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Frequently Asked Questions

How old is Rochester's Med-Peds program?

We began with the "rotating internship" in 1967. This evolved into board certified combined Med-Peds training in 1974.

How many residents have completed Rochester's Med-Peds Program?


How many residents do you take into each intern class?


How big are the categorical Medicine and Pediatrics Programs?

IM takes 20 categorical and 8 preliminary residents each year. Peds takes 15 categorical residents per year.

How much vacation time to do you get?

4 weeks per year scheduled at times important to you in 2-week blocks

What are the career paths of Rochester's Med-Peds graduates?

For the past 5 years: 39% Primary Care, 34% Subspecialty, 13% Hospitalist, 11% Academic, 3% Global Health

Where do your graduates go?

From Saipan to South Africa, all of whom are valued and highly respected by their peers and employers.

How long is the internship in Rochester?

12 months (six months in medicine, six months in pediatrics)

How often do you change disciplines over training?

Four interns start on Medicine, and four on Pediatrics. Afterward, the first year residents switch every three months to reduce anxiety levels. Second and third year residents switch every 4 months to allow exposure to the seasonal variation of disease. Fourth year residents switch every 3-6 months depending on their career needs.

Is there opportunity to take international electives?

Yes. We allow 2 months away from the University of Rochester to pursue elective experiences. We offer specialized training in Global Health with formal curricula and mentorship. There is a resident education fund to defer the costs of these away rotations.

How do you teach residents to teach?

Through educational seminars in IM and Peds skills blocks. URMC's medical school has ~100 students per year. There are plenty of teaching opportunities on floors, in clinics, and in small groups (with training provided).

How do Rochester graduates perform on the board exams?

95% on medicine and 89% on pediatrics over the past 5 years. We have a formal board review curriculum.

What are the patients like in Rochester?

Rochester is like a random biopsy of the United States in regard to demographics. We are not missing a racial or ethnic group and thus all disease processes are present. URMC's catchment area includes poor inner city, gentrified inner city, suburban, and rural populations.

What changes do you foresee for Rochester's Med-Peds program?

No personnel changes are planned. We have just moved to our new state of the art freestanding children's tower.