Why I Chose Rochester Internal Medicine

Applicants choose Rochester Internal Medicine for many reasons. We thought you might be interested in the thoughts of a few of our current residents:

"As both an undergraduate and medical student at the University of Rochester, I was deeply impressed by the competence, kindness, and happiness of the Medicine residents at URMC. The culture of collaboration and focus on both resident education and humanistic patient care is perpetuated by every entering intern class, and reinforced by a supportive and feedback-receptive Program/Departmental leadership. The Medicine residents run our hospital, and I have no doubt that we develop a greater comfort with autonomy in clinical and teaching domains when compared to my colleagues at other institutions. Ultimately, my decision to stay at the UR was driven by the residents themselves; I have never met a group of colleagues so dedicated to taking care of each other." - Ben, Chief Resident

"When I was interviewing for residency, there were three things that I absolutely did not want to compromise on, namely a program deeply rooted in academics with ample opportunity for Kyereresearch if one wished, a program where residents felt taken care of by their superiors, and a program where camaraderie was evident among the residents. Since being here at URMC, I can attest to all of the above. Intern year is difficult no matter where you go but I feel very supported here by my upper levels. Program leadership is very receptive to resident concerns. The 6+2 block model is awesome. You learn a tremendous amount on your 6 weeks of inpatient blocks and then switch to a 2 week block with a focus on outpatient medicine. It strikes a nice balance not only in mastering both inpatient and outpatient medicine but also work-life balance which helps avoid burnout. I feel very much a part of a community which strives to be ever better. It's great. Rochester itself is a cool city. I like that it's very affordable and quite beautiful spring, summer, and fall. If you love nature, you will love living in Rochester. Overall, I am very happy to be a part of URMC" - Kay, URMC PGY1

"If I had to create a perfect internal medicine residency, I don’t think I could have done a better Doddjob than the program already established at URMC. The whole environment at Strong is one that promotes learning and encourages enthusiasm for medicine at all levels of training. There is a true camaraderie amongst the residents, and I consider my peers to be not just colleagues but they are also some of my best friends. I feel challenged everyday, but supported at the same time. At URMC you get exposure to unique medical conditions and pathology and also experience the rigor of a large academic institution but with the friendliness and welcoming feel of a smaller community setting. Honestly, Rochester has the best of all worlds, and its no wonder that a lot of residents end up staying to train as fellows, and then practice as attendings." - Katie, PGY3

"What made the program here at the University of Rochester stand out for me was the process by which learning occurs and the eagerness of everyone to help each other.  Being in a place that Doddfosters a friendly environment between nurses, residents, attendings, and consultants in every field makes for not only great education and learning on all levels, but a place that you will enjoy going to work every day.  The structured learning conferences, teaching rounds, and the autonomy that the attendings and upper level residents allow us to have are exactly what I was hoping for in a residency program.  I can feel confident that after 3 years, wherever my path in medicine takes me, my training here will have prepared me well. Outside of work, whether it's going out with downtown with friends, summer music festivals, rock climbing, year-round farmers market, or snow boarding, there's not much Rochester does not let me down. " - Matt, PGY1

Hodges“The camaraderie between the residents is what makes the University of Rochester a great place to train. The program is filled with residents that are intelligent, supportive, and willing to help. The program leadership is receptive to residents’ concerns and always striving to make the residency better. Finally, there is a great balance of supervision and autonomy that prepares residents to practice independently. I have truly enjoyed my time at the University of Rochester." - Mark, PGY3

"The culture of camaraderie among residents at URMC stood out to me on my interview day, and I continue to be impressed by the culture of collaboration,Jared Walsh teaching, and humanistic care that I have seen in my colleagues – from the program leadership to attendings, fellows, residents, nursing, and support staff. There is an excellent balance of autonomy and supervision in patient care that I was looking for in a residency program, especially in terms of my primary care patient panel. The teaching conferences are excellent, and consultants on the inpatient floors often go out of their way to do teaching on patients they see. Intern year has been a challenging and exciting year, and I have felt well supported and have managed to have a lot of fun every day with incredible co-residents." - Jared, PGY1

liz lycett"One of the reasons I fell in love with URMC was the supportive and cooperative resident family. The relationship between residents, administration, clinicians, and support staff creates well balanced, successful doctors that are competitive when they leave the program to the next step. URMC gives the well rounded education to open all doors to whatever direction you plan to go." - Liz, Former Chief Resident