Our Residents A Letter from the Residents We are so excited you are considering the Child Neurology Residency Program at the University of Rochester! As current residents, let us first say how happy we are to have chosen Rochester for our residency education. 2015 Resident Photo One of the most unique aspects to this residency program is how it prioritizes resident education. In addition to the typical array of conferences, journal reviews, patient of the week discussions, we also get the opportunity to actively participate in teaching the medical school’s neuroscience course called “Mind, Brain, Behavior” to the second year medical students during our PGY-5 year. There is also opportunity to travel to Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland where we help educate third year medical students. The neurology faculty are incredibly supportive and are tremendous teachers as well as mentors. You have the opportunity to work with nationally recognized leaders across multiple neurological subspecialties in a very patient and family-centered atmosphere. There is plenty of opportunity to gain exposure to the different subspecialties within pediatric neurology including epilepsy, movement disorders, neuro-oncology, demyelinating disorders, sleep medicine, and neuro-genetics. Many of our residents continue on to complete fellowships at University of Rochester or elsewhere in these specialties. You will find that our program has residents that not only enjoy working together but become life long friends outside the hospital. Rochester itself has very affordable living around the hospital and also within the surrounding suburbs. Personally, we most enjoy the seasonal festivals (Liliac Festival, Corn Hill Arts Festival, East Ave Festival, Park Ave Festival, International Jazz Festival), and the outdoors activities including hiking, skiing, snowshoeing, apple picking, and wine tasting around the Finger Lakes Region. When we are not out exploring Rochester, many of us are enjoying each other’s companies at monthly wine tasting gatherings, barbecues or just for dinner! We encourage you to join the family of Child Neurology at the University of Rochester for your residency training. We have a mixture of residents from Rochester, Buffalo, Ithaca, South Carolina and even Texas. We look forward to sharing our experiences with you, showing you more about our program and around the city. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. We are excited to see you on the interview trail! Sincerely, Jaclyn Martindale / Amy Catalfamo Current Residents Class of 2016 (PGY-5) Amy Catalfamo, M.D. SUNY Downstate Medical Center Amy grew up in Ithaca, NY. She participated in AmeriCorps NCCC for a year before starting college at Cornell University. She attended medical school at SUNY Downstate in Brooklyn. She is currently in a PGY-4, and has been having fun getting back into pediatrics after finishing her adult neurology year. She has two children, James and Stella, and lives in West Irondequoit with them and her husband, Jay. She enjoys camping, hanging out in the many parks around Rochester, reading and listening to music. Jaclyn Martindale, D.O., University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine Jacki grew up in Buffalo, NY. She completed her undergraduate at Canisius College and attended medical school at University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine in Biddeford, Maine. She enjoyed completing her Pediatric Residency here and is excited to have finished her Adult Neurology year. She lives in Rochester with her husband Ryan and their fluffy goldendoodle Bristol. She has become an avid Syracuse Basketball fan thanks to her husband. In her free time, she enjoys photography, going hiking, camping, wine tasting along the Finger Lakes and just having fun with her friends and family. Class of 2017 (PGY-4) Jennifer Cialone, M.D., University of Rochester Jen is a graduate of the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry where she is also currently training in Pediatrics. She is originally from Columbus, Ohio and studies Molecular and Cellular Biology at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. After her third year in medical school, she spent a year conducting clinical research with Dr. Mink on Batten Disease. Jen enjoys traveling, reading, baking, running, and biking in her free time. Melissa Tsuboyama, M.D., University of Rochester Melissa attended the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry for medical school. She is completing her Pediatric residency training at the University of Rochester, and will complete her Child Neurology training there as well. She is originally from New Rochelle, NY, in the suburbs outside of New York City, and went down south to Duke University for college (go Blue Devils!), where she majored in biomedical engineering. She hopes to be able to combine her love of child neurology with her interest in biomedical engineering in the future. In her free time, Melissa loves to try foods from different countries and cultures, attempt to improve her cooking and baking skills, and go on leisurely hikes around the local Rochester trails. Class of 2018 (PGY-3) Bo Hoon Lee, M.D., University of Rochester Bo went to medical school at UR and did her undergrad at Washington University in St. Louis. She's enjoying her intern year and especially loves the people she's working with. Recently, she's been enjoying decorating her new home with her fiance, playing with her cat and dog(Pinot and Daisy), and trying to squeeze in some wedding planning! The best thing about Rochester is trying all the new restaurants around town! Roxana Pourdeyhimi, M.D., Medical University of South Carolina Roxana is a southern native who's enjoying exploring her new home in Rochester! She recently moved from Charleston and is so excited to be a Child Neurology resident here at U of R, since she chose this program for its supportive and friendly training environment. In her spare time she enjoys running, crafting, and spending time with friends and family. Class of 2019 (PGY-2) Aubrey Nicole Duncan, M.D., University of Rochester Aubrey grew up in Ithaca, NY. She grew up training horses and later spent time living in Brazil doing this as well as time in Haiti after the earthquakes helping with the reconstruction of schools. She attended college at Roberts Wesleyan College and then medical school at the University of Rochester School of Medicine. Aubrey absolutely loves pediatric medicine and is very much enjoying finishing her pediatric residency. She is married to an engineer/arborist (Matthew), has a cat (Nevada), a Plott Hound (Sawyer), and a brand new son Cooper! Aubrey loves training and riding horses, back packing, cycling, singing, and spending time with her wonderful family.