While residency can be demanding, we believe that maintaining a balanced life is an important part of being a high-performing professional. Our culture in the Department of Pediatrics at The Mount Sinai Hospital provides you with many opportunities to have fun, and we encourage you to make the most of our amazing location here in New York City.
We pride ourselves on the close-knit feel of our program, and we make the wellness of our residents a priority. Throughout the year, there are numerous social activities for residents, as well as their significant others. Here are a few of the many events and traditions that make our program unique:
- Annual retreats for each PGY class, including but not limited to apple picking, Six Flags, and other off-site resident bonding and education
- Yearly dinner at the Chair of Pediatrics’ home for each PGY class
- Program-wide karaoke and bowling nights
- Weekly happy hours at our favorite Upper East Side establishments
- Resident-led wellness activities such as craft night, gardening club, running/biking club and many more each year!
- End-of-rotation breakfast parties
- Central Park picnics, a Yankees Game baseball outing and a Welcome Party for new interns and introduce them to our program, other residents, and NYC
- Annual holiday party at Chelsea Piers
- Annual graduation celebration at The Manhattan Penthouse
Living in New York City
As one of the most influential and iconic cities in the world, New York offers nearly anything that you can possibly imagine. Whether you are interested in the post-modern collections at the Museum of Modern Art, the newest Broadway hit, the latest fashion trend, or the hottest new independent film, New York boasts an array of cultural opportunities every night. And for the adventuresome foodie or indie rocker, the city is bursting with a new crop of restaurants and musical acts on a regular basis. Each neighborhood has its own flavor and feel and invite exploration. If you venture outside Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, and the other outer boroughs offer sports, music, restaurants, and much more. Mount Sinai’s Recreation Office provides discounts and other special offers to residents.
Residents can take advantage of our subsidized professional housing, including several apartment buildings in the vicinity of the hospital owned by the Mount Sinai Health System. Accommodations include studios, one-bedroom, and two-bedroom apartments.
Incoming residents are eligible to apply for Mount Sinai housing. Household size is a factor in determining housing assignments, and is based on a lottery system in which applications are divided into three categories: incoming families, couples, and singles. Each applicant will receive a housing offer based on their randomly assigned lottery number and top 10 choices.
A Commitment to Wellness
Long before it was a buzzword, the Department of Pediatrics has emphasized resident wellness — making sure residents have a balanced, safe, and enjoyable training experience. Some of our forward-thinking wellness activities and policies include:
- Resident Wellness Champion: A designated representative who provides a direct link to the Office of Wellbeing and Resilience and voices residents’ views and concerns
- Designated Mental Health Providers for Trainees: all trainees have access to the Mount Sinai Student and Trainee Mental Health Program. We also provide a curated, crowd-sourced list of resident recommended mental health care providers.
- Integrated Wellness Curriculum: Monthly intern and resident support groups, as well as PEERS workshop series utilizing positive psychology to encourage resilience.
- Education-to-Service Balance: Mandated through protected time for educational activities
- Minimizing Clerical Work: Implementation of Clinical Team Assistants (CTAs) for inpatient services to minimize administrative burden (appointment scheduling and reminders, prior authorizations, sending discharge summaries) as well as other ancillary services for inpatient clinical care (blood draws, patient transport, referrals for case management, and in-home services)
- Work Hours, Leave, and Coverage: Protection from exceeding work-hour limitations, overly burdensome work intensity, and work compression
- Family and Medical Leave: Appropriate balance of personal life obligations and management of fatigue, illness, and family emergencies
- Maternity and Paternity Leave
- Trainee Health Needs: Permission to attend to medical, mental health, and dental care needs during work-hours without retribution and without compromising co-resident work burden
- Allowance of Wellness Days
- Weekends Off: We strive to provide two weekends off each month for each trainee.
- Providing Lunch: Lunch is served at our at noon conference daily. The Mount Sinai GME office also gives each resident an annual meal stipend of $1000.
- Meals Available: Meals are available for overnight residents through the Office of Graduate Medical Education
House Staff Council and System/Hospital-Wide Committees
The House Staff Council is a peer-elected body composed of house officers that serve as advocates for the residents. The Council is supported by the Office for Graduate Medical Education and meets on a monthly basis to discuss resident-related issues regarding work environment, education and morale. The House Staff Council collaborates with the program director, the administration, and the chief residents on numerous projects throughout the year. In addition, the House Staff Council assists and organizes social events including happy hours and orientation events for incoming residents. Every year, pediatric residents run for and are elected to the Council to advocate for our residents to impact health system-wide change.
Additionally, there are a variety of system and hospital-wide committees that our House Staff are invited to join on a yearly basis. Committee opportunities include, but are not limited to, “System-wide Professionalism,” “GME Diversity,” “System-wide Resident Well-Being,” “Patient Experience,” etc.
Mount Sinai provides health coverage for house officers through Mount Sinai—United HealthCare/UMR, and we make available choices of alternative health coverage through several other HMOs (including a popular free in-network option). Cost sharing is available if you desire family coverage. Additional benefits offered at Mount Sinai include:
- Basic dental coverage, a prescription drug plan, and a vision plan at no cost
- Enhanced dental plans and family coverage available with a cost-sharing deductible
- Short- and long-term disability, workers' compensation, life insurance, and accidental death and dismemberment insurance
- Dependent care and tax-sheltered annuity plans
- Malpractice insurance
Salaries by Year
PGY1 - $79,697
PGY2 - $84,916
PGY3 - $88,313
In addition, residents receive a $700 educational stipend each year.
In recognition of the heavy clinical demands on residents, vacations are considered an essential component of the schedule. Residents receive four weeks of vacation per year in two 2-week blocks. We make every effort to accommodate your scheduling requests.
Mount Sinai pays for Uber Pool rides for residents commuting to and from work between the hours of 9 pm and 5 am.