SUNY Downstate Residents and Fellows Celebrate With Virtual Commencement

By Office of Communications & Marketing | Jun 10, 2020

MEDIA CONTACT: John Gillespie | | (314) 708-90909

Thursday, June 11, 2020

BROOKLYN, N.Y. (June 10, 2020) – SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University will celebrate the achievements of Residents and Fellows completing their programs with a Virtual Commencement Ceremony.


WHEN:               THURSDAY, JUNE 11, 2020 AT  6:00 PM


With the continuing concern about the spread of COVID-19, and New York City slowly reopening, is continuing social distancing precautions by substituting the Virtual Commencement and other celebrations for the traditional in-person ceremonies.

This year’s class includes 300 physicians completing 21 different residency programs and 26 fellowship programs. Twenty members of the class will move on to new residencies and fellowships at SUNY Downstate, while four will join SUNY Downstate as full-time members of the SUNY Downstate faculty.

SUNY Downstate’s Graduate Medical Education Program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and offers residencies and fellowships in 51 different specialty areas in 22 different clinical department. In 1860, the program revolutionized medical education by being the first in the United States to bring the teaching of medicine to the hospital bedside so that physicians were no longer trained exclusively in classrooms. Today SUNY Downstate trains more than 1000 residents and fellows at more than a dozen major affiliated hospitals, and has the largest emergency medicine residency program in the United States.


About SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University

SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University is the borough’s only academic medical center for health education, research, and patient care, and is a 342-bed facility serving the healthcare needs of New York City, and Brooklyn’s 2.6 million residents. University Hospital of Brooklyn (UHB) is Downstate’s teaching hospital, backed by the expertise of an outstanding medical school and the research facilities of a world-class academic center. More than 800 physicians, representing 53 specialties and subspecialties—many of them ranked as tops in their fields—comprise Downstate's staff.

A regional center for cardiac care, neonatal and high-risk infant services, pediatric dialysis, and transplantation, Downstate also houses a major learning center for children with physical ailments or neurological disorders. In addition to UHB, Downstate comprises a College of Medicine, College of Nursing, School of Health Professions, a School of Graduate Studies, a School of Public Health, and a multifaceted biotechnology initiative, including the Downstate Biotechnology Incubator and BioBAT for early-stage and more mature companies, respectively. For more information, visit or follow us on Twitter at @sunydownstate.