Only a short ride from the Concourse pavilion is Manhattan, the cultural heart of New York. World famous museums and medical libraries, the comprehensive facilities of The New York Academy of Medicine and The Academy of Sciences, and three medical schools with their affiliated hospitals combine to provide a wealth of lectures and seminars in academic medicine.

Also packed into this small island are Broadway musicals and dozens of theaters. Within walking distance of each other are opera, jazz and ballet performed by the world's leading artists. Manhattan is also a center for visual art, from the world-famous Metropolitan Museum and Museum of Modern Art to the storefront, avant-garde galleries of SoHo. Sights of New York include Wall Street and the World Financial Center, the United Nations, Rockefeller Center and the Empire State Building and South Street Seaport. Skyscrapers, department stores, and thousands of shops are part of the New York experience. New York's restaurants serve food from every country of the world in settings as diverse as Chinatown, Little Italy, Greenwich Village, Arthur Avenue and the elegant Upper East Side.

New Yorkers cheer for the best of almost every American sport: baseball's Yankees and Mets, football's Giants and Jets, basketball's Knicks and Nets, horse racing at three tracks, three professional hockey teams, and boxing at Madison Square Garden. Soccer fans root for New York Red Bulls.

Historically, New York has welcomed new arrivals from all over the globe. In medicine, as in other fields, New York is a city of rich diversity. Approximately 9,000 international medical school graduates practice or teach in New York, and nearly 2,000 are currently in residency at New York City hospitals. Almost every country is represented by a medical society, which offers friendship and support to residents far from home.


Part of New York City's excitement is right here in the Bronx, its northern borough. The Yankee Stadium, America's biggest and most exciting zoo – The Bronx Zoo, and the world famous Botanical Gardens. The Bronx boasts New York's largest park, Van Cortland, and several beautiful sand beaches at Orchard Beach and Pelham Bay. City Island, an old-fashioned fishing village, is a favorite spot for seafood or a day's sail.

For those who prefer a quieter home life, the Bronx is easily accessible by public transportation or car from pleasant suburban neighborhoods in Westchester County and New Jersey.