The Department of Emergency Medicine at The Brooklyn Hospital Center is dedicated to excellence in patient care and research in Emergency Medicine.

Most importantly, our department is like a big family.  Our residents are instrumental in selecting the incoming intern class and we are a group that truly enjoys working and playing together. Brooklyn Hospital Center has always been known as a community hospital that turned out emergency physicians that worked hard and can handle absolutely anything - but also play hard. As the specialty of Emergency Medicine has matured, our program has evolved along with it and has become much more academic, yet we have never lost that Brooklyn Emergency schtick that makes us unique and is so central to our esprit de corps.

The Brooklyn Hospital Center is located in the center of one of the hottest areas in New York City in Fort Greene, Brooklyn

  • Located next to Fort Greene Park only a few blocks away from the Barclay’s Center
  • Short walk to the Brooklyn Bridge and access to Manhattan
  • Fort Greene and local area are filled with shops and restaurants that are some of the best in NYC including Michelin rated and historical Mile End, Peter Luger Steak House, Bianca and Juniors
  • Subway access for a 10 minute ride to Manhattan

Program Goals

Upon completion of this EM Residency each resident will be a physician:

  • capable of walking into any emergency situation
  • able to manage diverse problems with a focused eye on evidence based medicine
  • with leadership, education and administrative skills. 
  • with a foundation in research in EM

Program Detail

The Emergency Medicine Training Program at The Brooklyn Hospital Center is the first EM residency in Brooklyn. Our training program has been accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education since 1989. Our four-year training program has a long tradition of excellence in both clinical and academic medicine. Our graduates have gone on to become leaders in Emergency Medicine.

Indeed, many of our graduates have pursued either fellowship training or academic positions throughout the nation.The training program offers many outstanding opportunities for residents. First and most importantly, the patient population is culturally, ethnically, and socio-economically diverse. Situated in downtown Brooklyn, we are at the epicenter of commuter rails, subways, and the destination of thousands of people daily. Our proximity to Manhattan makes us a major receiving center in the event of a mass casualty. (The Emergency Department attended to many victims on Sept. 11, 2001.)

Our training program incorporates evidence based medicine as a major teaching venue. Dr. Sylvie DeSouza is the Chair of Emergency Medicine.  She has participated in many national conventions and maintained leadership roles at the Society of Academic Emergency Medicine.

Conference Education

The program has five hours per week of didactic conferences, separate from work rounds and bedside teaching. Residents are excused from clinical responsibilities during all rotations in order to attend conference. Conferences are held every Wednesday from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Features include: 

  • Core Curriculum Lectures
  • Practice Based Learning
  • Case Conference
  • Journal Club/Literature Review
  • Morbidity and Mortality Review
  • Joint Lectures with Internal Medicine, Surgery, Neurology, Pharmacy and Family Practice
  • Trauma Grand Rounds
  • Sim Lab

Guest speakers including Joe Lex, Scott Weingart, David Newman, collaborative interdepartmental as well as inter-disciplinary experiences bring fresh perspectives to the department. Simulation technology and cases are used to reinforce learning.

Given our location we have the unique opportunity to attend city wide NYC Conference including All NYC EM Conference, NYC Critical Care Conference, Trauma Conference, and Research Conferences. 

Graduated Responsibility

Each year spent in the emergency department is a completely new experience for residents. It is vital in your education to grow and develop as your progress through your residency.

PGY I -  Learn the fundamentals of emergency medicine and how to think as an ER doctor. 

PGY II - Manage critically ill patients and multiple patients at a time

PGY III - Control of your zone including patient assignment, overseeing junior residents and determining flow  

PGY IV - Assume the role of pre-attending, where all residents on your zone present to you, helping you to prepare for your career as an attending