Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Internal Medicine Residency Program

What are the minimum requirements for entrance to the internal medicine residency training program?

We prefer applicants to have scores of 225 or higher on first attempts of Step 1 and Step 2 CK and a first time passing score on Step 2 CS. We welcome applications from students at United States allopathic and osteopathic medical schools as well as international graduates. Graduation from medical school within the past five years is desirable as is United States clinical experience. Each application is reviewed individually and holistically. The deadline for receipt of applications is December 15th.

Is the program accredited?

The Internal Medicine Residency Program is fully accredited without citations by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. In addition, the hospital is fully accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations.

Is there a one year (preliminary year) program?

Yes. Our preferred candidates for the preliminary year track are applying to subspecialty programs beginning in the PGY2 year of training for which an initial year of graduate medical education is required.

What are the work hours?

Flushing Hospital’s residency programs are fully compliant with both the ACGME work hour rules and 405.4 of the New York State Hospital Operating Code.

Is there a night duty system?

A night duty system has been instituted so there is no weekday overnight call during the time on the general internal medicine services.. Residents throughout the three years of training participate on the night float team.

How are residents supervised?

Residents are carefully supervised by full-time faculty and voluntary attending physicians. PGY1s are supervised by senior residents, PGY2 or PGY3 residents on all services.

Does the institution utilize an electronic health record?

Yes. Flushing Hospital Medical Center implemented the Epic electronic record system on October 1, 2012.

Are the residents involved with medical student teaching?

Medical students from the State University of New York-Downstate rotate in the Geriatrics Division. Third and fourth year medical students from St. George’s University and American University of the Caribbean rotate through the Department of Medicine for their core medicine clerkship experience. These students as well as students from Ross University complete medical subinternships and subspecialty elective rotations.

What is the ICU experience like?

The medical intensive care unit (MICU) is a 10-bed closed unit that cares for critically ill inpatients. The MICU is supervised by Board Certified intensivists who make teaching rounds on a daily basis. There is also a six-bed Coronary Care Unit under the supervision of Board Certified cardiologists.

What conferences do the residents attend?

There are case conferences, grand rounds, mortality and morbidity reviews, evidence based medicine journal club, interdisciplinary conferences, didactic lectures and board review sessions held on a regular basis.

Are international graduates eligible for admission?

Yes, international graduates may apply to the Internal Medicine residency training program. The program does not require ECFMG certification for the application process. However, you must be ECFMG certified prior to entrance into the program.

Is United States clinical experience required?

It is preferred that applicants have experience working in the United States healthcare system. However, this is not a requirement for entrance into the program.

Does the program sponsor H1 or J1 visas?

The program does not sponsor any type of visa. ECFMG sponsored visas are not accepted. All applicants must have United States citizenship, permanent residency, or work authorization.