Queens Hospital Center Internal Medicine Residency Training Program

About the Program and the Hospital

Based at Queens Hospital Center, this Internal Medicine residency training program is affiliated with and sponsored by Icahn School of Medicine. The program has over 35 years of experience in resident education. Over the course of their training, residents receive excellent experience in acute care, primary care, and the subspecialties of Internal Medicine.

Each year, the program offers 20 three-year categorical positions leading to eligibility for certification by the American Board of Internal Medicine, and 8 one-year preliminary positions for individuals who will continue their training in an advanced residency program.

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

Queens Hospital Center is a modern facility with Centers of Excellence in Women’s Health, Cancer Care, Diabetes Care, and Behavioral Health. One of 11 New York City Health & Hospital Corporation facilities, the hospital has cared for the population of Southeast Queens for over 60 years. As part of the Queens Health Network, the hospital received a CRPI Davies award for computerized medical records and a 2010 AHA McKesson Quest for Quality Prize (Citation of Merit). The hospital averages 16,000 admissions per year, 90,000 emergency room visits, and 300,000 clinic visits.


There are 60 full-time and 11 part-time faculty members in the Department of Medicine at Queens Hospital Center. The faculty, who have academic appointments at Icahn School of Medicine, are responsible for the teaching, supervision, and evaluation of the residents. The department maintains a faculty attending physician in the hospital 24 hours per day, 7 days per week for onsite resident supervision and training.

Formal instruction of residents includes:

  • In-depth orientation
  • Daily house staff conferences
    • Medical emergencies
    • Case conferences
    • Radiology conferences
    • Core lectures
    • Resident presentations
  • Daily attending physician rounds
  • Weekly Medical Grand Rounds
  • Ambulatory care rounds
  • Board Review course
  • Subspecialty rounds
  • Journal Club
  • Clinicopathologic conferences
  • Performance Improvement


Queens Hospital Center does not have independent fellowship programs at this time. However, residents interact with Hematology/Oncology and Nephrology fellows from joint programs with other hospitals.

Ambulatory Care

Residents in each year of training are assigned to an 8-week block rotation in Primary Care. In addition, they participate in 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 Department. During these rotations, residents train under the supervision of Emergency Medicine faculty.

Medicine Rotations

Rotations include general medical wards, intensive care and cardiology (telemetry and CCU) units, geriatrics, neurology, subspecialty electives medical consultation, and night float. The Department of Medicine inpatient services consist of ward teams (firms) supervised by a full-time faculty member. In addition, there is a 17-bed combined medical, cardiac, and surgical Critical Care Unit with a recently expanded 17-bed step down/telemetry unit.


24 wks: Wards 24 wks: Wards 16 wks: Electives*
8 wks: Primary Care 8 wks: Electives* 8 wks: Wards
4 wks: MICU 4 wks: MICU 4 wks: Medical Consults
4 wks: CCU/Telemetry 4 wks: Primary Care 4 wks: Geriatrics
4 wks: Neurology Consults 4 wks: CCU 4 wks: Emergency Medicine
4 wks: Night Float 4 wks: Night Float 4 wks: MICU
4 wks: Vacation 4 wks: Vacation 4 wks: Primary Care
    4 wks: Night Float
    4 wks: Vacation

* Research electives are available.

Requirements for Acceptance

Applicants must be graduates of an approved medical school and must be authorized to work in the U.S. For non-U.S. citizens or permanent residents, J1 visa sponsorship is accepted. Employment authorization is accepted in some instances. Education Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) certification is required for international medical graduates.

Applications are only accepted through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). Information about ERAS may be obtained from your medical school or the ECFMG. The program offers some positions through the National Resident Matching Program. The Match program ID is 1489140C0 for the categorical track and 1489140P0 for the preliminary track.

Required application materials include an MSPE/Dean's letter, medical school transcript, USMLE/COMLEX score reports, and three recommendation letters.


Contact Us

Debra J. Brennessel M.D., F.A.C.P.
Residency Program Director

Terry Ishman-Harrison
Residency Affairs Coordinator
Department of Medicine
Queens Hospital Center
82-68 164th Street
Jamaica, NY 11432
Tel: (718) 883-4080
Fax: (718) 883-6197
E-mail: ishmant@nychhc.org