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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

HOW DO I APPLY TO YOUR PROGRAM?

Please apply through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) and register for the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP). The official name of our program is the Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell at Staten Island University Hospital Program. Because Lenox Hill Hospital is also a major affiliated training site, you may hear our program referred to as Staten Island – Lenox Hill or SIUH-LHH.  Our NRMP Program Code: 1515180A0

IS THERE AN APPLICATION DEADLINE?

Our application deadline is February 1st but we strongly encourage applicants to apply as early as possible.

DOES MY APPLICATION HAVE TO BE COMPLETE BEFORE I SUBMIT IT TO ERAS?

No. You can submit additional documents through ERAS when available.  However, applications must be complete prior to the application deadline (Feb 1st, 2021) to be eligible for interview offers. 

HOW MANY LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION SHOULD I HAVE?

We require three letters of recommendation.

DO I HAVE TO SUBMIT A LETTER FROM A NEUROLOGIST?

It is helpful but not required to submit a letter of recommendation from a neurologist.

WHEN SHOULD I EXPECT TO RECEIVE AN INTERVIEW OFFER?

Interview offers will be sent on a rolling basis as applications are received.  The earlier the complete application is received by our program, the earlier the interview offer will be sent.

WHAT SHOULD I DO WHEN I RECEIVE AN INTERVIEW OFFER?

Please notify our staff within 72 hours upon receipt of your interview offer if you plan on accepting the interview.  Instructions on scheduling interviews will then be sent to you.  When you decide to interview with us, also let us know if you are interested in a preliminary position at our institutions so we can coordinate with our internal medicine programs.  When interview schedules are finalized, our staff will contact you to confirm your interview dates and schedules. 

WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT FROM MY INTERVIEW DAY?

All interviews for the 2021 cycle will be done virtually as part of ACGME requirements.  Your interview will take place on the online platform Zoom.  An information packet with instructions and schedules will be sent to you a few days prior to your scheduled interview.  Your virtual interview day will consist of 3 structured remote interviews with scheduled programming and information sessions as well as more informal opportunities to interact with members of our team.  We understand the unique and unprecedented position that applicants are in during this interview cycle and will work with each of you to provide a seamless and valuable process.  

IS RESEARCH EXPERIENCE REQUIRED TO APPLY TO YOUR PROGRAM?

Research experience is not required to apply for our program.

DO I HAVE TO APPLY SEPARATELY FOR A PRELIMINARY POSITION?

Our program offers guaranteed preliminary medicine positions within our institutions at Staten Island University Hospital and Lenox Hill Hospital through our joint A/P track.  If you are interested in matching in our joint A/P track, please submit your application to the SIUH and LHH preliminary medicine programs for them to review your application.  Staten Island University Hospital's Internal Medicine program requires an additional interview independent of the neurology program interview and can be scheduled with their program coordinator.  Lenox Hill does not require an additional interview.  If you are interested in one of these positions, make sure to rank both programs in order of your preference on you supplemental rank order list.  For more information see here.

CAN I INTERVIEW FOR NEUROLOGY AND PRELIMINARY MEDICINE DURING THE SAME VISIT?

All ACGME programs will be doing virtual interviews for the 2021 cycle so you will need to schedule with the Staten Island University Hospital IM program separately.  Lenox Hill IM program does not require a separate interview.  Please contact our program coordinator for more information on how to schedule an additional preliminary medicine interview if you have been already invited to interview with our program.

DO YOU HAVE A CUT-OFF FOR YEAR OF GRADUATION FROM MEDICAL SCHOOL?

No. However, we strongly prefer applicants who have graduated from medical school within the past 5 years or have been continuously involved with clinical work.

DO YOU HAVE MINIMUM USMLE OR COMLEX SCORE REQUIREMENTS?

We do not have minimum score requirements but a passing score on USMLE Step I and Step II (Clinical Knowledge and Clinical Skills) or COMLEX Level I and Level 2 is required for all trainees prior to beginning a Northwell GME program.

DO YOU ACCEPT INTERNATIONAL MEDICAL GRADUATES?

Yes, international medical graduates are a valuable part of our program’s diversity.  We require IMG applicants to have ECFMG certification to be considered for an interview.

DO YOU REQUIRE US CLINICAL EXPERIENCE?

No. However, we strongly prefer applicants with US clinical experience. Hands-on clinical rotations are preferable to observerships.  At least one of your letters of recommendations should be from a supervising physician during your US clinical experience.

DO I HAVE TO BE ECFMG CERTIFIED TO APPLY TO YOUR PROGRAM?

Yes. You should be ECFMG certified when applying and must be certified when invited to interview.

DO YOU PROVIDE VISAS FOR INTERNATIONAL MEDICAL GRADUATES?

Yes, we provide J1 visas for applicants who match with us.  Applicants usually continue on the type of visa they held during internship (provided to them by the Medicine departments either at our hospitals or at outside institutions).

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