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Oncology-Hematology

Program Director's Message

Our focus is to develop clinicians who are adept at prevention, screening, diagnosis and treatment of a broad range of malignancies, as well as benign hematologic disease. This is a three-year program of comprehensive clinical training in both medical oncology and hematology, satisfying double-board eligibility, with protected time to pursue an original research project. Fellows are trained in all procedures relating to oncology/hematology, including bone marrow aspiration, biopsy and interpretation, coagulation testing, blood banking, chemotherapy administration and stem cell transplantation. The Division is a member of the Southwest Oncology Group and is a site for numerous investigational drug and treatment trials in hematologic, as well as malignant disease.

- Prashanti Atluri, MD
Program Director, Oncology/Hematology Fellowship Program

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. The institution is proud of its 100+ years of clinical excellence.

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.

NYU Winthrop is clearly at the forefront of medicine:

  • NYU Winthrop Hospital was named the 18th best large employer in America by Forbes Magazine in 2017
  • Magnet Recognized Hospital
  • NYU Winthrop Hospital is in the top 5% of U.S. Hospitals for Clinical Excellence as reported by healthgrades
  • Long Island’s first navigator program for cancer care
  • Nationally recognized Children’s Medical Center

Best Regional Hospital in US News and World Report

Program at a Glance

Number of Fellowship Positions: 6

4th Year Medical Student Elective: Yes

Fellow Elective(s): Special Hematology, Blood Bank, Radiation Oncology, Stem Cell Transplant, Gynecologic Oncology, Research

  • Over the past five years, all fellowship graduates have obtained board certification in hematology and medical oncology
  • Access to a wide variety of pathology, including more than 2,400 new cancer diagnoses annually
  • Outpatient continuity experience maintained throughout the three years
  • Extensive didactic training including weekly hematology and oncology teaching conferences, Grand Rounds, and specialty tumor board meetings
  • Full range of clinical programs, including autologous stem cell transplantation program, SWOG clinical trials participation, a dedicated inpatient oncology unit and an outpatient chemotherapy/transfusion treatment suite.
  • Generous house staff benefits, including heavily subsidized housing and three complimentary meals per day

Curriculum

During the first two years of training, the fellowship program emphasize clinical training in Oncology and Hematology in six-month alternating blocks. Fellows perform consults daily on inpatient medical and surgical services, and have a major responsibility for the weekly outpatient Oncology/Hematology Teaching Practice. During the second year, fellows assume a leadership role in teaching and rounding on the inpatient services with Internal Medicine residents and first year fellows. During the third year, there is sustained scholarly activity, as well as continued outpatient experience. Third year fellows continue in a leadership role, overseeing junior fellows during continued outpatient experiences and have the opportunity to explore special interests via electives in Pediatric Oncology, Gynecologic Oncology, Tumor Pathology, Cytogenetics, and Molecular Methods. Fellows also dedicate time to scholarly and research activities/publishing. Teaching conferences in both specialties are provided throughout the three years of fellowship training.

Rotations in Months

  Rotation Months
PGY 4 Oncology 5.5
  Hematology 5.5
  Radiation Oncology 0.5
  Palliative Care 0.5
 
PGY 5 Oncology 5
  Hematology 4
  Blood Bank 1
  Cytogenetics 1
  Research 1
 
PGY 6 Research 2
  Gynecologic Oncology/Neuro-Oncology 1
  Breast Oncology 1
  Gastrointestinal Oncology 1
  Genitourinary Oncology 1
  Lung Oncology 1
  Malignant Hematology 1
  Bone Marrow Transplant 1
  Elective 3

Clinical Services

Seven full-time attending physicians, all double-boarded in Hematology and Medical Oncology

Full array of tertiary services to support complex treatment protocols including robotic surgery, infectious disease, rehabilitation, radiopharmaceuticals, advanced endoscopy, cyberknife radiosurgery, and genetics counseling. A new 32-chair state-of-the-art infusion center and a dedicated inpatient unit for ambulatory and inpatient treatments. Access to a wide variety of pathology, including more than 2000 cases annually, treatments including intensity modulated radiation therapy, monoclonal antibody based therapy, and autologous stem cell transplantation.

Research: We have a new generation of investigational trials using newer targeted agents. NYU Winthrop participates in numerous cancer clinical trials and faculty interests include epidemiology of colon cancer as well as tumor marker validation in breast and lung cancers.

Key Faculty

Prashanti Atluri, M.D.
Program Director, Oncology Hematology Fellowship
Associate Professor of Medicine

Jeffrey Schneider, M.D.
Chief, Oncology Hematology Division
Director, Thoracic Lung Cancer Program
Associate Professor of Medicine

Alexander Hindenburg, M.D.
Associate Professor of Medicine

Michael Garrison, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Medicine

Nina D’Abreo, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Medicine

Mary O’Keeffe, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Medicine

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.

Program Benefits

House Staff Benefits

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 may be provided.

Salary

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

2018-2019 Annual Salary
PGY 1 $66,259
PGY 2 $69,123
PGY 3 $72,108
PGY 4 $75,034
PGY 5 $77,958
PGY 6 $80,883
PGY 7 $83,808
PGY 8 $86,745

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.

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
  • Paid sick leave
  • 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

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

Living 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.

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.

The village of Mineola is a wonderful place to live and work. Mineola affords one the opportunity to enjoy the relaxed Long Island lifestyle, while living only 30 minutes away (via LIRR) from the attractions of NYC.

The close vicinity of the hospital, where most of the resident housing is located, is an excellent location for both families and single residents. Aside from a LIRR station leading directly into NYC, the area is surrounded by a quiet residential neighborhood and a large park with sports facilities, open fields, and a local library. The Roosevelt field mall, one of the largest retail centers on Long Island, is located less than a mile away from the hospital along with a large conglomerate of brand name stores and services.

You can also enjoy the wonderful things that Long Island itself has to offer You will find that living in Mineola is a sound choice from the economic perspective. While residents living in large cities incur significant living expenses, Mineola is very affordable.

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Student Rotations

  1. U.S. Medical students
  2. International Medical students
  3. Podiatry Students

Resident and fellow Rotations

Residents and 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.