Questions

Residents at North Shore Medical Center have demonstrated academic excellence, integrity, character, and kindness -- all characteristics needed to become a successful physician leader. The residency program participates in the National Residency Matching Program and does not consider prematch positions. Below are answers to some common questions about our program.
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Is training in hospital medicine part of the program?

Yes. Our residents work directly with NSMC hospitalists. The hospitalists act as the attending physicians during the time that residents move through the in-patient portion of their training. Our residents also work with hospitalists during a month-long consultative medicine rotation.

Are observerships available at NSMC and if so, how do I apply for one?

To be considered for an observership with our residency program please email us your CV . If accepted, we will contact you with availability. Things to note:

  • A criminal background check must be completed prior to final approval. 
  • Proof of up-to-date immunizations and a TB test is also required.
  • There is a fee of $200.00 to cover associated costs.
  • We have a maximum of two observers per month, except during the months of June or July, when we have none.
  • Observerships are intended for medical school graduates.
  • Observers participate Monday through Friday
  • Observerships begin and end on the first of the month unless they fall on a weekend.
  • Due to the high volume of requests observerships cannot be extended for longer than one month.
  • Performing an observership within the NSMC Residency program does not warrant any special privileges. The program is not obligated to offer an interview or residency position at the end of the month.
  • Letters of reference, at the completion of your observership, are at the discretion of the attending physician. Observers must sign a confidentiality agreement and adhere to the already established NSMC residency program code of conduct.
  • Observerships are inpatient only, working directly with residents and medical students.
  • Observers are expected to attend morning report conferences, noon teaching conferences and Grand Rounds.
  • Observers are not permitted to establish any direct contact with patients. They can accompany the team during patient rounds.
  • Observers must provide their own white coat.

What educational resources are available to the residents?

NSMC medical libraries  are open to residents 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We have access to several electronic resources including TUSM online library, UptoDate, DynaMed, MicroMedex and Partners based resources like PCOI, a resource for primary care physicians.

Is there any educational fund?

Each resident is given $200.00/year for purchasing additional educational resources at their own discretion. Funds may be applied towards books, organizational membership fees, or traveling to conferences.

How accessible is the cafeteria?

NSMC cafeterias are open daily from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Each month residents are given $50.00 to use in the cafeteria. Juice and coffee is also provided to the residents free of charge. Vending machines are available 24 hours a day.

Is there any fee for parking?

NSMC provides free parking to the residents. Parking stickers are given at the beginning of each academic year and are close to the medical center.

Do I need a car for my clinic commute?

The ambulatory clinics are located throughout the North Shore. A car is recommended during your training.

Where do residents live during their training?

Our residents find that living close to the hospital campus is quite convenient, especially during their first year of training as they get familiar with the area and their work schedule. Some of the residents choose to commute from Boston, Beverly, Marblehead or other locations. Learn about housing options

Will I get help writing an abstract?

Writing an abstract might not be easy, but our faculty guides residents through this process. Working in a small group of 2-3 residents is helpful in improving your writing skills and providing the motivation to get the abstracts submitted.

Are there committees residents may join?

Our residents are a vital part of the medical staff and are involved in many committees, including the ethics committee, ICU hand-off committee, the graduate medical education committee, and more. Residents are encouraged to become involved and take leadership roles.

How do I enhance my skills in performing procedures?

We strongly encourage every resident to get ABIM required procedures done early in their training, specifically: pap smears, arterial blood gases, venopunctures, IV line placement, and ACLS. Every resident receives ACLS training during orientation week and recertification during their 3rd year of training. Our program provides web based self-learning modules using ProceduresConsult.com, which allows the residents to learn about the procedures and pass a proficiency test.

Several rotations allow more opportunities for procedures such as: ICU, ER, IR, electives and night float rotations. Our staff supervise the procedures and the program keeps an electronic-base log for credentialing and certification.