Maimonides Medical Center (MMC) is a tertiary care, Independent Teaching Hospital, located in central Brooklyn dedicated to serving its community. Brooklyn is a borough with almost 3 million people and it epitomizes the concept of a melting pot. There is incredible cultural diversity and wide extremes of age in our patients: over 73 different languages are spoken annually at MMC, we care for over 8000 obstetric patients per year, (more than any other NY state hospital), and more than 35% of our inpatients and outpatients are over 65 years of age. Unfortunately, many of these patients are very sick; more than 46% of our patients are ASA physical status III, IV, or V. Caring for these complex and challenging patients undergoing cutting edge operations and procedures provides a phenomenal resource for our Residency Program.
The Department of Anesthesiology at MMC is a mid-sized program with several relatively unique characteristics. All core ACGME required residency rotations take place at MMC. There are no mandatory rotations at other outside hospitals. The core values of our Department are Patient Safety, Professionalism, Constant Improvement and Teamwork. Having all the core rotations at our home institution, helps build a greater sense of Team, fosters Professionalism, and it also facilitates a closer relationship between the residents and the faculty. This allows MMC faculty members to offer the important appropriate progressive increases in patient care responsibility that fosters lifelong learning. Another asset of the program is that our best faculty members are matched to the most challenging cases. In some institutions the most challenging cases may be at an affiliated municipal or Veterans Administration Hospital with a different faculty. This is not the case at MMC, our best faculty and cases are in our one institution. There are other strengths of the MMC Department as well. Due to the complexity of the cases, there is a very high frequency of one-on-one resident supervision. Because we do not have accredited fellowships or SRNA’s, there is no competition for the best, most interesting and educational cases.
Teamwork is not just within the Department of Anesthesiology but extends to all aspects of the perioperative services arena. In fact one of the Departmental Vice Chairmen serves as the Medical Director of Perioperative Services. The Department is actively engaged in multidisciplinary scholarly activity and performance improvement projects. Several years ago the leadership of the Departments of Anesthesiology and Surgery lead the adoption of Institutional Code of Mutual Respect and provided education in conflict avoidance and resolution through the Crucial Conversations™ program. Proof of the success of these programs can be seen in our improved patient safety record and our now collegial professional relationships. The success of these programs is also evident in the annual, combined Surgery, Orthopedics, Nursing, and Anesthesiology Holiday party. Further proof of the positive OR environment is the stability of the Department.
Throughout the entire training period, strong emphasis is placed on developing leadership and independence in both clinical and scholarly activities. The successes of these efforts are seen in the key outcome measures of the residency. The Department has been incredibly productive in scholarly work. Over the past few years we have averaged about 15 resident presentations per year at the various national Anesthesiology meetings. Working with our faculty caring for our medically challenging patients during complex cases, our residents become superb, confident clinicians. The residents do well on their boards, and many of our residents are awarded fellowships at great institutions. It is even more telling that these same fellowship programs gladly welcome our newly graduated residents year after year. Another important outcome is that a number or our recent chief residents and residents who left to do a fellowship, have chosen to join our faculty at MMC. They know the program better than others and have opted to join MMC to teach our residents, to embrace our challenges and core values, and to enjoy a rewarding professional environment.
In summary, MMC is a community-focused, mid-sized, tertiary care institution. Our program offers unmatched patient care learning opportunities. The residents work with dynamic, well trained, incentivized faculty and together as a team the program has achieved a great track record on key outcome measures.
Our Anesthesiology residency program is a 3-year program with 27 residents and we participate in the NRMP Match as an "Advanced Program". The number of positions that will be available for the upcoming NRMP Match is nine (9). All of the positions will be filled through the match. Candidates interested in applying to our program for PGY2 positions can submit their ERAS applications from September 1st through October 30th.
As part of our program requirements, we look for USMLE scores of no less than 200 and the number of attempts taken to pass the exam. COMLEX scores will be accepted in lieu of the USMLE scores for osteopathic doctors. H1 and J1 visas are sponsored. At this time there is no graduation cutoff date.
Applicants with a year or more of U.S. clinical experience: Before we can consider applicants with a year or more of U.S. clinical experience the ACGME requires that we receive written verification from the Program Director. The verification must include dates of training, rotations completed, procedural and/or operative experience, and a competency-based summative performance evaluation.
International Medical Graduates: are required to have a year of U.S. residency training in an ACGME accredited residency program and must provide letters of recommendations from U.S. physicians.
To apply please submit the following documents with your ERAS application:
• Curriculum Vitae
• USMLE Scores (COMLEX scores accepted in lieu of the USMLE scores for osteopathic doctors)
• Minimum of 2 current letters of recommendations. 1 letter must be from an anesthesia rotation.
• Program Director's Verification / Evaluation Letter (required of applicants with residency training in the United States)
The unique features of our program include:
- Residents participate in four simulated clinical scenarios at the Maimonides' Simulator Training Center.
- Diversity of patient population.
- A tertiary hospital where residents get to manage high-acuity patients in all subspecialties.