From the Program Director

New York Hospital Queens (NYHQ) is excited to be recruiting for next year's class of emergency medicine residents. We are looking for a group of individuals who are exceptionally motivated and interested in entering a young and dynamic program in a very busy training center. The faculty have years of experience in education, research and administration.

Why New York Hospital Queens?

NYHQ is a Level 1 trauma center in the borough of Queens, one of the five boroughs of New York City. It is a member of the prestigious NewYork-Presbyterian Healthcare System and affiliated with Weill Medical College of Cornell University. NYHQ is the receiving hospital for the Mets, La Guardia Airport, the USTA Tennis Center and Flushing Meadows-Corona Park. Over the past decade, the hospital has invested heavily in expanding the Emergency Department.

The Emergency Department has had many upgrades and improvements since 2004, including a new dedicated CT machine, multiple portable ultrasound machines, and an electronic patient records system. The volume and acuity of patients continue to grow each year, giving residents training experience in managing emergency department flow. In 2009, over 120,000 patients visited the NYHQ emergency department with a very high level of acuity (admission rate of 26 percent compared to the national average of 15 percent).

NYHQ is located in the Flushing neighborhood of Queens. It is a 30-minute subway ride from midtown Manhattan. Flushing is a safe, working-class neighborhood in the most culturally diverse county in the United States. The Emergency Department sees patients from every corner of the world who speak over 120 languages. Not surprisingly, some of the best restaurants in NYC serving ethnic cuisine from Chinese dim sum and Korean bibimbap to Greek dolmades, Jewish schwarma, and Indian dosas can be found in our neighborhood. Flushing is also a very scenic area, with the Queens Botanical Gardens across the street from the hospital, and multiple large parks (Kissena, Bowne, and Flushing Meadows Corona Park) in the vicinity. Residents are provided subsidized housing in Flushing next to the hospital, but there are also plentiful housing opportunities whether you choose to live in Queens, Brooklyn, Manhattan or Long Island. The hospital provides residents with free hospital parking, a complimentary food allowance and a book allowance. Flushing provides a peaceful and livable environment but is still in the heart of New York City.

About the Program

The program is three years in length and provides comprehensive training in the clinical skills and academic knowledge required to be a leader in emergency medicine. We have weekly conferences with distinguished guest speakers, focused lectures, journal club discussions, research meetings and a progressive text review. In addition to rigorous training in emergency medicine, residents also receive training in airway management, obstetrics, critical care and orthopaedics. The flexible scheduling of the ED provides residents with ample time for reading, patient follow-up, educational exchange and free time. First year residents are scheduled for 17 twelve-hour shifts in every 28 day emergency medicine block, with a reduction of one shift each successive year of the residency.

On the job, residents quickly become involved in direct patient care and procedures. All procedures are logged in our state-of-the-art computerized tracking system and our program's attending physicians oversee each resident's progress. A significant amount of time is spent in the Pediatric Emergency Department, which sees over 20,000 pediatric visits. There, our staff of board-certified pediatric emergency medicine attending physicians train residents. The program is designed to be efficient and comprehensive.

Of note, we offer two unique educational exchange programs for residents: a trauma rotation to Miami, Florida and an international emergency medicine exchange program with Peking Union Medical College Hospital in Beijing, China. In Miami, second-year residents rotate on the trauma service at the Ryder Trauma Center (one of the busiest trauma centers in the nation and the site chosen by the US Army to train their military surgical teams before being deployed to areas of conflict). Our residents are directly involved in caring for victims of penetrating and blunt trauma, with multiple opportunities for procedures and critical care management. Our exchange program with Beijing allows our residents to rotate on the emergency medicine service of a major teaching hospital in Beijing, China, as well as allowing a regular succession of emergency medicine colleagues from abroad to rotate on our emergency medicine service at NYHQ and share their experiences and perspectives. Our current residents are very active in international emergency medicine experiences, including recent rotations in China, Dubai, Israel, Costa Rica, Africa, India and Mexico. The department funds residents' participation in academic emergency medicine activities including participation in academic conferences and one international travel experience.

Conclusion

We believe our hospital to be one of the most friendly and diverse work environments in New York City. We were pleased to have graduated our first class of residents in 2007 (three of whom have chosen to stay on as attending physicians), and are looking for a new group of outstanding physicians for our incoming class. We look forward to reviewing applications and meeting qualified applicants in interviews. Please do not hesitate to contact me or any of our current residents and attending physicians with any questions.

 

Best wishes for your future emergency medicine career,

 

James Ryan, M.D.
Program Director - NYHQ Emergency Medicine Residency

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