Frequently Asked Questions

Where do your grads go?
Over 75% of our grads go on to academic positions (40% of these are Fellowships). Even though we have so many grads going into academics, we train our residents to be the best clinicians possible, thus you’re trained well to work in private practice/community hospitals. See our Alumni page to see where our grads work.
How many of your grads do fellowships?
40% of the grads go into Fellowships. In the past few years, we have sent graduates into Critical Care, Emergency Ultrasonography, Research, Simulation, Administration, Education, International Medicine, Sports Medicine, Pediatric Emergency Medicine, and Toxicology.
Is the ED its own department?
Yes, the ED has been an independent department for over a decade.
What is the program's accreditation status?
The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) has granted full accreditation to the program. 
How long are the ED shifts? How many per month?
PGY1, PGY2: shifts are 12 hours and range from 17-18 per block.
PGY3: 15 shifts (8-10 hours each) plus up to 4 shifts (12 hours)
PGY4: 14 shifts (8 hours each) plus up to 4 shifts (12 hours)
**These are generally accepted shift requirements, though they may change each academic year or on specific rotations.
Who runs the traumas?
Traumas are initially evaluated and managed by the ED team. Trauma surgery is contacted as a consulting service in select cases.
Do your residents see enough trauma?
Our hospital sees some of the highest volume of trauma patients in New York City, which includes both penetrating and blunt trauma. The media is often quoted as say, “…and the person was sent to Kings County.” Enough said.
What kind of ultrasound experience can I expect?
There are six weeks of ultrasound experience spread as two-week blocks during the first, third, and fourth years in which residents learn the ultrasound core curriculum. Our Ultrasound Division is one of the largest in the department with many dedicated Ultrasound Faculty and Fellows. This allows our residents to get experience with acquisition and interpretation of ultrasonography in the clinical setting, even outside of the core ultrasound rotations.
How is the resident performance evaluated?
Weekly through faculty shift card evaluations, Evaluations via the Clinical Competency Committees (CCC), Direct Observation and Feedback on Shift by the faculty and senior resident, Semi-annually by the program directors, Peer Evaluations, and Nursing 360 Evaluations.
Do you allow residents to moonlight?
Yes, during the 4th year for EM residents and 4/5th years for EM/IM residents, with approval by the Program Director. There is also in-house moonlighting opportunities for 3rd year residents.
Is there a research requirement?
Residents must complete a research project prior to graduation. They are given 4 weeks of protected research time, however, many residents choose to participate in research during the duration of their residency resulting in a strong departmental representation in published literature and at national and international scientific meetings.
Brooklyn or Manhattan?
Brooklyn is where the trends start, Manhattan is where they become too popular, and eventually die. Brooklyn offers the neighborly feel of a community, while also giving you the convenience of New York City. You can bike to work, visit the local farmer’s market, catch an art show or concert in Prospect Park, and meet friends for drinks at one of the many newly opened cafes, all within a weekend. There are still affordable places to live in Brooklyn!
What do the interns do during orientation month?
During orientation, the interns learn about emergency medicine, get to know fellow interns, go to the beach party, and explore the city in great detail. The “merit badge” classes (ACLS, ATLS, PALS, etc…) are completed during this month along with many lectures and small groups on clinical topics and “hands-on” skills labs. During this month, interns also do a handful of shifts in the emergency department.
Does the ED have admitting privileges?
The ED faculty may admit to any service at their discretion.
Do you have diversity in your residents and faculty?
We are one of the most diverse EM residencies in the country. We place a great deal of effort in recruiting our residents and faculty to continue our mission of diversity and gender balance. Tale a look at out Resident and Faculty lists.

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