We, the faculty of the Emergency Medicine Residency Program at The Brooklyn Hospital Center, strive to encourage and enhance the development of Emergency Medicine physicians who will provide excellent, culturally competent care to all patients seeking their assistance. We intend to train our residents to apply current, scientific-based, patient-centered clinical practices through a variety of educational modalities. We maintain with confidence our residents will comprehend how the care they deliver will fit within the current standards of our national health system to ensure safe, cost-effective health care delivery for their patients. 
Furthermore, we will promote nothing less than the highest standards of academic, clinical and professional excellence. Whereby, we will leave behind a legacy that will display our department’s passion and dedication to our specialty as well as to the patients in Downtown Brooklyn that we serve. 



It is the mission of The Brooklyn Hospital Center Department of Emergency Medicine Residency Program to provide compassionate, patient-centered care; education that is student-focused and committed to academic excellence and a thorough understanding of emergency medicine research and evidence-based medicine. We will work towards this mission in an environment that provides personal and professional growth.



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



Program Curriculum

Our Emergency Medicine Residency Training Program has a four-year format, EM-I, EM-II, EM-III and EM-IV. It is approved and fully accredited by the Residency Review Committee (RRC) for Emergency Medicine of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). The program encompasses 48 months of study objectives designed to meet the special requirements for residency training in Emergency Medicine.

All rotations are designed in 4-week blocks. Over the course of four years, two thirds of the time is devoted to Emergency Department rotations (adult, pediatric, trauma). EM-I and EM-II residents will spend 2 blocks in The Brooklyn Hospital Center’s Pediatric Emergency Department.  EM-III and EM-IV residents have a more advanced pediatric experience, working a block each year in the Pediatric Emergency Department at Kings County Hospital Center, a Level 1 trauma center. There are twelve weeks of elective time during the EM-III (four weeks) and EM-IV (eight weeks) years. Residents receive four weeks of vacation each year.


The Brooklyn Hospital Center Emergency Medicine Residency offers its residents an attractive benefits package with a competitive salary. Some of the benefits include:

  • Medical, prescription, dental and vision coverage
  • Monthly meal stipend for the cafeteria
  • Yearly educational stipend for textbooks/exams/etc
  • CIR membership (with many included benefits)
  • Paid yearly ACEP and EMRA memberships
  • Access to all major NYC conferences including biannual ALL NYC EM conference, annual Jacobi Trauma Symposium, annual EmCrit/Sinai Critical Care conference, annual St. Lukes US conference and NY ACEP career day conference
  • Parking stipend as well as reimbursement for the cost of parking at another institution
  • Options for life and disability insurance
  • Tintinalli's and yearly subscription to Rosh Review

Yearly Salary*

PGY 1: $57,313

PGY 2: $61,454

PGY 3: $66,276

PGY 4: $68,928

PGY 4 Chief: $71,687

*There will be a 1% increase in the above salaries on 7/1/17, a further 2.5% increase on 1/1/18 and a further 2.5% increase on 1/1/19 as per new CIR contract negotiations

Further information

As per NRMP rules and regulations, more information on contracts and benefits can be found here and a copy of a sample contract can be found here

Apply to Brooklyn EM

Applications to the Residency Training Program in Emergency Medicine are accepted only through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) from the NRMP. If interested in applying, you should contact your medical school Dean’s office regarding the appropriate procedure.

All scores and evaluations must be sent through the ERAS system. Rarely and only upon our request, will we accept direct correspondence from your medical schools. We do not accept grades and/or evaluations directly from applicants. The decision to accept other material independent of the ERAS system is at the sole discretion of the program director. 

Application Timeline

Applications are reviewed in the autumn of each academic year and interview notification is sent via email through the ERAS system. We only accept applicants through the NRMP for our EM1 positions. While the dates vary each year, our program usually adheres to the following timeline:

  • September-January: Application Review and Issue Interview Requests 
  • November-February: Interviews 
  • February: Rank Order List Compiled and Submitted to NRMP 
  • March: NRMP Match

Application Requirements

  • USMLE 1 and 2 scores 
  • Medical School Transcript 
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation (Academic Emergency Medicine Physicians recommended) 
  • Dean's Letter 

Further questions?

  • For all application and program related questions, you can contact the residency coordinator Ms. Yolanda Hayes at yhayes@tbh.org
  • If you have questions specifically for residents you can email us at tbhcaskaresident@gmail.com


Academic Associate Program

The Brooklyn Hospital ED is actively involved in novel scholarly work, contributing new knowledge to the field. The Academic Associate Program provides premedical and pre-health undergraduate, graduate and post-baccalaureate students an opportunity to engage in clinical research activities in the Emergency Department (ED) at The Brooklyn Hospital Center. The program also provides a unique opportunity for students to interact with ED faculty and staff in a high-acuity healthcare environment and develop relationships with faculty to help students prepare for a career in medicine.

The Academic Associate Program is led by two directors, Sylvie DeSouza, MD, and Billy Sin, PharmD. The program is offered year-round as a two-semester experience. In the first semester, students learn the clinical studies and develop skills to screen potential participants, obtain informed consent where appropriate, interview participants, and collect study data. Students in good standing from the first semester are eligible to continue in the second semester to work individually with a faculty member and study coordinators on a specific research project.

Current Openings

Recent Publications

1. Opioid-induced hyperalgesia in the non-surgical setting: a systematic review. Am J Ther. Accepted December 18, 2017

2.  Intravenous lidocaine for intractable renal colic unresponsive to standard therapy. Am J Ther. doi: 10.1097/MJT.0000000000000729. [Epub ahead of print]

3.  The use of intranasal analgesia for acute pain management in the ED. Am J Emerg Med. 2018;36:310-318

4. Use of intravenous lidocaine for the treatment of acute pain in the emergency department. Ann Pharmcother. 2017;51:923

5. The use of intravenous lidocaine for the management of acute pain secondary to traumatic ankle injury: a case report. J Pharm Pract. 2018 Feb;31:126-129

6. The feasibility and impact of prospective medication review in the emergency
Department. J Pharm Pract. 2018 Feb;31:22-28

7. The use of Ketamine For Acute treatment of pain (KETAFAP): A randomized,
double-blind, placebo-controlled trial. J Emerg Med. 2017;52:601-08

8. The use of intravenous acetaminophen for renal colic in the ED. Where do we stand?
Am J Ther. 2017;24:e12-19

9.Intranasal ketamine in subdissociative doses for a 2-year-old. Am J Ther.

10. Hydrochlorothiazide induced lichen planus in the emergency department: a case report.    J Pharm Pract. 2017;30:266-269

11.  The use of sub-dissociative dose ketamine (SDDK) for the management of sickle cell
crisis. Ann Emerg Med. 2016;68:S91

12. The use of intravenous acetaminophen for acute pain in the emergency
department. Acad Emerg Med. 2016;23:543-53

13. The use of intravenous lidocaine for renal colic in the emergency
department. Ann Pharmacother. 2016;50:242

14. The use of sub-dissociative dose ketamine in the emergency department. Acad Emerg Med. 2015;22:251-7