Residency in Obstetrics & Gynecology at Southside and Huntington Hospitals

Welcome from the OB/GYN regional director and chair at Southside Hospital

Thank you for your interest in our residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Northwell Health’s Southside and Huntington Hospitals.  Northwell Health is committed to the continued growth of our general OB/GYN and subspecialty services in the Eastern region, which includes all of Suffolk County and the eastern parts of Nassau County (approximately 1.5 million Long Islanders).  

Our mission is to provide the very best in care for women in our region and the development of our Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)-accredited residency is a vital step toward accomplishing that goal.

The hospital campuses at Southside and Huntington have a long tradition of providing state-of-the-art OB/GYN care and account for over 4,500 deliveries annually. Both hospitals feature a robust OB/GYN subspecialty team including Gynecologic Oncology, Urogynecology, Maternal Fetal Medicine, Reproductive Endocrinology, and Infertility and Genetics.  

Southside Hospital has rapidly developed into a tertiary care hospital with a full complement of advanced tertiary care services and a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)-approved helipad to accept transfers from other hospitals. Our open heart surgery and women’s cancer programs are both high volume services and the hospital offers a full complement of subspecialty services to support those advanced programs.  For example, Southside features a brand-new Emergency Department, a highly sophisticated Surgical Intensive Care Unit, a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, and other advanced support services. The Department accepts obstetrical and gynecological transfers from numerous other facilities and takes care of complex obstetrical and gynecological cases. The facility is a Center for Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecological Surgery and a Center of Excellence for Robotic Surgery.

Huntington Hospital has enjoyed a highly respected Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology.  In particular, Huntington features a very successful robotic surgery program and recently celebrated completing 1,000 robotic surgeries (the majority of which were gynecological).  The gynecological surgeons at Huntington Hospital are nationally recognized as leaders in their field and have a very busy minimally invasive, single incision, and open surgical practice.  In fact, the gynecological expertise at Huntington Hospital has led many other residencies to request sending residents there to learn from our team. In addition to their busy general OB/GYN physicians, the hospital also has a very successful midwifery program.  

I’m very excited about how much our campuses have to offer OB/GYN resident physicians during their training.  The expertise and backgrounds of our physician and nursing staffs, the diversity and complexity of the cases that we take care of, and the overall positive energy that is palpable toward welcoming our residents will definitely make our program second to none.

Benjamin Michael Schwartz, MD

  • Chairman of Obstetrics and Gynecology - Gynecology, Southside Hospital
  • Associate Professor, Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell
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Welcome from the program director

Thank you for expressing interest in the Southside and Huntington Hospitals Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency Program. We started accepting residents to our program in 2017.  Our goal is to create an educational environment that is both professionally and personally rewarding for adult learners.  Fulfilling this goal will be achieved partly by attracting outstanding medical students to join us. The other key component is our talented and dedicated faculty.  

Our residents will rotate through two hospitals, Southside and Huntington, both located in Suffolk County and both hospitals are part of Northwell Health, which is one of the largest health systems in the United States. Our program will be centered at Southside Hospital located in Bay Shore, N.Y., about 60 miles east of New York City. Southside is a tertiary referral center for Suffolk County and is a center of excellence in women’s health, orthopedics, cardiology and neurosurgery.  Huntington Hospital is about 15 miles north of Southside, in Huntington, N.Y. Huntington is a community hospital where the residency continuity clinic will be held.  

Between the two hospitals we have over 4,500 deliveries per year and over 2,000 gynecologic surgeries. We have experts in gynecologic oncology, maternal fetal medicine, urogynecology, reproductive endocrinology, minimally invasive gynecology and genetics. There has been rapid growth at these institutions and several dedicated faculty have been added to our program to help facilitate the educational experience for our residents. Having the experience of both a tertiary referral center and a community hospital, will provide our trainees a unique learning environment that will enable them to flourish in any type of future practice.

As part of a large health system, we are able to offer unique luxuries within our program. There are over 50 residency programs and 70 fellowship programs that are dispersed among the many hospitals within the system. The resources available as part of this health system include access to Bioskills Education Center, the Northwell Health online library, a devoted graduate medical education office and countless others. Being part of a team that includes over 60,000 employees opens up many postgraduate opportunities.

Peter Simon Finamore, MD

  • Associate Professor, Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell
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Program overview

As a physician, you have made a pledge to be a lifelong learner. Our mission is to lay the foundation that will make this journey an exciting one. Medical knowledge will be taught through multiple teaching methods and presented on varied learning platforms, not just didactic lectures. We have dedicated faculty who teach residents how to provide primary and specialized care, specifically women with any obstetrical or gynecologic conditions. We have tremendous surgical volume to develop the technical and surgical skills; this ensures every graduate from our program is comfortable performing any gynecologic surgical procedure by the time they complete their training. We have midlevel providers in both hospitals that will enable your residency experience to weigh heavily in favor of education over service. Our demographics will expose you to a wide range of patients from various races, religions, ethnicity and socioeconomic status. All of this, and more, is what distinguishes our program and offers a unique training experience that will benefit you for your entire professional life.

Southside Hospital’s OB/GYN Department and Neuropsychology Division have partnered in a unique collaboration geared towards supporting mentorship and professional development of the OB/GYN residents. Dr. Kristen Demertzis, Chief of Neuropsychology, has been added to the OB/GYN Residency Faculty as Director of Resident Mentorship. This collaboration stems from our dedication to maximally upholding ACGME common program requirements of fostering an optimal learning environment for residents that supports their professional development needs and wellness while modeling safe, high-quality, and compassionate care of patients. The residents regularly meet with Dr. Demertzis during protected time to address topics of professional development (e.g., communication skills, interdisciplinary collaboration, resident wellness) and humanism and meaning in medicine (e.g., compassionate care of patients, narrative medicine, art in medicine). In addition to meeting with the residents as a group, Dr. Demertzis is available to meet with residents individually to assist with tailored professional growth plans that may include shadowing the residents in their interactions with patients and the healthcare team to offer real-time ability to brief and debrief with residents regarding complex clinical situations. Dr. Demertzis’ role in the department also extends to faculty development and support sessions for both voluntary and faculty attendings involved in medical student and resident training.

We are committed to an environment of learning that everyone in our program is part of. Students, midlevel providers, nurses, residents, fellows and attendings all have a role in perpetuating this mission of educating and training adult learners on how to provide complete care for women.  Your role as a leader and communicator will develop greatly in a learning environment that will advance your knowledge and technical skills. The development of these skills and others will be crucial in the creation of an expert healthcare provider, with the foundation laid for lifelong learning and continued service to patients and communities.   

We hope you consider applying to our program, and we look forward to the opportunity to show you more about what Southside and Huntington Hospitals have to offer.   

Schedule overview

Clinical rotations will be split into monthly blocks. Residents will rotate through both primary care and subspecialty clinical areas. We will have a night float system that will ensure that duty hours are regulated and the guidelines are strictly adhered to. The continuity clinic will run as a private office for our residents. Each resident will spend one half day per week during most (except night float) rotations at clinic and will receive a schedule of patients, and those patients will remain with the resident for the entire duration of the four-year program. 

The first-year rotations will weigh heavily on the basics of obstetrics and gynecology.  We also have a dedicated Ultrasound rotation in the early part of PGY 1 which we believe will lay an important foundation of basic sonography skills that will be crucial for your years of training and beyond. Other PGY 1 rotations include SICU, Family Medicine rotations and night float. All of these will be at Southside Hospital.

Post graduate year two will begin the trainees’ exposure to the subspecialties. It is our feeling that early rotations in Maternal Fetal Medicine, Gynecologic Oncology and Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility during PGY 2 are important to the residency experience. During this year, residents will start rotating at Huntington Hospital to cover general obstetrics and spend time with our minimally invasive gynecologic experts. There will be a gradual progression in the degree of complexity for both outpatient and inpatient gynecologic surgery.

Year three of training will begin the residents’ role as a leader of the healthcare team. This will occur during certain rotations where the role of chief of service will be held by a PGY 3. This year will also be the first formal rotation in Urogynecology. There will be a Breast Surgery rotation and an optional elective rotation during this year. Advancement in the complexity of obstetrical and gynecologic patients, increased responsibility and development of decision making skills will occur during this year. Teaching of junior residents, participating in hospital improvement committees and more involvement in administrative duties will start to take place during this year.  Our PGY 3 residents will present their research project at the end of the year as well.

Chief residents will function as leaders in each of their rotations in Obstetrics, Gynecology, GYN Oncology and Urogynecology. They will have a greater role teaching junior residents. This year of training will also involve greater administrative duties related to scheduling, conferences and didactics.

Highlights

Mentor program:  Each resident will have an assigned faculty mentor to start their career. They will meet regularly to help get acclimated with the program and the hospital system. 

Supervision: There will be an in-house attending at all times in both hospitals. This will be both faculty and voluntary attendings. Part of the mission of our attendings will be to foster decision-making skills in our more senior residents and communication skills in all post graduate years. As residents progress through the program, responsibility and autonomy will increase, but direct supervision will always be available.

Duty hours: Our program strictly adheres to the ACGME regulations regarding work hours. Residents maintain a daily log of work hours and these are reviewed regularly by the program director. Night float allows us to maintain compliance in duty hours. There will be three months on nights in PGY 1 and 2, two months during PGY 3 and one month during their final year of residency. Night float rotations will be at Southside Hospital during PGY 1 and 4 and Huntington Hospital during PGY 2 and 3.

Maternal Fetal Medicine (MFM): Our MFM division is rapidly expanding. We have a new antenatal testing unit. We have increased the size of our neonatal intensive care unit to enable us to accept transfers from all over Suffolk County. Rotations in MFM will take place during PGY 2 and 3; however an early rotation in the Ultrasound unit during PGY 1 will lay the ground work needed to evaluate low and high risk pregnancies. Residents will gain expertise in first trimester ultrasounds, biophysical profiles, level I and II scans, fetal monitoring, amniocentesis and other perinatal assessments. 

Gynecology Oncology: During PGY 2 and 4 residents will rotate in GYN ONC. This service is very well established in the area, providing comprehensive cancer services for women on Long Island.  A complete outpatient cancer facility exists near Southside Hospital campus. Residents are involved in all GYN ONC cases including advanced robotic, open, laser and vaginal cases. They will also be directly involved in the critical care of these complicated patients preoperatively and postoperatively.

Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (REI): Residents will rotate with our REI team during both PGY 2 and 3. This will be largely an outpatient rotation in our infertility offices. Our educational curriculum includes a comprehensive lecture series on endocrinology and infertility.

Urogynecology: Our division of Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery is extremely busy.  Our faculty specializes in robotic and vaginal reconstructive surgery. The rotation will include both office and operating room experience affording our residents the opportunity to learn nonsurgical and surgical treatment options for women with a variety of pelvic floor disorders. 

Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery:  Minimally invasive surgery will be the focus of much of the gynecologic surgical experience at Huntington Hospital. There is tremendous volume of robotic surgery, single port robotic surgery, advanced laparoscopic procedures at both institutions. Both are Centers of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery and Robotic Surgery.

General Obstetrics and Gynecology: At Southside and Huntington, there are many faculty and voluntary generalist staff. Included in this group are both seasoned general OB/GYNs who have been resident educators most of their careers and recent graduates who are extremely enthusiastic to teach our residents.  Exposure to such a wide variety of attending teachers will ensure a comprehensive and diverse training experience.

Continuity Clinic: Our resident continuity clinic will be located near Huntington Hospital. Residents will go to clinic one half day per week during most rotations. This clinic will run similarly to a private office in which residents will get a schedule of patients. When a resident is assigned a patient, that patient will continue to be seen by the same resident throughout their duration of training to maintain continuity. Dedicated faculty and support staff facilitate an educational outpatient experience for our residents.   

Midlevel Providers: Both Southside and Huntington Hospitals have a full complement of allied health professionals including physician assistants, nurse practitioners and midwives. They work in concert with our residents to help optimize the resident learning experience, cover the services during protected conference time and during transition of care (i.e., sign in and out).

Didactic Program: A comprehensive didactic curriculum exists for MFM, GYN ONC, Urogynecology, REI, Genetics, Family Planning, Primary Care and others. The formal teaching of this curriculum will include a variety of learning platforms such as formal lectures, peer learning, simulation activities, small group sessions, case presentation and others. We also have journal clubs, chapter reviews, tumor board, Morbidity and Mortality conferences, grand rounds and Council on Resident Education in Obstetrics and Gynecology (CREOG) reviews. 

Simulation Activities: As part of Northwell Health,our residents will have exposure to Bioskills Education Center, where cadaveric dissections, beef tongue simulation of 4th degree laceration and many other simulation training experiences occur. Simulation training has become an increasingly important component of resident training and our program incorporates it fully into our educational experience.

Breast Education: Dedicated Breast Surgery rotation is part of our resident education. Triage and management of breast related complaints will be incorporated into continuity clinic as well as the dedicated rotation. 

Administrative Responsibilities: Residents will be involved in hospital improvement committees and peer review committees. As residents become more senior they will also have an increasing administrative role in making coverage schedules, didactics and conferences schedules. They will also be part of the Program Evaluation Committee that meets regularly to discuss each rotation and create action plans to improve the educational experience. Residents will also be intimately involved in morbidly and mortality case presentations that occur during monthly department meetings.

Research: Residents are required to complete a research project during their residency training. The completion of this project is expected by the end of PGY 3. During PGY 4 residents are strongly encouraged to publish and present this research. The purpose of this is to further round out the educational experience by applying critical thinking and the ability to scrutinize published literature. It is also crucial for those residents interested in subspecialty and fellowship training. Our residents will also present their research at local, regional and national meetings. 

Application process

Applicants interested in the obstetrics and gynecology training program at Northwell Health should apply through the electronic residency application service (ERAS).

Essential application information includes:

  • Common application form
  • Curriculum vitae
  • USMLE or COMLEX transcript
  • Medical school transcript
  • Personal statement
  • Dean’s letter
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation from faculty members familiar with your performance
  • Photograph
  • ECFMG Status Report, if applicable
  • No applications are reviewed after Dec. 1.

Our faculty

Program director

Peter Simon Finamore, MD

  • Associate Professor, Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell
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Additional faculty

Benjamin Michael Schwartz, MD

  • Chairman of Obstetrics and Gynecology - Gynecology, Southside Hospital
  • Associate Professor, Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell
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Mitchell Scott Kramer, MD

  • Department Chairman of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Huntington Hospital
  • Clinical Assistant Professor, Hofstra Northwell School of Nursing
  • Assistant Professor, Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell
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Rose Sherley Antilus, MD

  • Assistant Professor,
  • Clinical Assistant Professor, Hofstra Northwell School of Nursing
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Luis A. Bracero, MD

  • Professor, Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell
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Kristen Hope Demertzis, PhD

  • Chief - Division of Neuropsychology of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Southside Hospital
  • Assistant Professor, Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell
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Theodore Lyle Goldman, MD

  • Clinical Assistant Professor, Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell
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Brian Patrick McKenna, MD

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

  • Clinical Assistant Professor, Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell
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Gabriel Alejandro San Roman, MD

  • Clinical Associate Professor, Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell
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Our residents

Listed below are the names of the new OB/GYN Residents.
PGY 1

Ana L. Cisneros, MD
Zucker School of Medicine

Anastasiya Holubyeva, MD
New York Medical College

Zoe LaPier, MD
University of Texas School of Medicine at San Antonio

Kaitlin Nicholson, MD
Florida State University College of Medicine

Medical student electives

Subinternship in obstetrics and gynecology
Sponsor: William Onyebeke, MD
This fourth-year elective subinternship is designed to expand on the general obstetrics and gynecology training. The monthlong course features two weeks of obstetrics including labor and delivery and outpatient maternal fetal medicine and two weeks of gynecology, including one week of general gynecology and one week of urogynecology. Students will be exposed to all aspects of inpatient obstetrics and gynecology and will serve as subinterns with commiserate responsibilities for their level of training.

Gynecologic oncology
Sponsor: Benjamin Schwartz, MD

This fourth-year elective subinternship is designed to offer fourth year students exposure for the evaluation and treatment of women with malignant and premalignant conditions of the genital tract. Subinterns will participate in the following activities: daily rounds; minimally invasive, robotic, and open radical surgical procedures; a weekly multispecialty GYN tumor conference; journal club; and our Department Grand Rounds. The subinterns on our service will be expected to participate in all aspects of our patients’ inpatient care.

Department contact

Please contact Residency Program Coordinator Cathy Barnes  at (631)968-3322 or [email protected] for more information.

General information

Benefits

Northwell Health provides residents with a benefits program, which provides choices in various health, dental, life and disability options that best suit the needs of the resident. Flexible spending accounts for health care and dependent care expenses are also available. For more information, contact Benefits at (516) 734-7000.

Salaries

PGY1:  $68,500
PGY2:  $70,500
PGY3:  $72,500
PGY4:  $75,500
*Chief residents receive an additional $1,500 stipend.

Vacation

Residents are entitled to four weeks (20 days) of paid vacation per year, with scheduling determined through the administrative chief resident and program director, as appropriate. In addition, chief residents are granted one approved conference/meeting.

Frequently asked questions

What is your accreditation status?
The program is fully accredited, having received notification following our initial site visit in 2016.

Are medical student electives available?
Yes, we offer four-week elective study rotations. See Medical Student Electives for a description of each elective. Please contact Cathy Barnes at [email protected] for more information. 

How many positions does your program offer?
There are four categorical positions.

What is your application deadline?
Our application deadline is December 1. However, since our formal interviews are in December, we encourage you to apply early.

Is there a minimum score requirement for USMLE, steps 1 and 2?
We do not have a minimum USMLE score requirement. We review the overall application. The USMLE Step 2 scores are not required at the time of the application process; however, evidence of successful completion must be submitted before you begin the program.

Do you accept applications from osteopathic and international medical graduates?
Yes.

When is orientation?
There is a mandatory health system orientation and a mandatory departmental orientation one week before the start of the academic year (July 1).

Is there a meal allowance?
Residents are provided with a stipend in their paycheck.

Does the department cover expenses for presentation of research?
Yes. 

Contact us

For additional information, please feel free to contact us.

Residency Program Director
Peter Finamore, MD, MA, FACOG
Email:  [email protected]
Residency Program Coordinator
Cathy Barnes
Phone: (631) 968-3322
Email:[email protected]