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Hospice and Palliative Medicine

Program Director's Message

Thank you for your interest in the Fellowship Program in Hospice and Palliative Medicine at NYU Winthrop Hospital.

In order to render superior palliative care, physicians require an extraordinary range of skills along with both breadth and depth of knowledge. The NYU Winthrop Hospital Fellowship Program in Hospice and Palliative Medicine is designed to train physicians using a model that emphasizes critical thinking, active learning methods, and interdisciplinary skill building. The Fellowship is based on the tenet that complex moral and ethical challenges are common in palliative care, and the ability to manage these issues is essential to providing the highest level of care.

Our faculty members dedicate as much time and attention to the tasks of mentoring, professionalism, and skill building in clinical ethics as they commit to teaching the medical and technical aspects of excellent palliative care. Fellows will receive training in adult and pediatric palliative medicine in a large variety of inpatient and outpatient clinical setting such as office-based practice, acute hospital, home and institutional hospice, as well as long term care. The curriculum includes extensive expert level training in the state-of-the-art symptom management in a wide variety of diseases.

NYU Winthrop's fellows will graduate with the same high levels of clinical expertise required to manage patient-controlled analgesia (PCA) and to titrate methadone, as they will have in working within complex family dynamics and in managing the ethical complexities of palliative sedation. We will teach you both medicine and doctoring.

The fellowship program takes advantage of NYU Winthrop’s state-of-the-art Simulation Lab for skill building with additional input and guidance from behavioral health experts and experienced educators. Our fellows will receive training at off-campus sites, including rotations with the Pediatric Pain & Palliative Care Team (PACT) at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and the Metropolitan Jewish Health Services (MJHS®) Inpatient Hospice Unit at the Menorah Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing Care.

The Hospice and Palliative Care fellowship’s key faculty members are active at both state and national levels including the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, American College of Physicians, the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities, the New York State Palliative Care Education and Training Council, and the Medical Society of the State of New York. In addition, our core clinical team is exceptional in that each physician, nurse practitioner, and social worker is formally trained and/or certified in palliative care within their respective professions. We are a cohesive team of highly qualified individuals driven to provide excellent education as well as patient care. In addition to our rapidly growing outpatient services in Pallaitive Medicine and Supportive Oncology, our team is responsible for over 1000 inpatient consultations annually.

NYU Winthrop Hospital is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). We participate in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) and will begin recruitment for the 2018-2019 academic year in the fall of 2017. If you are a superior physician with aspirations to develop exceptional skills in the specialty of palliative medicine, we invite you to apply to our program. Please contact us with any questions.

- Jeffrey Berger, MD

About NYU Winthrop

NYU Winthrop Hospital is committed to excellence in graduate medical education. An Independent Academic Medical Center located on Long Island, NYU Winthrop’s 600-bed tertiary care hospital sponsors exceptional graduate medical education programs and is a Clinical Campus for the Stony Brook University School of Medicine.

NYU Winthrop is dedicated to ensuring that our residents, fellows, and medical students develop the clinical skills, scientific knowledge, and compassion necessary to become outstanding clinicians and/or investigators. Personal and professional development is a central tenet of our educational programs, and is enhanced by NYU Winthrop’s supportive educational environment.

In 2015, NYU Winthrop Hospital opened a new, state-of-the-art, 95,000 square-foot Research and Academic Center. The building houses a large auditorium, many conference and classrooms, a new Simulation Center, basic science laboratories, clinical research centers, and the biostatistics department. NYU Winthrop’s inpatient and outpatient facilities offer a full range of patient care experiences. Our dedicated faculty are excellent teachers and mentors.

Program At a Glance

  • Active inpatient consultation service seeing more than 1000 patients annually
  • A year-long longitudinal continuity experience treating patients in outpatient palliative care and supportive oncology practices
  • Pediatric palliative consultation rotation at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
  • Highly integrated Interdisciplinary Team (IDT)
  • Hospice experiences with Metropolitan Jewish Health System (MJHS®)
  • Long term care experience at Margaret Tietz Nursing and Rehabilitation Center
  • Expert level pain management using patient-controlled analgesia (PCA) devices
  • Tertiary palliative treatments (including the use of Ketamine use in the setting of malignant pain and hyperalgesia – allodynia)
  • Participation on the Institutional Bioethics Committee and Clinical Ethics Case Consultation Service
  • Opportunities for Bioethics Scholarship
  • Participation on the Institutional Pain Reduction and Comfort Management Committee
  • Interdivisional -Interdisciplinary Research experiences
  • State-of-the-Art Simulation Center for building Critical Communication Skills
  • American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine AAHPM membership
  • Exceptional benefits package
  • Extensive Elective Experience opportunities including:
    • Medical Oncology
    • Gynecological Oncology
    • Radiation Oncology
    • Pulmonary Hypertension and Pulmonary Fibrosis Clinics
    • Congestive Heart Failure Clinic

Didactic Curriculum

Core Curriculum Conferences
Weekly
Department of Medicine Grand Rounds
Weekly
Palliative Care Interdisciplinary Team Meetings
Weekly
Division Grand Rounds
Monthly
Journal Club
Quarterly
Research Seminars
Quarterly
Case Presentations
Quarterly
Board Review
Quarterly
Quality Improvement
Quarterly
Simulation Exercises
Biannual

Rotations

Acute Care
Fellows work closely with an interdisciplinary team of physicians, nurse practitioners, and social workers, serving over a 1000 new patients a year. Fellows conduct initial and follow-up evaluations of patients, learn to facilitate family meetings, and work collaboratively in a formal interdisciplinary setting. Fellows interface regularly with pastoral care, pharmacy, nursing as well as a range of medical and surgical specialists, such as pain anesthesiologists, interventional radiologists and interventional gastroenterologists. Fellows receive training in the management of patient-controlled analgesia (PCA) and a wide range of palliative treatments including intravenous and oral methadone titration and the use of ketamine. The Palliative Care Consultation service is well established, and fellows have the opportunity to see patients in the Emergency room, Intensive Care units, Neuro ICUs, as well as Pediatrics. The service sees a diversity of conditions and diseases. Approximately 35-40% of consultations involve patients with cancer diagnoses, including patients continuing to receive disease -directed therapies.

Ambulatory Palliative Care
As hospital-based palliative care matures, the field is seeing significant growth in outpatient settings. Our fellows will have a year-long continuity experience in our interdisciplinary outpatient palliative practice. Fellows are trained to care for patients who have a wide range of prognoses and a variety of diseases. The palliative outpatient practice also runs the institution’s Supportive Oncology Program. Patients are referred to the program from medical, pediatric, neuro, and gynecologic oncology. In addition, the practice sees many patients referred through NYU Winthrop’s Pulmonary Hypertension Center and Heart Failure Center.

Hospice
The hospice care experience is provided by Metropolitan Jewish Health Services (MJHS®), a large regional hospice, palliative, and homecare provider. Fellows participate in home-based hospice care provided in the community; as well as hospice care provided in a traditional inpatient care unit (IPU). Fellows work closely with hospice nurses, chaplains, and social workers and attend weekly interdisciplinary team meetings. During their hospice experience, the fellows also learn about administrative aspects of hospice care and become familiar with the process, requirements, and criteria for certification and recertification of terminal illness, inpatient hospice admissions, and the admissions for respite care. The hospice also services a pediatric population that constitutes approximately 15% of all patients.

Long Term Care
The long term care experience takes place at Margaret Tietz Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. This center provides care for both patients admitted for short term rehabilitation and long term residents. Fellows benefit from a range of learning opportunities during this rotation. The Center also specializes in complex wound management. Hospice of New York operates an inpatient hospice unit in the facility.

Pediatrics
Fellows will gain experience providing care to pediatric patients through a 4-week rotation on the Pediatric Pain & Palliative Care Team (PACT) at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Fellows will make daily work rounds with the Pediatric Palliative service attending and PICU attending. Fellows will learn to care for pediatric patients and their families who are challenged by a variety of pediatric-specific conditions.

Electives
A total of six weeks will be dedicated to elective learning. Fellows are given an opportunity to select from a variety of electives included but not limited to:

  • Medical Oncology
  • Gynecological Oncology
  • Radiation Oncology
  • Pulmonary Hypertension and Pulmonary Fibrosis Center
  • Congestive Heart Failure Center
  • Wound Care Center
  • Research

Faculty

Dr. Jeffrey Berger

Jeffrey T. Berger, M.D., Program Director, is Chief of the Division of Palliative Medicine and Director of Clinical Ethics at NYU Winthrop Hospital and Professor of Medicine at Stony Brook University School of Medicine. Dr. Berger is Board Certified in both Internal Medicine and Hospice and Palliative Medicine.

Dr. Berger has over 20 years experience in medical practice with more than 15 years experience providing clinical bioethics case consultation. He established NYU Winthrop’s Palliative Care clinical program in 2007. In addition to practicing clinical medicine, Dr. Berger has focused his academic career in the domain of medicine and bioethics. He has served on numerous state and national committees including the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities, the American College of Physicians, and the New York State Palliative Care Education and Training Council.


Priya PintoPriya Pinto, MD, Physician Faculty Member, is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Geriatrics, and in Hospice and Palliative Medicine. Dr. Pinto completed her residency in Internal Medicine at Staten Island University Hospital, and went on to complete fellowships in Geriatrics and in Palliative Medicine at Montefiore Medical Center. For the last 5 years she has served as an Assistant Professor at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Consulting Physician at Montefiore Medical Center and Fellowship Program Director in Hospice and Palliative Medicine. Dr. Pinto has a special interest in teaching and education in Palliative Care.


Latifat AdeyemiLatifat Adeyemi, MS, ANP-BC is a Board Certified Adult Nurse Practitioner, who completed subspecialty training in Palliative Care and received a Master’s Degree from New York University. She also earned a B.A. in Speech Language Pathology from The State University of New York at Buffalo and a B.S. from The College of New Rochelle. Mrs. Adeyemi joined the Palliative Care team summer of 2014, after working more than 7 years as an Oncology/Hematology Registered Nurse at New York Langone Medical Center.


Kathleen DiGangi CondonKathleen DiGangi Condon, ANP-BC is a Board Certified Adult  Nurse Practitioner in the Division of Palliative Medicine. Kate earned her B.S. and M.S from Columbia University’s School of Nursing. She also holds a B.A. from the College of the Holy Cross and an M.A. from the University of Notre Dame.

Kate joined NYU Winthrop in May of 2013 from Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, where she served as a nurse practitioner on the Palliative care service. She also established an inpatient Palliative care consult service at St. Barnabas Hospital in the Bronx. Prior to that Kate practiced as a registered nurse on the comprehensive transplant unit at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center. Kate is an Instructor in Medicine at New York Medical College in Valhalla, New York, where she teaches bioethics to first and second year medical students. She has lectured at Columbia University’s School of Nursing on pain, Palliative care, and ethics.


Maria Christine SantosMaria Christine Santos, MS, RN, ANP-BC, ACHPN, CCRN-CSC is a Board Certified Adult Nurse Practitioner. Christine earned a B.S and M.S. in Nursing, with a subspecialty in Palliative Care, from New York University’s College of Nursing.

Christine joined the Palliative Care team in 2015, after working over 7 years as a Critical Care Registered Nurse at New York Langone Medical Center. Christine also serves as an adjunct clinical faculty member at New York University’s College of Nursing, where she teaches undergraduate students during their clinical rotations.


Jessica T. Weinberger

Jessica T. Weinberger MS, FNP, ACHPN is a Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner and has been Board Certified as an Advanced Practice Hospice and Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner since 2003, the first year the certification was given. Jessica has a Master's in Science of Nursing from Pace University's Leinhard Graduate School of Nursing, and completed a BS Ed in Rehabilitation Services from The University of Connecticut. Jessica worked in the fields of pediatrics, adults, and geriatrics until finding her passion of Palliative Care.

She joined NYU Winthrop Hospital's Palliative Care Program in 2011, after working for 15 years as a hospice and palliative care nurse and nurse practitioner in Nashville Tennessee. Since arriving at NYU Winthrop, Jessica has been a preceptor for Master's level palliative nurse practitioner students from New York University. In addition, Jessica participates on the Pain Management Committee at NYU Winthrop.


Dana RibeiroDana Ribeiro Miller M.Div., LMSW, ACHP-SW is licensed as a Master of Social Work, She holds a Masters in Social Work from Columbia University School of Social Work, where she was a recipient of the Dr. Maurice V. Russell Fellowship for Medical Social Work, a Masters in Divinity from Union Theological Seminary, and a B.S. from Rutgers University. She completed her subspecialty Palliative Care training via the Post Graduate Fellowship in Palliative Care at the Mt. Sinai-Beth Israel Division of Palliative Medicine.  Dana has worked in a variety of social work settings including medical intensive care units, mental health counseling, and caregiver support groups.


Research and Publications

Brand DA, Patrick PA, Berger JT, Ibrahim M, Matela A, Upadhyay S, and Spiegler P. Intensity of Vasopressor Therapy for Septic Shock and the Risk of In-Hospital Death. In press, the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management.

Berger JT. The Limits of Surrogates’ Moral Authority and Physician Professionalism: Can the Paradigm of Palliative Sedation be Instructive? Hastings Center Report. January/February 2017 47 (1):20-23.

Van Arsdale A, Rosenbaum D, Kaur G, Pinto P, Kuo DY, Barrera R, Goldberg GL, Nevadunsky NS. Prevalence and factors associated with cognitive deficit in women with gynecologic malignancies. Gynecol Oncol. 2016 May;141(2):323-8. PMID: 26946094

Berger JT. Courage, Context, and Contemporary Health Care. Hastings Cent Rep. 2015, Nov-Dec;45(6):4. PMID: 26556137.

Berger JT. The Unfinished Business of Developing Standards for End-of-LifeCare: Leveraging Quality Improvement and Peer Review. Am J Bioeth. 2015;15(8):50-1. PMID: 26225521.

Berger JT. Stumbled, fumbled, bumbled, grumbled, and humbled: looking back at the future history of clinical ethics. J Clin Ethics. 2014 Summer;25(2):96-101. PMID: 24972059.

Berger JT. Redefining the domains of decision making by physician and patient. Int J Clin Pract. 2011 Aug;65(8):828-30. PMID: 21762307.

Lester PE, Daroowalla F, Harisingani R, Sykora A, Lolis J, Patrick PA, Feuerman M, Berger JT. Evaluation of housestaff knowledge and perception of competence in palliative symptom management. J Palliat Med. 2011 Feb;14(2):139-45. Epub 2011 Jan 9. PMID: 21214379.

Berger JT. Pandemic preparedness planning: will provisions for involuntary termination of life support invite active euthanasia? J Clin Ethics. 2010 Winter;21(4):308-11. PMID: 21313864.

Berger JT. Bedside ethics and health system catastrophe: imagine if you will... J Clin Ethics. 2010 Winter;21(4):285-7. PMID: 21313861.

Niederman MS, Berger JT. The delivery of futile care is harmful to other patients. Crit Care Med. 2010 Oct;38(10 Suppl):S518-22. PMID: 21164391.

Berger JT. What about process? Limitations in advance directives, care planning, and noncapacitated decision making. Am J Bioeth. 2010 Apr;10(4):33-4. PMID: 20379918.

Berger JT. Discharge against medical advice: ethical considerations and professional obligations. J Hosp Med. 2008 Sep;3(5):403-8. Review. PMID: 18951403.

Berger JT, Gorski M, Cohen T. Advance health planning and treatment preferences among recipients of implantable cardioverter defibrillators: an exploratory study. J Clin Ethics. 2006 Spring;17(1):72-8. PMID: 16689116.

Berger JT. Suffering in advanced dementia: diagnostic and treatment challenges and questions about palliative sedation. J Clin Ethics. 2006 Winter;17(4):364-6. PMID: 17330731.

Berger JT, Gunderson M. Say what you mean and mean what you say: a patient's conflicting preferences for care. Hastings Cent Rep. 2006 Jan-Feb;36(1):14; discussion 14-5. PMID: 16544833.

Berger JT, Brody G, Eisenstein L, Pollack S. Do potential recipients of cardiopulmonary resuscitation want their family members to attend? A survey of public preferences. J Clin Ethics. 2004 Fall;15(3):237-42. PMID: 15630866.

Berger JT, Coulehan J, Belling C. Humor in the physician-patient encounter. Arch Intern Med. 2004 Apr 26;164(8):825-30. PubMed PMID: 15111367.

Berger JT. Ethical challenges of partial do-not-resuscitate (DNR) orders: placing DNR orders in the context of a life-threatening conditions care plan. Arch Intern Med. 2003 Oct 27;163(19): 2270-5. PMID: 14581244.

Berger JT, Rosner F, Cassell EJ. Ethics of practicing medical procedures on newly dead and nearly dead patients. J Gen Intern Med. 2002 Oct;17(10):774-8.Review. PMID: 12390553; PMCID: PMC1495118.

Berger JT, Kark P, Rosner F, Packer S, Bennett AJ. Direct-to-consumer drug marketing: public service or disservice? Mt Sinai J Med. 2001 May;68(3):197-202. PMID: 11373692.

Berger JT. Placebo medication use in patient care: a survey of medical interns. West J Med. 1999 Feb;170(2):93-6. PMID: 10063395; PMCID: PMC1305448.

Adelman RD, Berger JT, Macina LO. Critical care for the geriatric patient. Clin Geriatr Med. 1994 Feb;10(1):19-30. Review. PMID: 8168023.

Presentations and Abstracts:

Berger JT, Nabati L, Rotella J. Physician Assisted Dying: The AAHPM Ethics Committee Reports on its Work. American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine Annual Meeting, March 10, 2016, Chicago, Il.

Ibrahim, M., Habtes, I., Upadhyay, S., Berger, J., Patrick, P., Brand, D., & Spiegler, P. (2014). Intensity of Vasopressor Therapy as a Predictor of In-Hospital Death In Patients With Septic Shock. Chest, 146(4_MeetingAbstracts), 229A-229A.

Berger JT. Ethics of Research with Noncapacitated Subjects. President’s Council Annual Conference. Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. October 13, 2012.

Powell T, Berger JT, Swidler R, Lipman H. The Family Health Care Decisions Act. Panel Discussion. Metropolitan New York Ethics Network at the New York Academy of Medicine. NY NY June 20, 2011.

Berger JT. Ethics Harms and Guidelines for CPR. Paper presentation, Annual Meeting of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities. Minneapolis, October 15, 2011.

McCauley R, Kelso C, Kreher M, Daly P, Berger JT. Is it Time to Pull the Plug on the Principle of Double Effect? American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. March 4, 2010, Boston, Massachusetts.

Lester PE, Berger JT. Atypical Chest Pain in a Geriatric Patient: Gastric Volvulus. Poster presentation, American Geriatric Society Annual Meeting, Washington D.C., May 12, 2008.

Berger JT, Khalil E, Khan S, Varghese T. The Reporting of Informed Consent and Related Issues in Critical Care Research. Paper presentation, Annual Meeting of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities. Denver, CO., October 28, 2006.

Berger JT. Advance Planning and Treatment Preferences Among Recipients of Implantable Cardiac Defibrillators. Paper presentation, Annual Meeting of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities. Washington D.C., October 22, 2005.

Berger JT, Majerovitz SD. Considering Family Burden in Surrogate Decisions Making for Research. Poster presentation, Gerontological Society of America Annual Meeting, Washington D.C., November, 19 – 22, 2004.

Berger JT. Patients’ Interests in their Family Members’ Well Being: An Overlooked Fundamental Consideration in Substituted Judgments. Paper presentation, Joint Meeting of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities and the Canadian Bioethics Society, Montreal, Canada, October 26, 2003.

Berger JT. Integrated Institutional Ethics. Poster Presentation, American Society for Bioethics and Humanities, Annual Meeting, Philadelphia PA, October 28 - 31, 1999

Ongoing Research Projects

  • CPR Survival Rates after Cardiac Arrest on Vasopressors
  • Neuropsychological correlates of cancer cachexia
  • Efficacy of topical morphine for painful pressure ulcers
  • Impact of Interdisciplinary pre-PEG evaluation on the use of PEGs
  • Efficacy of oral ketamine for refractory malignant pain
  • Ethics of voluntary cessation of oral intake by advance directive
  • Ethics of goal-directed use of CPR and related interventions
  • Decreasing ICU nursing moral distress through a palliative empowerment intervention
  • Prognostication for survival using combined functional and physiological measures
  • Comparison of resident and faculty moral distress using MDS-R
  • Ethics of Surrogate Decision Making for Marginally Befriended Patients

Diversity

NYU Winthrop Hospital’s graduate medical education programs create an atmosphere in which cultural and ethnic differences among patients, staff, and house staff are recognized, respected, understood and embraced. Residents participate in the care of a diverse group of patients and have the opportunity to work with colleagues from varied backgrounds. NYU Winthrop aims to bring the best residents, fellows and faculty from all ethnic, racial and gender groups to learn and care for patients in this diverse environment.

Benefits 

Thank you for your interest in Graduate Medical Education at NYU Winthrop Hospital. The following is a summary of the generous array of benefits provided to NYU Winthrop’s residents and fellows.

Housing
Housing accommodations, at heavily subsidized rates, are available in apartment buildings and residential homes within close proximity to the NYU Winthrop Hospital campus. If a member of the house staff requests NYU Winthrop housing and it cannot be provided, a live-off allowance will be provided. Photographs of our house staff accommodations are available on NYU Winthrop’s Graduation Medical Education website. 

Salary
Salaries are highly competitive with other academic medical centers in the New York metropolitan region. Tax deferred annuity is available.

Meals
Residents and fellows are provided with three complimentary meals per day, seven days per week, in NYU Winthrop’s full service cafeteria (up to $4.00 for breakfast, $5.40 for lunch and dinner).

House Staff Lounge
NYU Winthrop Hospital’s new house staff lounge is accessible 24/7. The spacious and comfortable lounge is equipped with computers, wifi, television, foosball table, lockers, lounge chairs, as well as coffee and tea.

INSURANCE BENEFITS

Medical and Dental Coverage
NYU Winthrop Hospital is committed to providing residents with a comprehensive benefits program. Benefits include generous medical, pharmaceutical, and dental coverage, as well as flexible spending accounts. Benefits are effective from the first day of residency/fellowship.

Disability Insurance
Residents/fellows are covered by short-term, non-occupational disability insurance (up to six months).  To be eligible for disability insurance benefits, one must be on the payroll for a minimum of twenty (20) work days (four consecutive weeks) and unable to work for more than seven (7) calendar days, due an injury or illness that does not arise out of, and in the course of, employment. These benefits, which supplement lost income, are based on salary level and are payable for up to 26 weeks after the employees accrued sick time has been used.

The long term disability benefit begins after six months of short term disability. It pays a monthly benefit for an extended illness or injury. The monthly benefit is offset by benefits from other sources, such as Workers Compensation and Social Security.

Workers Compensation
House staff receive compensation, in accordance with the Workers Compensation Law, for any illness or injury which is job related. Benefits include payment for medical expenses and lost pay.

Family and Medical Leave
In accordance with the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) of 1993, NYU Winthrop Hospital will grant residents/fellows unpaid leave(s) for up to 12 weeks in a 12-month period.  To be eligible, one must have worked 12 months at the Hospital and a minimum of 1250 hours in the twelve-month period prior to the start date of the requested leave.  FMLA leave may be granted for the birth, adoption or acceptance for foster care of a child; for the care of a child, spouse, or parent with a serious health condition; or for the employee’s own serious illness.

Residents/fellows may to return to their training program after a leave of absence, without loss of training status, if their leave does not exceed that allowed by the specialty boards.

Professional Liability Insurance
NYU Winthrop’s residents/fellows are provided with professional liability coverage for the duration of their training through the Hospital’s self-insurance program.  Coverage provides legal defense and protection against awards from claims reported or filed after the completion of graduate medical education if the alleged acts are within the scope of the education program.

Life Insurance
Basic Life Insurance is provided by the hospital at no cost to the resident/fellow. This benefit equals 1 X the resident/fellow’s annual salary payable to the beneficiary. Residents/fellows may purchase additional voluntary life insurance up to 3X their annual salary (combined basic and voluntary may not exceed $500,000).

Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance
Provided by the hospital at no cost to the resident/fellow.

Retirement Plan
A Defined Contribution 403(b) Plan is available for voluntary pre-tax/after-tax contribution.       

Employee Health Services
NYU Winthrop Hospital residents and fellows are provided with pre-employment physicals, annual health assessments, and Tuberculosis screenings, as well as vaccines and required health surveillance free of charge through the hospital’s Employee Health Service.  In addition, if a member of the house staff becomes ill while at work, he or she will be seen at no charge by an Employee Health practitioner, or by the Emergency Room staff if the Employee Health Service practitioner is not available.

Counseling Services
Free assessment, referral and brief psychotherapy services are available on a confidential basis to members of the House Staff and their immediate families.

Employee Assistance Program & Work/Life Assistance Program
This resource is available to residents/fellows and their family members to assist with:

  • Areas of assistance include: psychological, child care, elder care, daily living, legal/financial, and work-related
  • Confidential
  • No Cost
  • 24/7
  • Managing work/life dilemmas at a personal level
  • Overcoming emotional hurdles
  • Getting performance back on track
  • Immediate crisis response capability

Vacation
NYU Winthrop Hospital residents and fellows receive four weeks of vacation (20 working days) within each contract year.

Conference Time
PGY 1 level residents are eligible to attend one local conference (New York Metropolitan Area), at the discretion of the Program Director.  House staff at the PGY 2 level and above are eligible for one trip, maximum of five consecutive weekdays, to an approved professional conference in the continental United States each year, at the discretion of the Program Director.

Educational Allowance
Reimbursement for allowable educational expenses is available up to a maximum of $75 for PGY 1 residents and $700 for PGY2 and higher residents and subspecialty fellows.

TransitChek Commuter Benefit Program
The TransitChek Commuter Benefit Program is available. This program allows the resident/fellow to deduct pre-tax money to pay for mass transit or commuter parking (up to a predefined maximum).

Additional Benefits Include:

  • Free parking while on duty
  • Prescription medications in the Hospital formulary…free to residents and at cost for eligible dependents
  • Free laundry service for lab coats and other hospital uniforms
  • Health club membership reimbursement…up to $100 per academic year
  • An “Arts and Humanities” series… complementing your medical education with exposure to music, literature, history and fine arts
  • Graduation dinner gala

Living on Long Island

Convenient access to NY City is available by Long Island Railroad located directly adjacent to NYU Winthrop Hospital. Residents and fellows take advantage of the opportunity enjoy the myriad of cultural, social, and professional activities in New York City. Additionally, NYU Winthrop's location in central Nassau County allows easy access to spectacular beaches and the famous Hamptons.

Life on Long Island

The longest and largest island in the contiguous United States, Long Island stretches over 100 miles from New York City to Montauk Point. A celebrated summer vacation spot, Long Island offers seasonal beauty, professional sports events, art museums and galleries, and fabulous cuisine. Eastern Long Island has gained fame as for its vineyards, and is home to almost 20 wineries. From NYU Winthrop it is a short trip to Manhattan, where you can enjoy world class dining, museums, and endless cultural opportunities. From scenic Atlantic Ocean beaches to Fire Island, the Hamptons and Montauk Point, Long Island has something for everyone.

Web Resources

http://www.longisland.com/
http://www.iloveny.com/
http://parks.ny.gov/


Beaches

Fire Island
The Hamptons
Jones Beach
Montauk Point
Robert Moses State Park
And many more…


Professional Sports


Shopping

Americana Manhasset
Roosevelt Field Mall
Tanger Outlet Mall


The Arts

The Metropolitan Museum of Art
The Guggenheim Museum
The Museum of Modern Art
American Museum of Natural History
American Folk Art Museum
Whitney Museum of American Art
Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
Broadway and Off-Broadway Shows


Popular Activities

How to Apply For Fellowship

Interested candidates may apply through the ERAS Fellowship Applicant Site.

Prerequisite Training:
Completion of an ACGME-accredited residency program in Internal Medicine or Family Medicine.

Required documents include:

  • Common Application Form (CAF)
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Personal Statement
  • Medical School Transcript
  • USMLE scores or COMLEX scores (Step 1, Step 2 CK, Step 2 CS/PE, and Step 3)
  • ECFMG (if applicable)
  • Three letters of recommendation


How to Apply for Medical Student and Resident Rotations

Residents/fellows:
Residents/fellows can apply for a rotation with any department by contacting the academic coordinator for that program via email with a copy of your CV and the dates you are requesting for your rotation.

The department will review your CV and let you know if there are any rotation spots available for the time requested. If you are approved for the rotation, the Office of Academic Affairs will contact you with the necessary paperwork.

 

Contact Us

Jeffrey T. Berger, MD 
Fellowship Program Director, Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship
NYU Winthrop Hospital
Division of Palliative Medicine and Bioethics 
222 Station Plaza North
Suite 518
Mineola, NY 11501
Tel: (516) 663-4680 
Fax: (516) 663-2989
E-mail: JBerger@nyuwinthrop.org

Melissa Mooney
Academic Coordinator, Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship
NYU Winthrop Hospital
Division of Palliative Medicine and Bioethics
222 Station Plaza North
Suite 512
Mineola, NY 11501
Tel: (516) 663-4680
Fax: (516) 663-2989
E-mail: MMooney@nyuwinthrop.org