Residency in Internal Medicine at Staten Island University Hospital

Residency in Internal Medicine at Staten Island University Hospital

About us

Our three-year internal medicine (IM) residency training program has a history of producing high-quality, board certified general internists and medical subspecialists. It began in 1969 with a categorical class size of about 12 residents per year. Today, the IM program trains more than 90 residents per year. In addition to our categorical program, we offer a one-year preliminary medicine position, which includes 15 residents. There is also availability for a chief residency year.

Medical training takes place at our North and South Site campuses. The hospital is situated in the desirable, suburban community of Staten Island, yet only 30 minutes away from the urban epicenter of Manhattan. With well over 24,000 discharges from the Department of Medicine, our residents' clinical exposure is nothing short of vast.

Some IM program highlights include:

  • An expanded ambulatory experience, including multiple specialties
  • A specialized curricula not emphasized in other programs, including: evidenced-based medicine; biostatistics and epidemiology; preventive medicine and public health; surgical subspecialties (i.e. ENT, orthopaedics, breast clinic); adolescent medicine; geriatrics; women's health; dermatology; palliative medicine; pain management; hospitalist medicine; perioperative medicine
  • Continued full accreditation by the ACGME, granted in March 2015
  • Exposure to state-of-the-art medical care including: sleep medicine; all forms of dialysis; open-heart surgery; advanced critical area; stroke unit; epilepsy unit
  • 24/7 on-site supervision by board-certified hospitalists and intensivists

By augmenting and enhancing the competency-based curriculum, our program provides medical residents with the necessary knowledge and clinical skills to practice internal medicine or to enter subspecialty training.

Our residents are fully engaged in scholarly activities at all levels. We have an expert on research design and statistical analysis who will assist residents with their projects. The hospital has its own Institutional Review Board, which provides a timely review of all research projects. Residents and faculty participate in annual local and national research competitions/conferences (travel expenses provided). 

We offer fellowship positions in cardiology, gastroenterology, hematology/oncology, nephrology and pulmonary/critical care. We are actively pursuing the addition of other self-sponsored fellowship programs. Our residents have secured advanced subspecialty training in many of the leading academic centers across the United States. We have affiliated fellowships with SUNY - Health Science Center at Brooklyn. 

We are also a major teaching affiliate of SUNY - Health Science Center at Brooklyn's College of Medicine. Each year, more than 500 medical students (across all four years of schooling) participate in at least one of our rotations (for more information on our student program click here). There are currently 139 physicians on staff with academic appointments at SUNY Downstate.

We encourage you to schedule a meeting with our faculty and current residents and learn more about our innovative training program.

Services information

Addictive services

The division of addiction medicine/chemical dependency unit maintains an active service and is responsible for treating and providing inpatient detox to substance abuse patients.

Inpatient detox covers opioid, alcohol and benzodiazepines addiction. An extended alcohol and drug rehab unit is also under this service.

Allergy and immunology

The allergy and immunology division emphasizes outpatient diagnosis and the treatment of immunologic and allergic disorders. The division conducts weekly sessions at faculty practice locations.

Medical residents and assigned students have the opportunity to evaluate patients in the faculty office setting, as well as the more traditional clinic.

Residents become experienced in the recognition and management of common allergic disorders encountered in the practice of primary care general internal medicine. Assigned medical residents and students can also expect to learn the indications and techniques for performing skin testing.

All inpatient consultations are initially evaluated by the resident and then reviewed with the division's teaching staff.

The allergy and immunology division conducts both formal and informal lectures on state-of-the-art diagnosis and treatment of allergies, asthma, and other immunologic disorders.

A student elective is available.

Ambulatory medicine

Residents spend 10 weeks per year in the outpatient setting. The residents' ambulatory experience occurs in the hospital's Medical Arts Pavilion, a 55,000 square-foot technologically advanced facility that houses a broad array of primary and subspecialty clinics with convenient on-site laboratory and radiology services. Additional training sites include the private offices of many of our teaching faculty, where the intricacies of the private practice of medicine are taught. A faculty of more than 50 full-time and part-time general internists compose the primary care teaching staff and are dedicated to the ambulatory training of residents.

Patients recognize both their assigned resident and the teaching faculty as their primary care physicians. In the event of the resident's absence, the assigned faculty and another resident within the group practice will maintain continuity. A 24-hour patient answering service enables our medical residents to gain experience in telephone consultation, render total continuity of care, and reduce emergency visits and acute hospital admissions. When a patient does require hospitalization, the patient is admitted to the service of the hospitalists. Residents are notified of the admission and are encouraged to follow that patient's progress through their acute illness. Upon discharge, the patient is given a follow-up appointment to their usual continuity clinic and assigned resident.

In addition to the resident's continuity experience, all medical residents, (preliminary and categorical) will rotate in the primary care block rotation. During these rotations, residents will expand their existing panel of patients by attending extra medical sessions. In addition, residents will be assigned to a variety of subspecialty clinics to provide exposure to ENT, adolescent medicine, medical gynecology, ophthalmology, orthopaedics, sports and rehabilitation medicine, behavioral medicine, dermatology, geriatrics, allergy and immunology, pulmonary medicine, cardiology, gastroenterology, rheumatology, neurology, and nephrology. On occasion, the residents are sent out into the community during their primary care block rotation to provide a wide range of educational and preventive services.

This rotation also includes a conference covering topics in ambulatory medicine, as well as several projects including research and biostatistics, billing and coding, patient experience/patient relations, smoking cessation and other practice-based learning experience.

The PGY II and PGY III residents also attend a subspecialty clinic of their choice during their clinic week to prepare them for their future career path.

Medical residents on subspecialty electives will also gain ambulatory experience by attending the corresponding subspecialty clinics once or twice per week. Ambulatory subspecialty clinic exposure during electives will allow residents to simultaneously experience both inpatient and outpatient aspects of the practice of an individual subspecialty, and therefore aid in the formulation of their career choices.

After three years, the resident will have rotated through all of these diverse experiences and will be better prepared to serve their community, regardless of their individual career paths.

A student elective is available in primary care medicine.

Anticoagulation service

The anticoagulation service is an outpatient program, which ensures high quality care for patients receiving anticoagulation therapy. The team coordinates the ongoing treatment or prevention of many blood-clotting disorders, including deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary emboli, mechanical heart valves, embolic stroke, atrial fibrillation and various hypercoaguable states.

Medical residents will have the opportunity to rotate through the anticoagulation service during their month on the primary care block or ambulatory care rotation. The protocols for outpatient monitoring of anticoagulation, including bridging patients with low molecular weight heparin, will be reviewed.


Scheduled didactic and clinical experience in the cardiology division enables the resident to effectively manage patients with cardiac disease. Members of the division conduct daily teaching rounds in the Coronary Care Unit, Telemetry Unit and the remainder of the cardiology service. Residents interact with cardiology faculty and members of the cardiology fellowship program. There is a weekly cardiology clinic for residents, supervised by cardiology faculty.

Echocardiograms and electrocardiograms are read daily with the assigned cardiology resident. Consultations and procedures are performed by the resident under the direct supervision of attending cardiologists.

There is a weekly conference emphasizing EKG interpretation and cardiac catheterization. A bi-weekly conference in general clinical cardiology reviews important aspects of patient care. Regular programs are held throughout the year in coronary care, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (ACLS) and electrocardiography.

Residents and fellows become experienced in radio-isotope cardiac scanning, diagnostic cardiac catheterization, echocardiography, electrocardiography, exercise and pharmacologic stress-testing.

In the electrophysiologic studies service, residents and fellows are exposed to the diagnosis and management of complex arrhythmias, including the indications for permanent pacemakers and automatic indwelling cardiac defibrillators.

In addition to participating in the selection and care of patients undergoing cardiac catheterization, the residents rotate through the invasive cardiology division, including PTCA (percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty) and open-heart surgery.

The division is actively involved in clinical research. Participation by medical residents is strongly encouraged.

A student elective is available. A cardiology fellowship is available. Three positions are available each year.

Critical care

Our commitment to providing leading edge critical care support has resulted in the division being responsible for 60 critical care beds. The critical care team sees patients in the medical/surgical intensive care units, coronary care units, post cardiac surgery units and the burn unit.

Residents are exposed to a wide variety of critical care patients and problems. The critical care units are fully equipped with state-of-the-art ventilatory support and monitoring capabilities, and a director oversees each unit. A multidisciplinary team (including medical intensivists, surgical intensivists, consultants, nutrition experts, nurses, pharmacists, respiratory therapists and social workers) care for all patients.

Medical residents participate in daily multidisciplinary ICU rounds with the critical care faculty. Each patient is visited at the bedside and all important aspects of pathophysiology, diagnosis and treatment are discussed.

Residents are also involved in conferring with families through continuous family meetings, during which issues such as "do not resuscitate" orders, prognosis, end-of-life care, and pain and suffering are addressed.

There is a daily lecture in the ICU/CCU.

A student elective is available. A pulmonary/critical care fellowship is available.


The dermatology division provides a comprehensive educational program which includes Grand Rounds, an annual core review course and a weekly didactic discussion of patients currently under evaluation.

The clinical experience in dermatology is integrated into the residents' training throughout the three years of the program. Residents actively participate in ambulatory dermatology sessions during the primary care block rotations.

Basic and clinical research projects are readily available to interested residents.

Endocrinology & metabolism

The Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism provides educational opportunities for resident physicians and students in a variety of ways. Core curriculum conferences in endocrinology are held, and the division's faculty participates in a variety of review courses held throughout the academic year. Senior residents are assigned to an endocrinology rotation that offers intensive education in both ambulatory and inpatient endocrine care. Residents also have the opportunity to participate in the activities of the diabetic foot program, which offers exposure to sophisticated technology and techniques.

Inpatient consultations are initially seen by the resident and then reviewed with the attending endocrinologist during daily consultation rounds. Residents participate in the weekly diabetes/endocrine clinic, as well as a faculty-office practice experience in endocrinology. Residents are encouraged to develop and pursue faculty-mentored research projects in endocrinology.

A student elective is available.


The gastroenterology division provides medical residents with a core curriculum in gastroenterology through its bi-weekly didactic conferences and clinical rotations on the gastroenterology service. With assigned teaching staff supervision, residents perform GI consultations throughout the hospital and its ambulatory centers.

Each resident gains proficiency in flexible sigmoidoscopy and paracentesis. Residents assist in esophagoscopy, colonoscopy, small bowel biopsies, liver biopsies, manometry, pneumatic dilatation of the esophagus, ERCP, and endoscopic ultrasound (EUS).

SIUH’s endoscopy laboratory features modern equipment for video endoscopy and motility studies.

Medical residents and GI fellows from the gastroenterology fellowship training program interact with gastroenterology faculty during patient evaluation, while performing procedures on a busy academic clinical service. A variety of research projects are supported by the division.

A student elective is available. A gastroenterolgoy fellowship program is also available. Two positions are available each year


Residents participate in a broad learning experience in geriatric medicine. By working along geriatric division faculty members and fellows in the inpatient, long-term, and ambulatory care settings, residents gain familiarity with the unique medical, functional, and psychosocial aspects of caring for the elderly.

While assigned to the inpatient Geriatric Care Unit, the resident performs the initial evaluation and provides ongoing care to acutely ill elderly patients. The resident is an instrumental member of the interdisciplinary geriatric team that meets daily to discuss the clinical care of the patients. Team meetings and case-oriented discussions allow the resident to enhance their clinical knowledge base while learning the skills to transition patients to ambulatory care services.

During ambulatory outpatient sessions, the resident learns about care of the "well elderly" and implements the recommendations of healthcare maintenance guidelines. Invaluable experience is gained by exposure to private practice medical and geriatric patients.

A student elective is available.

Hematology/oncology and palliative care

Our hematology/oncology division offers a unique experience for medical residents. The hospital's state-of-the-art Nalitt Institute for Cancer and Blood-Related Diseases, opened in 1991, is New York state's first accredited free-standing ambulatory cancer center offering multidisciplinary care to patients with cancer and related blood diseases.

Residents perform inpatient hematology/oncology consultations directly supervised by the institute's staff, and they participate in the interdisciplinary institution-wide tumor board. They are exposed to the hospital's transplantation program and the radiation oncology service, including a stereotactic radiosurgery division. Medical residents perform and interpret peripheral blood smears.

Residents participate in daily bedside teaching rounds when rotating on the inpatient oncology unit. The resident assigned to the hematology/oncology rotation also spends several sessions in the ambulatory hematology/oncology service with the division's teaching staff.

The institute's hematology laboratory provides all basic studies. The lab features a clotting laboratory and a plasmapheresis unit for plasma exchange. Sophisticated studies necessary for complete hematologic evaluations are available in the general or research laboratories.

The division carries out a number of clinical research projects and encourages medical resident participation. In addition, the hospital participates in national cancer study groups such as the Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG).

Residents rotating through hematology/oncology are also exposed to both the palliative care division and to hospice for end-of-life care. During the year, a basic course in palliative care is offered to all house staff.

The medical management of pain encountered in patients on the oncology service, as well as in the palliative care division and the hospice service, is emphasized on both didactic sessions and the consultation service.

A program to minimize the unnecessary use of blood and blood products is a part of the learning experience.

A student elective is available. A hematology/oncology fellowship program is also available. Three positions are available each year.

Hospitalist services

The hospitalist division of medicine serves as the foundation for the inpatient experience of the residency program. Consisting of 27 exclusively board-certified physicians, the hospitalists are involved in many teaching activities including morning reports, teaching attending rounds and bedside clinical examinations. They also serve as mentors for many of the residents, as well as preceptors in resident-oriented research activities.

Since the hospitalists are available in-house 24/7 and attend to 60 percent of the patients admitted, they develop close working relationships with the residents in all areas of clinical care. At night, they provide senior medical leadership in the hospital and general supervision and teaching to the night float residents. The hospitalists are consistently ranked very highly by the house staff and continue to inspire residents to pursue careers in one of the fastest growing specialties in America.

A student elective is available.

Infectious diseases

The infectious diseases division conducts daily rounds throughout the hospital, interacting closely with the medical resident staff. Each resident on the infectious disease rotation is assigned three-to-five consultations per day. The infectious diseases faculty reviews each consultation at the bedside with the medical residents and follows the progress of active patients.

Residents scheduled for the infectious diseases rotation are assigned to both the inpatient consultation service, as well as the ambulatory primary care HIV clinic.

The division is involved in a variety of research projects including sexually- transmitted diseases, HIV infection, infection control and the clinical evaluation of newly-developed antibiotics. Residents and students actively participate in these projects and have published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals.

A student elective is available.

Internal medicine

The internal medicine faculty is comprised of full-time and part-time on site attending physicians, as well as many private practitioners. The division is responsible for the vast majority of the general medical bedside teaching for both residents and students. The attending for each patient reviews the daily care with the resident assigned to the case, which provides the necessary supervision required to render high quality patient care.

The teaching venues on our general medical floors include patient care rounds and attending rounds. Each of these academic settings has its own design and mission for teaching. During these meetings, residents and students present their patient cases and are encouraged to lead the discussion. A review of relevant literature is also done at these times.

Residents on the general medical service learn how to effectively care for a patient from admission all the way through the discharge process. Besides gaining a wealth of clinical knowledge, the residents are also taught the proper utilization of resources, the creation of a discharge summary and how to function as a member of the treatment team.

Each morning, the residents attend a board review, followed by either MKSAP (given by a subspecialist twice weekly) or Harrison's Review (twice weekly). The three scheduled noon lecture series consists of topics from the core lecture series, critical care and primary care. Three times per week, attending rounds are held from 4 p.m. until 5 p.m.. Journal club is held between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Wednesdays. There is a monthly morbidity and mortality review and a monthly multidisciplinary clinical case presentation.

Residents are assigned to simulation laboratory to gain expertise in a large number of procedures, including central line placement, paracentesis, arthrocentesis and thoracentesis.


Nephrology residents become proficient in the diagnosis and management of patients with renal disease, both acute and chronic. The hospital's large hemodialysis population, along with the 24-hour availability of acute support systems, offers ample opportunity to learn the principles and practice of peritoneal dialysis, hemodialysis and renal transplantation.

The nephrology division conducts daily rounds and three conferences per week for residents. It supervises an active consultation service and renal hypertension clinic dealing with both common and unusual renal problems, such as proteinuria, hematuria, hypertension, nephrolithiasis, glomerular diseases, nephritic syndrome, renal artery stenosis, amyloid and other studies.

A student elective is available. A nephrology fellowship is available. Two positions are available each year


Over a four-week block elective, medical residents become adept at performing detailed neurologic histories and physical examinations while learning the indications for neuroimaging studies and techniques for lumbar puncture and spinal fluid analysis.

The faculty conducts daily teaching rounds, a weekly ambulatory neurology session, and presents patient-oriented conferences three times a week on current clinical neurologic problems. Also, didactic lectures on various topics in clinical neurology are conducted, and quarterly Grand Rounds in neurology are presented by guest lecturers.

The service performs electromyography, electroencephalography and evoked potential studies. Residents learn the indications and interpretations of these studies, as well as CT, MRI, and PET scanning.

The hospital's Parkinson's disease, epilepsy and multiple sclerosis centers maintain staff involvement on the cutting-edge of research and clinical developments. The neurology teaching staff spends four to five hours each day reviewing clinical problems with the residents and assigned medical students on the medical floors, neurosciences unit and ambulatory care center. A four-bed monitored Epilepsy Unit and new Stroke Unit offer high quality patient care and an excellent learning opportunity.

A student elective is available.


Medical residents perform nutritional assessments on assigned consultations from all services in the hospital. Findings are reviewed on daily rounds and patient management plans are then formulated, including disease-specific diets, enteral feedings and parenteral nutritional support.

House staff is exposed to a wide array of nutritional and metabolic disorders and is taught to determine the appropriate route of therapy in each situation, including the intricacies of TPN formulation.

The management of home enteral and home parenteral therapies is learned through the clinical nutrition service. In the ambulatory setting, the increasing importance of dietary counseling for disease prevention (particularly heart disease, obesity and cancer) is emphasized.

Pulmonary/sleep medicine

Our innovative brachytherapy program for lung carcinoma and our Sleep Apnea Center underscore the educational and research opportunities that exist for medical residents rotating through the pulmonary division.

The division interacts with residents in an ongoing fashion during all three years of residency training through daily teaching rounds on the medical floors, intensive care units and ambulatory care department. The senior medical resident on the pulmonary rotation spends one month performing consultations under faculty supervision and participates actively in the pulmonary function lab and special care units.

The pulmonary service provides 24-hours-a-day availability of respiratory therapists for arterial blood gas determinations and ventilator maintenance. Full pulmonary function testing, including spirometry, lung volumes and diffusion studies, are available on a daily basis. Cardiopulmonary exercise testing, a fully equipped sleep laboratory, pulmonary angiography, fiberoptic bronchoscopy, thoracentesis, and iridium brachytherapy are available on a continual basis. Residents participate in these procedures under the supervision of the pulmonary teaching staff.

A student elective is available. A pulmonary/critical care fellowship is available. Two positions are available each year.


In the rheumatology division, residents are exposed to a wide variety of rheumatologic disorders, in the hospital, office and clinic settings. Residents are expected to become familiar with signs, symptoms and findings of rheumatologic diseases. They are expected to perform histories and physicals, joint fluid examinations, interpretation of pertinent laboratory studies and imaging procedures during their rotation on this service.

Consultations are seen on a daily basis by rheumatology staff and are often initially evaluated by the medical resident on service. Residents are expected to participate in office and clinic evaluation of patients in three-hour sessions, several days a week, ensuring a diversified ambulatory exposure in rheumatology.

Specific rheumatologic topics are discussed in detail by attendings through several educational forums, including noon conferences, Harrison's reviews, MKSAP reviews and rheumatology Grand Rounds. Rotations through orthopaedics, sports medicine and rehabilitation medicine are an important aspect of this rotation.

A curriculum in basic rheumatology is presented each year to the medical house staff and new developments are stressed at rheumatology Grand Rounds.

A student elective is available.

Women's health

The medical women’s health division enhances the education and training of residents and fellows in the comprehensive care of women. Physicians are taught to approach women through a biosocial model and promote wellness by preventing disease, treating medical disorders and providing ambulatory gynecologic care. The division's educational objectives are met by providing residents with a core curriculum and rotations through subspecialty clinics.

During the primary care rotations, residents participate in multiple specialty clinics which provide the clinical knowledge and experience to focus on psychosocial issues, breast health, cancer screening, cardiovascular disease prevention, osteoporosis treatment and prevention, gender differences of chronic medical problems, medical disorders during pregnancy and ambulatory gynecology.

The medical gynecology clinic is dedicated to the comprehensive care of women. During these sessions, residents are directly supervised by attending physicians with an expertise in women's health. Attending preceptors evaluate the residents' competency in performing a complete well-woman assessment, including gynecologic care and necessary procedural skills. Group discussions are held after each clinic, and pertinent topics and journal articles are reviewed.

The didactic component of the women's health curriculum is extensive. During the ambulatory block rotation, morning conferences emphasize important common problems. Women's health symposiums and Grand Rounds are presented by hospital faculty and national experts.

The division is actively involved in various research studies pertaining to women's health, including clinical studies and basic research. Resident projects have been published in peer review journals and presented at national and local meetings.

A student elective is available.

Application process


All potential applicants should apply through ERAS (Electronic Residency Application Service). Applications are accepted from September 15 to December 15. Staten Island University Hospital is a participant in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP). Our NRMP number for our three-year, categorical internal medicine program is 1515140C0. Our NRMP number for our one-year, preliminary program is 1515140P0.


Eligibility for the residency program is determined on an individual basis. All applications should include:

  • A fully completed ERAS application
  • Official medical school transcript
  • Dean's letter
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • USMLE and/or COMLEX scores
  • Prior/current research activities and publications
  • Personal statement
  • ECFMG certification (if applicable)

If granted an interview by the selection committee, you will be given:

  • A full overview of the residency by the program director
  • A tour of the facility by a chief resident
  • A question and answer session with some of our residents
  • An interview with the program director and a faculty member
  • A take home package including a CD on:
    • Current facts about the program
    • GME policies and procedures for SIUH
    • A sample SIUH residency contract

Salary and benefits

Residents are provided with a competitive salary. Free lunch is provided daily (Monday-Friday) at our noon conference. The residents also receive a flexible medical and dental coverage program, $100,000.00 of term life insurance, disability insurance and full coverage under the hospital's malpractice insurance rider. Four weeks of paid vacation and holiday time are also part of this package. There is an opportunity for enrolling in a tax-deferred annuity program, as well.

Detailed information is made available during the interview process.

Our faculty

Program director

Suzanne Elia El-Sayegh, MD

  • Associate Chairman - Associate Chairman of Medicine of Medicine - Nephrology, Staten Island University Hospital
  • Director of Service - Director of Nephrology of Medicine - Nephrology, Staten Island University Hospital
  • Residency Program Director - Program Director, Internal Medicine of Medicine - Nephrology, Staten Island University Hospital
  • Associate Professor, Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell
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Core faculty

Aaron Leo Gottesman, MD

  • Director of Service - Director of Hospitalist Medicine of Medicine - Hospitalist Medicine, Staten Island University Hospital
  • Assistant Professor, Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell
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Neville Mobarakai, MD

  • Assistant Professor, Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell
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Wassim Diab, MD

  • Assistant Professor, Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell
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Elie J. El-Charabaty, MD

  • Program Director - Program Director, Nephrology of Medicine - Nephrology, Staten Island University Hospital
  • Assistant Professor, Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell
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Chadik Monique Hewlett, MD

  • Assistant Professor, Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell
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Azher Uddin Siddiqi, MD

  • Clinical Assistant Professor, Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell
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Kristine Krol, MD

  • Director of Service - Director of Allergy/Immunology of Medicine - Allergy/Immunology, Staten Island University Hospital
  • Assistant Professor, Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell
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Marianne Smith, MD

  • Director - Director, Medical Student Education of Medicine - Internal Medicine, Staten Island University Hospital
  • Assistant Professor, Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell
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Theodore James Maniatis, MD

  • Chief Medical Officer of Medicine - Pulmonary Medicine, Staten Island University Hospital
  • Director of Service - Director of Critical Care Medicine of Medicine - Pulmonary Medicine, Staten Island University Hospital
  • Assistant Professor, Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell
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Jeffrey G. Rothman, MD

  • Director of Service - Director of Endocrinology & Metabolism of Medicine - Endocrinology, Staten Island University Hospital
  • Associate Professor, Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell
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Donna Patrice Seminara, MD

  • Director of Service - Director of Geriatric Medicine of Medicine - Geriatric Medicine, Staten Island University Hospital
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Terenig Terjanian, MD

  • Director of Service - Director of Hematology/Oncology of Medicine - Hematology-Oncology, Staten Island University Hospital
  • Assistant Professor, Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell
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Aaron Leo Gottesman, MD

  • Director of Service - Director of Hospitalist Medicine of Medicine - Hospitalist Medicine, Staten Island University Hospital
  • Assistant Professor, Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell
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Jordan B. Glaser, MD

  • Director of Service - Director of Infectious Disease of Medicine - Infectious Disease, Staten Island University Hospital
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Theodore John Strange, MD

  • Associate Chairman - Associate Chairman of Medicine of Medicine - Internal Medicine, Staten Island University Hospital
  • Associate Professor, Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell
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Elie J. El-Charabaty, MD

  • Program Director - Program Director, Nephrology of Medicine - Nephrology, Staten Island University Hospital
  • Assistant Professor, Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell
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Souhel Najjar, MD

  • Executive Director - Neurology Service Line
  • Senior Vice President - Neurology Service Line
  • Chairman of Neurology, Lenox Hill Hospital
  • Chairman of Neurology, Long Island Jewish Medical Center
  • Chairman of Neurology, North Shore University Hospital
  • Chairman of Neurology, Staten Island University Hospital
  • Professor, Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell
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Rama Zwillenberg Koslowe, MD

  • Director of Service - Director of Nutrition of Medicine - Nutrition, Staten Island University Hospital
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Michael Renato Castellano, MD

  • Assistant Professor, Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell
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Mario Castellanos, MD

Mark Andrew Goldstein, MD

  • Director of Service - Director of Rheumatology of Medicine - Rheumatology, Staten Island University Hospital
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To learn more about the program faculty, click here.

Research opportunities

The Research Division of the Department of Medicine provides medical research experience to residents in a number of ways.

The members of the Research Division serve as mentors and facilitators for both faculty and resident research projects. Medical residents have submitted an average of 25 research projects per year to various national and regional educational meetings, such as the American College of Physicians and medical subspecialty meetings. The Research Division also sponsors a yearly medical research competition for medical residents. All categorical residents are required to complete a research project prior to successful completion of the residency program.

Membership of the Research Division includes Dr. Kera Weiserbs, a Ph.D. in research methodology and biostatistics, who participates in protocol development with each medical resident. Residents are taught the rules and regulations pertaining to medical research and the necessary interaction with the Institutional Review Committee, which is based on campus and meets monthly. Research funding, support staff and laboratory facilities are available to the Research Division.


1. How should I apply?

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2. What are the eligibility requirements?

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3. When do you start accepting applications?

Around September 15 of each year

4. When do you stop accepting applications?

December 15 of each year

5. When do you start interviewing?


6. When do you stop interviewing?


7.If I am granted an interview, will you contact me?


8. If I am not granted an interview, will you contact me?


9. At what point should I assume that I will not be granted an interview?

Around the middle of January

10. Do you accept international medical graduates?


11. Do you offer preliminary positions?

Yes. Only through the NRMP. NRMP # 1515140P0

12. Do you offer categorical positions?

Yes. Only through the NRMP. NRMP # 1515140C0

13. Do you offer a transitional year?


14. Do you offer couples matching?

Yes. If you are granted an interview, please let us know at that time.

15. Do you offer a Shomer Shabbos program?

Yes. Details of this program will be reviewed during the interview.

16. In which matching programs do you participate?

NRMP only

17. Do you offer "prematching?"


18. Are there specific USMLE/COMLEX score "cutoffs?"

No, but we generally look for candidates whose scores are at least "average." For example, a USMLE

score of 226 is usually about the average mark for any given year. Candidates should have passed all exams on the first attempt.

19. Is there a specific graduation year "cutoff?"

No. However, we prefer candidates who have recently (within two years) graduated from or are currently in medical school or graduate medical training. Those candidates that have completed medical school or another form of training AND are currently in full-time clinical practice are also eligible for application.

20. Is U.S. experience required for international medical graduates?

No, but it is very favorable to have this experience. A letter of recommendation from the site is required for us to include this in your application.

21. Do observerships count towards U.S. experience?


22. Do you offer observerships or externships?


23. Does a research rotation count towards U.S. experience?

No. We are looking for clinical experience. However, research experience is an important factor that we consider. Also, U.S. experience is NOT a requirement for eligibility.

24. Do you sponsor J1 and H1b visas?

We sponsor J1 visas. Applicants with H1b visas are considered on a case-by-case basis.

25. Should my personal statement follow any special format?

No. However, you should address any gaps in schooling, training or employment.

26. If I have more questions, who should I contact?

Please search through the remainder of our website to answer your questions. If you still have unanswered questions, please contact [email protected]

(718) 226-6205
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Applicants invited for interview will be notified by email. For additional information on how to apply contact Luane Shaleesh.

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