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SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University

Department of Orthopaedic Surgery & Rehabilitation Medicine

Program Overview

Phys Med 2019

SUNY Downstate's Division of PM&R allows residents to have a varied and comprehensive educational experience. Our program begins in the PGY2 year. Residents rotate through SUNY Downstate Medical Center, Kings County Hospital Center, Staten Island University Hospital North Campus and St. John's Episcopal Hospital. Exposure to inpatient, outpatient, and consult services is available at each of the hospital settings. Additionally, residents perform Nerve Conduction Studies and EMGs with direct supervision. The number of calls during the first year of residency varies based on location.

In the second year of residency training, residents continue to rotate through SUNY Downstate Medical Center, Kings County Hospital Center, Staten Island University Hospital North Campus, and St. John's Episcopal Hospital. During the PGY3 year, the emphasis is more toward outpatient services, consultation and completion of the EMG requirements. Additionally, the third year of residency offers less call depending on the location of the rotation.

As a PGY4, residents continue to have greater outpatient experience as well as elective time and exposure to Interventional Pain Management Procedures. Residents rotate through SUNY Downstate Medical Center, Kings County Hospital Center and St. John's Episcopal Hospital. By the third year, residents should be completing their EMG requirements and gaining more confidence as physicians. Time is allocated for board review courses as well.

During the 3 year program, SUNY Downstate residents are able to experience a wide variety of medical settings and unique cases, accentuated by exhilarating lectures and courses. Our residents work closely with physical and occupational therapists, prosthetists and other medical services to enhance the educational experience. There are opportunities available for research and participation in national conferences and annual review courses as well as many other academic activities.

Please continue to utilize our website for more information on joining the Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Residency Program at SUNY Downstate Medical Center.



The University Hospital of Brooklyn

UHBThe University Hospital of Brooklyn at SUNY Downstate Medical Center (DMC) is a 376-bed tertiary care center located in the East Flatbush area of Brooklyn. It is the primary teaching hospital of SUNY Downstate College of Medicine. It comprises an 18-bed acute rehabilitation unit, which admits and treats a wide variety of rehabilitation cases. The majority of cases include orthopedic, spinal cord injury and stroke patients; however, we also treat a large number of cardiothoracic, neurosurgical, cancer and transplant patients in the acute rehabilitation unit. The consult service requires residents to evaluate and assess patients from the aforementioned specialties as well as pediatrics, psychiatry and OB/GYN.

The balance of the residency experience at Downstate is anchored by its variety of outpatient offices which offer general rehabilitation services, pain management and sports medicine services to the community. It is in these outpatient experiences where the majority of procedures, such as electrodiagnostic studies and botulinum toxin, joint and soft tissue injections, are performed. There is ample exposure to musculoskeletal medicine and interventional spine. As a university hospital, SUNY Downstate is also the hub where resident educational lectures and didactic training is held. Conferences are held on a weekly basis where attending physicians from Physiatry and other various specialties lecture in order to supplement the clinical experience. The clinical variety, as well as a wealth of faculty experience, offers residents ample opportunity to maximize their potential to become an excellent physiatrist.

Additionally, all residents are granted access to the exhaustive collection at the Medical Research Library of Brooklyn, located on the DMC campus.


King's County Hospital Center

Kings County Hospital CenterKing's County Hospital Center (KCHC) was founded over 175 years ago, when Brooklyn was its own city. King's County Hospital is located in the heart of Brooklyn, directly across the street from DMC. The rehabilitation department is located on the 2nd floor of the newly constructed 340-bed inpatient tower. The Rehabilitation Department includes an EMG suite, an out-patient clinic, and a 25-bed inpatient wing with an attached rehab gym. The gym is utilized by all the members of the rehab team including physical, occupational and speech therapists. Residents rotating through KCHC work with three attending physicians at any one time. One attending supervises the residents on the inpatient unit, one in the outpatient clinic and one in the EMG suite. The attending physicians share the responsibility of teaching residents by rotating services on a monthly basis. KCHC is a level one trauma center that provides residents ample opportunity to care for patients with traumatic brain injury and spinal cord injury. The rehabilitation department also regularly cares for patients with stroke, amputation, disorders of the spinal cord, nervous system abnormalities, musculoskeletal problems and cardiopulmonary disease.


Staten Island University Hospital

Staten Island HospitalStaten Island University Hospital (SIUH) is part of the North Shore/Long Island Jewish Health System. The comprehensive rehabilitation program at SIUH provides services to patients with a variety of rehabilitation needs. SIUH has been CARF-accredited since 2007, and also has a dedicated acquired brain injury unit which is staffed with health professionals that are experienced in the care of patients with brain injury.

Inpatients at the Rehabilitation Medicine Center reside in a specialized unit that accommodates 63 persons. The unit is staffed with rehabilitation nurses who promote patient independence. Patients dress in their own clothes and are able to socialize when therapies are not in progress. There is a day room available with television and internet access. During the day, patients attend specific therapy sessions. In the state-of-the-art gym, patients receive occupational and physical therapy services ranging from ambulation training to homemaking skill development. Those who have difficulty with communication, reasoning or swallowing also meet with speech and language pathologists daily.

Medical residents and therapists are supported by state-of-the-art technology in an accessible facility dedicated to the rehabilitation process. Residents participate in a once-weekly afternoon outpatient physiatric experience.


St. John's Episcopal Hospital

St. JonesLocated in Far Rockaway, Queens, St. John's Episcopal Hospital is a 614-bed facility, the only full-service community hospital serving the Rockaway and Five Towns communities. The experience for residents at St. John's includes inpatient, outpatient, consultation and EMG services. The rehabilitation department utilizes its own wing on the first floor of the hospital.

The department is equipped with an outpatient therapy gym and treatment area, an EMG lab and examination rooms. Residents participate in evaluations at the subacute rehabilitation facility adjacent to the hospital. They gain exposure to a multitude of rehabilitation patients in an outpatient setting, as well as geriatric patients during their inpatient rotation. They develop a proficiency in performing rehabilitation consultations as well as bedside speech and swallow evaluations.


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