A Letter from the Residents
Greetings from Rochester, NY!
We are thrilled that you are considering application to the Neurology Residency Program at the University of Rochester. As chief residents, we have experienced the program's diverse strengths and we would like to share with you our enthusiasm for the program with the hope that you will find it as exciting and rewarding as we have.
Thanks to our program director, Dr. Ralph Jozefowicz, who is widely recognized as a national and international leader in neurologic education, resident education is a top priority. We have dedicated teaching conferences on all rotations, including daily noon conferences and weekly bedside teaching rounds as well as neuro-imaging and neuro-pathology conferences. As residents, we have several unique opportunities to hone our own teaching skills. We have an integral role in the medical school neuroscience course, entitled "Mind, Brain, Behavior" and travel to Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland, where we help educate third year medical students and essentially function as junior attendings. Traditionally, our residents have been recognized as excellent teachers and the neurology clerkship as one of the best teaching rotations. In fact, 10% of last year’s class applied for and matched in a neurology residency program.
There is a very collegial and welcoming atmosphere at Rochester, from faculty hosting monthly journal clubs at their home to a relaxed get-together at a local pub during our frequent Happy Hours. At the University of Rochester, you will have the opportunity to work alongside experts with national and international renown and gain exposure to all neurological subspecialties. This provides an excellent network for fellowship applications across the US. As an intern, you will be assigned a faculty mentor to help guide you through residency, identify potential research experiences, and advise you on career decisions.
Beyond the strong emphasis on teaching, excellent professors, and diverse clinical and research opportunities, you will find residents who truly enjoy working together and living in Rochester. Rochester offers very affordable living and activities for all tastes. Residents enjoy attending a number of seasonal festivals, such as the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival and the Lilac Festival, catching plays at Geva Theater Centre and performances at Eastman Theatre, going on wine tours around the Finger Lakes region, cycling along the Erie Canal, apple picking, skiing, and snowshoeing.
As you contemplate that very first step in your residency training, we encourage you to apply to the University of Rochester. We look forward to showing you around our city and sharing more about our program. We are confident you will be pleased with what you find.
Sincerely your chief residents,
Justin V. Chandler