Resident Life: What You Need to Know

As one of the largest medical residency programs in the country, we provide postgraduate clinical training to more than 1,400 residents across 150 accredited residency and fellowship programs. Our physicians are at the forefront of their fields. All actively mentor and cultivate a new generation of leaders committed to healthcare that is both excellent and equitable, while also providing a unique opportunity for hands-on training.

There are many reasons why Montefiore has consistently drawn residents from top medical schools across the country. We invite you to explore this section of our site to learn more about life as a resident with the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at Montefiore.

FYI: We poll our residents every year for answers to these fundamental questions about our program at Montefiore:

As a training program, we work hard to cultivate a warm community where we work to take care of each other and strive to help each other achieve our professional goals. Our resident run Wellness Committee takes on leadership role, championing events aimed at reinforcing this vision. Some of the events that we have had in the past include:

  • Pizza and Game Night
  • Gardening
  • Bulbs of Hope: an effort to plant gardens throughout the hospital system to instill hope as a response to the pandemic
  • Apple Picking
  • Rockaway Beach Day
  • Ice skating at Bryant Park
  • And many more to come

Opportunities for Leadership

Our program offers an abundance of opportunity to build leadership experience and to emphasize advocacy for underserved communities and those underrepresented in medicine. Current resident run committees include:

  • Wellness Committee
  • Public Relations and Communication committee
  • Curriculum Committee
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee

There are also several opportunities to participate in hospital wide committees such as the wellness subcommittee, safety and quality improvement committee, and GME committee, among others.

Supportive Environment

We have a well-established mentorship program in which residents are paired with a peer mentor (typically PGY1s are paired with a senior resident at the level of PGY3 or PGY4). Residents are also paired with a faculty mentor based on their interests and self-reported demographics are considered as well if desired by residents. This aims to support the development of early career psychiatrists and attend to the recruitment and retention of underrepresented minorities in medicine.

The Heart of the Bronx

Our Moses, Einstein, and Wakefield campuses are located in vibrant and diverse residential communities in the northern reaches of the Bronx, surrounded by private homes and apartment buildings that compose the neighborhoods known as Morris Park, Eastchester and Pelham Parkway, and Norwood.

Housing options are well thought-out and plentiful for our residents. An apartment tower adjacent to Montefiore provides housing for residents that includes air-conditioned studios and one- and two-bedroom apartments. Garage parking is also available. Another Montefiore-owned apartment building in the tree-lined Riverdale section of the Bronx offers housing less than 10 minutes from the hospital, with free shuttle bus service to and from the Medical Center. Additional housing is available five to 10 minutes away by foot from the hospital in the local community.

Finally, just about every type of housing is available within 15 miles of Einstein/Montefiore. Many residents live in Manhattan, which is easily accessible by car or train. In addition, some residents have also chosen to live in Brooklyn, Riverdale and Westchester County—a suburban area just north of the Bronx.

Ample Opportunity for a Fulfilling Professional and Social Life

Our program emphasizes personal growth and development, and leisure time is an important aspect of our residency. Not only do we organize twice-yearly resident retreats, but our residents develop close friendships and take advantage of all that the Bronx and Manhattan have to offer in terms of a rich social life.

Leisure activities, unsurpassed anywhere in the world, are only minutes away. The famous Bronx Zoo, the New York Botanical Garden and the Wave Hill Public Gardens and Cultural Center are close at hand, and so is Yankee Stadium. Golfers can play at the Van Cortlandt Park course, one block from the West Campus. Tennis courts and riding stables are handy, and sailors can rent boats at City Island, a few minutes from the East Campus.

For the culturally inclined, Lehman College Center for the Performing Arts offers opera, concerts, theater and dance. It is approximately 10 minutes from the West Campus, making it accessible even with a resident's busy schedule.

Farther away, but easily reached by car or public transportation, are the many miles of beaches along the shores of Long Island Sound and the Atlantic Ocean. Skiing and other winter sport activities abound in New York State and New England, or to the west in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Manhattan, the cultural and fashion center of the country, is a half-hour away from either campus by subway, bus or car. It offers a vast array of theaters, operas, concerts, museums, galleries, boutiques, world-famous department stores, sporting events, historical landmarks, restaurants and an endless variety of other attractions. Its neighborhoods, from Wall Street to Chinatown, Greenwich Village, Fifth Avenue and the elegant East Side, are best sampled by walking, providing many fascinating hours of recreation.

Interested in learning more about resident life at Montefiore? We encourage you to visit our House Staff office section for information. For more information on salary and benefits, visit our Salary info page.


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