Frequently Asked Questions

What makes this program 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 you’ll need to stand out in the field of family medicine. Our goal is to mold well-rounded, compassionate, competent family physicians with a personalized, holistic perspective. We strive to create family physicians leaders who can look at overall health systems and needs in order to help patients navigate today’s complex health care system.

What is the application procedure?

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

What are the USMLE requirements?

Applicants must have passed both USMLE Step I and II-Clinical Knowledge or COMLEX-USA Level I and 2-CE  by the second attempt  (1 failure maximum per step) and passed USMLE Step II-Clinical Skills or COMLEX USA Level 2-PE 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.

How many positions do you have?

The program will be accepting eight residents for each academic year.

When is the deadline for applications?

Applications are reviewed until interview slots are filled; the program generally does not review applications past December 31st.

If we have any questions, who do we contact?

Please contact our residency coordinator at (914) 366-5353.

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

Our core and clinical faculty have many years of graduate medical education experience gained at different residency programs around the country. Since being established and with the help of constant resident feedback, we continue to mold and enhance our outstanding curriculum and top notch learning environment.

How is the residency curriculum structured?

Please view the 3 year currciulum on our website.

How many lectures do residents attend?

Please view our didactic schedule.

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 typical work hours?

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 lottery, 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 occur at Phelps Hospital?

 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. GYN and Outpatient Peds are completed at Open Door in Ossining and Port Chester respectively.  Residents also spend time at various Phelps physicians’ offices, all either located on the Phelps campus or within a short driving distance from Phelps.

Will transportation be provided between the main campus and other locations?

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

How is the foundation block structured?

The first or “foundation” block is structured to help residents better navigate Phelps Hospital, Zucker 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/PALS, 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  the essential EMRs Open Door utilizes, eClinicalWorks (eCW), Phelps Meditech and Allscripts 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 the 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 advisor, semi-annual summative evaluations, annual 360 degree evaluation (includes evaluations by faculty members, support staff in the outpatient setting and other residents), quality metrics via relevant (QI Software) 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.  Generally, three apartments are available for lottery among those interested in each incoming class.

Is Phelps Hospital a member of a larger health system?

Phelps is a member of Northwell Health.

I graduated from medical school 5 yrs ago, am I eligible to apply?

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. Applications with a graduation year within the same year as the start of the residency year being applied for are reviewed first and historically fill all interview slots.

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 mail/email an application?

No, all applications must be submitted via ERAS.