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SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University

Department of Medicine

Inpatient Experience

Rotation Schedule: 4+2 system with 4 weeks on inpatient rotation (site varies) followed by 2 weeks of Kings County Continuity Clinic/Ambulatory rotation

Inpatient Clinical Experiences: 

  • Primary Care residents have a rigorous inpatient training which is similar to the Categorical program, where you will rotate through the same inpatient sites including: Kings County Hospital, SUNY Downstate Medical Center and Brooklyn VA Medical Center
  • The highest proportion of rotations will be at Kings County, and a smaller proportion at the VA
  • Kings County hospital is one of the busiest emergency departments in New York, and is a Level 1 Trauma Center. Residents admit and care for patients with a wide array of disease pathologies
  • Residents are able to maintain continuity of care with a seamless inpatient-to-outpatient bridge for patients at Kings County
  • Access to all major subspecialty services
  • Interns do not take 24h/overnight call


Kings County Hospital Center


Kings County Hospital Center (KCHC) has a rich legacy for its pioneering role in medicine. Today, with over 625 beds, KCHC remains on the cutting edge of technology and provides the most modern procedures with state-of-the-art equipment. Built in 1831 as a one room infirmary for publicly supported care of the sick, Kings County Hospital Center continues to be a leading healthcare facility whose mission is to provide care to everyone regardless of their ability to pay. The hospital provides a wide range of health services, and specialties are offered in all fields of modern medicine. More than 200 clinics provide a wide array of ambulatory care services. Kings County Hospital Center operates a world-renowned Level 1 Trauma Center, one of only three in the borough, which serves 2.6 million residents of Brooklyn and Staten Island. It currently houses one of the busiest emergency rooms in the country. Rotations here provide residents an opportunity to care for a diverse patient population with a fascinating variety of pathology. "The County" remains a dynamic and exciting place to learn medicine – now in superb, modern surroundings.


University Hospital of Brooklyn

Hospital UHB

University Hospital of Brooklyn is the teaching Hospital of SUNY Downstate Medical Center, the only academic medical center providing patient care, education, research and community services for the nearly 5 million people living in Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island.

Opened in 1966 University Hospital of Brooklyn is a 376-bed facility in central Brooklyn. The Hospital has 8 intensive care and step-down units, 12 operating rooms, an emergency services department, a diagnostic and ambulatory surgery facility, an ambulatory care center with some 75 clinics, plus 3 satellite Health Centers and a nearby Dialysis Center.


 Brooklyn VA Medical Center

Hospital VA

Brooklyn VA medical center is located in the residential neighborhood of Bay Ridge. In addition to the highly regarded oncology and palliative care teaching service, the hospital offers residents the opportunity to learn the entire array of medical procedures on patient simulators, including a full body SimMan.