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I will start by saying that although everything about the previous post is true, I will attempt to paint a more thorough depiction. My experience with the schedule as a PGY-1 is that it consistently flirts with 80hr/week, occasionally slightly above or below. This does not seem to improve for PGY-1 and 2s. Typical floor month: here by 6, round with resident at 7, attending rounds at 9, didactics/floor work until noon, 12-1 conference, 1-5 floor work. If not on call, leave between 5-7pm. Typically carry 8-14 patients per intern. Call is complicated, but basically is q4, or 7/month, 4 are overnight and 3 are late, which can keep you here until after midnight and the next day is a regular (not post-call) workday. Post-call overnight go home by "10:30 am" officially, but realistically 12-1pm. ICU schedule is much different, but the hours add up to about the same. Generally ICU is a much better experience overall.
A handful of faculty are excellent teachers, approachable and friendly, and are excellent clinicians (many of these are ICU/Pulm/Cardio). Most faculty are mediocre--competent but generally uninvolved in resident education-- but an embarrasingly large percentage seem incompetent and almost dangerous. There are 2 chief residents from Cornell (this is usually the case), and although they have received some criticism, they seem to work hard to provide the residents with teaching, although almost entirely in didactic sessions rather than on the floors. The teaching in noon conferences, morning report, and intern report is usually very good and relevant, however, it is frustrating and distracting to have each intern be paged out of conference several times in a one hr period. The chiefs generally prepare very good lectures, and it is clear that they are far superior to the majority of faculty on staff.
Although there does seem to be quite a lot of bickering behind people's backs, for the most part resident comaraderie seems very strong. I don't agree with the previous post that there are distinct social lines between classes. This may be be true outside of work, but at work people generally get along. In fact, I would say that the saving grace of this hospital is the residents. They are a diverse group of mostly fantastic people who wish they were training in a better place. Physically, this hospital is abysmal. Old computers, printers rarely with paper, a nonfunctional copier in the lounge for who knows how many yrs (making copies requires a scavenger hunt for a working machine with paper--a rare combination). As far as "scutwork," in order to get things it is very common to draw labs (and carry the blood to the lab), start IVs, transport Pts to xray/echo/ultrasound, hunt down old charts, etc. However, I would argue that this is just part of being an intern, and is not uncommon for even great residency programs, and perhaps even an important learning experience. My biggest disappointment, and my #1 reason why I cannot recommend this program to anyone, is that the residents have absolutely NO support from the so-called program director. Dr. Licht is completely uninvolved in resident education, but rather seems to enjoy the position of hospital dictator. He is unapproachable, and the only time he engages the residents is to criticize, blame, or ridicule. He is frequently unnecessarily rude and demeaning to individual residents, even in front of other residents and faculty. Therefore, there is no true resident advocate on the faculty--at least not one with any power to do anything.
Overall, the learning experience here is adequate. There is enough learning here on and off the wards to prepare residents for the boards, fellowships, and general practice. Board passing rates are good, and those who want fellowships seem to get them, but solely because of their own efforts. Housing is a big plus--dirt cheap if you get into the Gold St building across the street. NYC is another big plus, although it is tough to enjoy it sometimes. Despite these little perks, I would find it hard to choose this program again if I had to reapply.