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Department of Anesthesiology
The Anesthesiology Residency Training Program at SUNY Downstate Medical Center offers a broad range of experience in the context of a successful teaching program. While being prepared for Board Certification, our residents gain exceptional experience in the real world. Our motto is not just a slogan, it is a promise:
“If you train here, you can practice anywhere.”
By rotating through three different (very different!) hospitals, our residents learn from a range of surgical cases that is as diverse as the patient population that we serve. Whether it is advanced organ transplant or gunshot wounds to the head, our trainees gain a level of exposure that most anesthesiologists only hope to achieve during their career.
At University Hospital of Brooklyn, a state-affiliated, private, tertiary-care referral site, residents have an opportunity to be part of a team that performs complex subspecialty cases and offers experience in a wide variety of pediatric anesthesia cases, and experience in Robotic Surgery. UHB is the base for our Transplant and Cardiothoracic Anesthesia programs. In addition, residents manage high-risk obstetrical patients at UHB.
At Long Island College Hospital, a voluntary facility, residents are exposed to a multitude of general surgical cases and most surgical specialties -- including orthopedics, neurosurgery, ophthalmology, otolaryngology, vascular and gynecology. Our state-of-the-art Ambulatory Anesthesia Program, and opportunities for office based anesthesia are based at this facility.
At Kings County Hospital Center residents see an unparalleled variety of trauma cases, KCHC is New York's largest municipal hospital and the second largest in the nation, and it has one of the busiest emergency rooms in the world.
The diversity of our hospitals and patients is germane to the excellence of our outstanding subspecialty programs.
Although our patient services are often very busy, resident education remains paramount. One-to-one supervision and weekly evaluation of each resident are conducted by an assigned anesthesiologist during the first month. The supervision ratio is never greater than 1:2. Our subspecialists are chosen for their expertise, and they share their unique knowledge with our residents. Many faculty engage residents in their research projects in areas such as neurosurgical, cardiac, obstetrics, ambulatory anesthesia, and pain management.
As residents move through the program, they are given progressively greater responsibility. After successfully performing a specific number of procedures under supervision, such as spinal and epidural anesthesia, they are credentialed. As a result, our ACGME-approved program is in compliance with subspecialty requirements that mandate documentation of each resident's experience.
Academic excellence is assured by the effectiveness of our evaluation system. Faculty evaluate residents, and, in turn, residents evaluate both the faculty and the program. Confidential reports are reviewed by the Chair and Residency Education Committee for changes. The administrative staff of each hospital respects our policy that residents not be overwhelmed by service commitments. The Vice Chair for Education follows each resident's evaluations and caseload, and adjusts assignments as needed. Thus, our program boasts a highly individualized curriculum, enhanced by a strong academic environment. Learning is furthered by participation at grand rounds, colloquia, subspecialty journal clubs and lectures by visiting professors, that residents attend weekly.
Camaraderie among our residents is noteworthy, especially since we are one of the nation's largest programs, with over 70 residents training from the PGY-1 through PGY-4 levels.
Our team approach to medicine is readily apparent when residents are on-call. With three to five residents across all PGY levels, supervised by in-hospital attendings, support is always available. By working together in study groups outside the hospital, colleagues develop close friendships. Graduates also participate in study groups led by faculty to prepare for the oral boards. Our mentoring program allows residents to choose from among the attending staff a guide who will be available to them throughout residency training and who will help assure their success. These relationships make the program cohesive, both socially and professionally, and add to the strength of a viable network of alumni who are committed to job placement for our graduates.
New pathways in anesthesia continue to evolve. Technological advances position the specialty at the forefront of academic and clinical medicine. At SUNY Downstate, we are committed to meet the challenges of Medicine in the twenty-first century.
Brooklyn is unique in its history of educating our nation's leaders, and its cosmopolitan environment is exciting and refreshing. We invite you to visit us and meet our faculty and residents. Let us share with you our tradition of graduating high quality anesthesia consultants and academic medical leaders.