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Office of Graduate Medical Education

Introduction and Statement of Commitment

These policies apply to all residents (and fellows) in all SUNY Downstate sponsored GME programs, regardless of resident pay source, such as those assigned to other institutions. Residents are also bound by the policies and rules and regulations of their paysource and of every affiliate hospital to which they rotate.

The term "resident" is used by the ACGME (the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education), CODA (The Council on Dental Accreditation), HCFA (Health Care Financing Administration) and New York State to refer to any trainee (resident or fellow) who is enrolled in an accredited or approved graduate medical education program. The State University of New York Health Science Center at Brooklyn adheres to this usage.


Residency programs operate under the authority and control of the State University of New York Health Science Center at Brooklyn, which is recognized and accredited as a sponsoring institution by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). Below is a statement of institutional commitment to GME that is supported by the University’s governing authority, its administration and its teaching staff:

State University of New York Downstate Medical Center is committed to providing an organized educational program with guidance and supervision of medical residents, facilitating their professional, ethical and personal development through curricula, evaluation and resident supervision while ensuring safe and appropriate care for patients. As a sponsoring institution SUNY Downstate is committed to providing the necessary educational, financial, human resources and appropriate administrative organization and support for the conduct of GME in a scholarly environment, and it is committed to excellence in both education and medical care. This commitment is exhibited by the provision of leadership and financial and other resources that enables the institution to achieve substantial compliance with the ACGME Institutional Requirements and to enable educational programs to achieve substantial compliance with Residency Review Committee Program Requirements. This includes provision of an ethical and professional environment in which the educational curricular requirements, as well as the applicable requirements for scholarly activity, are met.

As the Sponsoring Institution, SUNY Downstate ensures that the DIO has sufficient financial support and protected time to effectively carry out his educational and administrative responsibilities to sponsoring institution, and the program directors have sufficient financial support and protected time to effectively carry out their educational and administrative responsibilities to their respective programs. The Sponsoring Institution and the program provides sufficient salary support and resources (e.g. time, space, technology, supplies) to allow for effective administration of the GME Office and all of its programs. The institution is committed to assuring that faculty and residents have ready access to adequate communication resources and technological support, and that residents have ready access to specialty/subspecialty-specific and other appropriate reference material in print for electronic format (e.g. electronic medical literature databases with search capabilities are available)

The Institutional support of these goals is monitored through existing reporting mechanisms by the President of the University, the Dean of the College of Medicine, the Chairs of the Clinical Departments, hospitals Medical Executive Committee, and the Graduate Medical Education Committee. The DIO and GMEC have been granted the authority and responsibility for the oversight and administration of the Sponsoring Institution’s programs and responsibility for assuring compliance with ACGME Common, specialty/subspecialty-specific Program, and Institutional Requirements. The regular assessment of the quality of all educational programs is recognized as an essential component of this commitment.