BronxCare, New York
GENERAL: Bronx Lebanon is located in Bronx, New York (yeah, you knew that). It is a large hospital with a very diverse patient population. There are many different rare disorders that you will see at Bronx Lebanon on a daily basis - including HIV, Hep C, and sickle cell disease. The patient population is honestly incredible, it is diverse with many different cultures and you will learn a lot from the many different patients you will see. The hospital has other locations Ogden, Wellness Center, and Fulton. Most students will work in the main hospital until clinic where you will commute to one of the other locations. Wellness and Fulton have a shuttle from main hospital has a shuttle every hour that can take you between sites.
FOOD: Both Bronx Lebanon and Bronx Fulton have cafeterias where you can buy food but there is no actual seating area in the main hospital (besides the restaurant area). Bronx Fulton does have a cafeteria in the basement which is mostly used by hospital employees. Bronx Lebanon does have a restaurant you can sit - basically hospital food but there are servers that will wait on you. Most students do not have time to sit down and have a lunch break but it is available at the main hospital. The hospital food is actually fairly good with very diverse menu - breakfast burritos, burgers, fries, chicken gyro, pasta, salad ect (Chicken Gyro probably were my favorite so far). Students and employees can also get a small discount on their meals but still end up being fairly expensive at $7-10 a meal (which is still pretty expensive in my opinion). There are many food carts located just outside the hospital which are VERY good and are much cheaper ($5-$6) and tend to give more food. There is no Starbucks near either of the sites.
ENTRANCE TO HOSPITAL: The hospital is granted access through ID badges, although all student badges do not work getting in and out of the hospital. Security guards will allow you through the turnstyle daily. The only exception is pediatrics where they give you a fob to get in and out of the hospital (not sure why they haven’t done this for every student).
COMPUTER ACCESS: If this is your very first rotation odds are they will not have set up Allscripts for you. You will have to contact the coordinator and get this all set up on your own. Most of the time students struggle with this for the first 1-2 weeks.
ATTENDANCE: So far I have heard you are allowed 2 sick days for each 6 week core rotation. Not sure how true this is considering there was no packet with information for family medicine. According to our handbook, there is 100% attendance policy but I honestly am not sure how it varies from site to site and from rotation to rotation.
PARKING: Parking at the hospital is fairly inexpensive compared to the rest of the city. Your best bet is to buy the monthly parking pass which costs around $170-$180 dollars. I know that many students who drive far from site to site use this for very quick rotations but this may be very expensive if you do this for the year. Parking in NYC isn’t too bad depending where you live. I live in Manhattan and have a car and DO NOT PAY A DIME FOR PARKING (yes, you heard that right). Although it can sometimes to be difficult to find a spot, most of the time it isn’t a problem. The only thing you have to make sure is you move the car 2 times per week for street cleaning.
SUBWAY: The hospital is located next to 2 major subway stations that are 2-3 blocks from the hospital. The B/D line and the 2/4 line. Although I am no expert on public transportation in NYC (California girl here who never had taken public transportation previously) I felt the B/D line was much more safe than the 2/4. You can take any stop on the upper west side to the 174th train station stop (which I found much safer and faster than the 170th stop. At the 174th stop there is also an emergency exit that leads you straight toward the hospital and only really makes you walk one block. The subway is around 18-25 minute commute depending on if you live close to the 59th or 125th stations and D trains to the hospital (which are constantly running). Walking to the hospital early in the morning/late at night can be a little bit scary when you are a woman alone in the Bronx, but overall felt it was safe and haven’t been harmed... A month pass to the Subway is $127. If I had to go back and choose housing again I would live between 59th-112th St on the Upper West Side that is near the A/C/B/D line which I personally found the safest to live. If you live near 125th or 59th street on the west side it is easy to catch the express train and is VERY quick to the hospital. MAKE SURE TO MAP YOURSELF TO THE HOSPITAL AT EARLY MORNINGS BEFORE COMMITTING TO AN APARTMENT. Some locations can have longer commutes depending on if it is close to the 59th or 125th D train stops. Sometimes the A/B/C lines will make you take an additional train to a D train and this can take extra time. It is expensive to live in Manhattan but with a 20-25 min commute it is completely worth it to live next to Central Park and in the city. There are some apartment complexes very close to the hospital that many of the residents live in. I also know that there is Mt. Eden which is a small house located near the hospital that rents directly to students. This is around $800 per month and includes furniture, linens, towels ect. They do have rather strict rules and say no over night guests but most people who live there seem to enjoy it. There are plenty of housing options directly around the hospital but I personally found it more enjoyable/tolerable to live in the city.
TRANSPORTATION FROM BRONXCARE MAIN HOSPITAL TO BRONXCARE FULTON: Both Psychiatry and Family Medicine (some of you) require transportation to and from BronxCare Fulton. Many students take the shuttle from the main hospital to Fulton which takes about 15 minutes. I know some students can take stop 167th St. and take Bx35 bus if you are commuting which can take less time. I personally found it just as fast to take the BronxCare shuttle. The shuttle runs on the hour BronxCare Main hospital from 7am-5pm and picks up at the ½ hour 7:30am-4:30pm with last stop at Fulton at 5:15 pm. See schedule below.
Overall, BronxCare Hospital is incredible. You work hard during your time here, but they make sure you are getting as much hands in learning experience as possible. I truly think that this is a very good hospital to start your education during you core rotations.