Phelps Hospital Re-Accredited As Graduate Medical Training Program

SLEEPY HOLLOW, NY– Phelps Hospital is proud to announce that it has once again received accreditation for its physician training from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). Accreditation is achieved through an annual review process that includes verification of teaching physician board certification, resident in- and out-patient visit volume, obstetrical deliveries, scholarly activity and procedures. Also included is a review of resident performance on annual in-training exams and the results of an annual, anonymous resident/faculty survey administered by the ACGME.

Dr. Shantie Harkisoon, founding director of the Phelps Family Medicine Residency program, has led the accreditation process since it began in 2011. She said, “Our strong accreditation record reflects the efforts of faculty and residents alike to make the educational experience at Phelps superb. Above and beyond maintaining the integrity of the educational experience here, we value innovation and collaboration in all aspects of residency life.”

The program strives to imbue resident physicians with the confidence to share feedback and uses this feedback to fuel the program’s continual growth. For example, when residents voiced concerns about lapses in the timely discharge of patients, program leaders reinvented the way patient care was taught and delivered, thereby reducing the time patients spent in the hospital.

In this same spirit of innovation and learning, the residency program continually addresses the issue of physician burn-out. A combination of approaches are used in alleviating this complex problem, including a resident-led wellness curriculum, an exceptional team-based model for outpatient care and unique approaches to the numerous administrative tasks physicians need to complete in order to remain credentialed and compliant with ACGME standards.

Of particular interest is a pilot project that provides medical scribes to resident physicians. A scribe is a paraprofessional who records the activities and discussions that take place between a physician and patient, such as during medical exams. The scribe then assists the doctor with important administrative tasks like ordering tests and writing referral letters for patients.

For more information about the Family Medicine Residency Program, contact Julia Miller, LMSW and program coordinator at 914- 366-5350.

About Phelps Hospital

Phelps Hospital, part of Northwell Health, is a full-service 238-bed acute care community hospital located in Sleepy Hollow, NY. With more than 1,700 employees and 500 medical staff members representing 60 medical specialties, Phelps offers one of the broadest ranges of community hospital services in Westchester County. Patients benefit from distinguished physicians, many of whom are pioneers in their field, offering the most advanced procedures using the latest technology. Phelps’ primary and specialty care medical group, Phelps Medical Associates, has nearly 20 practices located on the hospital campus and in the surrounding communities.

About Northwell Health
Northwell Health is New York State’s largest health care provider and private employer, with 23 hospitals, about 750 outpatient facilities and more than 13,600 affiliated physicians. We care for over two million people annually in the New York metro area and beyond, thanks to philanthropic support from our communities. Our 68,000 employees – 16,000-plus nurses and 4,000 employed doctors, including members of Northwell Health Physician Partners – are working to change health care for the better. We’re making breakthroughs in medicine at the Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research. We’re training the next generation of medical professionals at the visionary Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell and the Hofstra Northwell School of Graduate Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies. For information on our more than 100 medical specialties, visit

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