Medical training is a period of rigorous development. Striking a balance between one’s personal and professional responsibilities is essential to success. We encourage residents to take advantage of the many free and low-cost events in New York City and Long Island, such as apple picking on Long Island or stopping by a street festival in the city.

The general psychiatry residency program also offers a variety of activities for residents to unwind and improve their experiences, including:

  • Intern Reception
  • Summer Barbecue
  • Fall Harvest Celebration
  • Fall Retreat
  • Winter Holiday Party
  • January Bowling Night
  • Movie Nights
  • Spring Weekend Retreat
  • Annual Department Dinner Dance
  • Graduation

Housing, salary & benefits


On-campus housing—utilities and parking included—is available at North Shore University Hospital, Zucker Hillside/LIJ Medical Center and Glen Cove Hospital at a below market rate. The housing is spacious and well maintained, highly subsidized and typically available to all interested applicants.

For residents with school-aged children, the North Shore housing is located in one of the nation’s highest rated school districts and with the best teachers in the state of New York. Off campus options include vibrant urban neighborhoods of Queens (such as Astoria and Forest Hills), Brooklyn (such as Park Slope, Williamsburg and Brooklyn Heights), and even Manhattan, as well as the more suburban neighborhoods of Long Island and Westchester (which feature some of the best public school districts in the country).

Salary and benefits

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 twelve weeks and fifty percent Short-Term Disability thereafter at no cost to the employee
  • Sixty percent Long-Term Disability provided at no cost to the employee

Members of the house staff are entitled to twenty days of paid time off (PTO) each contract year. These twenty days must be used during the period covered by the contract and may not be carried into subsequent years. 

House staff compensation package 2016

Program level

Base salary









Chief Residents at NSUH, LIJ, FHH, LHH, GCH, SSH receive an additional $1,500 stipend

Education stipend

Each resident receives a $600 stipend per year for educational experiences such as books, conferences, professional memberships, and electronics related to education or clinical work.


Third and fourth year residents in good standing have access to numerous moonlighting opportunities in a wide variety of settings, including telepsychiatry, outpatient addiction clinics, and more traditional psychiatry ED, C/L, and inpatient services. These experiences are not only well compensated but represent great opportunities for developing additional expertise.

Cost of living

Living in the New York metro area is expensive. When considering a move to New York City, it is important to weigh the cost of living against the many educational and cultural advantages of living there. The following lists average estimated monthly living expenses based upon reasonable expenditures. You may incur additional expenses that are not covered, such as the purchase of a computer or medical expenses not covered by insurance.



Utilities (including telephone, internet, gas, water, etc.)


Public transportation




Personal care


Child care (1 child)


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Behavioral health services

Northwell Health strives to address the diverse mental health needs of the community by providing a continuum of high-quality psychological services and behavioral health resources.