Faculty Representatives: 
  • Amita Kamath
  • Chuck Pfaff
  • Nolan Kagetsu

Additional faculty wellness mentors are listed below in the document "BISLW Radiology Faculty Advisor"

Please feel free to reach out to any of these members with wellness related questions or concerns. 

This includes, but is not limited to topics such as the faculty mentorship program, protected trainee educational time, minimizing non-physician obligations, access to mental health resources, leave and coverage time, wellness curriculum, and other resident benefits.


  • Clinical and educational work periods for residents must not exceed 24 hours of continuous scheduled clinical assignments.
  • Up to 4 hours of additional time may be used for activities related to patient safety, such as providing effective transitions of care.
  • Hours worked </= 80 hours/week averaged over 4 weeks. 
  • Cannot work >27 hours, after 24 hours of patient care.



Personal Days

  • Each resident receives 4 personal days a year that do not carry over
  • Residents receive an extra personal day for working on holidays as well as holidays that land on your vacation
  • Chiefs can allot extra personal days for last minute/emergency coverage
  • Personal days should be requested from all the Chief Residents at least 3 days in advance. Last minute requests will be considered on a case by case basis
  • If possible, avoid Wednesday (didactics) and shoaled provide reason for having Wednesdays off
  • You can not split a personal day into half days
  • Residents are responsible for finding coverage for personal days taken during mandatory rotations*
  • Personal day requests MAY be declined if there is inadequate coverage
  • Personal days taken during Peds Rotation need additional clearance from MSH Chiefs
  • Notification of personal days to the covering attending(s) should be made at least 3 days in advance

 Sick days

  • Each resident receives 12 sick days per year that carry over
  • If a resident falls sick during a call shift, they need to work with the chief residents to help find coverage unless there are extenuating circumstances
  • Notification of sick days should be made to the program director, program coordinator, chief residents as well as the attending you are working with
  • Residents need to be medically cleared if requesting 3 or more consecutive sick days
    • Please visit your doctor or urgent care and have them sign the employee health medical clearance form. See below, also available from employee health services (EHS)
    • Bring the med clearance form (signed by YOUR DOCTOR or urgent care) to EHS
      • EHS is staffed by NPs and requests you to be cleared by your doctor. They will mediate the clearance process between the department and your doctor. 
      • EHS should be used for illnesses during work hours, but they may still refer you to a doctor or urgent care for conditions they cannot handle. 
    • A supervisor or administrator will also need to submit a medical referral form to EHS via email prior to your visit. 
      • EHS contact = Beatriz Kevelier
        Departmental Assistant
        Mount Sinai West, Employee Health Services
        1000 10TH
        Ave, Rm GA-30
        New York NY, 10019

 Conferences/Interview Days

  • Residents are responsible for finding coverage or switching shifts if conferences or interview days fall on a mandatory rotation*
  • Once coverage is found, the resident can submit the proposed switch to the Chief Residents for approval. Interview requests should be made to the chiefs and cc'ed to Dr. Kamath
  • A confirmation email from the fellowship coordinator for the program you are interviewing at should be sent to the chiefs and Dr. Kamath
Jury Duty:
  • Please email Keith, Paula, Dr. Kamath, Chief residents
  • You will be provided a form at the end of jury duty. Please submit this form to Keith

Bereavement days:
  • Please email Keith, Paula, Dr. Kamath, Chief residents
  • Up to 3 days off

 Mandatory rotations

  • Any call shift (NF, SL Eve, W Eve, BI Eve, BI Jr, ER)
  • W, BI or SL VIR
  • Fluoro 
  • Nuclear Medicine (if the attending is on vacation)
  • MSH Peds (if scheduled) and MSH PET


  • Gertrude Ederle NYC Recreational Center
    • $75 for 6 months
    • 232 W. 60th, NYC, NY 10023
  • Spin class
    • FlyWheel was highly recommended by a former resident
    • 150 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY 10023
  • NY Sports Clubs
    • Monthly Fee: $49.95
    • Annual Fee: $49.95
    • Initiation Fee: $0
    • Month to month membership, access to all locations and classes 
    • Membership can be cancelled with 30 days notice (no cancellation fee)
    • Contact Corporate Representative
  • MSBI fitness center. Fill out waiver (attached document below), turn into security at Bernstein Pavilion and get ID access.


  • Yoga/Meditation
    • Sitewide yoga/ meditation workshops available offered at SL, MSH, BI, West
    • To join the weekly Yoga update, email or
    • Upcoming Events/Schedule
  • Mount Sinai FIT
    • For more information about Health System offerings, including yoga classes, meditation, and self-care services, email 
    • For information regarding personal nutrition sessions, diabetes self-management education, or exercise related offerings, email
  • 4-CALM (telephone)
    • Take a mindful pause during the day with a 2 minute guided meditation by Take Time to Meditate facilitators on a telephone recording.
    • Please dial 4-CALM (4-2256) or 212-241-CALM (2256) to access the recording.
  • Free 30 minute self-care consultation.
    • Private, confidential, in-person or over the phone.
    • Includes information on setting up a health care proxy.
    • Email for appointments. 
  • Parent and Family Resources
    • Child Care, Housing, Financial Resources, Parents' Groups. 


  • Union contract can be found HERE
  • Vacation
    • 20 vacation days credited at the start of the academic year.
    • Weekends before/after vacation week not guaranteed but often provided.
    • Taken in one week blocks but can be taken in 2 week blocks. Can't split into 2-3 days.
  • Salary increase
  • Sick days
    • 12 paid sick days per year (carry over annually)
  • Personal days
    • 4 personal days per year (DO NOT carry over annually : use it or lose it)
    • Extra personal days accrue after the holiday where you worked/were on vacation actually passes in accordance with article 8 of the CIR contract
  • Benefits
    • Health coverage (Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield)
    • Dental coverage (Guardian Dental)
    • Optical coverage (Davis Vision)
    • Disability and life insurance benefits
    • Legal services for a wide range of issues
    • Medical licensure consultation
  • Education fund
    • $500 per year towards your $650 ABR fees
      • May be used towards books, journals and electronic equivalents, board review courses, educational conferences, medical equipment, exam fees, electronic medical devices and tablets
    • Submit your receipt and credit card statement (black out sensitive info) to Maritza Velez within one month of purchase
  • Step 3 Reimbursement
    • $800 for residents who successfully pass Step 3 while employed at MSW and under CIR. You can only be reimbursed if you took it while employed here.
    • Submit your receipt and credit card statement (black out sensitive info) to Maritza Velez
  • Meals
    • $1250 per year for Radiology given bi-annually with paycheck
  • Chief Resident differential
    • $3000 for full-time Chiefs
  • CIR Discounts


  • For R3 or R4
  • DUS requirements include IV insertion, i-stat, crash cart, Epi use
  • If you are not licensed, licenses can take a few months to get and cost $735 plus $70 for your USMLE transcript (Will not be reimbursed!)
  • Salary is $100/hour 
  • Shifts are 5-8p on weekdays, and generally 8am to 1-4pm on weekends

Federal Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA)

Provides eligible employees with up to 12 workweeks of unpaid leave in the event that he or she needs to interrupt training due to:
  • Birth, adoption, care for a newborn, or placement of a child 
  • To care for a child, parent, or spouse with a serious health condition 
  • Because of the House Staff Officer’s own serious health condition 
  • For qualifying exigent circumstances due to a spouse, son, daughter, or parent being either on active duty or on call for such duty in the Armed Forces or Reserves in support of a contingency operation 
  • To care for a spouse, son, daughter, parent, or next of kin who is also a “covered service member” of the United States Armed Forces or Reserves with a serious injury of illness incurred in the line of duty. 
Source: 2018 House Staff Wellness Survey

NY State Paid Family Leave Law (NYPFLL)

Beginning January 1, 2018

Provides eligible employees in New York with paid, job protected leave for certain family and medical reasons including:
  • To bond with a newborn child within the first 52 weeks after the child’s birth 
  • Placement of a child with the employee for adoption or foster care, and to bond with that child within the first 52 weeks after the placement 
  • To care for a covered family member with a serious health condition as defined by law 
  • Qualifying exigencies arising out of an employee’s spouse, domestic partner, child or parent being on or called to active duty status as a member of the Armed Forces, National Guard, or Reserves 

During 2018, you can take up to 8 weeks of Paid Family Leave in a 52 week period and receive 50% of your average weekly wage (AWW), capped at 50% of the New York State Average Weekly Wage (SAWW), which is $652.96/week in 2018.

Source: 2018 House Staff Wellness Survey


A reminder about resources available to you:

Student Trainee Mental Health at MSH/NYEE: Call or email Dr. Jeffrey Newcorn at or 212-659-8705

Mental Health Referrals at MSSLW: Call or email Dr. Paul Rosenfield at or 212-636-1430

Mental Health Referrals at MSBI: Call or email Dr. Aaron Patterson at or 646-630-6181

Your program directors are available to talk with you about any concerns.

GME Ombuds Services are available through the New Innovations homepage

Online screening to assess how you are feeling:

Emergency Services 
  • Go to your nearest ER, or call one of the following: 
  • Crisis Referral Line: 888-NYC-WELL 
  • National Suicide Hotline: 800-273-8255 
  • MSH Psychiatrist on-call through the page operator: 212-241-5581 
  • MSH Psychiatric Emergency Service at: 212-241-5637 

  • Paul Rosenfield, MD 
  • 212-636-1430 

  • Free, CONFIDENTIAL help line with trained mental health professionals help NYC residents find mental health and substance abuse services
  • You can call Lifenet for yourself or for a friend
  • 1-800-LIFENET
  • 24 hours per day, 7 days a week

The following signs may mean someone is at risk for suicide:
  • Talking about wanting to die or to kill themselves
  • Looking for a way to kill themselves, such as searching online or buying a gun
  • Talking about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live
  • Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain
  • Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs
  • Acting anxious or agitated; behaving recklessly
  • Sleeping too little or too much
  • Withdrawing or isolating themselves
  • Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge
  • Displaying extreme mood swings

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