Residency Program

The Residency Training Program in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System is an ACGME-accredited three-year program. The program offers comprehensive training in all aspects of physical medicine and rehabilitation, including out-patient musculoskeletal rehabilitation, acute and subacute in-patient rehabilitation, electrodiagnosis, interventional physiatry and consultations in the acute hospital. The program employs 12 residents, with four residents per year being recruited through the Electronic Residency Application Service. Prior to entry into the program, residents acquire basic clinical skills through an accredited internship according to the requirements of the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

In addition to the clinical aspects of training, residents learn through protected weekly didactic sessions, which include lectures, case conferences and journal clubs. Cadaveric dissection provides a review of relevant anatomy as well as an opportunity to practice procedural skills. Elective time is provided in the PGY 3 and PGY four years to enhance the resident’s exposure to particular areas of interest. A scholarly work must be completed sometime during the three years of training.

AB_SteinDr. Stein began his chairmanship at North Shore-LIJ in July, 2008. In this capacity, he oversees the delivery of rehabilitation services for the health system in its many hospitals and outpatient therapy centers, as well as the system’s residency training program in physical medicine and rehabilitation. Dr. Stein facilitates the education of medical students at the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine.


M_Shatzer The residency training program is directed by Matthew Shatzer, DO. Dr. Shatzer, board certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation and spinal cord injury medicine, is dedicated to ensuring that the program meets the educational needs of all of the residents. Dr. Shatzer completed his residency at Johns Hopkins University and his Fellowship in Spinal Cord Injury Medicine at Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation where he worked as a faculty member for six years.