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SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine

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In 1860 the Long Island College Hospital became the Health Science Center at Brooklyn. It subsequently was called the Downstate Medical Center because of its role as a major provider of health care in the downstate New York region. It is located on a 13-acre urban campus in Brooklyn. The medical school is now part of SUNY Health Science Center of Brooklyn, which also includes colleges of Nursing, Health-Related Professions, School of Graduate Studies, and University Hospital.


4-year semitraditional. First and second years: Cover the basic medical sciences and include free half-days throughout the first 2 years for electives, correlation clinics in the second year to show relationships of basic sciences to clinical work, and introduction to patients during second-year Problem-Based Learning (PBL) Track. Second-year curriculum organized into organ system approach. Third year: Clerkship rotation in the major clinical specialties. Fourth year: Individualized selective programs making available a variety of courses and clinical experiences. The primary goal of the curriculum is to prepare competent physicians as general or specialty practitioners, researchers, or medical administrators or academicians. Students are expected to gain an understanding of health and its promotion and of disease prevention. The students will become proficient in basic clinical skills such as history taking, the performance of comprehensive physical and mental health examinations, and interpreting the findings. Competence in the performance of basic procedures is also expected. The curriculum is undergoing a major revision stimulated by the change in the organization and practice of medicine, the explosion of new scientific and clinical information, the desire to integrate basic and clinical sciences throughout the four years of medical training, and the need for an earlier exposure to patient care.

Unique Programs

Minority admissions: The school has an active recruitment program aimed at the Northeast. It offers a summer enrichment program for college sophomores and one for prematriculating students. Other degree programs: Combined MD-PhD programs are available in some of the basic sciences.


In addition to the basic premedical sciences, requirements include 1 year of English. One year of college mathematics and a course in biochemistry and in advanced science are recommended. Admissions preference is given to New York State residents. Transfer and advanced standing: Students are considered for admission to the third-year class. Those wishing to transfer must take Step 1 of the USMLE.


A Honors/High Pass/Pass/Conditional/Fail system is used; the USMLE Step 1 is required for promotion to third year. Teaching: The Health Science Education Building houses state-of-the-art classrooms, laboratories, an auditorium, and 2 floors of study carrels. Clinical teaching takes place at University Hospital (350 beds), Kings County Hospital (1234 beds), and several other affiliated institutions. Other: Facilities for research are located in the Basic Sciences Building. Library: The Medical Research Library, one of the largest medical school libraries in the country, occupies 3 floors of the Health Science Education Building. The Bibliographic Retrieval Service has 150 data bases. Housing: Two 11story residence halls provide housing for both single and married students.

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