Medical Student Education
Winthrop-University Hospital, with a long history of educational programs at all levels of the medical education continuum, is actively engaged in current, evidence based medical education. It has served and has a commitment to continue serving its community and its learners well.
As a Major Affiliate of the SUNY at Stony Brook School of Medicine, Winthrop-University Hospital trains medical students in many disciplines. Its twenty-three accredited residencies and fellowships, along with a highly effective continuing medical education program serving an international arena, provide a lively setting for learning at the undergraduate level. Our allegiance to education, the diversity of clinical cases seen and the collegial, nurturing learning environment are some of the many reasons that students who do rotations here choose to apply for residencies and fellowships.
Senior elective courses at Winthrop-University Hospital are offered to medical students in order to permit exposure to the real world of cutting edge medical care. Faculty members, while actively involved in patient care responsibilities, are able to devote time to students on an individual basis. They, along with members of the voluntary attending staff, serve as outstanding mentors. This mentoring is partnered with cutting edge clinical and operational technology: Winthrop utilizes a computerized medical record and computer access radiology. The only Cyberknife in the metropolitan area allows for cutting edge radiosurgery for our patients.
Winthrop's philosophy of undergraduate medical education emphasizes quality learning and teaching which provides for a significant exposure to a wide range of patient and career experiences for the motivated student. Research electives designed for senior medical students provide rich opportunities for first-hand experience of state-of-the-art laboratory and clinical investigation.
"State-of-the-art" characterizes Winthrop's clinical facilities and programs. These include a Category I Cancer Center, Level I Regional Trauma Center, nationally accredited epilepsy and sleep disorders lab, dialysis center, pulmonary function lab, cardiology center, regional poison control center, neonatal and pediatric special care unit, cytogenetics lab, perinatal testing lab, bronchoscopy lab, specialized clinical facilities in cytogenetics, genetic counseling, ultrasound and nuclear medicine, and adult pulmonary, medical and cardiac ICU's. We are a NYS designated Stroke Center and have ongoing initiatives with the Nassau County Department of Health for Emergency Preparedness. Of special note is the fact that Winthrop is among the hospitals with the lowest rate of mortality for cardiac surgery in New York State.
In an effort to meet the many levels of care required by the community, the hospital provides care through medical, pediatric and ob/gyn model teaching practices. Winthrop also has a comprehensive home care program (including long-term home care, direct nursing services and home care dialysis) to ensure continuity of high quality services for discharged patients.
Augmenting its community-based services are numerous health promotion and disease prevention activities including health fairs, breast and ovarian cancer screening, and osteoporosis screening utilizing the latest in bone scanning technology.
These diverse inpatient and outpatient services translate into statistics which provide for a rich learning environment for our medical students and house staff.
Basic and Clinical Research
Also contributing to the academic environment is the variety of research being conducted at Winthrop. M.D. and Ph.D. investigators in laboratories throughout the hospital work on projects supported through organizations such as the National Institutes of Health, the Arthritis Foundation, Pfizer, Inc., Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Ambulatory Pediatric Association. Many of these projects benefit from the participation of medical students and members of the house staff.
Opportunities for Education
Winthrop, as a major teaching affiliate of the SUNY at Stony Brook School of Medicine, provides learning opportunities at both the pre- and post- M.D. levels.
Winthrop is a training site for Stony Brook medical students in each of their four years of education, housestaff are an integral part of student teaching, and Winthrop faculty and residents hold Stony Brook faculty appointments.
There are 23 accredited residency and fellowship programs at Winthrop-University Hospital, 21 of which are independently accredited (general surgery is integrated with Stony Brook; anesthesiology, and rheumatology with Nassau County Medical Center). More than 225 residents and fellows are currently in training at Winthrop, an institution proud to boast very high board pass rates. Our graduates experience success at many levels...acceptance into prestigious fellowship programs and/or opportunities in competitive private practices.
There are ample facilities for medical education, among them a lecture hall equipped with an audience response system and teleconferencing, and a sophisticated cardiology auscultation system. Renovated nursing units provide housestaff the ability to engage in bedside learning in aesthetically pleasing environments with patient care information available in technologically advanced modalities. Dissemination of curriculum and faculty evaluations are done via an online database to ensure that learning objectives and constructive feedback are available in a timely fashion to promote professional growth and development.
The Hollis Health Sciences Library features a computer and AV lab. Access to the medical literature is facilitated by a library information system with terminals on the hospital floors, in departmental offices and ambulatory teaching sites.