Medical Education

NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital

Pastoral Care Program

Frequently Asked Questions

 

When is the deadline for sending the application?

We accept applications and offer interviews on a rolling basis as they are received.  Please note that your application is not considered "complete" until we have received your three references (academic, denominational, and personal). We will not call you to schedule an interview until your file is complete. It is the applicant's responsibility to make sure that the file is complete and that we have received all essays, paperwork, and recommendations. If you have questions about the status of your application, feel free to call or email to make sure we have received your materials.

Do I need to have completed a prior unit of CPE?

There are two basic criteria for applying to NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital's CPE Residency: It is preferred that applicants have one previous unit of CPE at an ACPE, Inc. accredited training center; and an M.Div. or comparable theological training.

If I submit an application, am I guaranteed a spot in your program?

Most years the number of applicants for our ACPE-accredited program far exceeds the number of available openings. For this reason, we encourage you to apply early.  Generally we begin to review materials in January, that is, around 8 months prior the residency’s start.   Applicants considered appropriate for the program will then be contacted for an interview by a supervisor at NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist.  From this initial group of candidates, the supervisor selects those who will participate based on the following:

  • The candidate's openness and flexibility, which enable her to reflect personally and professionally on her involvement in ministry.
  • A candidate's ability to think theologically about the data of human experience in the Hospital.
  • An attempt to assure heterogeneity in the final group, including gender balance and a mixture of faith backgrounds.

How long is the Residency Program, and when does it start and finish?

The NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital Residency Program is a twelve month, three-unit intensive ACPE program. The program begins with new employee orientation in late August and ends one year later. Between each unit there is an integration period in which regular CPE course work ceases for a period of weeks and the resident functions primarily as a staff chaplain. Other educational modules are offered during these time periods and residents may utilize their vacation time during these periods.

Can the application be sent via e-mail? Do I also need to send a hard copy?

You may either email your application or send a paper copy via mail. There is no need to do both.

Are reference forms or recommendation letters required? How many?

Yes. Please note that your application is not considered "complete" until we have received your three references (academic, denominational, and personal). We will not call you to schedule an interview until your file is complete. It is the applicant's responsibility to make sure that the file is complete and that we have received all essays, paperwork, and recommendations. If you have questions about the status of your application, feel free to call or email to make sure we have received your materials.

Is there an application fee?

There is no application fee.

Can the reasonably full account of my life and my spiritual growth essays be merged into one essay?

Yes.

Who are the NYP Brooklyn Methodist ACPE certified supervisors?

  • Chaplain Peter Poulos (Director, Department of Pastoral Care, NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital)
  • Chaplain Daniel H. Silberbusch (Coordinator of Pastoral Education)

Will I need to work "on-call" if I am accepted into the program?

Yes. All residents do a 24 on-call rotation each week. There is a duty room near the hospital for residents to use during their on-call shift.  Residents receive comp time for each 24 on-call.

Is there a salary and are there benefits for students in the Residency Program?

Yes. Chaplain residents earn a base salary of $32,125 that is supplemented by compensation for the 24-hr-duty shift that each chaplain resident works once a week.  For this overtime, Residents receive time-and-a-half pay. Residents also receive medical, dental, and all benefits available to NYP Brooklyn Methodist employees.

Do you have a second year Residency Program?

We do not have a formal second year residency program though we do sometimes offer a second year of residency.  If accepted you might be the only second-year resident in a group of otherwise first-year residents.  There is not a specific focus for a second year resident; it depends on the second year resident’s goals and our hospital context.

Contact: Chaplain Daniel Silberbusch.
Department of Pastoral Care
NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital
506 Sixth Street
Brooklyn, NY 11215-9008
718-780-3393