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Residency Training Program in General Pediatrics

Program Description

The residency training program of the College of Medicine of the State University of New York Downstate Medical Center (the Health Science Center at Brooklyn) carries a full five year accreditation with commendation by the ACGME. The program integrates its own university hospital and a large renowned municipal hospital. The important elements of this training program include the richness and variety of the patient population, the academic strength of the clinical faculty, and the dedication of that faculty to the educational program of the residents. The Children's Hospital at Downstate at the University Hospital of Brooklyn (UHB) is a referral center for a broad range of pediatric subspecialty services, a transfer referral center and is designated as a Regional Perinatal Center and NYS Endocrine Center. UHB also provides general pediatric care to the community of middle class patients in the East Flatbush area. Kings County Hospital Center (KCHC) acts as the primary care facility for roughly 2O% of the borough of Brooklyn, a city of 2.6 million inhabitants within the City of New York. In addition, KCHC is one of few Level I trauma centers in Brooklyn and receives acute care referrals from other Brooklyn institutions. KCHC also serves as an international referral center for families who have connections with immigrant groups in Brooklyn, such as Caribbean Islanders. Our residents' training is further enriched by experiences at our internationally renowned affiliate the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.

The pediatric residency program at SUNY Downstate has 93 pediatric residents, 5 chief residents, and 17 subspecialty residents. The Children's Hospital at Downstate and the pediatric services of Kings County Hospital Center (KCHC) constitute our integrated facilities. Our pediatric residents staff each pediatric unit at both facilities. The institutions together have over 200 pediatric beds and bassinets for over 5500 pediatric medicine admissions per year and approximately 3500 newborn deliveries with over 1600 NICU admissions. Between the major integrated sites, there are over 200,000 pediatric outpatient visits annually (approximately 60,000 emergency and acute care, nearly 20,000 resident continuity practice, over 70,000 various subspecialty clinic visits, and over 40,000 additional general pediatric visits) and over 90 attending physicians on active staff. The academic year consists of twelve one-month rotations. The program is in full compliance with the New York State Health Code Section 405 and ACGME work hour limitation regulations. The training stipend is highly competitive and the benefits package is very comprehensive.

Many of the subspecialties accredited by the ACGME are represented in the Department with subspecialty training programs. The faculty, therefore, displays considerable depth with respect to expertise. As a state supported teaching center, our faculty is deeply concerned with their role as educators and place a high priority on the teaching of residents and students. In light of this, most of our academic and clinical faculty is present on-campus on a full time basis. Particular attention is given to the humanistic, social, and ethical aspects of the practice of pediatrics, as well as the acquisition of academic knowledge and response to the intellectual challenges of pediatrics. Giving our undergraduate and postgraduate students a quality pediatric education while they deliver the highest level of medical care to their patients is our primary obligation. The faculty members take pride in their didactic responsibilities enjoying an informal, open door, inquisitive environment.

Henry A. Schaeffer, MD
Clinical Professor
Residency Program Director
Department of Pediatrics