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Residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Northwell Health

The residency training program in physical medicine and rehabilitation at Northwell Health is an ACGME-accredited, three-year program. The program offers comprehensive training in all aspects of physical medicine and rehabilitation, including outpatient musculoskeletal rehabilitation, acute and subacute inpatient rehabilitation, electrodiagnosis, interventional physiatry and consultations in the acute hospital.

In addition to the clinical aspects of training, residents learn through protected weekly didactic sessions, which include lectures, case conferences and journal clubs. Cadaveric dissection provides a review of relevant anatomy as well as an opportunity to practice procedural skills. Elective time is provided in the PGY-3 and PGY-4 years to enhance the resident’s exposure to particular areas of interest. A scholarly work must be completed sometime during the three years of training.

Program features

The residency program has been ACGME accredited for 10 years. The program employs 12 residents, with four residents per year. Residents must have completed an accredited internship according to the requirements of the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation to apply.

Clinical rotations are located at the following locations:

Inpatient rehabilitation

  • Glen Cove Hospital
  • Southside Hospital
  • Northwell Health Stern Family Center for Rehabilitation

Outpatient rehabilitation/consultations 

  • North Shore University Hospital
  • Long Island Jewish Medical Center
  • Lenox Hill Hospital
  • Glen Cove Hospital
  • Southside Hospital
  • Cohen Children’s Medical Center
  • Parker Jewish Institute

Leadership & faculty

Adam Stein

Chair, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Northwell Health

Matthew Morris Shatzer, DO

Chief of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, North Shore University Hospital

Specialties: Physical / Rehab Medicine, Spinal Cord Injury Medicine

Adam Stein, MD

Associate professor
Ona Bloom, PhD

Assistant professors
Elena Belkin, MD
Sylvia John, MD
Brian Krebs, DPT
Susan Maltser, DO
Patric McQuade, MS, PT
Anthony Oreste, MD
Shaheda Quraishi, MD
Barry Root, MD
Craig Rosenberg, MD
Rosanna C. Sabini, DO
Matthew Shatzer, DO
Sarah Khan, DO

Clinical assistant professors
Jeffry Beer, MD
Hilary Berlin, MD
Jason Lipetz, MD
Waqaas Ahmad Quraishi, MD
Rosanne Pachilakis, Psy.D., ABPP
Kristen Demertzis, Psy.D., ABPP
Jean Elbaum, PhD
Joseph Lee, MD
Lynn Weiss, MD

Training information

In addition to the extensive clinical experiences offered, a formal didactic curriculum takes place weekly. The didactic curriculum is given on Wednesday mornings and is protected time. The residents are excused from any clinical responsibilities. The topics are determined by the topics for the Self-Directed Education Program distributed by the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

In July and August, the PGY-2 residents participate in an introductory curriculum while the PGY-3 and PGY-4 residents review anatomy by participation in cadaveric dissection at the anatomy structure lab at the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell.

Clinical experiences include:


  • 14 months


  • 13 months


  • 3 months of dedicated EMG/NCS (+ outpatient experience)


  • 3 months


  • 1 month


  • 2 months 

There are many other academic experiences that are offered to the residents, including:

  • Journal review twice a month
  • SAE reviews
  • Narrative medicine
  • Conferences
  • Monthly multidisciplinary spine conference
  • Weekly neurovascular conference
  • Large variety of educational conferences at the Zucker School of Medicine
  • Home Visit Program
  • Quality improvement conferences
  • Residents research course
  • ASTeP- Online Spinal Cord Injury Learning Module

Learn more by viewing our PGY-2, PGY-3 and PGY-4 rotation schedules and didactic schedule.

We offer results-oriented, comprehensive rehabilitation services and are dedicated to your safe, healthy and rapid recovery.

Learn more about our rehab services

Application process

Applicants interested in the physical medicine and rehabilitation training program at Northwell Health must apply through the electronic residency application service (ERAS).

When all materials have been received, the applications are evaluated to determine which candidates will be interviewed. The personal interviews with the faculty and residents are an integral part of the application process. Interviews take place on Wednesdays. The department participates in the National Resident Matching Program process for four PGY-2 positions each year.

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
  • ECFMG Status Report, if applicable

Research and professional development

Scholarly work is a program requirement. Most residents have presented at national conferences, including:

  • American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Association of Academic Physiatrists
  • American Pain Society
  • New York Society of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Scholarly work is also presented at the departmental Academic Day, where an award is presented for the best resident project.

Ongoing professional development

As the medical industry continues to evolve, so must physicians. Growth and development as a physician is essential to providing excellent patient care and advancing the field of medicine. Professional evolution requires a dedication to enhancing your medical knowledge and skills over time, networking with other health professionals, and managing your debt and general financial health. We offer trainees mentorship and other opportunities to help prepare for future endeavors.

Leadership development

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 the health system’s organizational goals by developing the necessary skill sets among physicians to allow them to prosper in high visibility leadership positions.


Ona E. Bloom, PhD 
Associate Investigator
The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research
Associate Professor, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and of Molecular Medicine,
Zucker School of Medicine

Dr. Ona E. Bloom is director of the Laboratory of Neuroimmunology and assistant investigator at the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research. She is jointly appointed as assistant professor of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and of Molecular Medicine at the Zucker School of Medicine. Dr. Bloom also serves as the director of research for residents in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

Housing, salary & benefits


We offer one of the most competitive benefits programs in the nation. 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. 

The residency training program provides the following additional benefits:

Academy membership:

  • Association of Academic Physiatrists


  • PM&R Pocketpedia
  • Book allowance

Conference allowance 
AAP Annual Conference- PGY-4 year. Monetary incentive if presenting scholarly work.


  • PM&R Board Review Course
  • Prosthetic and Orthotics Course

The program assists with hospital housing as well as provide listing from the Graduate Medical Education office. 


Northwell Health salaries are among the highest in the nation.  For the 2015-2016 academic cycle, the salaries for residents were:

Program level

Base salary







PGY-5: $78,000

Note: Chief Resident receives an additional $1,500 stipend.

Work/life balance

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 part in the many cultural and entertainment offerings in New York City and Long Island and to pursue hobbies and outside interests.

Our residents

We are very proud of the success of our recent graduates. Our graduates have received excellent job offers and have been accepted to very prestigious, highly competitive fellowships. The following is a list of the fellowships that our residents have been accepted to in the past several years:


  • Loma Linda
  • University of Michigan                  
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of South Florida
  • Thomas Jefferson
  • Temple
  • Beth Israel
  • Yale University

Sports/Spine Medicine

  • Mount Sinai
  • Cleveland Clinic
  • Rutgers
  • Pediatrics
  • Johns Hopkins

Palliative Care

  • North Shore University Hospital


  • University of Miami


  • Carolinas Rehab


  • University of Michigan

Resident testimonials

“I enjoyed the diversity of my experience at Northwell Health. The exposure to the multiple specialties in PMR including TBI, SCI, burn, pain management, and inpatient and outpatient experience provided me the opportunity to make an educated decision about my future and allowed me to continue on to be a part of a very successful orthopedic/PMR group!”-Amy Schneider-Lyall, DO

“Residency is a unique experience that only a small portion of our population gets to partake in. With such privilege, it is that much more important to choose the right residency, for one’s career and one’s self. That is why I am pleased that I chose Hofstra Northwell Health School of Medicine Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Residency program. Not only did I receive great training and guidance from physicians in and out of the department, I had a ball doing it. PMR docs are known to be somewhat laid back, but our physicians are approachable, fun and great to work with. You become a part of the PMR family.” -Renee Enriquez, MD

“As I think back to my first day of residency, it was a defining moment where I was introduced to a department and the people who would play a key and influential role in my growth and evolution both professionally and personally. Through various rotations, I gained the knowledge that would build a strong foundation in the field of physical medicine and rehabilitation. The program has a strong academic background with weekly didactics and workshops, monthly grand rounds with well-known and reputable speakers, a yearly anatomy cadaver bioskills lab, journal clubs that examined evidence based medicine, and new opportunities to learn through narrative medicine. The faculty was dedicated to teach and created a supportive environment. My classmates and I went on to reputable fellowships in interventional pain, brain injury and spinal cord injury medicine. It was all possible because of the guidance and leadership of the PM&R department at Hofstra Northwell Health School of Medicine.”-Nisha Patel, MD

“It was obviously an honor to be in this residency. Having a great personable program director who is a strong advocate for the residents and a chairman that strives for excellence has really provided our residency with a tremendous stride. Besides the basics of PM&R curriculum I was able to pick up intangible wisdom on how to be the most consummate and professional physician. I have no doubt that the information I have learned here (which goes way beyond the textbook) has left more than an indelible impression on all of our lives, and we will strive to live a life where we can be our patient’s best advocates. No matter the specific sub-specialty we are rehab doctors at heart. Cheers to a wonderful 3 years.” - Sameer Sharma, MD

“Here are some reasons why I loved my residency program: Dr. Shatzer (enough said) – A truly caring and supportive program director, a chairman that is very supportive of residents and interested in their education, the opportunity to be involved in cutting edge research at the Feinstein Institute with top-notch scientists and mentors, like Ona Bloom, knowledgeable faculty that care about teaching and excellent didactics.”- Arti Panjwani, DO