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Medical training is a period of rigorous development. Striking a balance 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.

Our residency program has undertaken a “Wellness Initiative” in which we host monthly activities that offer residents the opportunity to unwind, team build, and improve their experiences. Our wellness schedule for the current year is below.

  • July – Welcome Barbecue
  • August – Ice Cream Social
  • September – Surgical Jeopardy
  • October – Pumpkin Patch
  • November – Canned Food Drive
  • December – Adopt a Family for the Holidays
  • January – Relaxation Techniques
  • February – Talent Show

Housing, salary & benefits

Limited on-campus housing - utilities included - is available at North Shore University Hospital, LIJ Medical Center and Glen Cove Hospital at a below market rate to residents through a prescribed selection process outlined in the On-Campus Housing Policy. Housing is subsidized and the rent is taken from your paycheck twice per month. Preference is generally given to applicants from out of the tri-state area and international students. Parking is available at most locations.

Housing is not available to Northwell Health fellows. 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.

Resident/Fellow Salaries – 2018

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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 the New York-metro area is expensive. In considering a move to New York City, it is important to weigh the cost of living against the many educational and cultural advantages of living here. The following able 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 (including telephone, internet, gas, water, etc.)


Public transportation




Personal care


Child care (1 child)


Our trainees

The residents in the general surgery program at Northwell Health come from around the world. Our trainees bring with them a wealth of experiences and aspirations that strengthen the care we provide and the educational offerings. Our residents have gone on to fulfilling careers in hospital-based or community practices, ranging from cardiothoracic surgery to trauma surgery.

PGY Level 1 Profile Summer 2017*

Number of PGY 1 residents


Total number of program residents


Average USMLE Step 1 score for PGY 1 residents


Average USMLE Step 2 score for PGY 1 residents


Total percentage of female trainees


Total percentage of underrepresented minorities



Educational snapshot Summer 2017*

Average hours per week on duty


Maximum consecutive hours on duty


Average number of 24-hour off duty


Average hours per week of regularly scheduled lectures or conferences


Training at hospital outpatient clinics


Training in ambulatory non-hospital community-based settings



PGY Level 1 Medical School Profile Summer 2017*

The School of Medicine at Stony Brook University Medical Center

Georgetown University School of Medicine

Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell

New York University School of Medicine

State University of New York Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine

University of Illinois College of Medicine - Rockford

University Minnesota Medical School

University of North Dakota School of Medicine & Health Sciences

*all information as of July 2017

Recent graduates

Northwell Health has an extensive alumni network. Our past graduates serve as a resource to current trainees for educational development as well as career assistance. Following graduation, our trainees have gone on to a number of areas in their chosen specialty, including academics, hospital medicine or private practice. Some of our recent graduates matched in the following fellowships:

Class of 2017

  • Vascular Surgery – Mount Sinai (New York, NY)
  • Breast Surgery – University of Miami (Miami, FL)
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery – Northwell Health/ Lenox Hill Hospital (New York, NY)
  • Thoracic Surgery – Swedish Medical Center (Seattle, WA)
  • Acute Care Surgery – Hartford Hospital, (Hartford, CT)
  • Plastic Surgery – University of Miami (Miami, FL)
  • Breast Surgery – Mount Sinai Beth Israel (New York, NY)

Class of 2016

  • Endocrine Surgery – University of Miami (Miami, FL)
  • Acute Care Surgery – Virginia Commonwealth University (Richmond, VA)
  • Acute Care Surgery – Brigham and Women’s (Boston, MA)
  • Colorectal Surgery – St. Francis Hospital (Hartford, CT)
  • Vascular Surgery – University of Miami (Miami, FL)
  • Plastic Surgery – University of Miami (Miami, FL)
  • Surgical Oncology – Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center (Winston-Salem, NC)
  • Colorectal Surgery – University of Connecticut/ Hartford Hospital (Hartford, CT)
  • Plastic Surgery – Temple University (Philadelphia, PA)

Class of 2015

  • Pediatric Surgery – Northwell Health (New Hyde Park, NY)
  • Trauma Critical Care – University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (Pittsburgh, PA)
  • Cardiothoracic Surgery – Northwell Health (New Hyde Park, NY)
  • Thoracic Surgery/ Robotics – Northwell Health (New Hyde Park, NY)
  • Breast Surgery – Mount Sinai Beth Israel (New York, NY)
  • Vascular Surgery – Baylor University Medical Center (Dallas, TX)
  • Surgical Critical Care – Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (Boston, MA)