SUNY Downstate Dermatology

Discussion in 'Dermatology' started by Urticaria, Feb 17, 2011.

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  1. Urticaria

    Urticaria 5+ Year Member

    Aug 10, 2009
    Does anyone know anything about SUNY Downstate's derm program? Are residents happy with the program? How is the teaching/faculty?

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  3. DocLan

    DocLan 7+ Year Member

    Sep 25, 2007
    It's a huge program, worthwhile if you want to be in NY
  4. sawtella

    sawtella 5+ Year Member

    Sep 17, 2010
    Heard good things about this program. Keep in mind they only take paper applications. I, unfortunately, didn't find this out until it was too late.
  5. Sondar

    Sondar Chief Resident 5+ Year Member

    May 19, 2009
    It is one of the bigger programs, with the Ackerman academy (dermpath powerhouse) affiliation. The Chair is a character, and the program tends to take tall blondes. Residents are not known to be happy. I hope this helps.
    Last edited: May 25, 2012
  6. dermathalon

    dermathalon 7+ Year Member

    Dec 24, 2008
    Women are well liked but you don't have to be blonde...brunettes can make it too. Just look at the current residents and you can see for yourself, it's a mix. You'll have to separately google the pictures from the names but pretty straightforward to do this.

    It's harder to get research accomplished here if that is your preference...but possible. Many of the faculty are affiliated faculty with their separate private practices. The department has a good relationship with the JDD as many of them publish in here. Several of the faculty speak extensively at pharma sponsored events.

    The residents get to engage in more cosmetics at this program than the average derm program.

    Also, SOME of their recent resident graduates who have now gone on to be attendings continue to publish and on interesting topics.
    Last edited: May 26, 2012
  7. dermie09

    dermie09 2+ Year Member

    Oct 24, 2008
    Are you from or in the NYC area. It's in a really bad part of Brooklyn, first. Facilities are very run down.
    Medical derm training is very good.
  8. Sailor Senshi Dermystify

    Sailor Senshi Dermystify SDN Gold Donor Gold Donor 7+ Year Member

    I live two blocks away from SUNY Downstate and that part of Brooklyn is not that bad compared to the other parts of Brooklyn :D. You have Kings County Hospital across the street and everything is near by. There are several bus and train stations if you're a city person, like myself :cool:
  9. pupster

    pupster 7+ Year Member

    Aug 7, 2007
    I can't remember who told me this, but my understanding (which could be wrong, of course) is that part of the female bias is due to a personal philosophy regarding the economics of males vs. females entering the profession. Generally, females tend to work fewer hours/part-time, so there is less over-saturation of the market down the road. That said, I know they've taken at least one Indian male (Deeptej Singh, 3rd year):
  10. Cirrus83

    Cirrus83 Too old for this 10+ Year Member

    May 31, 2006
    So...did this thread resurrect at the end of May because of why I think it did?

    At any rate, they do cover more hospitals than just King's county (so you really should have a car even though it's in a city) and the weird thing about Downstate is that the residents there get paid different salaries for the same PGY year since each spot is linked with a particular hospital system's payscale and you're paid through that heath system. So there's a bizarrely large variance in salary even though everyone in theory has the same position.
    Last edited: Jun 6, 2012
  11. curious1x


    Mar 12, 2012
    And the reason is....?

    Any open positions there?
  12. pupster

    pupster 7+ Year Member

    Aug 7, 2007
    Speaking of open spots, who did SUNY Buffalo end up taking for their open spot (curious)?
  13. curious1x


    Mar 12, 2012
  14. doc MD

    doc MD 5+ Year Member

    Jul 17, 2009
    i'm wondering about that plus the other 10 spots
  15. curious1x


    Mar 12, 2012
    I am sure they r filled by now ?
  16. pupster

    pupster 7+ Year Member

    Aug 7, 2007
    Well a buddy interviewed there ~ 3 weeks ago, and he didn't get the spot at Buffalo. So, I know they picked someone...I just am curious as to who lol.
  17. sensitive skin

    sensitive skin derm 5+ Year Member

    Oct 5, 2008
    I think that most major hospitals in Brooklyn pay for a resident via Downstate. Explains the huge program (22 next year) and why they cover so many hospitals.
  18. Nellyakgo

    Nellyakgo 7+ Year Member

    Jan 17, 2010
    The "large variance in salary" you mention is approximately how much?

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