What's New A distinguishing feature of our program is our continuous effort to improve. We use feedback from the residents to identify improvement opportunities. The Residency Steering Committee, made up of elected representatives from each residency class, develops proposals for improvement or new initiatives which are then presented to the residents at large for feedback before implemetation. Below are three of this year's innovations: The Block Model We successfully converted to our "6+2" block model this year. We believe this will have great beneficial effects on our residents' experiences in their continuity clinic, in ambulatory subspecialty training, on the floor teams' continuity, on education, on the quality improvement training for residents, and on patients' experiences. The Medical Educator Pathway We began offering an optional Medical Educator Pathway in the 2013-2014 academic year for residents who envision teaching as a major component of their future careers. The University of Rochester Internal Medicine Residency Program has a long tradition of emphasizing a resident’s role as teacher. The Medical Educator Pathway advances this tradition for participating residents, helping them build an even stronger foundation in educational theory and practice to serve as a springboard for a career as leaders in internal medicine education.The program is directed by Dr. Donald Bordley, Associate Department Chair for Education and former director of the residency program. Community Service Elective St. Joseph's Neighborhood Health Center Interested PGY2's and PGY3's have been able to supervise and teach University of Rochester medical students as they care for uninsured patients at the St. Joseph's Neighborhood Health Center through the medical school's UR Well program.