Queens Hospital Center Internal Medicine Residency

Program Overview

Queens Hospital Center is a 293-bed acute care municipal hospital located in Jamaica, New York, and serves a culturally and economically diverse population with a large spectrum of medical problems.

Queens Hospital Center is a modern facility with Centers of Excellence in Women’s Health, Cancer Care, Diabetes Care, and Behavioral Health. It is one of 11 New York City Health & Hospital Corporation facilities and has been the major provider of care for the population of Southeast Queens for over sixty years. As part of the Queens Health Network, it is the recipient of the CRPI Davies award for computerized medical records and the 2010 recipient of the AHA McKesson Quest for Quality Prize, Citation of Merit. The hospital averages over 16,000 admissions per year, 90,000 emergency room visits and 300,000 clinic visits.

The Internal Medicine residency training program is an independent program affiliated with, and sponsored by the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. The program has over 40 years of experience in training Internal Medicine residents and medical students.

Medical residents are trained during acute care and ambulatory rotations with experiences in subspecialties as well as primary care.

There are 20 three-year categorical positions leading to eligibility for certification by the American Board of Internal Medicine. We also offer eight preliminary positions [reserved for individuals who have applied/matched for an advanced program].

Teaching Program

There are 60 full time and eleven part-time faculty members in the Department of Medicine with academic appointment at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Faculty is responsible for the teaching, supervision, and evaluation of house staff. The department maintains a faculty-attending physician in the hospital 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for on-site supervision and training of house staff.

Teaching programs include:

  • In-depth orientation
  • Daily house staff conferences
    • case conferences
    • morning report
    • core lectures
    • resident presentations
  • Attending teaching rounds daily
  • Weekly Medical Grand Rounds
  • Ambulatory care workshops
  • Board Review course
  • Subspecialty rounds
  • Journal club
  • Clinicopathologic conferences
  • Performance Improvement conferences


We do not have independent fellowships – Hematology/Oncology and Nephrology are joint fellowships with other hospitals.

Ambulatory Care

Residents are assigned 8-weeks “block” rotation in Primary Care each year. In addition, they are assigned at least one half-day ambulatory care clinic session per month and follow patients longitudinally throughout residency training.Faculty preceptors supervise and teach in the ambulatory setting according to a written curriculum prepared by the Department.
Residents rotate through the Emergency Medicine Department in the 3 years. Preliminary Residents going into Anesthesiology rotate through Emergency Medicine during the second half of their training. Emergency Medicine faculty participates in residency training.

Medicine Rotations

Rotations include general medical wards, intensive care and cardiology [telemetry and CCU] units, geriatrics, neurology, subspecialty electives medical consultation, night float and research.

The Department of Medicine inpatient services consist of ward teams (Firms) each supervised by a full time faculty member. In addition, there is a 16-bed combined Critical Care Unit [medicine, cardiac and surgery] with a recently expanded 17-bed Step Down/Telemetry unit.

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Internal Medicine Residency Schedule


24 weeks: Inpatient Med. 16 weeks: Inpatient Med. 4 weeks: Inpatient Med.
4 weeks: MICU 8 weeks: Elective* 4 weeks: Medical Consults
4 weeks: Neuro consults 4 weeks: MICU 16 weeks Elective*
4 weeks: Night Float 4 weeks: Night Float 4 weeks: Emergency Med.
8 weeks: Primary Care 8 weeks: Primary Care 4 weeks: MICU
4 weeks: Geriatrics 4 weeks: Cardiology 4 weeks: Night Float
4 weeks: Vacation 4 weeks: Vacation 8 weeks: Primary Care
    4 weeks: Vacation

* Research electives can be arranged

Requirements for Acceptance

Applicants must graduate from an approved medical school and be authorized to work in the U.S.

We only accept J1 visa sponsorship in our Department for non-U.S. or permanent residents. Employment authorization in some instances is accepted. ECFMG certification is required for international medical graduates.

Applications will only be accepted through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS).

The following documents are required: MSPE/Dean’s letter, transcript, USMLE/COMLEX score reports, 3 recommendation letters, Information as it pertains to ERAS can be obtained either through your medical school or the Education Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG).

Internal Medicine Residency [PDF]

Contact Us

Debra J. Brennessel, MD, FACP
Program Director
Internal Medicine Residency Program

Terry Ishman-Harrison, PAA
Residency Affairs Coordinator
Department of Medicine
Tel: 718-883-4080
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