Welcome from the current Program Director and the future Program Director
Stephen Schultz, MD, 2021 Program Director
I started as the residency director at this program in 2002, so this May will be my 20th year. I received the Nikita J. Zervanos Award last year from AAFP and the Association of Family Medicine Residency Directors. In my opinion, this is the highest award a family medicine program director can achieve in recognition of their work. I LOVE being a program director, and I also realize it is a demanding job. I have decided it is time for me to step down after two decades leading the program.
I am very proud of my accomplishments during my tenure. They include starting our global health track that includes a rural continuity site in southwest Honduras and a monthly global health book club. Our political advocacy track emphasizes the incredible leverage that family physicians can bring to both patient advocacy and advocacy for our specialty. I started a high school Explorers group where underserved kids from city schools could come once a month and learn about medicine, in the hope that we could contribute to improving the pipeline of underrepresented minorities into medicine.
Stepping down after 20 years would be much more difficult if I did not have someone to take over in whom I had full confidence. Dave will be our first program director who is not a graduate of the program. When he started 11 years ago, I was worried about his experience for being an Associate Program Director – he was overqualified! He came to Rochester having already been a program director at Penn State and the University of Chicago. His perspectives from leading other programs has been invaluable as we adapt and innovate to our constantly changing environment. He remains active on both the inpatient and OB service, and has had a very active role in improving relations with the OB department. I have full confidence in his leadership and ability to direct our program!
I plan to stay on the faculty and I will continue to do inpatient call and see patients. I will be the new Director of the Global Health Pathway at the medical school, I will lead our PALT efforts, and will precept on a regular basis.
Stephen H. Schultz, M.D.
David Holub, MD: 2022 Program Director
The word “EXCITED” is quite the understatement when describing my feelings about the opportunity to succeed Steve Schultz as the director of our residency program. After his 20 years of leadership and service, I have big shoes to fill for sure. My job will be easier having served as the Associate Director here for the past 11 years and, more importantly, by having the incredible team of faculty, residents, and staff that we have.
Our commitment to community health and service to the underserved at both our urban and our inner city residency sites remains a hallmark of our experience. We couple this with dedication to teaching and providing team-based care. We have grown this team considerably over the past several years and now proudly have behavioral health clinicians, pharmacists, social workers, and nurse and community care managers at both our main urban family medicine resident clinic and our inner city FQHC residency clinic.
We offer unparalleled training in psychosocial medicine. Our longitudinal curriculum is spread over 5 months of the PGY-2 year and focuses on techniques of effective counseling, enhanced communication skills with patients and families, self-reflection, and truly incorporating Rochester’s famed biopsychosocial approach into all aspects of caring for patients.
Still delivering babies myself after 23 years, I am proud to be part of one of the most robust OB experiences among family medicine programs in the Northeast. We provide higher risk and surgical obstetrics services to our patients with fellowship-trained family physicians on our faculty and in our primary care community. Our recent $2.7 million HRSA grant has brought a perinatal nurse care manager to our clinic and will expand our surgical OB fellowship to help train more family physicians with obstetrics skill to help fill the needs of smaller and rural communities both in western New York and throughout the country.
Despite an unavoidable pause during the first part of the global pandemic, our Global Health mission is back on track. Our faculty and resident brigade returned this fall to the rural community in southwest Honduras with whom we have a longstanding commitment. The experience helps prepare physicians both for international service and to better understand how to assess and incorporate social determinants of health for communities in the United States with fewer resources.
Your residency experience can be tailored to your particular interests. We now offer 10 Areas of Concentration for residents interested in specific additional learning experiences. I am proud to note that in just the last 5 years, over half of those have been created by residents themselves with the program’s support.
We are fortunate to have so many longstanding strengths in our program. I eagerly look forward to my challenge of maintaining excellence in our traditional areas of strength – a process that must be done deliberately. There can be no resting on one’s laurels! At the same time, we will continue to find new areas where our program can grow and excel. Planning is underway to expand our anti-racism efforts, enhance our evidence-based medicine teaching, create and implement a curriculum on EMR efficiency, pursue formal osteopathic recognition, and develop an additional rural residency training track that will expand our program.
Our specialty’s time is now. Our country recognizes its need for the comprehensive and person-centered care that you aspire to provide and that our program will help you develop. I sincerely hope to have the opportunity to meet you and work with you on your journey into Family Medicine.
David. C. Holub, MD