FAQ's for Prospective Fellows

Q: How can I apply to the fellowship program?
A: The Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center Fellowship in Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery Program accepts applications through the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP). For more information please send an email to fmigs@aagl.org.

Q: What Matches do you participate in?
A: Our fellowship program participates in the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP).

Q: What is the minimum score requirements for the COMLEX or USLME exams?
A: Our program does not have a minimum score requirement for either the COMLEX or USMLE exams. We review all applications holistically and look for well-rounded applicants.

Q: How many fellows do you accept per year?
A: Each year we accept one (1) new fellow into our program, for a total of two (2) fellows in the program.

Q: When should I expect a response regarding my application?
A: Applications are typically reviewed beginning in June once programs received applications from the AAGL. Typically, between June-August applicants will be notified if selected for an interview.

Q: How many letters of recommendations do you require?
A: Three letters of recommendation are required and should be submitted when applying. It is preferred that one of these letters be submitted by your current or former program director and/or chairman of your department.

Q: What is your Accreditation status?
A: This fellowship is fully accredited through the AAGL.

Q: How is the educational component of your program structured?
A: Fellows have dedicated academic time on Fridays to support activities such as: Journal Club, faculty and subspecialist lectures and discussions, Tumor Board, Academic Development Committee, Chairman’s Statistical Review, Grand Rounds, PI Committee meetings, and scholarly activities. Fellows are required to participate in research and quality improvement (QI) projects as well as complete two assigned epidemiology research courses.

Q: Will I have the opportunity to work with medical students / residents?
A: Our fellows work with residents in our ACGME accredited Obstetrics and Gynecology Program as well as other visiting residents and medical students.

Q: What is the patient mix?
A: Our patients are socioeconomic and ethnically diverse background. Additionally, we treat and manage a broad range of gynecologic benign and gynecologic pathology.

Q: What are the research opportunities?
A: Research is a mandatory component to fellowship training. Additionally, all fellows are required to participate in scholarly activity. Please see the research section for more information on specific research requirements.

Q: Are there opportunities to teach?
A: Our fellows present didactic lectures to residents in our ACGME Obstetrics and Gynecology Program. Along with dedicated lectures, fellows also participate mentoring and resident simulation labs.

Q: Do you lose out by being at a community based academic hospital as opposed to a University hospital?
A: You receive the best of both worlds here at Good Sam. There is ample opportunity to interact with other fellows, residents, and teaching faculty, as well as with private attending physicians. Fellows are well respected by nurses and staff for their clinical skills and judgment throughout the hospital.

Q: Why should I choose this program?
A: There are many strong points in this program: the diverse patient mix, robust clinical experience, structured didactics, supportive attending physicians and of course the beautiful beaches of Long Island come to mind first.

Q: What makes Good Sam special?
A: Ask our fellows and they will tell you that the camaraderie between the fellows and the attending is truly what makes Good Sam special. They develop a unique bond not only with the other fellows but also residents in other programs as well. They support one another and really become like family.

Q: What is it like to live on Long Island?
A: Living on Long Island is great! Long Island is a 118 mile long stretch of diverse cultures, unique arts and entertainment, and just a quick drive or train ride away from New York City. Long Islanders enjoy four changing seasons with year round activities for all.

Q: Will I complete all of my training at Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center?
A: While our fellows primarily train at Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center, they occasionally see patients at the other five hospitals within the Catholic Health Services of Long Island consortion. 

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