Internal Medicine Residency Program
We offer four different types of positions:
Patient and family-centered care and teaching
Careful collection of clinical data through bedside interview and physical examination
Exploring psychological and social contexts of health and illness
Clinical decisions based on evidence and grounded in high-quality, safe, and cost-effective patient care.
Welcome from the Program Director
Thank you for your interest in the Internal Medicine Residency programs at the University of Rochester-- we are extremely proud of them! Our residents learn by seeing a diverse patient population supported by outstanding faculty in an academically rigorous, collegial, and fun learning environment. Our residency has a number of unique strengths, including cutting-edge ambulatory training; a rich, collaborative research environment; and a tremendous group of residents. In addition, Rochester was recently ranked #1 of 306 communities for providing healthcare at the lowest cost per Medicare beneficiary, which helps our residents learn to practice very high value care. Our residents also benefit from the Rochester community itself, which is a wonderfully livable moderate-sized city offering a broad range of cultural and outdoor activities, including easy access to New York State's beautiful Finger Lakes region.
We offer three-year positions in Categorical Internal Medicine, three-year Primary Care Medicine positions, two-year Categorical positions in the ABIM Research Pathway, and Preliminary Internal Medicine positions; each of these programs is described in detail in this website. With the Department of Pediatrics, we also share responsibility for the Combined Medicine-Pediatrics Program. Information regarding applying to any of these programs can be found on our Applicant Information Page. Explore this website to begin to learn about what makes Rochester truly unique.
Please contact me if you have any questions.
Alec B. O'Connor, MD,MPH
Achieving The Goals
Because we believe residents learn best through direct responsibility in the care of patients, the central educational experience of our residency is the individual patient encounter. Learning occurs through ownership of patients and a balance between progressive responsibility and support. Our residents:
Interview and examine patients in a wide variety of clinical settings
Define each patient's clinical problems and health care needs
With carefully balanced autonomy and supervision, develop plans for diagnosis and management with their patients
We attend to the patient's illness, but also to the psychological and social context in which that illness occurs. After seeing patients, residents and faculty members work together to:
Define knowledge gaps
Fill knowledge gaps with the best available evidence from basic or clinical research
Make patient care decisions based on science and on the knowledge gained from a pattern of lifelong, patient-centered learning
The individual patient is the focus of our rounds and conferences, which often take place at the patient's bedside—a hallmark of a Rochester residency. We create an environment unencumbered by hierarchy, and we promote and expect participation of all learners in an academically rigorous discussion.