, and an OB/GYN lecture series. Monthly, there is a case presentation in pulmonology as well as journal club where landmark trials are discussed. Lastly, we have our humanism series, where we take a step back and focus on the non-medical aspects of our field.

In order to practice procedures, we have the opportunity to attend several Bioskills workshops in thora/paracentesis, lumbar punctures, chest tube insertions, MSK injections, skin biopsies, endometrial biopsies, and airway management. In addition, we have a simulation lab on site where we practice ACLS skills, rapid response practice sessions and various other patient encounter simulations. We also participate in standardized patient encounters at the Center for Learning and Innovations (CLI), including but not limited to Goals of Care Conversations and Advanced Illness Planning.

Resident experience

What makes the Plainview Family Medicine program special is our comradery and sense of family. Much of our time is spent at work, but we make a conscious effort to meet up and get to know one another outside of that environment. We all share the common goal to excel during our years of training and we are fortunate in that the culture of this program is to support one another on this journey. So whether it is covering shifts in times of need, birthday celebrations, holiday parties, or after-work happy hours, we take the time to become our own unique family.

Application process

Applicants interested in the family medicine training program at the Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell at Plainview Hospital should apply through the electronic residency application service (ERAS).

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, no older than six (9) months
  • ECFMG Status Report, if applicable

The Match process

The Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell at Plainview Hospital Family Medicine program will be participating in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP). 

  • NRMP Code: 1938120C0

Leadership

Lawrence V. Crafa, DO

Program Director - Family Practice Residency of Family Practice, Plainview Hospital

Specialties: Family Medicine

Tara Ervolino Zahtila, DO

Director - Medical Education of Family Practice, Plainview Hospital

Specialties: Family Medicine

Christopher Jason Robles, DO

Specialties: Family Medicine

For more information contact:

Bonnie Keyer, Training Program Administrator

[email protected]