WHAT IS YOUR ACADEMIC AFFILIATION?
Montefiore New Rochelle Hospital is part of Montefiore Health System, a premier academic medical center and the University Hospital for Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

DO YOU ACCEPT INTERNATIONAL MEDICAL GRADUATES INTO YOUR PROGRAM?
We will consider all qualified candidates, including U.S. graduates and international medical graduates.

WHAT IS THE MINIMUM USMLE SCORE YOU ACCEPT?
Generally, we seek candidates who have scores at least in the mid-230’s and above on both parts.  Although occasional exceptions can be made, it is unusual for us to review any candidate who has United States Medical Licensing Examination ® (USMLE®) scores less than 230 or any failed attempts.

DOES THE YEAR OF MEDICAL SCHOOL GRADUATION MATTER?
Yes.  We prefer candidates who have graduated from medical school within the past eight years.  However, we do consider many candidates who have had continuous clinical experience or advanced training since graduation.

DO YOU REQUIRE CLINCIAL EXPERIENCE IN THE UNITED STATES?
No, though familiarity with the U.S. healthcare system is an obvious asset. 

DO YOU ACCEPT APPLICATIONS BY MAIL?
No.  All applications must be processed through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS®).  We receive a large number of applications, and it is not possible for us to respond to individual request about the status of a specification application.  We also do not send any rejection notices to candidates who are not called for an interview.

WHAT IS THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF APPLICATIONS?
Interviews are normally held between October and January. Applications should submit all their information via ERAS as soon as the system opens, in September.   We begin the review process in late September, and generally continue to download applications from the ERAS Post Office until November 30 or until all the available appointments for interviews have been filled.  Please remember that we receive a very large number of applications, and it is not possible to interview more than a small fraction of the candidates who apply.

HOW MANY LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATIONS ARE NEEDED?
At least three (3) letters are required by ERAS.  For our purposes, ideally these should be from U.S. based clinicians who can comment on the candidate’s overall skills and potential for success in a residency.  The letters must be submitted through ERAS.
 
IS EDUCATIONAL COMMISSION FOR FOREIGN MEDICAL GRADUATES (ECFMG) CERTIFICATION NECESSARY?
For all international medical graduates, ECFMG certification is necessary prior to the beginning of the residency.  This includes Steps 1 and 2 (Clinical Knowledge) of the USMLE exam, and the CSA (Clinical Skills Assessment). 

DO YOU ACCEPT VISAS? 
We consider and accept candidates who are U.S. citizens, permanent residents as well as those who need J1 and H1B Visas.

DO RESIDENTS HAVE OPPORTUNITIES TO PARTICIPATE IN RESEARCH?
All PGY-2 residents must participate in a quality/performance improvement project.  All PGY-3’s must complete a senior research project.   All residents are strongly encouraged to submit these or other research projects for peer review acceptance both as a means of complying with the ACGME requirement for scholarly activity and to enhance their academic portfolio.  Appropriate guidance and faculty supervision are readily available to facilitate the process.  Many of our previous and current residents have participated in presentations at national and regional meetings, and a considerable number have contributed to publications in peer-reviewed journals.

ARE THERE MEDICAL STUDENTS AT MONTEFIORE NEW ROCHELLE?
Medical students at all levels of training are present at Montefiore’s New Rochelle campus for physical diagnosis, core clerkships, electives and sub-internships in the Department of Medicine.  Typically each intern on the wards has a student assigned to them.

WHERE DO YOUR RESIDENTS GO AFTER THEIR RESIDENCY IS COMPLETED?
Residents generally pursue positions as practitioners (hospitalist, clinic or traditional) or enter subspecialty fellowships.  (See our “Past Graduates: Where do They Go” section for fellowship details)

DO YOU ACCEPT COUPLES?
Yes, we have had couples in the same or different years in the past. 

HOW ARE RESIDENTS EVALUATED?
This is a continuous process.  Residents are evaluated by their peers as well as by their superiors and teachers.  Evaluations are completed online through New Innovations and are monitored by the Department of Medicine corresponding to the resident’s performance on each rotation.   All residents meet with the Program Director every 6 months to get feedback on their cumulative performance and competency development.  In order to qualify for promotion, residents must demonstrate an overall satisfactory performance in all the core competencies, as defined by the ACGME and monitored by our clinical competency committee.

ARE THERE ANY SPECIAL AWARDS OR RECOGNITION?
“Praise Letters” may be given at any time in order to document any exceptional or noteworthy performance.  At graduation, awards are given in a variety of categories, including a “Best Resident” award as well as “Best Intern” award and other specialty awards.

DOES THE PROGRAM SPONSOR ANY SOCIAL EVENTS?
The Department of Medicine hosts an annual summer picnic, a holiday party held in December and an annual graduation party held in June.  Last year we also hosted a Diwali Celebration.

DOES THE HOSPITAL ARRANGE FOR HOUSING?

Most residents live in the apartment complex next to Montefiore New Rochelle Hospital.  Others choose to live in other local housing in nearby communities.  The City of New Rochelle is a diverse and vibrant suburban community with a fine public school district.  It is considered an excellent environment for families with close proximity and easy access to New York City.