NYU, Mt. Sinai, Montefiore, and Presbyterian are all well-established programs at Rehabilitation Departments ranking within the Top 25 in the nation. Residents at all four programs seemed well-rounded and very happy with their experiences. No one program really stands out above the rest. Ranking will likely depend upon where you feel most comfortable training and your own priorities on location, electives, commuting, and call.There have been many posts about NYU vs Columbia/Cornell vs Mt. Sinai over the past few years. The answer almost always is...Kessler. I find that funny. So here's my opnion:
Most of the Manhattan programs are quite similar:
*large, complicated inpatient service with in-house call that usually involves being awake all night
* 3 or more sites
* needs more MSK exposure
I actually believe that Mount Sinai comes out on top because it has been the most dynamic and flexible program, in addition to having a caring and straight-forward PD. Within the past few years, Sinai has added two Sports and Intervential Spine specialists and residents work one-on-one with them. It also has both a model SCI and TBI unit for the more traditionally-geared or the undecided. Sinai also has a relatively generous 4 months of elective which can be taken outside of the institution. C/C has great names and top facilities (Burke, HSS) but is probably the most rigid of all the programs. They do not give any elective time and I got a strong feeling of formality when I interacted with the program. It was on the verge of off-putting. For some, this is not bothersome and access to particular future contacts places C/C at the top of their list. NYU has historically been thought of as malignant but is now geared for change with a new PD. The new PD comes from NYU so time will tell whether this makes a positive impact or not. For most people, NYU would be #3 of this group. This is just my opinion but I really would like to hear what other people think.
I concur w/hemisphere and his idea about a 2nd look -
MS - research on scutwork.com revealed concerning stories from residents about the call experience. In fact, a few posts stated that they would not choose to go there again. Also, the residents looked tired in person.
CC - seems formal on the surface but upon 2nd look, I think the formal appearance is actually an interview tactic.