Department of Pediatrics - Education & Training

Rochester General Hospital (RGH)

Rochester General Hospital (RGH) is a multi-service community teaching hospital with more than 500 inpatient beds and a depth of associated ambulatory services. It is one of Rochester's oldest inpatient facilities, providing services as far back as the Civil War. Located in the northeast quadrant of the city, it is only 6.5 miles from Strong Memorial Hospital, about 20 minutes by car. The pediatric service admits approximately 600 patients annually to a 22 bed unit. The hospital's 2700 annual deliveries are cared for in the 33 bed (rooming-in) mother/baby unit, and when indicated, the 14 isolette level II nursery. Most admissions to the pediatric inpatient unit are for acute, non-life threatening illnesses as well as elective and emergency surgical procedures. The house staff participate in the care of all patients. Over 80,000 visits are seen each year in the RGH Emergency Department (ED) with just under 20,000 of these patients managed by the dedicated Pediatric Emergency Department. The Pediatric ED is staffed by pediatric attendings and residents. Rochester General Pediatric Associates (RGPA) is the faculty/nurse practitioner/resident teaching practice that provides primary care for a diverse population of more than 12,000 predominantly urban children. These children account for nearly 22,000 visits per year. They are primarily seen by the 22 - 25 pediatric house staff (7-8 residents per year of training) who have their weekly Continuity Clinic in RGPA. Primary care mental health services made up of dedicated psychologists trained in family systems are available on site in the RGPA.

The regional Hemophilia Center and the Behavioral Pediatric Center are located at Rochester General Hospital, and are incorporated into the Department's educational program.

Community programs targeting prevention of violence, high risk sexual behavior and AIDS as well as the areas New York State lead treatment center are also part of the Pediatrics department at RGH. Twelve full-time pediatric teaching faculty including expertise in general pediatrics, infectious diseases, adolescent medicine, rheumatology, and medical education are based at RGH. One of the three senior chief residents is always present in the Department.

In addition to Pediatrics, RGH is home to some 110 other residents including house staff training programs in internal medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, radiology, and dentistry. Multiple department's weekly Grand Rounds, numerous other teaching activities (e.g., morning report, noon conference, joint perinatal monthly conference, etc.), and Visiting Professor events abound at RGH. The latter, along with an outstanding medical library and staff all serve to continue the long and distinguished history of RGH as one of Rochester's finest teaching hospitals