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SUNY Downstate Medical Center Research Assistant Reviews

Updated Feb 24, 2018

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SUNY Downstate Medical Center President  Dr. Wayne J. Riley
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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Gained invaluable experiene"

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Brooklyn, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at SUNY Downstate Medical Center full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - Multicultural environment - Meet interesting people - Flexible hours (depends on the department and employer) - Can learn a lot if you take initiative - Helpful and friendly staff (many of them, at least)

    Cons

    - Not much room for advancement - Research quality is great in some labs and not so much in others - Not a lot of funding in the basic sciences

    Advice to Management

    Please put as much focus (if not more) on the basic sciences as you do on the medical school. It will benefit the entire establishment in the long run.

    SUNY Downstate Medical Center2014-10-14
  2. "Neuroscience program is very, very weak -- apply elsewhere, avoid Downstate"

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    Former Employee - Graduate Student Research Assistant in Brooklyn, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at SUNY Downstate Medical Center full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Some of the faculty is lively and gets funding; most are calcified and don't keep up with their field. Classes and training for grad students is of very poor quality and very basic, for the most part just a bit more advanced than college biology.

    Cons

    Faculty can be exploitative and abusive, but that's often the case in grad school. The trade-off is supposed to be that you're getting trained and learning the science as well as the profession, but at Downstate they don't keep their end of the bargain. Their website and brochures show many, many labs but in fact only a handful of the labs have money for a grad student, much less a post doc. And by the time you figure that out, you have invested quite a lot of time and effort and its too late to consider other schools.

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    Advice to Management

    Study the courses being taught at well-respected graduate programs in neuroscience; note the level of difficulty and the credentials of the faculty teaching those courses. Ask for their course syllabi; observe their classes if possible. If the students you admit would not be able to keep up with those advanced courses -- or would not LOVE to take those courses! -- they should not be in your school and they should not be studying neuroscience.

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    SUNY Downstate Medical Center2018-02-24
  3. Helpful (1)

    "Great culture, good salaries"

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    Research Assistant 

    I worked at SUNY Downstate Medical Center

    Pros

    Almost everyone is friendly, easy to make connections and find out more about what is happening is different departments.

    Cons

    the facilities are not that great, they could do with a good makeover. It depends on which building you are working in but most buildings need an upgrade.

    SUNY Downstate Medical Center2015-05-08
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