General Information & Policies

SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University is the major provider of medical education, health care and research for the Brooklyn and Staten Island communities. Located on a 13 acre urban campus in Brooklyn, New York, SUNY Downstate includes a College of Medicine, College of Health Related Professions, College of Nursing, School of Graduate Studies, a Masters of Public Health program and a 372 bed University Hospital.

Under the educational plan of the College of Medicine, medical students in their final two years receive part of their clinical training at University Hospital/Kings County Hospital Center and part of their clinical training at affiliated institutions in Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan and Staten Island.

This site contains the descriptions of clerkships and electives available at our institution. The courses are described in terms of course content, work assignment, and means of evaluation. Those seeking additional information should directly consult faculty members responsible for the course.

The policies contained in this site are in addition to the academic policies outlined in the annual Student Handbook. Read both carefully.

If a student is interested in a special experience not listed with any department in the Course Selection Book, arrangements may be made with the appropriate department chair, course preceptor, and the approval of the clinical assistant dean. Information on this procedure is described in the "Tailor-made Elective" section of this Book.

The Office of the Registrar maintains reports which list: a) the third and fourth year schedules of individual students, b) the minimum and maximum enrollments in all SUNY Downstate clerkships and electives.

The State University of New York and Downstate reserve the right to alter existing rules and regulations and academic programs. The student is governed by the information on programs, and rules and regulations herein published or subsequently altered. SUNY Downstate expressly reserves the right, whenever it deems advisable

  1. to change or modify its schedule of tuition and fees,
  2. to modify any requirement or policy in connection with the program of study and
  3. to change or modify any academic or other policy. It is the responsibility of each student to ascertain current information that pertains to the individual's program, particularly with regard to satisfaction of degree requirements, through frequent reference to the Student Handbook or other University publications, and by consultation with the student's advisor (clinical assistant dean), through the Office of the Registrar, the Office of Student Affairs, and other offices as appropriate.