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SUNY Downstate Department of Radiology

Residency Program

Residency Applicants


How many residents are in your program?

We have 38 residents in our program. We will be enrolling 6 residents and 1 direct pathway fellow for this year.

How much does a first year resident earn?

As of July 2013, approximately $63,000.

Is there a resident book fund?

Yes. Committee for Interns and Residents will reimburse up to $650 in educational expenses, including books, tablets and smartphones per year.

How many weeks of vacation do residents get?

4 weeks.

How much time is spent at each of the hospitals?

R1: Majority of first year is spent at KCH with 6 weeks at the VA.
R2: Most of second year is spent at UHB.
R3 & R4: Third and fourth year is split between UHB, Lutheran and KCH

How much time do you spend on each rotation?

Most rotations are 4 weeks. Dayfloat and nightfloat are two week rotations

How do residents get OB US experience?

We perform 2nd and 3rd trimester OB ultrasounds during our 2nd year ultrasound rotation.

Do you perform virtual colonoscopy?

Yes, we perform approximately 5 per week.

What is the first year call schedule like?

On average, 3 weekday calls and 1 weekend call a month. Buddy call starts the first Monday after Labor Day of your R1 year; a senior resident and attending supervises you at all times. Weekdays: 5 – 10pm. Weekends/Holidays: 11am – 8pm.

What is the fourth year like? Mini-fellowships?

There will be 2-3 mini-fellowships of your choice.

What fellowships have the residents gotten into?

Cornell, Johns Hopkins, University of Miami, UVA, Brigham and Women's, Mayo Clinic, Columbia, Yale, Duke, Cleveland Clinic, NYU, HSS, UCSF, Mt. Sinai etc.

How are you preparing residents for the new ABR Core and Certifying exams?

We anticipate continuing board review for the Core exam. Designated time off is also given for dedicated review free of clinical responsibilities.

How do the residents perform on the radiology boards?

95% board pass rate over the past five years.

Is there an opportunity to participate in research?

Yes. Dr. Erich K Lang, our research coordinator has published more than 100 articles and book chapters with residents.  Residents also present at several national meetings.

Is there any elective time?

Yes. This time is available during the 3rd and 4th years.

How are residents evaluated?

There is continuous evaluation of the residents throughout a rotation during sign-out. Formal evaluations are obtained on new-innovations after each rotation.

Are residents permitted to moonlight?


Does Downstate have fellowship programs?

Yes. Neuroradiology (1 fellow) and Direct pathway (1 fellow).

Is there a formal mentoring program?

Yes. Each resident is assigned to an attending mentor.

Do you offer a transitional year as part of your program?

No. However, Downstate does offer preliminary positions in medicine and surgery.

Is there on-campus housing? Where do residents live?

Yes; several apartments available across from UHB on Lenox road. However, most residents live in BK (Park Slope, Brooklyn heights), NYC (Financial district, Murray Hill, UWS, UES).

Living and Working in Brooklyn (BK):



  • "Living and working in Brooklyn really allows you to appreciate New York City's diversity, from the arts in DUMBO, the hipsters in Williamsburg to the little Caribbean in Flatbush, there's always something new." - Anonymous resident
  • "Hello Brooklyn how you doing? where you going? can I come too?" - Jay Z
  • Things to do in BK:
    • Brooklyn Botanical Gardens
    • Barclays Center, Home of the Brooklyn Nets
    • Brooklyn Bridge Park
    • Luna Park in Coney Island
    • Brooklyn Museum
    • Prospect Park and Zoo
    • BAM
    • Williamsburg Smorgasburg
  • Find out more at Visit Brooklyn »