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Letter from the Neurology Chief Residents

Greetings from Rochester, NY!

We are thrilled that you are interested in applying to the Neurology Residency Program at the University of Rochester.  As chief residents, we are familiar with the program's many strengths, and we would like to share some of our insights with you:

Education is a major component of the culture at Rochester.  Our program director, Dr. Ralph Jozefowicz, is widely recognized as a national and international leader in neurology education, so resident education is a top priority.  Each morning the various inpatient services convene for either morning report or a neuro-radiology conference, and at noon there is a lecture series.  There are also weekly bedside teaching rounds.  We have found these organized sessions extremely valuable, and they enrich the learning that occurs spontaneously during rounds.

Our program has created an environment that supports residents as educators.  At Rochester, we enjoy several unique opportunities to hone our own teaching skills.  We have an integral role in the highly acclaimed medical school basic science neurology course, entitled “Mind, Brain, Behavior.”  Similarly, the medical students rate the third year neurology clerkship extremely highly.  It is little surprise to us that roughly 10% of each medical school class matches into a neurology residency each year.  This is far above the national average, and it speaks volumes to the quality of our program.

The neurology faculty members at Rochester are excellent, and they create a very welcoming and collegial atmosphere.  Here, we have the pleasure of working alongside experts in each of the subspecialties of neurology.  There are exciting opportunities for research, and we are happy to discuss these with you upon request.  Several times throughout the year an attending invites the residents to his or her home for journal club.  These are 50% journal and 50% “club,” so this provides a good opportunity to get to know faculty outside of the hospital setting.  Dr. Jozefowicz hosts frequent Happy Hours as well.

Rochester is truly an enjoyable place to live and work.  The city offers surprisingly affordable housing options as well as a wide array of activities.  There are too many festivals to list, but the most notable are the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival and the Lilac Festival.  We also enjoy listening to music performed by the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra at the Eastman Theater, taking in plays at the Geva Theatre, and tasting wine produced in the Finger Lakes region.  There are fantastic restaurants and bars in the area.  The athletically inclined have access to excellent skiing, kayaking, hiking in the many state parks, and running or biking along the Erie Canal.

As you can see, we are extremely enthusiastic about our residency program and about Rochester.  We encourage you to apply and look forward to showing you around the university and the city.  Please feel free to email us with any questions.

Sincerely, the chief residents:

Benjamin George

Lee Gerwitz

Ross Hamilton

Phillip Mongiovi

Andrea Wasilewski

Carolyn Zyloney