Patient Care Trust Fund of the Committee of Interns & Residents/SEIU


CIR’s Patient Care Trust Fund (PCTF) is a resident-led fund that supports patient care and safety improvements in the NYC Health + Hospitals system. Each academic year, the PCTF provides eligible housestaff with critical funding for research, medical equipment, educational materials, community-based initiatives, and more. Through grants and member engagement, we ensure residents have a powerful voice to improve residency and advance quality care for all New Yorkers.


The PCTF was established as residents organized to save New York City’s public hospital system from proposed funding cuts and facility closures that threatened healthcare access for over 1 million New Yorkers. After a successful public campaign, CIR members negotiated the PCTF as part of the 1978-1980 contract between CIR and NYC Health + Hospitals (then NYC Health & Hospitals Corporation). Initially serving as a pool of resources for purchasing equipment and training materials, the Fund has expanded its grantmaking to help residents lead research and community-based initiatives that advance patient safety, health equity, and quality improvement at their facilities. Since 1981, the Fund remains an emblem of our members’ commitment to enhancing the residency experience and ensuring quality and equitable care for all.


  • Applications for the 2019-2020 Grant Year will open in September 2019. 
  • Only interns, residents, and fellows employed by NYC Health + Hospitals or by Mt. Sinai at Elmhurst Hospital are eligible to apply for PCTF funding. 
  • Only one application per department will be accepted for the Equipment/Educational Materials Grant. 

Grant Deadlines:

Application OpensApplication Closes
Equipment/Educational Materials Grant:
Wed., Sept. 4, 2019Fri., Oct. 25, 2019

Research Project Grants:

Fall 2019
Wed., Sept. 4, 2019Fri., Oct. 11, 2019
Winter 2020
Wed., Jan. 8, 2020
Fri., Feb. 14, 2020

Holiday Grant (open only to Pediatrics and pediatric sub-specialty programs):
Wed., Oct. 9, 2019
Fri., Nov. 8, 2019

The Committee of Interns and Residents/SEIU Healthcare is the oldest and largest housestaff union in the country, representing more than 16,000 interns, residents, and fellows in California, Florida, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, and Washington, D.C. For more information about CIR, visit

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