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Beyond Residency in Rochester

We have a great relationship with our fellowship programs, hospitalist division and the primary care community. Hear what some of our graduates who choose to stay and train and/or practice in Rochester are saying:

Nicholas Bartell, MDI had opportunities to participate in research projects which allowed me to match into the fellowship of my choice. In addition the training I received made me a more competent fellow on day 1."

Nicholas Bartell, MD
Gastroenterology Fellow
Class of 2019

Carlos Diaz-Balzac, MD, PhDExcellent preparation. [I] felt ready and with an excellent knowledge base on day 1 of fellowship. Mastering eRecord was also very helpful with the transition from residency to fellowship."

Carlos Diaz-Balzac, MD, PhD
Endocrinology Fellow
Physician Scientist Training Program

Dominick Roto, DOI was able to move on to fellowship and feel like I had more than the 'expected minimum' of medical knowledge, and this really let me make the most out of my first year of training."

Dom Roto, DO
Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine Fellow
Class of 2018

Sara Spinella, MDI have felt ready to take on my new role as an attending in both inpatient and primary care settings. The variety in training and experiences at both Strong and Highland have helped prepare for my current role."

Sara Spinella, MD
Acdemic General Medicine Fellow
Class of 2019

Matthew Taylor, MDI found myself comfortable and able to care for patients independently for a year, as well as in fellowship the subsequent year. I feel that this program trains its residents to be mindful with their decision making and self-reflective—both of which are very important to continuing your own betterment."

Matthew Taylor, MD
Nephrology Fellow
Class of 2018

Chris Yan, MD, MPH[I] felt very competent and well-prepared starting out as a gen med attending (hospitalist). Heading into pulm/crit fellowship afterwards, I also felt very well prepared for the first year of fellowship. Beyond just the knowledge and medical skills preparation, I also felt well-prepared in several intangible skill sets, such as how and when to reach out for help as an attending, how to build professional relationships with specialists and multi-disciplinary support staff, how to maximize and utilize hospital resources around you, and how to maintain a routine process of self-educating and learning, as well as independently appraising medical literature when no longer a trainee.

"Coming from a program with many advanced subspecialty resources available (e.g. ECMO, heart transplant, CAR-T cell therapy, etc) also helped provide very broad perspectives on what was important to me during the process of searching for an institution to begin my next career steps."

Chris Yan, MD, MPH
Former Pulmonary & Critical Care Fellow
Class of 2019