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FAQ:

What makes this FMRP stand out from the rest?

Our program is a unique partnership between Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell, Phelps Hospital, and Open Door Family Medical Centers. Our focus is on YOU the resident: your life, your career, and your future. Thus we have created a program to ensure that you will be equipped with the training that you’ll need to stand out in the field of family medicine. Our goal is to mold a new generation of well-rounded, compassionate, competent family physicians with a personalized, holistic perspective. We strive to create family physicians who look at overall health while emphasizing prevention in order to help patients navigate today’s complex health care system.

What is the application procedure of the FMRP?

All applications should be submitted through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). Residents are selected through the National Residency Match Program (NRMP). Selected candidates will be interviewed via Skype first and then may be selected for an in-person interview at the Phelps Hospital campus in Sleepy Hollow, NY.

I graduated from medical school 10 yrs ago, am I eligible to apply for the FMRP?

No, you must have graduated within 3 years of the start of the residency year for which you are applying. For example, if you are applying to our program for 2025, you must have graduated after July 1, 2022.

What are the USMLE requirements?

Applicants must have passed USMLE both Step I and II-Clinical Knowledge by the second attempt  (1 failure maximum per step) and passed Step II-Clinical Skills on the first attempt.

How many letters of recommendation will I need?

Applicants must have 3 recommendation letters from physicians practicing in the United States. Letters from family medicine or primary care physicians are strongly advised.

Are there prior training requirements?

Yes, applicants must have at least 3 months of clinical experience in the United States or Canada that is particularly relevant to Family Medicine. (Non-clinical graduate work, such as research or observerships do not qualify as clinical experience)

Can I send paper applications?

No, all applicants must apply through ERAS.

How many positions do you have?

The program will be accepting eight applicants for the 2018-2019 academic year.

When is the deadline for applications?

December 20, 2017

If we have any questions regarding the application procedure who do we contact?

Please contact our program coordinator at (914) 366-5359.

Since this is a relatively new program (accredited in 2011), how does this program assure me the same caliber of training given by other experienced programs?

Our core and clinical faculty have many years of graduate medical education experience gained at different residency programs around the country. We know what has worked in the past to create a thriving program and have collectively come together to create an outstanding curriculum and top notch learning environment. Furthermore, we are receptive to new suggestions; our residents’ input is sought after and valued. Collaboratively we strive to make our FMRP one of the best in the nation.

Can you please tell me how the residency is structured?

Please view the 3 year curriculum on our website.

How many lectures do residents attend?

Please view our didactic schedule.

How competent are the faculty?

Through extensive interviews and filtering we have chosen outstanding clinicians to teach our residents, including three of our own first graduates. Their experience and unique approaches to teaching undoubtedly benefit our residents. Furthermore, we have more than 100 community attendants, who have volunteered to work with our residents. Rest assured that our residents are never short of guidance or support.

 Is there a community medicine component?

Yes, during the holiday time in December-January our first year residents all engage in a 4 week rotation within the community including 1 week in the Dominican Republic.  Our Director of Behavioral Medicine introduces various resources for patients, their families, and our residency practice.  We collaborate with varied outpatient mental health sites, addiction specialists, homeless shelters, school based health programs, day treatment and residential school placements, home-based service providers inclusive of wound care, PT/OT, and geriatric primary care.  It is a time for residents to immerse themselves within the larger systems, learn/practice medical Spanish via instruction, and usually spark interest for upcoming elective rotations.

What are the hours of work?

Regular resident hours are from 7 am – 5 pm. On call shifts are up to 14 hours for PGY1s and 24 hours for PGY2 and PGY3s.  We believe that our residents should be well rested and we realize the importance of quality sleep when making medical decisions. Therefore on-call residents are encouraged to have short naps and comfortable sleeping areas are provided within the building.

What benefits are offered to the residents?

Some of our benefits include subsidized on-site housing, competitive salary, free parking, on-site daycare at a reduced rate, step 3 and board exam prep paid time off, and a book allowance. Please review our complete benefits, for all the details.

Will all the clinical rotations be held on the Phelps Hospital campus?

No, most rotations will be on the Phelps campus; 12 weeks of Pediatrics will take place at Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital. The Family Medicine Center rotations and the weekly continuity sessions will take place at Open Door, which is located just a 5 minutes from Phelps by car. Residents also spend time at various other Phelps physicians’ offices, all either located on the Phelps campus or within a short driving distance from Phelps.

Will there be transport provided from the main campus to other locations?

No, residents will need to arrange for their own transportation. It will be imperative to have a car.

How is the foundation month structured?

The first or “foundation” block is structured to help residents better navigate Phelps HospitalZucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell, and Open Door. Some activities that will take place will be training on the electronic medical record (EMR), BLS/ACLS/ALSO, introduction to medical Spanish, simulation training, and didactics.

Do you use an EMR at the FMC and Phelps Hospital?

Yes, Open Door Family Medical Centers, Phelps Hospital and all other clinical sites use an EMR. Residents will be able to access both from their assigned tablet computers 24 hours/day, 7 days a week.

Is there training available to help residents with their Spanish language skills?

Yes, residents will be given medical Spanish training during foundation and the community medicine rotations. Residents also enhance their medical Spanish while spending 1 week in the Dominican Republic practicing global health.

How will the residents be evaluated?

Residents are  evaluated via New Innovations. Some evaluation/feedback tools include: monthly rotation evaluations, quarterly meetings with adviser, semi-annual summative evaluations, annual 360 degree evaluation (includes evaluations by faculty members, support staff in the outpatient setting and other residents), quarterly provider report card provided by FMC and patient satisfaction surveys.

Does the program offer housing?

Incoming residents are eligible to apply for housing, but housing is based on availability and assigned via a lottery system.

Is Phelps Hospital a member of a larger health system?

Phelps is a member of Northwell Health.

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