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Department of Urology
Message from Jeffrey P. Weiss, MD, Chairman & Program Director
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 155 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.
Exciting recent developments in the residency program include senior rotations at The Brooklyn Hospital Center, the latter hosting a highly productive surgical practice, as well as 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.
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 well established Uro-Oncologic Clinic. Dr. Llewellyn Hyacinthe, a perennial favorite teacher of Downstate Urology residents, was recently installed as full time faculty at University Hospital of Brooklyn, a welcome addition to the Clarkson Avenue campus.
As for philanthropy, the Richard J. Macchia Resident Education Fund, established in honor of Downstate Urology’s longstanding Chairman upon his retirement, was recently bolstered by a generous gift from its namesake Dr. Macchia, to more than double the endowment of the department’s educational resources.
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.