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Department: GME OFFICE
Local Title: Counselor
Budget Title: Counselor
Work Type: Full Time
Location: Brooklyn, NY
Categories: Administrative, Clinical


Are you looking to take your career to new heights with a leader in healthcare? SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University is one of the nation's leading metropolitan medical centers. As the only academic medical center in Brooklyn, we serve a large population that is among the most diverse in the world. We are also highly-ranked by Castle Connolly Medical, a healthcare rating company for consumers, among the top 5 leading U.S. medical schools for training doctors.

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Job Summary:

The Office of Graduate Medical Education at SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University is seeking a full-time Counselor.

The Counselor will centralize well- being services for GME trainees. The position offers tangible proof of the administration’s commitment to well-being. The practitioner will be involved in the preventative aspects of mental health such as wellness groups, peer support group, well-being education, and addressing the need for work/balance.

In addition to providing referral information, they are a resource to program directors who have trainees in need of assessment and can be a mediator for internal program trainee conflict. In situations involving the Committee for Physician Health, they are the required worksite monitor. In the event of treatment or oversight, this coordinator position is sufficiently removed from the education of the trainee, such the there is no educator bias regarding the recommended treatment, treatment outcomes, and perception of trainee performance.

The Counselor will report to the Associate Dean of Graduate Medical Education (Designate Institutional Official) and the GMEC a monthly meetings as a consistent means of institutional oversight of Mental Health and Counseling services for trainees. The Counselor will be supervised by the Director of Student Counseling Services from the College of Medicine and report to the DIO as needed.

Additional responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Assist in the assessment, planning, arranging, and implementing of psychosocial programs.
  • Responsibility for the content of education and counseling programs for both individual trainees or groups of trainees and serves as liaison to the DIO, GMEC, and program directors as appropriate.
  • Counsel trainees during pregnancy and in the postpartum period.
  • Conduct surveys and studies relating to psychosocial status and patterns of trainee groups as directed.
  • Collect and provide data for implanting, conducting, or revising well-being interventions or programs.
  • Review and evaluate recent psychosocial health research and interpret it to the DIO, GMEC, program directors, and trainees.
  • Perform short-term counseling and crisis intervention, as necessary.
  • Provide referrals to long-term counseling when necessary.
  • Provide mediation for intra or inter-program trainee conflict when needed.
  • Prepare well-being and psychosocial, educational materials as needed or required.
  • Coordinate with clinical, health education, EAP, and other services to provide services to trainees. Provide referrals for services needed.
  • Coordinate with other organizational entities involved in psychosocial and mental health services.
  • Use tests, measurements, and measurement scale for general and specific assessments as well as objective criteria in the provision of services and evaluation procedures.
  • Provide in service presentations to the GME community as needed or required.
  • Conduct health related educational presentations to faculty and trainees in GME and clinical settings.
  • Assume other responsibilities as directed.

Required Qualifications:

  • Licensed by a State Board (LCSW).
  • Experience in counseling for adults.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Possess strong leadership and interpersonal skills and ability to collaborate with senior hospital and GME program leadership.
  • Possess high organizational skills and efficiency to maintain adequate documentation for reporting to the GMEC and DIO.
  • Strong skills in Microsoft Office programs.

Preferred Qualifications:


Work Schedule:

Variable Days; Variable Hours

Salary Grade/Rank:


Salary Range:

Commensurate with experience and qualifications


COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement:


  An approved COVID-19 vaccination.

Executive Order:

Pursuant to Executive Order 161, no State entity, as defined by the Executive Order, is permitted to ask, or mandate, in any form, that an applicant for employment provide his or her current compensation, or any prior compensation history, until such time as the applicant is extended a conditional offer of employment with compensation.  If such information has been requested from you before such time, please contact the Governor’s Office of Employee Relations at (518) 474-6988 or via email at

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, creed, age, disability, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, familial status, pregnancy, predisposing genetic characteristics, military status, domestic violence victim status, criminal conviction, and all other protected classes under federal or state laws.

Women, minorities, veterans, individuals with disabilities and members of underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

If you are an individual with a disability and need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process, or in order to perform the essential functions of a position, please contact Human Resources at 718-270-3025.


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