Chief Resident

University of Rochester Family Medicine Residency - Chief Resident - DiekrogerRebecca Lavender , M.D.
University of Rochester School of Medicine

In short, I’m what folks call a Rochester “lifer”.  Born and raised in the town of Penfield, I spent my younger years on soccer fields around the city, and my high school years doing the requisite time as a Wegmans cashier.  I attended college at the University of Rochester, where I majored in psychology and biology.  Unsure of what I wanted to do after graduation, I decided to spread my wings and moved out to the west coast, landing in Berkeley, California.  I spent one year volunteering with the AmeriCorps HealthCorps, linking uninsured children and families with available healthcare coverage.  Seduced by the discovery of “sunshine”, I choose to stay in the Bay area for two short years, during which I worked as a medical assistant at a local Community Health Clinic.  The amazing work we accomplished at our CHC solidified my desire to continue a career in healthcare, and ignited my interest in psychiatry, addiction medicine, and working with the underserved.  When it came time to apply to medical school, Rochester was first on my list, and 4 years later the same was true for residency.  After many, many years of school, I’m so very happy to be completing my training in the city that I proudly call home.  These days, my free time is filled with family and friends here at home, and enjoying my biggest hobbies – running, cooking, baseball, and beer. Email Bec .

University of Rochester Family Medicine Residency - Chief Resident - RoesslerRobbyn Upham, M.D.
Ben Gurion University of Negev Medical School for International Health

Family medicine is the perfect fit for my practical, easy-going, jack-of-all-trades approach to patient care.  Over the past three years, the department here in Rochester has helped me to hone my clinical skills, both in the inpatient and outpatient settings.  I'm now confident when managing patients who are acutely decompensating, clinically complex, or psychosocially complicated.  I’ve also learned how to connect those in need with available resources.  Additionally, I’ve met like-minded clinicians who are passionate about making primary care truly great not only through our efforts here in Rochester, but also in conversation with other clinicians across the country. 

During the 2013-14 academic year, I will be serving as one of the chief residents in the department, which will hopefully give me an opportunity to learn more about administration, finish my master’s degree in health professions’ education, and have time to teach residents.  On a personal note, Rochester has been a great place to raise a family, enjoy gorgeous summers (and white snowy winters), and learn about mindful living practices (like community supported agriculture). Email Robbyn .