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Program Director’s Message

The hallmark of NYU Winthrop Hospital’s Pediatric Endocrinology Fellowship is its access to uncommon as well as common endocrine disorders. The extraordinarily challenging case mix includes relatively large numbers of Prader-Willi Syndrome patients, growth hormone deficient patients, and those with intersex problems. The relationship between the clinical disorders and the underlying genetic causes is actively pursued by fellows as they rotate between clinical practice and the Endocrinology Laboratory. Our fellowship is a model of bench-to-bedside-to-bench exploration. In this strong academic environment, pediatric endocrinology fellows are encouraged to attend both national and international conferences, where they have presented research findings. Post fellowship graduates are routinely recruited to positions in academic medical centers.

NYU Winthrop Hospital is a 591-bed university-affiliated medical center which proudly offers sophisticated diagnostic and therapeutic care in virtually every specialty and subspecialty of medicine and surgery. We are a major regional healthcare resource with a deep commitment to medical education and research, offering a full complement of inpatient and outpatient services. We are also Nassau County’s only American College of Surgeons certified adult Level 1 Trauma Center with full adult and pediatric capabilities.

Rest assured that whatever medical care you or your family may need, NYU Winthrop is committed to a profound guiding principle: “Your Health Means Everything”

NYU Winthrop Hospital has been a focal point of academic medicine on Long Island and is now very proud to partner with the NYU Long Island School of Medicine, a newly LCME accredited, innovative 3-year medical school located on the hospital campus with a mission to educate exemplary physicians and academic leaders in primary care. In addition, we sponsor over 30 medical and surgical residency and fellowship training programs where 300 physicians have chosen to pursue their post-graduate medical education.

NYU Winthrop has a vibrant multi-faceted research program. As part of its mission as a teaching hospital, NYU Winthrop physicians and scientists are engaged in groundbreaking basic and clinical biomedical research.

Ever changing and growing with the diverse community it serves, NYU Winthrop Hospital is, in many ways, a unique institution, simultaneously large and small, regional as well as local. We successfully blend the progressive philosophy, sophistication and advances of a teaching and research institution with a very personal approach to patient care – an approach that has become the cornerstone of our organization.

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  • Approximately 400 growth hormone-deficient patients per year and approximately 200 Prader-Willi Syndrome patients per year; Prader-Willi practice is one of the largest in the country
  • Specialized expertise in the treatment of intersex problems
  • Educational focus on genetic aspects of endocrine diseases
  • Faculty internationally recognized in their areas of expertise
  • Active involvement in ongoing research in NYU Winthrop’s Endocrine and Metabolism Laboratory
  • One-on-one mentoring with a faculty that has diverse and complementary areas of expertise
  • Generous house staff benefits, including heavily subsidized housing and complimentary meals

The goal of this training program is for the trainee to develop a range of attributes necessary for expertise as a clinical consultant, educator and researcher in the field of Pediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes. These attributes include the following: comprehensive and specialized knowledge in basic and clinical science; expertise in providing medical care including: advanced skills in history taking and physical examination; expert clinical judgment; clinical analysis and case management; technical proficiency within the clinical setting; proficiency in practice based learning; expertise in interaction with healthcare systems; effective communication skills; professional attitude and behavior; high level of ethics and humanistic qualities, and commitment to scholarship, teaching and research.

A three-year fellowship emphasizing clinical skills as well as basic and clinical research. The fellow participates in the care of children and adolescents with a wide range of endocrine disorders, including growth hormone deficiency, diabetes mellitus, thyroid diseases, adrenal and gonadal disorders, ambiguous genitalia and intersex problems, abnormal pubertal development and hirsutism.

Conference Frequency
Pediatric Endocrinology Didactic Lectures Weekly
Whole group Research Oversight Committee Meeting 2x/Academic year
Journal Club 1x/Month
Core Competency Lecture Series Monthly
Research in Progress 1x/Month
Diabetes Care Management 1x/Month
Adult/Pediatric Joint Case Conference 3x’s/Academic Year
Long Island Clinical Endocrinology Conference L.I.C.E.C Quarterly
Quality Improvement Quarterly
Multidisciplinary Case Conference 1-2x/Academic Year
Board Review 2x/Month
Clinical/Basic Science/Biomedical Seminar Series 1x/Month
Diabetes Symposium Annually
Endocrine Symposium Annually
Clinical Research
FEL 1
10 3
FEL 2
6 7
FEL 3
4 9

Mariano Castro-Magana, MDMariano Castro-Magana, MD – Chief, Pediatric Endocrinology & Metabolism
Research Interests: Growth, Sexual Development, Adrenal Glands

Siham Accacha, MDSiham Accacha, MD – Director, Diabetes
Research Interests: Diabetes Mellitus, Type I, Thyroid Disorders, Metabolic Syndrome, Obesity

Moris Angulo, MDMoris Angulo, MD – Chief, Medical Genetics; Associate Director, Pediatric Endocrinology
Research Interests: Genetics of Endocrine Disorders, Prader-Willi Syndrome, Obesity

Robert Levine, M.D., PhDRobert Levine, MD, PhD – Program Director, Pediatric Endocrinology Fellowship Program
Research Interests: Diabetes Mellitus, Type I, Bone Biology, Metabolic Syndrome

Jorge Mejia-Corletto, MDJorge Mejia-Corletto, MD

Liana Gabriel, DOLiana Gabriel, DO

Paul Saenger, MDPaul Saenger, MD
Research Interests: Diabetic Education, Insulin Pump Training

NYU Winthrop Hospital’s graduate medical education programs create an atmosphere in which cultural and ethnic differences among patients, staff, and house staff are recognized, respected, understood and embraced. Residents participate in the care of a diverse group of patients and have the opportunity to work with colleagues from varied backgrounds. NYU Winthrop aims to bring the best residents, fellows and faculty from all ethnic, racial and gender groups to learn and care for patients in this diverse environment.

House Staff Benefits

Housing

Housing accommodations, at heavily subsidized rates, are available in apartment buildings and residential homes within close proximity to the NYU Winthrop Hospital campus. If a member of the house staff requests NYU Winthrop housing and it cannot be provided, a live-off allowance may be provided.

Salary

Salaries are highly competitive with other academic medical centers in the New York metropolitan region. Tax deferred annuity is available.

2019-2020 Annual Salary
PGY 1 $68,247
PGY 2 $71,197
PGY 3 $74,272
PGY 4 $77,285
PGY 5 $80,297
PGY 6 $83,310
PGY 7 $86,323

Meals

Residents and fellows are provided with three complimentary meals per day, seven days per week, in NYU Winthrop’s full service cafeteria (up to $4.00 for breakfast, $4.50 for lunch and $5.90 dinner).

House Staff Lounge

NYU Winthrop Hospital’s new house staff lounge is accessible 24/7. The spacious and comfortable lounge is equipped with computers, wifi, television, foosball table, lockers, lounge chairs, as well as coffee and tea.

Vacation

NYU Winthrop Hospital residents and fellows receive four weeks of vacation (20 working days) within each contract year.

Conference Time

PGY 1 level residents are eligible to attend one local conference (New York Metropolitan Area), at the discretion of the Program Director. House staff at the PGY 2 level and above are eligible for one trip, maximum of five consecutive weekdays, to an approved professional conference in the continental United States each year, at the discretion of the Program Director.

Educational Allowance

Reimbursement for allowable educational expenses is available up to a maximum of $75 for PGY 1 residents and $700 for PGY2 and higher residents and subspecialty fellows.

TransitChek Commuter Benefit Program

The TransitChek Commuter Benefit Program is available. This program allows the resident/fellow to deduct pre-tax money to pay for mass transit or commuter parking (up to a predefined maximum).

Additional Benefits Include:

  • Free parking while on duty
  • Prescription medications in the Hospital formulary…free to residents and at cost for eligible dependents
  • Paid sick leave
  • Free laundry service for lab coats and other hospital uniforms
  • Health club membership reimbursement…up to $100 per academic year
  • An “Arts and Humanities” series… complementing your medical education with exposure to music, literature, history and fine arts
  • Graduation dinner gala

Insurance Benefits

Medical and Dental Coverage

NYU Winthrop Hospital is committed to providing residents with a comprehensive benefits program. Benefits include generous medical, pharmaceutical, and dental coverage, as well as flexible spending accounts. Benefits are effective from the first day of residency/fellowship.

Disability Insurance

Residents/fellows are covered by short-term, non-occupational disability insurance (up to six months). To be eligible for disability insurance benefits, one must be on the payroll for a minimum of twenty (20) work days (four consecutive weeks) and unable to work for more than seven (7) calendar days, due an injury or illness that does not arise out of, and in the course of, employment. These benefits, which supplement lost income, are based on salary level and are payable for up to 26 weeks after the employees accrued sick time has been used.

The long term disability benefit begins after six months of short term disability. It pays a monthly benefit for an extended illness or injury. The monthly benefit is offset by benefits from other sources, such as Workers Compensation and Social Security.

Workers Compensation

House staff receive compensation, in accordance with the Workers Compensation Law, for any illness or injury which is job related. Benefits include payment for medical expenses and lost pay.

Family and Medical Leave

In accordance with the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) of 1993, NYU Winthrop Hospital will grant residents/fellows unpaid leave(s) for up to 12 weeks in a 12-month period. To be eligible, one must have worked 12 months at the Hospital and a minimum of 1250 hours in the twelve-month period prior to the start date of the requested leave. FMLA leave may be granted for the birth, adoption or acceptance for foster care of a child; for the care of a child, spouse, or parent with a serious health condition; or for the employee’s own serious illness.

Residents/fellows may to return to their training program after a leave of absence, without loss of training status, if their leave does not exceed that allowed by the specialty boards.

Professional Liability Insurance

NYU Winthrop’s residents/fellows are provided with professional liability coverage for the duration of their training through the Hospital’s self-insurance program. Coverage provides legal defense and protection against awards from claims reported or filed after the completion of graduate medical education if the alleged acts are within the scope of the education program.

Life Insurance

Basic Life Insurance is provided by the hospital at no cost to the resident/fellow. This benefit equals 1 X the resident/fellow’s annual salary payable to the beneficiary. Residents/fellows may purchase additional voluntary life insurance up to 3X their annual salary (combined basic and voluntary may not exceed $500,000).

Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance

Provided by the hospital at no cost to the resident/fellow.

Retirement Plan

A Defined Contribution 403(b) Plan is available for voluntary pre-tax/after-tax contribution.

Employee Health Services

NYU Winthrop Hospital residents and fellows are provided with pre-employment physicals, annual health assessments, and Tuberculosis screenings, as well as vaccines and required health surveillance free of charge through the hospital’s Employee Health Service. In addition, if a member of the house staff becomes ill while at work, he or she will be seen at no charge by an Employee Health practitioner, or by the Emergency Room staff if the Employee Health Service practitioner is not available.

Counseling Services

Free assessment, referral and brief psychotherapy services are available on a confidential basis to members of the House Staff and their immediate families.

Employee Assistance Program & Work/Life Assistance Program

This resource is available to residents/fellows and their family members to assist with:

  • Areas of assistance include: psychological, child care, elder care, daily living, legal/financial, and work-related
  • Confidential
  • No Cost
  • 24/7
  • Managing work/life dilemmas at a personal level
  • Overcoming emotional hurdles
  • Getting performance back on track
  • Immediate crisis response capability

The longest and largest island in the contiguous United States, Long Island stretches over 100 miles from New York City to Montauk Point. A celebrated summer vacation spot, Long Island offers seasonal beauty, professional sports events, art museums and galleries, and fabulous cuisine. Eastern Long Island has gained fame as for its vineyards, and is home to almost 20 wineries. From NYU Winthrop it is a short trip to Manhattan, where you can enjoy world class dining, museums, and endless cultural opportunities. From scenic Atlantic Ocean beaches to Fire Island, the Hamptons and Montauk Point, Long Island has something for everyone.

Convenient access to NY City is available by Long Island Railroad located directly adjacent to NYU Winthrop Hospital. Residents and fellows take advantage of the opportunity enjoy the myriad of cultural, social, and professional activities in New York City. Additionally, NYU Winthrop’s location in central Nassau County allows easy access to spectacular beaches.

The village of Mineola is a wonderful place to live and work. Mineola affords one the opportunity to enjoy the relaxed Long Island lifestyle, while living only 30 minutes away (via LIRR) from the attractions of NYC.

The close vicinity of the hospital, where most of the resident housing is located, is an excellent location for both families and single residents. Aside from a LIRR station leading directly into NYC, the area is surrounded by a quiet residential neighborhood and a large park with sports facilities, open fields, and a local library. The Roosevelt field mall, one of the largest retail centers on Long Island, is located less than a mile away from the hospital along with a large conglomerate of brand name stores and services.

You can also enjoy the wonderful things that Long Island itself has to offer You will find that living in Mineola is a sound choice from the economic perspective. While residents living in large cities incur significant living expenses, Mineola is very affordable.

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Student Rotations

  1. U.S. Medical students
  2. International Medical students
  3. Podiatry Students

Resident and fellow Rotations

Residents and fellows can apply for a rotation with any department by contacting the academic coordinator for that program via email with a copy of your CV and the dates you are requesting for your rotation.

The department will review your CV and let you know if there are any rotation spots available for the time requested. If you are approved for the rotation the Office of Academic Affairs will contact you with the necessary paperwork.

Robert Levine, M.D., PhD
Pediatric Endocrinology Fellowship Program Director

Contact Us

Kaitlyn Schickler
Academic Program Coordinator
NYU Winthrop Hospital
101 Mineola Blvd
2nd Floor
Mineola, NY 11501

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