Welcome Letter


The establishment of the Phelps Family Medicine Residency Program was a labor of great love for the many wonderful and conscientious healthcare leaders who put their collective shoulder to the wheel in order to make this achievement possible.

The creation of the first family medicine residency in New York since 1995 was a significant, even hopeful sign given the urgent need for more family doctors and other primary care physicians in the United States.

Our program is:

  • University-affiliated
  • Unopposed
  • Community-based

The Phelps Family Medicine Residency Program is located in Sleepy Hollow, in suburban Westchester County, New York, some 30 miles north of New York City. The hospital is steps away from the Rockefeller State Park Preserve. The magnificent Hudson River provides unparalleled vistas from a virtually infinite number of perspectives from the hospital itself as well as the picturesque communities that line the Hudson Valley.
Phelps Family Medicine Residency Program is a pioneering effort – an innovative and altogether new kind of residency designed to cultivate the talents, knowledge and skills of the next generation of outstanding family doctors.

It takes a certain kind of person to be a great family doctor. And we are looking for an inspired few to join us in leading the way.

We seek those with a great passion for family medicine and an eagerness to embrace a dynamic challenge, as this imaginative program will surely be strives to be. Residents of this program appreciate the satisfaction they receive by applying their energies into an endeavor that has meaning, a kind of mission of sorts.

You are familiar with the process of collaborating with others to create a result that is greater than the sum of its parts. You, your colleagues and the entire community of teachers that will assist and support your education will be the ones paving this path together.

As a resident, you will play a substantial role in shaping and defining the program itself. Your feedback will be an essential element in helping to consistently course correct and provide you with the experiences that you find are the most valuable to your comprehensive medical education.
Residents of this program need to possess strong communications skills alongside a desire to provide leadership in our healthcare system.

While certainly good news, this must be reinforced with a consistent, broad effort to help correct the imbalance in the ratio of primary care physicians to specialists that has resulted in a critical shortage, indeed, a crisis that will likely grow even more severe in the upcoming years.

What is clear is that the need for more family physicians is vital to the transformation taking place in our healthcare system today.

Family physicians often care for their patients over many years, in the process gaining a thorough understanding of their medical histories including family and community factors that may contribute to health and well-being. With a comprehensive knowledge of the patient’s medical and social history over time, the family physician can often diagnose and treat the patient within the context of their situation, family and community, thereby contributing to better outcomes while lowering healthcare costs.

The future of healthcare in America is being defined with every passing day. The contest of ideas being waged will have a dramatic effect on the way we provide medical care in the U.S. and who will be able to receive it. These very principles, of course, are the ones that have brought us together here and now on this very website. Our fundamental goal is to provide you with the best possible education in family medicine through a curriculum that not only grows your skills, but prepares you for any role you pursue as well.

The Phelps Family Medicine Residency Program is a comprehensive, multi-dimensional educational experience that will serve you well in your career as a family doctor. We hope your bright future will begin here in this unique, imaginative, program!
We greatly look forward to hearing from you and meeting you in person very soon.


Shantie Harkisoon, MD