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Department of Urology

Message from Jeffrey P. Weiss, MD, Chairman & Program Director

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Thank you for your inquiry regarding our urology residency training program. Your interest is appreciated. To learn more about our department, please continue to check out our website which will provide you with a greater overview of our program.

SUNY Downstate Medical Center is one of the largest health science centers in the United States and one of four such campuses within the 64 unit State University of New York, the largest multi-level system of public higher education in the nation. SUNY Downstate Medical School is located on a 13-acre urban campus in the East Flatbush section of Brooklyn. The medical school traces its origins over 153 years and was the first medical school to incorporate the teaching of medicine at the hospital bedside. The "Downstate" era began in 1954 when President Dwight D. Eisenhower laid the cornerstone for the Basic Sciences Building. The medical school now is the largest in N.Y. State. The complex was expanded in 1966 with the opening of Downstate University Hospital Brooklyn and is currently is the process of additional expansions. Today, SUNY Downstate is the focal point of a health-care network that encompasses 18 hospitals and research institutions and more than 40 health-related facilities in Brooklyn, Manhattan, and beyond.
The Association of American Medical Colleges ranked Downstate ninth nationally in the number of alumni who hold full-time faculty positions in other medical schools. In terms of the number of alumni who are department chairs at other medical schools, Downstate was ranked highly nationally, as well. More physicians practicing in New York City have graduated from SUNY Downstate than from any other medical school. Downstate ranks fourth in the nation for number of medical students accepted at urological residency training programs.

Exciting new developments in the residency program include senior rotations at New York Methodist Hospital which boasts a strong program in laparo-robotic surgery and The Brooklyn Hospital Center, the latter hosting a highly productive surgical practice. The newest addition is a PGY-4 four month rotation in pediatric urology at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, one of the world's pre-eminent healthcare centers for children.
Since July 1, 2003 our Urology Chief (U-4) residents have been rotating through the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center as acting fellows. In this capacity our residents have all the responsibilities and operating privileges of regular fellows. This is in addition to the long established U-2 four-month rotation. The educational program at MSKCC is superb and features a weekly lecture on some aspect of basic science or clinical care of urologic malignancies. In addition there is a weekly multidisciplinary uro-oncology conference.

Another exciting development in our department is the reconstruction of Kings County Hospital Center.  It houses an ultramodern state-of-the-art operating room. It is home to the new emergency room and the diagnostic radiology suite. In December 2007, we moved into new facilities for the urology office space and outpatient area.  Dr. Brian McNeil is the steward of the newly established Uro-Oncologic Clinic.

Our residents and faculty live throughout the metropolitan New York area including Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, Long Island and New Jersey.

I'm seeking medical students with high mental and physical energy and enthusiasm to join our program. By applying to our program you agree to contribute to the academic atmosphere of the department by proactive participation in our educational program and research efforts, including co-authorship of peer reviewed publications and acceptance of papers to be presented at local/national meetings.

This is an abbreviated overview of our department. Please understand that I will continue to make substantial changes in our program. Each year I distribute Department-wide Guidelines (DWG) which govern all aspects of resident activities. A copy is available upon request.


Sincerely,
Jeffrey P. Weiss, MD, FACS
Professor and Chair
Department of Urology
SUNY Downstate Medical School
445 Lenox Road
Brooklyn, NY 11203