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Frequently Asked Questions

How competitive is your Internal Medicine Residency Program?

It is extremely competitive. We received over 7000 applications this past application cycle.

When are interviews typically offered?

Interviews are offered to competitive candidates by invitation only typically from October-January.

Does your program sponsor visas for foreign medical graduates?


What Visa types do you accept/sponsor?

We consider sponsoring H1B visas to eligible candidates but this must be discussed during the interview. We also accept J-1 or an employment authorization document (EAD). Have in mind, all paperwork should be processed and ready before starting residency in July.

Do I have to participate in the NRMP Matching Program?

Yes. Only applicants who register with the National Residency Match Program (NRMP) are considered for categorical or preliminary positions by the program’s selection committee. Refer to the NRMP website for additional details or if you still have not applied.

Does the program offer out-of-match positions?

No. All positions are filled through the NRMP match. 

Does the residency program provide subsidized housing?

Unfortunately, No.

Where do residents live?

Most of our residents live in Manhattan (mainly the Upper East Side) near the hospital, with some commuting from New Jersey, Westchester, Brooklyn, Queens, and other areas. For convenience, we recommend staying near the hospital.

Many residents live two blocks away in The ASPEN which is located on 101st Street and 1st Avenue.

Phone 212-876-1955

Another option is the River Crossing which is located on 101st Street and 1st Avenue.

Urban American
Phone 888-553-9858

Other rentals available online through search engines such as Hotpads.com or Streeteasy.com. The rentals in Manhattan can be costly, but the luxury of living close to the hospital and avoiding a commute is preferred by most residents. The hospital is readily accessible via public transportation (subway/bus), or by car.

Do I have to take BLS/ACLS before starting residency?

No. You will be trained and certified in BLS/ACLS during your residency orientation. The BLS/ACLS courses that we offer at Metropolitan Hospital also provide a great opportunity for you to meet all the new incoming resident from all services.​

What type of hospital is NYC Health + Hospitals/Metropolitan?

It is a major University Affiliated Hospital. New York City Health + Hospitals/Metropolitan is a municipal hospital, affiliated with New York Medical College (NYMC) which serves the population in the Upper East Side and East Harlem community of Manhattan. It is one of the eleven hospitals operated by NYC Health + Hospitals, under the auspices of the City of New York.

Who are the patients that seek medical care at our hospital?

In our hospital, our physicians are exposed to a broad cultural mix of patients ~ 50% Hispanic, 35% African Americans and the remaining 15%, a mix of Asians, Caucasians, and people from the Caribbean. Such a diverse group provides exposure to a wide range of illnesses and medically related conditions.

What does the affiliation with New York Medical College (NYMC) mean for the residency program?

Because of the close affiliation of our hospital and NYMC, all full-time attending physicians of the Department of Medicine are also full-time faculty members of NYMC. As faculty members, our attending physicians regularly participate in educational programs for the house-staff.

NYMC’s third and fourth-year medical students rotate through our program for junior clerkship and sub-internship respectively, throughout the academic year. Moreover, the first and second-year medical students also participate in Foundations in Clinical Medicine rotations at our hospital.

Are residents exposed to medical students directly?

Yes. Each third-year medical student is assigned under the direct supervision of an intern and resident in the medical wards for a whole month. It is each intern’s responsibility to teach and guide the third year students, and serve as their direct supervisor. They also provide feedback regarding student performance at the end of their rotation through evaluation forms submitted to the Clerkship Director.

Fourth-year sub-interns are assigned under the direct supervision of the second year resident and have increased responsibilities regarding patient management and education.

What are the differences between the Categorical and the Preliminary programs?

Categorical and preliminary interns share almost the same rotations, except for some minor differences. Preliminary interns receive an extra month in the MICU, to increase their exposure to these areas during their one-year stay in the program. Categorical interns get additional exposure to these areas during the subsequent years of their training. Preliminary interns have more exposure to the subspecialty clinics during their clinic rotations. Such exposures to the subspecialties occur during the subsequent years for categorical interns.

Importantly, teaching, clinical exposure, expected performance, and evaluations are essentially the same for both Preliminary and Categorical interns.

Does the house staff actively contribute to changes in the program?

Yes. Residents along with the program leadership conduct regularly scheduled meetings with different post-graduate years, encouraging feedback and suggestions. Residents have the opportunity to participate in various departmental and hospital-wide committees. We have actively incorporated such suggestions to improve the program. Each resident and faculty member completes an annual feedback evaluation questionnaire. The evaluations are reviewed by the program leadership and suggestions/comments are potentially incorporated to improve the program.

Are there any fellows at New York Health + Hospitals/Metropolitan?

Yes. Subspecialty training is sponsored by New York Medical College. There are three independent fellowships and the rest are combined with New York Medical College. The independent fellowships are Gastroenterology & Hepatology, Endocrinology, and Nephrology. Other combined fellowships include Infectious Diseases, Pulmonary & Critical Care, Hematology & Oncology, and Palliative Care & Hospice. A Critical Care Fellow is always available, as part of the ICU team. Residents are given the opportunity to rotate through the various subspecialties during their training.

Where do New York Health + Hospitals/Metropolitan graduates go after their residency training?

Approximately two-thirds of the graduates embark in careers after training that include hospitalist practice and primary care practice. The remaining one-third go for further sub-specialty fellowship training.

Are there cost of living and other benefits at NYC Health + Hospitals/Metropolitan?

Yes. All house officers are represented by a union, CIR (Committee of Interns and Residents).  Please visit the website at www.cirseiu.org for a complete review of all the benefits and services that the union provides. Meal allowances are given directly to the house staff and incorporated into their biweekly pay.

Is your program compliant with ACGME/NY State duty hour regulations?

Yes. Our programs schedules are meticulously reviewed to assure absolute compliance with all duty hour regulations.