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Residency Program FAQs

Q. What is the ABIM Certifying Examination (Board) pass rate?

A. Our cumulative pass rate for first-time exam takers from 2012 to 2014 is 94%, above the national average for Internal Medicine programs of approximately 85%.

Q. What is the on-call schedule and is there a night float system?

A. The EHMC Medicine Residency Program has adapted to the 2011 ACGME duty hours requirements by moving to a schedule which more closely follows that of our hospitalist Internal Medicine physicians.  Residents alternate between admitting and non-admitting days. Daytime residents who are admitting patients to the hospital are on duty between 8 AM and 8 PM. Night float teams - including a PGY1, PGY2, and PGY3 resident - cover the daytime teams between 8 PM and 8 AM. Our program complies with all ACGME duty hours requirements, including a work week limited to less than 80 hours, one day off in seven based on a Sunday to Saturday calendar week, maximum PGY1 shifts of less than 16 hours, and no more than 5 consecutive nights of Night Float (Night Medicine) duty. PGY2 and PGY3 residents have approximately an every fourth night call schedule in the MSICU Critical Care unit. Weekday calls are from 8 AM to 10 PM, with the next day off. Weekend call duty shifts last 12 or 24 hours, and transition of care is limited to less than 4 hours to comply with ACGME duty hour rules.

Q. Are there admission limits (caps)?

A.  PGY1 admissions are capped at 5 new admissions and 2 transfers within a 24 hour period. The program complies with all caps as written in the ACGME  Internal Medicine Program Requirements.

Q. Is there hospital housing?

A. The hospital does not provide housing but the salary is generous and there are many affordable, secure, pleasant residential areas nearby. Some residents live in walking distance from the hospital; others choose more distant neighborhoods accessible by car or public transportation. Although one should always be cautious, the hospital neighborhood is reasonably safe and security within the hospital is excellent.

Q. Are there PGY1 electives?

A. Not for Categorical Interns (PGY1), who have 2 blocks of Ambulatory Medicine and 1 block of Emergency Medicine. Preliminary Interns have 3 blocks of elective time, and may choose to do Ambulatory or Emergency Medicine if needed or desired.  The program is considering moving the PGY1 Categorical Emergency Medicine rotation to the PGY3 year, and replacing it 1 block of elective in the 2016-2017 academic year.

Q.  Are there other residencies at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center?

A.  The Internal Medicine Residency Program is the only ACGME accredited program based at EHMC. There is a non-ACGME accredited Podiatric Surgery program based at EHMC.  Residents in Surgery and Pathology rotate from Mount Sinai Medical Center.   Surgery residents also rotate from Palisades Medical Center.  One PGY3 Anesthesiology Resident from Rutgers- New Jersey Medical School (NJMS) rotates in the Medical Surgical Intensive Care Unit (MSICU) each rotation. As part of our affiliation with the Hackensack University Health Network, one Emergency Medicine resident from Hackensack University Medical Center rotates in the Emergency Department.  EHMC is committed to training residents and medical students.  One medical student rotates on the Medicine Private Teaching Service each month from Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine.  Medical students from Rutgers-NJMS are to begin rotating with the Hospitalist Teaching Service during the 2015-2016 academic year. 

Q. Does Englewood Hospital and Medical Center have any subspecialty fellowship programs? And can I get a fellowship from there?

A. Critical Care Fellows at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center rotate here from Mount Sinai Medical Center (as above). We have been very successful in helping our graduates obtain the fellowships of their choice. However over the last few years Cardiology and GI fellowships have become extraordinarily competitive nationwide.

Q. Is the program accredited?

A. The Medical Residency at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council on Graduate Medical Education.

Q. How are the facilities?

A. The hospital is modern and up‐to‐date with technology: state of the art MRI, PET Scanner, cardiac cath lab and endoscopy suite, advanced medical/surgical ICU, computerized medical information system. Full interventional Cardiology including PCI and EPS services. There are new Emergency Medicine and Outpatient Dialysis Centers.

Q. This looks like a fancy neighborhood. Is there a diverse enough patient population?

A.The patient diversity at EHMC is one of the program’s greatest strengths. The tremendous socioeconomic, ethnic and racial diversity in the communities EHMC serves translates into an excellent learning experience for residents.

In addition, the faculty’s recognized expertise in Patient Blood Management, Oncology, Biliary Endoscopy, Interventional Cardiology, Infectious Diseases, and other areas attracts a wide variety of patients with these conditions. The outpatient experience also benefits from patient diversity as a broad range of patient ages, incomes, and countries of origin are represented at the North Hudson Community Action Corporation Clinic in downtown Englewood, where our residents provide primary care with an emphasis on continuity and preventive medicine.

Q. How are residents evaluated?

A. Resident performance is closely monitored and evaluated in numerous ways. Faculty members directly observe residents providing patient care and provide timely and constructive feedback based on these sessions. Residents receive verbal and written feedback at the end of each clinical rotation. All residents take the annual In-Training Examination administered by the American College of Physicians. In-patient and out-patient charts are reviewed for quality using standard criteria. The Program Faculty meets with residents twice a year (or more) to provide feedback on performance and mentoring. The Department of Medicine’s Clinical Competence Committee monitors resident performance on a quarterly basis.

Q. What does the Selection Committee look for in evaluation applicants?

A. The Committee looks for the following attributes, among others: intelligence, professionalism, willingness to work hard, humanism, flexibility, willingness to receive feedback, honesty, dedication, and communication skills.

Q: What are the salary and benefits packages?

A:  Resident Salaries as of July 1, 2015:
PGY 1:  $52,051
PGY 2:  $54,202
PGY 3:  $56,876

Resident Benefits:
Health Insurance: flexible benefits program includes medical, dental, and vision care

Prescription Benefits: provided through Express Scripts.  Prescriptions may be purchased from the EHMC Pharmacy at cost plus a nominal administrative charge in certain situations

Flexible Spending Accounts: residents may set aside tax exempt income (as allowed by federal law) to pay for child care, dependent care, and/or uncovered health expenses

Other Insurance: Long Term Disability, Malpractice Insurance, Life Insurance, Workers’ Compensation

Optional Benefits: Supplemental Life Insurance, Credit Union, Employee Assistance Plan, auto and homeowner’s insurance, pet insurance, legal services plan through Hyatt Legal

Education Allowance: $400 per year for textbooks, journals, conferences, digital educational media.  MKSAP series is provided to all residents once during training

Meeting Expenses: reimbursement available for residents presenting at conferences (expenses must be presented to the Department in advance)

Employee discounts are available through the EHMC Intranet for mobile phone carriers, restaurants, computers, Broadway shows, etc.