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Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Where do your grads go?
A. Over 90% of our grads go on to faculty or fellowship positions. Even though we have so many grads going into academics, we still feel our program trains you superiorly for private practice EM in the community.
See the list of jobs our graduates have earned.
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Q. How many of your grads do fellowships?
A. In the past few years, about 50% of our grads have done fellowships. These have included Critical Care, Emergency Ultrasonography, Research, International Health, and Toxicology among others.
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Q. Is the ED its own department?
A. Yes, the ED is has been an independent department for over a decade.
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Q. What is the program's accreditation status?
A. The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) has granted full accreditation to the program.
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Q. How long are the ED shifts? How many per month?
A. PGY1: 18 shifts (12 hours each); PGY2: 17 shifts (12 hours each); PGY3: 15 shifts (8 hours each) plus 4 shifts (12 hours); PGY4: 14 shifts (8 hours each) plus 4 shifts (12 hours)
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Q. Who runs the traumas?
A. Traumas are initially evaluated and managed by the ED team. Trauma surgery is contacted as a consulting service in select cases.
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Q. Do your residents see enough trauma?
A. Are you kidding?
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Q. What kind of ultrasound experience can I expect?
A. There are six weeks of experience spread as two-week blocks during the first, third, and fourth years in which residents learn the ultrasound core curriculum. In addition, residents routinely utilize ultrasound when evaluating GYN patients, perform FAST exams when evaluating trauma patients, and utilize ultrasound when placing difficult lines, and assessing for pericardial effusion.
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Q. How is the resident performance evaluated?
A. Monthly through faculty evaluations, every three months through meetings with a faculty advisor, and semi-annually by the program directors.
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Q. Do you allow residents to moonlight?
A. Yes, during the 4th year for EM residents, and 4-5th years for EM/IM residents, with approval by the Program Director.
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Q. Is there a research requirement?
A. Residents must complete a research project prior to graduation. They are given 4 weeks of protected research time, however, many residents choose to participate in research during the duration of their residency resulting in a strong departmental representation in published literature and at national and international scientific meetings.
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Q. Brooklyn or Manhattan?
A. Manhattan is a wonderful and upcoming neighborhood. Some have begun calling it "the new Brooklyn" in reference to a burgeoning art and music scene.
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Q. What do the interns do during orientation month?
A. During orientation, the interns learn about emergency medicine, get to know fellow interns, go to the beach party, and explore the city in great detail. The "merit badge" classes (ACLS, ATLS, PALS, etc...) are completed during this month along with many lectures on clinical topics and "hands-on" skills labs. During this month, interns also do a handful of shifts in the emergency department.
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Q. Does the ED have admitting privileges?
A. The ED faculty may admit to any service at their discretion.

Q. Do you have diversity in your residents and faculty?
A. We are one of the most diverse EM residencies in the country. We try hard to keep it that way. See our Resident and Faculty list.

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