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SUNY Downstate Medical Center


SUNY Downstate Medical Center is an academic medical center comprise of a 372-bed University Hospital of Brooklyn (UHB), a large ambulatory care clinic and medical, nursing and allied health professions' schools located in the borough of Brooklyn. The overall mission of SUNY Downstate is to make high quality education available to New York State's next generation of health professionals. Integral to its concept of professional education is a commitment to confront the health problems of urban communities. The medical center traces its roots back to 1860, when a school of medicine was founded at the Long Island College Hospital. The new college's faculty revolutionized medical education in this country by bringing the teaching of medicine to the hospital bedside, thus rejecting the idea that physicians should be trained exclusively in university lecture halls. SUNY Downstate currently has a student body of 1,600, a full-time and voluntary faculty of nearly 2,500, and a support staff of 3,500. A major focus of the research efforts has been the epidemiology and treatment of HIV infection, especially among women and children.

SUNY Downstate's Special Treatment and Research (STAR) Program is a multi-departmental effort within the Departments of Medicine (Infectious Disease Division) and of Obstetrics and Gynecology. It is directed by Dr. Jack DeHovitz, Professor of Medicine, and provides outpatient HIV care and supportive services to HIV+ adults. The STAR Health Center is one of over 20 projects under the auspices of the STAR Program and offers counseling and testing; medication adherence counseling; hepatitis C (HCV) screening and treatment; family-center case management services; outreach and education; and behavioral health services, including buprenorphine treatment and acupuncture detoxification treatment. The goal of the STAR program is to provide comprehensive and coordinated HIV care, preventions services, research, and clinical education.

In order to coordinate and enhance the care, research, clinical, and community-based education activities at SUNY Downstate, the HIV Center for Women and Children was established in 1993. This center, also directed by Dr. Jack DeHovitz, includes the STAR Program as well as other HIV-related programs. HIV Center activities are governed by an executive board consisting of 17 faculty of HIV-related grant-funded projects at SUNY Downstate. The Center's staff includes investigators with academic appointments in the Departments of Pediatrics, Obstetrics/Gynecology, Medicine, and Psychiatry who employ over 200 providers, researchers, and support staff in a number of HIV-related programs. Both care and research take place primarily at the University Hospital of Brooklyn, however, community-based organizations and other Brooklyn hospitals are also sites for HIV-related activities sponsored by the HIV Center's investigators.

 

University at Albany, School of Public Health (UAlbany SPH)

 

Established in 1985, the School of Public Health was created as a joint venture between the New York State Department of Health and the University at Albany, State University of New York. The New York State Department of Health is unique among state health departments in its size, sophistication, and support of both public health research and practice. Formally accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health, the School of Public Health offers four academic departments, with MPH, MS, DrPH, and PhD degrees, in the basic disciplines that constitute public health: Biomedical Sciences, Environmental Health Sciences, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, and Health Policy, Management, and Behavior.

 

New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH)

Training is undertaken within two major entities of the NYSDOH:

Wadsworth Center, Division of Infectious Disease

The Wadsworth Center, located in Albany, New York, is one of the most comprehensive state public health laboratories in the nation. Its public health mission encompasses basic and applied research in the biomedical and environmental fields, clinical and environmental testing, and quality assurance. In addition, education in the biomedical and environmental sciences is an important mission of the Center; two of the academic departments of the University at Albany's School of Public Health the Department of Biomedical Science and Department of Environmental Health and Toxicology are based at the Wadsworth Center. The Center responds to public health threats, and develops and applies the most up-to-date technologies and methods to ensure rapid, accurate detection of disease with a minimum turnaround time. Through licensure and training, the Center assures high quality performance of clinical, environmental, hospital and commercial laboratories and of tissue banks that provide services to New York residents. The Center has over 1,100 (staff and support staff), including 160 doctoral level scientists, and it receives approximately $30 million in extramural grants and contracts from Federal Agencies and from private foundations. State-of-the-art instrumentation in the Wadsworth Center includes a federally funded microscopy and image analysis facility, a national biotechnology resource available to qualified biomedical researchers.

Core instrumentation facilities in molecular genetics, immunology, biochemistry, imaging, and molecular structure support both clinical science and research activities. Seminar programs host external speakers each week throughout the year, and a rich mix of intramural presentations in clinical and basic science provide both the permanent scientific staff and the dozens of on-site graduate students and postdoctoral trainees with opportunities to gain up-to-date information and concepts. Fellows are encouraged to participate in these seminars and in a monthly joint seminar presented by the Division of Infectious Disease and the Division of Epidemiology.