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Medical training is a period of rigorous development. Striking a balance between between your personal and professional responsibilities is essential to your success. We encourage residents to take advantage of the many free and low cost events in New York City and Long Island, such as apple picking on Long Island or stop by a street festival in the city.

In addition to the residents' work rooms in the hospital, there are several other spaces are available for their use. The surgery residency office includes a conference room, work stations, as well as the Laparoscopic Skills Lab.

Resident and fellow forum

The Residents and Fellows Forum (RFF) represents the interests of the over 1,500 physician trainees at Northwell Health and the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell. It was developed out of a need to assist Graduate Medical Education Committee and Office of Academic Affairs to implement various programs and policies, with the hopes of improving residents' and fellows' patient care, education, and work environment.

The RFF also functions as a liaison between administration, staff, and residents and fellows to resolve active issues and as a forum for discussing topics that will enhance the quality of life. Forum committee members attend monthly meetings of the GMEC, who then reports to the Medical Board and the Dean and Chief Academic Officer of Northwell Health and works to help resolve any issues pertinent to resident and fellow education and work/living environment.

Housing, salary & benefits


Lenox Hill Hospital offers limited off-campus housing to residents at below market rate. Utilities are not included with these housing assignments. Housing is subsidized and rent is taken from your paycheck twice per month. All housing applications are reviewed but preference is given to residents that are from out of state or international.

Residents who do not receive campus housing are given a monthly stipend to supplement the cost of living. There are many services to assist in finding apartments around your training hospital, including Street Easy, Curbed, and Trulia.


Members of the house staff have a choice of plans under medical, dental, vision, supplemental short-term disability, long-term disability, supplemental life insurance/accidental death and dismemberment, and flexible spending accounts. All plans are eligible on the first date of employment, and the cost of coverage is largely employer-subsidized. In addition, the following are provided to members of the house staff:

  • Employer-paid Basic Life Insurance/AD&D at 1½ times pay up to $500,000
  • Salary continuation during disability for up to 12 weeks and 50 percent Short-Term Disability thereafter at no cost to the employee
  • 60 percent Long-Term Disability provided at no cost to the employee

Members of the house staff are entitled to 20 days of paid time off (PTO) each contract year. These 20 days must be used during the period covered by the contract and may not be carried into subsequent years. To learn more about benefits offered, download our resident resource guide.

House staff compensation package

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  • Start date for Internal Medicine & EM/IM trainees: 6/25/16
  • Start date for Internal Medicine trainees at LHH: 6/28/16
  • Start date for Pediatric trainees: 6/20/16
  • Chief Residents at NSUH, LIJ, FHH, LHH, GCH, SSH receive an additional $1,500 stipend

Cost of living

Living in New York City is expensive. In considering a move to the city it is important to weigh the cost of living against the many educational and cultural advantages of living here. The following table lists average estimated monthly living expenses based upon reasonable expenditures. You may incur additional expenses that are not covered, such as the purchase of a computer, medical expenses not covered by insurance or conference expenses.



Utilities (gas, electricity, etc.)**


Public transportation***


Child care****


*Rental average based on rental market summary from for the Upper East Side in spring 2015.
**According to Center Point Energy cost estimator.
***Based on current Metropolitan Transit Authority fare rates.
****Based on market rates from the Day Care Council of New York.

Our trainees

Lenox Hill surgery residents have traditionally continued their surgical education in a variety of prestigious fellowship training programs. Examples from recent years include fellowships in plastic surgery, surgical oncology, minimally invasive surgery, vascular surgery, hepatobiliary surgery, and colorectal surgery.

  • Surgical Oncology, Surgery of Breast - New York University (NYU)
  • Cardiothoracic Surgery – University of Chicago
  • Cardiac Surgery – Baylor (Texas Heart)
  • Colon and Rectal Surgery – Washington Medical Center
  • Hand Surgery – University of New Mexico
  • Hepatobiliary Surgery – University of Southern California
  • MIS – Baystate Medical Center (Tufts University)
  • MIS – Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (Harvard University)
  • Plastic Surgery – Cleveland Clinic Florida
  • Plastic Surgery – Cleveland Clinic Ohio
  • Plastic Surgery – New York Presbyterian Hospital (Columbia)
  • Surgical Oncology – City of Hope Cancer Center
  • Surgical Oncology – John Wayne Cancer Center
  • Surgical Oncology - University of Michigan
  • Trauma Critical Care - Lincoln Hospital Medical Center
  • Vascular Surgery – University of Maryland
  • Vascular Surgery – University of Virginia
  • Vascular Surgery – Maimonides Medical Center