Thank A Resident Day

By Office of the President Wayne J. Riley, M.D., MPH, MBA, MACP | Feb 25, 2022

On the last Friday in February, medical school residents nationwide are celebrated for Thank a Resident Day.

SUNY Downstate Residents

As a critical element of graduate medical training, residency provides deep exposure to medical practice, often leading to long hours and significant responsibilities. Residents play an integral role on healthcare teams, providing care to hundreds of thousands of patients each year. They are also essential resources for medical students, especially during a clinical clerkship.

The Arnold P. Gold Foundation reports that more than 350 institutions annually participate in this special day celebrating resident physicians and fellows.

At Downstate, residents provide care and dedicated support to our patients and their families. They continue to thrive as we navigate the worst pandemic of our lifetimes. Their contributions before and during this pandemic are greatly appreciated. The Brooklyn community is better because of their care and determination, and we enjoy seeing them in action.

Downstate residents are crucial for our medical teams as they help maintain the institution as a world-class training facility and hospital. Our residents consistently rise to the occasion and deliver their best in incredibly unpredictable circumstances, notwithstanding the last two years of the pandemic.

To our residents: Your service is paramount to Downstate’s progress and success. Because of you, the patients and communities we serve are healthier with a better quality of life.

Thank you for your ingenuity, dedication, and leadership, and thank you for all you do!


Contact: Dawn S. Walker
917.439.9666 | 347.533.2071

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. It 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 an outstanding medical school's expertise and world-class academic center research facilities. More than 800 physicians, representing 53 specialties and subspecialties—many of them ranked as tops in their fields—comprise Downstate's staff.

In addition to high-risk neonatal and infant services, pediatric nephrology, and dialysis (kidney diseases)—and offering the only kidney transplantation program in Brooklyn, among many other distinctive programs—Downstate also sponsors a major learning center for young children with developmental disorders and disabilities. 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.