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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?

over 200

How many residents do you take into each intern class?


How big are the categorical Medicine and Pediatrics Programs?

IM: 20 categorical, 4 primary care, 4 preliminary and 2 ABIM research pathway positions per year.  Pediatrics: 15 categorical and 2 pediatric neurology prelim positions 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: 16% Primary Care, 51% Subspecialty, 33% Hospitalist 

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?

3 year rolling average first time taker pass rates: IM: 100%.  Pediatrics 90%.  We have a formal board review curriculum and provide each resident with board review materials.

What are the patients like in Rochester?

Rochester is a random biopsy of the US demographics.  We have all ages, races, ethnicities, religions, genders and sexual orientations.  Our catchment area includes inner city, suburban and rural patient populations. 

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

Continued academic challenge, support and innovation.