Residency in General Surgery at Northwell Health
A well-informed surgeon is key to improving patient outcomes. Through individualized mentoring, training, and research opportunities, Northwell Health allows residents to develop the skills necessary to push the boundaries that impede better outcomes.
Research in motion
For trainees interested in pursuing an academic career, we offer a number of research opportunities. Generally, four categorical residents spend up to two years exclusively dedicated to research. Research opportunities exist at the Feinstein Institute under the direction of Ping Wang, MD, in the Division of Surgical Research. Research in other laboratories outside of the Feinstein Institute is also encouraged. The program offers clinical research in a variety of areas. Residents in the research program are required to publish at least one article in a peer-reviewed journal and are encouraged to present locally, regionally and nationally.
Ongoing professional development
As a general surgery resident, you will have the opportunity to participate in a wide range of educational experiences designed to enhance your skills and your future career endeavors. All our residents receive mentoring with a member of the faculty throughout their training to discuss goals and personal and professional growth.
Advanced subspecialty training
During your residency, you will have the opportunity to rotate through a number of subspecialty areas, including vascular surgery, cardiothoracic surgery, colon and rectal surgery, critical care surgery, pediatric surgery, and minimally invasive surgery. If you wish to continue your education after completing your residency, Northwell Health has a number of fellowship training programs available.
The cardio-thoracic faculty and staff at Northwell Health believe the best way to train cardiothoracic surgeons is through an integrated, hands-on approach with increasing levels of responsibility. This is why Northwell offers a two-year comprehensive, ACGME-accredited thoracic surgery residency program.
Northwell Health offers a one-year comprehensive clinical colon and rectal fellowship program for applicants who are board eligible for the American Board of Surgery examination. Currently only one fellow is selected each year.
The Department of Surgery at Northwell Health offers a fellowship training program in minimally invasive surgery. Founded in 2001, this program is part of the Charter Group of the Minimally Invasive Surgery Fellowship Council.
Northwell Health offers a two-year independent fellowship in minimally invasive gynecologic surgery. This certified program is designed to expose the physician in training with extensive experience in both the outpatient and inpatient surgical management of gynecologic disorders using the full arsenal of minimally invasive techniques. The physicians within the Division of Gynecology have been leaders in the field of advanced laparoscopic and hysteroscopic surgery for nearly two decades and established one of the first robotic gynecologic surgery programs in the region.
The vascular surgery residency program is a five-year program accredited by the ACGME. Our residents have the opportunity to take advantage of the third largest secular health care system in the country. Emphasis is placed on learning and growth through its one-of-a-kind Center for Learning and Innovation that includes a simulation center.
The Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell and Cohen Children’s Medical Center offer a two-year completely clinical training program fellowship in pediatric surgery. The program offers a broad experience in all aspects of pediatric general surgery with extensive experience in minimally invasive surgery, pediatric oncology, inflammatory bowel disease and neonatal surgery.
Applicants interested in the critical care surgery training program at Northwell Health should apply through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). Completion of an ACGME-accredited residency program in general surgery is mandatory for admission to this program.
The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Northwell Health offers a three-year fellowship training program in urogynecology and reconstructive pelvic surgery. This program is accredited by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
The endourology fellowship program at Northwell Health is a two-year postgraduate course designed to train urologists with plans to pursue an academic career. The program integrates clinical and research work in stone disease, urologic oncology, reconstructive surgery and ureteral strictures. The fellow will have attending privileges as junior staff/ clinical instructor appointments. The fellow will spend the first year alternating between the North Shore University Hospital and LIJ Medical Center campuses for clinical duties
Residents in the general surgery program receive extensive support as they prepare for their board certification exams. We give trainees access to written self-assessments, as well as mock oral examinations. As part of their educational stipend, residents in the fifth year receive a SESAP subscription and funding to attend a review course for the written boards. After successfully passing the written boards, residents then receive funding to attend a review course for the oral boards. We also offer additional time for travel to participate in these review courses.
The Physician Leadership Institute offers a wide array of programs that collectively serve physician leaders at all levels of the organization. These programs aim to recruit, develop, and retain the talent necessary to achieve Northwell Health’s organizational goals by developing the necessary skill sets among physicians to allow them to prosper in high visibility leadership positions.
Understanding health network and practice management
Being a resident in one of the country’s largest health care systems puts you at a unique advantage. Throughout the training program, residents learn about how to navigate and leverage the resources of health care networks, strategic elements of practice management and how to adapt and grow in the changing health care landscape.