发信人: docrockville (docrockville), 信区: MedicalCareer
标 题: Brookdale IM in new york
发信站: BBS 未名空间站 (Wed Jan 7 13:59:18 2009)
BROOKDALE UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL
1 BROOKDALE PLAZA
BROOKLYN, NY 11212
TEL # 718-240-6205
9:00 morning report
10:00 interview with faculty
12:00 noon conference
1:00 continue interview with faculty.
The program director was very nice to me and 5 minutes into interview, she
made a phone call to and wrote emails to two other hospitals recommending me.
She thinks my backround should attract PDs in these two programs.
She told me to apply to those hospitals and to email their program directors.
She asked me what I did after medical school, what publications I
wrote, and when I started learning English.
I guess she was very impressed with my English skills. While she was
interviewing me, she was going through my ERAS application.
She asked me if I have any questions. I asked if they have a training
program for residents, in terms of how to communicate professionally. She said
some IMGs (for example, Chinese PhDs) do not know the importance of respecting
The associate program director told me he likes diversity of candidates, good communication skills, and happy people. He thinks people who get 99s are often
too focused on studying, and forget about the rest of the life.
He told me that given my personality, he would have chosen me even if I had only 79s in both steps 1 and 2.
He asked me why I like his program. He asked me if I like living in a cave
in a nice area, or living in the hospital apt for 800-900 for two bed-rooms
(parking 100 ish, though/monthly ) . He said that if I choose to live in hospital
housing, then it is possible to have some money left to eat out and have fun.
We talked about food a lot.
He asked me how many interviews I have. He said he would be surprised if my number is below 10.
I asked him how come their residents get along so well. He said they picked
the right candidates who are happy people.
Also, he said that they do receive input from residents. But he also said
that there is a limit to resident input. Sometimes residents ask for too
He asked me if I can deal with the hard work at the hospital. He said that
residents from his hospitals will be prepared for any jobs.
He said most residents go to become hospitalists, some go to PCP, some
to fellowship in house (nephro and hem/onc), and some to outside
fellowships if they have strong research backgrounds. He did residency
and chief residency in this hospital, followed by nephrology in the
He says it is very convinient to get a cab from around the hospital to
the NYC subway (No.3 train or L train) and then go to NYC for fun
He said that most hospitals in NYC are not doing well finacially.
Per the residents:
This program has lots of work. But the pathology is great, with all
kinds of cases.
160 beds for IM. Cath labs staffed by SUNY cardiology fellows.
Residents in the program take Q4 short calls : 7am to 9pm. Take one 24
hour long call each month.
Nightfloat (PGY1-3 all join): 9pm-7am: 1 month (pgy1), 1month (pgy2),
electives blocks: 1 (pgy1), 4 (pgy2), 6 (pgy3). all in house, though.
Cap for intern is 12 patients, but usually interns carry 5-8; sometimes 10.
No free parking for residents: $120 per month. If you arrive early, you
can get street parking outside hospital.
Usually you work from 7am to 5pm.
Interns do not join morning report.
The program has had residents who transferred to other better programs.
The program gives $1000 per year for meal allowance through paycheck,
and provides free lunch daily.
The program has Up to Date database, but has no EMR system.
The hospital has labs information in computer and PACS imaging system.
Residents get to do lots of procedures, so that even their interns
have chances to fulfill ACP requirements.
2-3 Chinese residents there. They seem happy.
The morning report was fairly good, and involved 2 cases with a lot of
discussions. The PD tries her best to direct resident to clarify the chief
complaint, and other history and physicial findings, instead of giving p
atients diagnosis up front without fully getting into details of H&P. I
understand that she was trying hard to teach people how to present a detailed
and accurate history.
Noon conference was about palliative care.
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