House Staff Office Services

SUNY Downstate is committed to ensuring residents have a high quality educational experience, providing every opportunity to have concerns addressed in a safe and just clinical and educational work environment free of fear of retaliation, retribution or punishment. 

To raise issues regarding your education, work environment or patient safety, any type of harassment, or any other interactions that may impact your ability to flourish and develop into the best possible doctor, the GME Office is available as a resource to hear your concerns in complete confidence.

GME training in Downstate's programs should be a positive experience. To facilitate that, there are multiple options for addressing issues that concern you. Beginning within your program and its division/department, you can contact your Chief Residents, Faculty Mentors, Attendings, Program Director, Section Chief and Chairperson. However, if the needs arises, you can also address your concerns to the GME Office by speaking to us in person, calling or contacting us by email (The GME Resident Ombudsman is Dr. Helen Valsamis).

Confidential comments regarding issues or concerns pertaining to SUNY Downstate's GME programs, faculty and the clinical and educational settings can be sent to . Comments will be reviewed and addressed appropriately by the GME staff and the D.I.O/Associate Dean for GME. The GME office will assure that your comments remain anonymous as requested. However, please provide a valid email address or other contact information if you would like a response or in case we need to obtain additional information.

If you prefer, you can send email from an anonymous universal gmail account that has been created to assure that your anonymity is fully protected. The username is and the password is resident (all lower case). Send to

We care about you, and we strive to provide you with an excellent training experience.
If you need us, contact or call or come by the GME Office.

GME Office/ Housestaff Affairs

Room BSB 2-74, Box 51
Telephone 718-270-1984, Fax: 718-270-2408

The House Staff Office serves as the administrative arm of the University's GME. It is responsible for assuring the University's compliance with the Institutional Requirements of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).

The office serves as a resource to residents and faculty in the following areas:

House Staff

Credentialing — certification of each resident's required credentials (diplomas, transcripts, visas, etc.), and their placement in a permanent file to assure compliance with regulatory requirements.

Privileging — administration of SUNY Downstate privileging system through New Innovations that records and tracks all clinical procedures required for granting hospital privilege.

Rotation Schedules — collects, maintains and distributes resident rotation schedules to affiliated hospitals.

Resident Contracts — administration of unified SUNY Downstate Resident contracts with educational program and with designated affiliate training site.

Visa Sponsorship — provides applications for J-1 sponsorship and advises and assists residents on visa issues.

Background Check & EHS Drug Screen Referral — Conducts background check on physicians salaried by SUNY and completes referrals for drug screening.

ID Cards — Issue Universal ID cards which give resident access to medical library, internet, etc.

Residency Management System (New Innovations) — data maintenance, coordination and access management.

Orientation — planning, coordinating and conducting orientation program for new residents.


Training Program Verifications

SUNY Downstate / KCHC and Affiliates based programs.
Verification of Dates of Training ONLY.

Training prior to 1992:

Contact KCHC House Staff Affairs at 718-245-2027 or 718-245-3131

Kings County Hospital Center
451 Clarkson Avenue
T Building, 4th Floor Room 4-73A
Brooklyn, NY 11203

Training 1992 to Present:

Contact SUNY DHSU GME Office at 718-270-1984

State University of New York
Downstate Health Sciences University
450 Clarkson Avenue, Box 1229
Brooklyn, NY 11203

Verifications or references that involve assessment of performance, evaluations and/or competencies must be forwarded to the department in which the resident/fellow trained.

Please check this website for department contact information: Downstate Programs

Verification or inquiries regarding liability, indemnification or malpractice claims should be directed to the SUNY DMC Office of Risk Management at 718-270-3768

Risk Management Office
440 Lenox Avenue, Box 117
Brooklyn, NY 11203

All Former Long Island College based programs:

Please click link to direct you to the verification process:

Residents and Fellows Trained at LICH