Frequently Asked Questions
The Stony Brook Medicine SUNY Stony Brook Program at Mather Hospital Internal Medicine Residency Program emphasizes primary care, utilizing a unique 4+2 rotation model. This means that each resident will have 4 weeks of inpatient/elective rotations followed by 2 weeks of dedicated ambulatory time. This occurs in a recurrent 6 week cycle. The 4+2 model allows residents to focus all of their attention on their outpatients or inpatients, respectively, while on outpatient or inpatient assignment. This scheduling also improves patient outcomes by eliminating handoffs associated with residents leaving floor duty each week to attend continuity clinic. This model enhances the continuity experience by providing greater flexibility for patient scheduling and allowing for more continuity sessions over their three years of training.
At the heart of this program’s educational process is the understanding that the provision of healthcare to a fellow human being is a privilege. We at Mather Hospital will hold the door for someone who is passing by or may, if encountering a person who can’t find their way, walk them to their destination. Each individual is unique and carries a value system with which they frame their world. When we treat a person we must take a step into their world, to see things as they see them. In this way we can truly collaborate with the patient to help them incorporate long lasting changes into their life and achieve results that they can recognize as meaningful. We are looking for applicants that share this passion.
Residents are required to complete a scholarly project during their training. This scholarly project may be original research, a quality improvement project, a scholarly case report, or an educational curriculum. In many cases the resident collaborates with other residents or with other members of the staff, such as nurses. Under the guidance of the Director of Research, the resident defines a suitable activity and identifies a mentor. Upon completion residents will present their findings to the medical staff during the Program’s resident research fair held every spring. Winners from the fair will present their scholarly activity during a Grand Rounds presentation. Their work is added to their portfolios so it can be assessed as part of their semi-annual review.
In addition, a variety of courses in Research Methodology are available to the residents through Stony Brook Medicine’s Resident Research Lecture Series. These include a series of seminars given weekly on topics such as data cleaning and descriptive analysis, strategies for successful critical appraisal of research literature, and evaluating value through cost effectiveness analysis. In addition, the clinical epidemiology group in Stony Brook Medicine’s Division of General Internal Medicine offers an intensive summer course in Research Methodology that is open to Mather-based residents.
We are affiliated with Stony Brook Medicine. Residents in the Stony Brook Medicine SUNY Stony Brook Program at Mather Hospital Internal Medicine Program will have access to all the amenities and benefits of the University.
The Stony Brook Medicine SUNY Stony Brook Program at Mather Hospital Internal Medicine Residency Program aims to be very competitive. However, candidates selected to interview and match will be chosen based on the applicant’s entire file. We are looking for residents committed to high quality and safe patient care across the continuum of healthcare. Therefore, it will be important to have a well-rounded file that includes solid board scores, community involvement, a clearly defined passion for your educational goals and letters of recommendation that capture your clinical and personal strengths.
The Stony Brook Medicine SUNY Stony Brook Program at Mather Hospital Internal Medicine Residency Program is located in the Village of Port Jefferson, on the North Shore of Long Island. Situated approximately 60 miles east of New York City, Port Jefferson is within driving distance of vineyards, beaches, restaurants, sporting venues, outlets and more.
We have designed the Mather program to provide not only a satisfying professional experience, but also an overall high quality of your personal life. Residents will not have any overnight in house call. Night float assignments have been implemented that allow a balanced work/home life. We take resident wellbeing seriously and carefully monitor duty hour rules to comply with our policies and to mitigate fatigue and burnout. Our program provides ample opportunity to balance work and play, and Port Jefferson’s locale allows convenient access to everything exciting Long Island and New York City has to offer.
Port Jefferson combines all the quaintness of a seaside historical village with the convenience of a major metropolitan suburb. From vineyards to amusement parks, world famous beaches to spectacular sporting events, outlet shopping to great restaurants, everything one could imagine is just a short drive away.
New York City is no further away than the local train station, which is a 10 minute walk from the hospital. The Bridgeport & Port Jefferson Steamboat Company, offers hourly ferry service to Connecticut, and makes a fun weekend afternoon if you just want to relax and enjoy the sun and water.
Mather Hospital has contracted with multiple rental management companies to reserve a limited number of subsidized, non-furnished studios, one and two bedroom apartments, many within walking distance to the hospital. We will also work with each resident on a case by case basis, as needed, to ensure that they have adequate housing to fulfill their residential needs.
The residency is a Stony Brook Medicine-sponsored program. As such, most resident benefits are provided by SUNY. These benefits include vacation time, liability coverage, health insurance, dental coverage, conference stipends, sick leave, library access and on-campus activity discounts. They will also have the opportunity to participate in Stony Brook Medicine social activities exclusively for Housestaff, as well as serve as representatives on Stony Brook Medicine Resident councils. Residents will have access to Stony Brook Medicine’s state of the art fitness facilities and may engage in educational activities at their renowned Simulation Center. In addition Mather provides access to a limited number of subsidized housing units, discounts at local gyms, and 24/7 access to healthy food within the hospital.
We launched our first class in July of 2014.
John T. Mather Memorial Hospital is an accredited 248-bed, non-profit community teaching hospital dedicated to providing a wide spectrum of health care services of the highest quality to the residents of Suffolk County in a cost effective manner. As members of the Mather Hospital Family - trustees, medical staff, hospital staff, volunteers and benefactors - we are committed to providing care to the best of our ability showing compassion and respect and treating each patient in the manner we would wish for our loved ones. We will meet or exceed each patient's expectations through the continued collaborative efforts of each and every member of the Mather Hospital Family.
Our hospital goal is to be the best community hospital in New York State and we hold four pillars as our core values: people, service, quality & safety and innovation & growth. As such, we strive to provide an ethical and professional environment in which the educational curricular requirements can be fully achieved and assessed. We are dedicated to establishing an environment where diversity of background and thought is both respected and encouraged.