Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions
Internal Medicine Residency Program

Are international graduates eligible for admission into the internal medicine program?

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

Since the program does not sponsor any type of visa, all applicants must have permanent residency status, a work authorization, or United States citizenship. ECFMG sponsored visa are not accepted.

Does the program offer any observership positions?

Observership/externship positions are not offered.

Does the program sponsor H1 or J1 visas?

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

Is United States clinical experience required?

It is preferred that applicants have experience within the United States healthcare system, however, it is not a requirement for entrance into the program.

Is the program accredited?

The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education awarded the Internal Medicine Residency Program full accreditation, with the maximal six year cycle. In addition, the hospital is fully accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations.

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 phyicians. PGY1s are supervised by senior residents— PGY2 or PGYY3 residents—or fellows on all services.

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, medical subinternship, and subspecialty elective rotations.

What is the ICU experience like?

The medical intensive care unit (M.I.C.U) is a 10-bed 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. Conference time averages 10 hours per week.