Medical training is a period of rigorous development. Striking a balance between your personal and professional responsibilities is essential to your success. We encourage residents to take part in the many cultural and entertainment offerings in New York City, as well as activities organized by our team.

Resident and fellow forum

The Residents and Fellows Forum (RFF) represents the interests of more than 1,500 physician trainees at the Northwell Health and the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell. It was developed out of a need to assist the Graduate Medical Education Committee and Office of Academic Affairs to implement various programs and policies. The goal is to improve residents' and fellows' patient care, education, and work environment.

The RFF functions as a liaison between administration, staff, residents and fellows to resolve active issues and also as a forum for discussing topics that will enhance resident’s quality of life. Forum committee members attend monthly meetings of the GMEC, which reports to the Medical Board and the Dean and Chief Academic Officer of Northwell Health. The GMEC works to help resolve any issues pertinent to resident and fellow education and work/living environment.

Resident council

Lenox Hill Hospital sponsors a resident council that organizes events and activities for the hospitals house staff. The six member council has a representative on hospitals medical board and graduate medical education committee to ensure the interests of the house staff are being met. The committee includes two social representatives to coordinate

  • Charity and volunteer work
  • Happy hours
  • Orientation and holiday parties
  • Wellness initiatives

Housing, salary and benefits


Lenox Hill Hospital offers limited off-campus housing to residents below market rates. Utilities are not included with these housing assignments. Housing is subsidized and rent is taken from your paycheck twice per month. All housing applications are reviewed, but preference is given to out-of-state or international residents.

Residents who do not receive campus housing are given a monthly stipend to supplement the cost of living. There are many services to assist in finding apartments around your training hospital, including Street Easy, Curbed, and Trulia.


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 12 weeks and 50 percent Short-Term Disability thereafter at no cost to the employee
  • 60 percent Long-Term Disability provided at no cost to the employee

Members of the house staff are entitled to 20 days of paid time off (PTO) each contract year. These 20 days must be used during the period covered by the contract and may not be carried into subsequent years. To learn more about benefits offered, download our resident resource guide.

House staff compensation package

Program level

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Start date for Internal Medicine & EM/IM trainees:  6/25/16

Start date for Internal Medicine trainees at LHH:  6/28/16

Start date for Pediatric trainees:  6/20/16

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

Cost of living

Living in New York City is expensive. In considering a move to the city, it is important to compare the cost of living against the many educational and cultural advantages of living here. The following table 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, medical expenses not covered by insurance or conference expenses.



Utilities (gas, electricity, etc.)**


Public transportation***


Child care****


*Rental average based on rental market summary from for 10075 in summer 2015.

**According to Center Point Energy cost estimator.

***Based on current Metropolitan Transit Authority fare rates.

****Based on market rates from the Day Care Council of New York.

Did you know…

… a resident sits on the medical board of each Northwell teaching hospital as a representative of resident affairs?

Lenox Hill Vascular Surgery

The vascular surgery specialists at Lenox Hill Hospital have the expertise to relieve the pain and other symptoms associated with vascular disorders.