Internal Medicine

About the Program

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We welcome you to Stony Brook Southampton Hospital Internal Medicine Residency Program and are pleased with your interest in learning more about us.  The mission of our program is to create medical leaders with a commitment to both life-long learning as well as the ideals of Social Medicine.  We employ the principles of evidence-based medicine and translate this into providing excellent medical care to our patients.  We emphasize the role of the physician as a leader and place a premium on developing thorough approaches to the care of our patients in both the office and the hospital. 

The Internal Medicine Residency Program focuses on comprehensive training in inpatient and outpatient general medicine, and Intensive Care medicine, while also providing exposure to all medicine subspecialties. Unique opportunities in further specialized fields are available at Stony Brook University Hospital, which allows for exclusive educational opportunities. Outpatient clinic duties are provided with half day sessions once a week to meet ACGME requirements and prepare residents for community care. 

We offer the best of both worlds.  Due to our affiliation with Stony Brook University Hospital, we are able to provide opportunities at both a community hospital as well as a larger university based institution and Level 1 trauma center.

The Program is located on the eastern end of Long Island, close to top-rated beaches and natural beauty with easy access to airports and the New York metropolitan area.  Southampton is a paradise for those who love the outdoors and watersports.  The east end of Long Island is perfect for activities including boating, swimming, windsurfing, waterskiing, fishing, hiking, cycling, and golfing.

All of our trainees experience a rotation in Social Medicine.  The field of social medicine seeks to: understand how social and economic conditions impact health, disease and the practice of medicine and foster conditions in which this understanding can lead to a a healthier society.  This rotation focuses upon exposing trainees to ideas which will allow opportunities for self-reflection and personal growth.  It will also help trainees broaden their understanding of entelechial processes as they relate to health and disease.

Diverse pathology is seen here on Eastern Long Island and is often encountered by residents, including such diseases as tick born illnesses and hantavirus infection. All common diseases and illnesses are seen at high frequency allowing trainees to comfortably manage patients without direct attending oversight.

Resident autonomy is a common benefit cited by graduating internal medicine residents. Due to the relatively small class of residents per year, residents are often seen and remembered based on their performance. Once a reputation has been established with attending physicians, residents are allowed to manage patients under close supervision by attendings.

Attending accessibility is upheld 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. No matter the situation, residents feel well-supported and nurtured as they train to be leading physicians in the community. Communication with subspecialists is maintained simply and are used as teaching opportunities for house staff.

Twelve-hour shifts are implemented in order to eliminate twenty-four hour call for both interns and residents. This allows for continuous medical education and training without interruptions from fatigue and trainee unwellness.

Program Director

Heidi Roppelt, MD

Associate Program Director

Kathryn Saxby, DO

Program Coordinator

Jody Romeo 
(631) 726-0409, x126