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Office of Graduate Medical Education

About the GME Handbook

GME Handbook

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8th Edition, 2010-2012

Handbook is in the process of being revised and presented here via links.

Please use these links for the most recent information, but refer to the old handbook for any information not yet listed here.

This Handbook brings together information on Graduate Medical Education (GME) that will be useful to residents and others interested in advanced training and research in medicine at the SUNY Downstate and its affiliate hospitals.

Welcome Letter from the Dean

It is important to remember that while every SUNY Downstate resident is appointed in each year of their residency to a particular affiliate hospital, their "pay source", all residents are also appointed to a specific University program, and all residents rotate to at least two affiliates, and often to as many as four or five.


Academic grievance and due process procedures, applicable New York State Laws and Regulations, University polices and procedures, etc., and general information of interest to all SUNY Downstate residents.

Introduction and Institutional Commitment

Curriculum and ACGME Competencies

Compact Between Resident Physicians & Their Teachers, Responsibilities and Conduct

Recently Updated Polices and Procedures can be found on the Office of Graduate Medical Education Policies and Procedures webpage


Applicable to all residents regardless of pay source


Link to Residency & Fellowship Programs

An alphabetical listing of all SUNY Downstate GME Programs that provides information about each program, including department link for special requirements, areas of special strength, etc. All SUNY Downstate GME Programs are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). A full account of official program requirements for every program is published each year by the American Medical Association in the Graduate Medical Education Directory, the so-called "Green Book". The Directory can be found on the World Wide Web: or via a link through the SUNY Downstate Web Page.


An alphabetical listing of all affiliate hospitals that participate in SUNY Downstate GME Programs. Each listing provides information useful to residents appointed to that affiliate (pay source), as well as to those who are assigned rotations there. Residents' salary and benefits packages are funded and administered by their pay source affiliate hospital. Residents are encouraged to also consult Affiliate Resident/Housestaff Manuals or Handbooks published separately by many Affiliates.

General Information can be found on the Office of Graduate Medical Education Participating Sites webpage

More detailed information specifically for residents and fellows is available at these links:

Kings County Hospital Center

Brooklyn VA

Brookdale University Hospital

Maimonides Medical Center

Staten Island University Hospital

Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center

St. John's Episcopal Hospital

NYU - Lutheran