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Department of Family Medicine

Residency Program

Frequenctly Asked Questions

What is the annual income? »

The annual income for the 2006 -2007 year is as follows:

  • First Year: $46,707.00
  • Second Year: $50,343.00
  • Third Year: $52,489.00
  • Fellow: $60,063.00
Is resident parking available? »

Yes. For a small fee.

Are there places to get meals? »

There are cafeterias at both University Hospital of Brooklyn (UHB) and Kings County Hospital Center (KCHC) where hot meals can be obtained. There are also small kiosks just outside the UHB entrance from which food can be purchased. Other food outlets are also available within walking distance of the University.

What is the call schedule like? »

During the PGY 1 year, while on the inpatient Family Practice (FP) service, calls are usually 1 in 3 till 8:30pm. On other inpatient rotations such as Internal Medicine and Pediatric Medicine, the call schedule is usually 1 in 4. There is a night float system in Internal Medicine that begins at 8:30pm. On the Labor and delivery unit, there are 12-hour sessions during the week and 24-hour call on weekends.

During the PGY 2 year, call during the month of the ICU rotation is 1 in 3 and is an overnight call. Emergency Room sessions are 12 hours, with a combination of day and night sessions.

During the PGY 3 year, there are only 2 months of call on the Family Practice Inpatient Service.

Is there a night float resident? »

Yes. One month of night float/ambulatory care is expected of each resident in the PGY2 and PGY3 years. Work begins at 8:30pm to 7am the following day from Sunday to Friday.

Family Practice residents do not participate in the night float systems of Internal Medicine.

How well are the interns supervised by senior residents
and/or attendings? »

Each team on the FP service has an assigned senior, who is always available to discuss patient care for new admissions as well as emergencies that may develop with the inpatients. The senior and the attending on service must be informed of all admissions and emergencies and will steer the resident on call towards the most appropriate action to enhance patient care.

What percentages of residents pass the boards on the first attempt? »

Over the past five years the passes have ranged from 75 percent to 100 percent.

What percentage of residents find jobs after completion of the residency and where? »

One hundred percent! About 50 percent stay in the New York area. The other 50 percent either return to their home country or obtain jobs in other states within the US.

Is there any didactic teaching about the business aspect of medicine e.g. HMO's setting up a practice etc? »

Yes. Practice Management sessions are held once a month at the weekly Thursday afternoon conferences.

Is there an emergency coverage system in place? »

There are two residents per month on emergency call for coverage of the inpatient service. Depending on the nature of the emergency, a payback system is in effect.

How are the on call facilities? »

The family practice call room is well equipped and is located in the hospital on the 6th floor.

How is security within the hospital? »

Very good. The University police are always present. Security is tight. Entrance to the compound is not allowed unless identification is provided for inspection. There is an escort system available at nights.

Are any fellowships available at your program? »

There is a one-year Faculty Development fellowship offered. This is available to encourage and facilitate anyone wanting to pursue academic medicine.

Does the University provide any form of transportation? »

There is a shuttle system available for short trips such as the subway/ bus stations and also to the clinic at Family Health Services.