The Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at SUNY Downstate Health Sciences
University is dedicated to providing high quality care to a diverse patient population
and to the training of skilled physiatrists who are capable of providing excellent
care to patients with a wide range of impairments.
The Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation residency program is a robust clinical and
didactic education program that seeks to utilize the diversity of our city and training
sites to prepare residents for future success in any setting or situation.
The three-year program begins at the PGY-2 level. Residents rotate through SUNY Downstate
Health Sciences University, Kings County Hospital Center, Staten Island University
Hospital North Campus, The Bronx VA, St. Albans VA, and St. John's Episcopal Hospital.
Exposure to inpatient, outpatient, and consult services is available at each of the
hospital settings. By the end of their three years of training, residents have been
exposed to and trained in every variety of healthcare settings while coming across
patients and staff from all different corners of the globe.
We have a large strong focus on academics and hands-on training. Our residents work
closely with physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, prosthetists,
and other medical services to enhance the educational experience. There are many opportunities
available for research, participation in national conferences, and annual review courses
among many other academic activities.
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Medicine & Rehabilitation at SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University.
Message from the Division Chief
Welcome and thank you for your interest in the Division of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
at SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University in Brooklyn, New York. As the only academic
medical institution in Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island, we are the leading provider
of musculoskeletal care in the region, as well as the preeminent academic facility
for musculoskeletal education and cutting-edge musculoskeletal research.
We offer a three-year residency training program that fulfills all of the requirements
for board certification in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. We are fully accredited
and accept six residents per year.
Our program provides a well-balanced, in-depth clinical exposure, utilizing rotations
at six affiliated institutions. The variety of patient care settings exposes our residents
to a diverse and unique amount of medical conditions, ensuring they have the experience,
knowledge and confidence to practice in any setting upon graduation.
We look forward to being a part of your journey and hope you will consider joining
What Sets Downstate Apart
- To provide outstanding education of physicians, scientists, nurses and other healthcare
- To advance knowledge through cutting edge research and translate it into practice.
- To care for and improve the lives of our globally diverse communities.
- To foster an environment that embraces cultural diversity.
SUNY Downstate will be nationally recognized for improving people's lives by providing
excellent education for healthcare professionals, advancing research in biomedical
science, health care and public health, and delivering the highest quality, patient-centered
Pride. To take satisfaction in the work we do every day, and to value our collective contributions
to the Downstate community.
Professionalism. We commit to the highest standards of ethical behavior and exemplary performance
in education, research, and patient care
Respect. We value the contributions, ideas and opinions of our students, coworkers, colleagues,
patients and partnering organizations
Innovation. We research and develop new and creative approaches and services for the anticipated
changes in healthcare
Diversity. We embrace our rich diversity and commit to an inclusive and nurturing environment
Excellence. We commit to providing the highest quality of education and service to our students,
patients and community by holding ourselves, our coworkers and our leaders to high
standards of performance.
The Downstate Experience
Everything that makes Brooklyn an amazing place to live—population 2.3 million, the
entire world within walking distance—also makes SUNY Downstate an ideal place to study
and train. Our neighborhood, Flatbush, isn't just a backdrop for the time you'll spend
here. From the patients you'll serve to the community organizations you'll work with,
Brooklyn will become an integral part of your learning experience. Read more about The Downstate Experience
Living in Brooklyn
The world has been coming to Brooklyn for generations: Nearly 40 percent of the people
who live here come from different countries. Today, with 2.5 million residents, it’s
the largest borough in New York City. (On its own, Brooklyn would be one of the biggest
cities in the U.S.)
As a Downstate resident, you’ll be in the middle of everything great about Brooklyn,
every day. Living here gives you access to experiences you’d be hard-pressed to match
anywhere else. Choose from street food and fine dining, hole-in-the-wall clubs and
polished venues, modern high-rise buildings and classic brownstone architecture, the
serenity of vast green spaces and the excitement that comes from living and working
in one of the world’s biggest melting pots. Read more about Life in Brooklyn
Message on Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity
The Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and our faculty are committed
to creating a supportive environment for all. We promote a culture that celebrates
The Division of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at SUNY Downstate Health Sciences
University has a firm commitment to diversity, inclusion, and equity. We seek to create
a culturally diverse learning community that includes our faculty, students, and staff. We recognize the vital importance of a diverse and inclusive faculty and staff to
ensuring that we provide the best educational environment for our trainees and the
best care for our patients. We aim to provide a physician workforce in the Borough
of Brooklyn that more closely reflects the diversity of the population that has settled
here and, in so doing, to more effectively care for our community. We are committed
to ensuring the development of cultural competence in all of our graduates.
We seek to make all of our faculty, staff, and trainees aware of the healthcare inequities
present both nationally and locally. Our division seeks to find ways to overcome these
systemic barriers and provide high quality, fair, and equitable healthcare services