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Program Highlights

Dr. Scharf Teaching Residents

Diverse Clinical Settings and Patient Populations

University of Rochester Medical Center provides a full range of mental health services across the life span including all levels of care from general outpatient to crisis intervention, partial hospitalization and inpatient care as well as many preventive and supportive services.

Great Teaching

Our affiliation with the University of Rochester means we have the resources of one of the nation's best medical schools. Our residents have a high level of satisfaction with attendings, and residents (at all levels) are involved in teaching medical students.

Scholarly Distinction

Our large department boasts over 100 accomplished full time or part time clinical and research faculty members with various areas of expertise. Our well-funded, innovative clinic and community based research portfolio extends across the life span, and has local, national and international reach.  Residents are encouraged to take an active role in research projects, with robust mentorship provided. We have an excellent track record of obtaining NIH Mentored Career Development awards for junior faculty. 

Reasonable Workload

Our clinical services are not resident dependent so clinical rotations are developed based on learning objectives. The call schedule and the duration/pace of the typical workday is very manageable, allowing great work/life balance.

Residents benefit from more individual attention and one-to-one supervision with attendings, responsive and accommodating program leadership, and ample opportunity to build rapport with colleagues.

Strong Fellowships

Many of our residents pursue fellowships within our institution, which means that if you are interested in forensic, geriatric, or child/adolescent psychiatry, you will have the opportunity for a considerable amount of exposure in your area of interest.

Wonderful City

Whether you are single or have a family, Rochester is a very affordable place to live on a resident's salary and there are extensive housing options close to the hospital. Rochester is also home to a host of museums (the Memorial Art Gallery, the George Eastman House, the Rochester Museum and Science Center and the National Museum of Play), a nationally-famous Philharmonic Orchestra and music school, numerous outdoor festivals, and a huge array of excellent restaurants. Rochester and the Finger Lakes Region boast some of the most beautiful natural scenery in the state, award-winning wineries and micro-breweries, parks, and athletics. Please see the Resident Life section for more.

Our Facilities

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Strong Memorial Hospital

Rochester Psychiatric Center
Rochester Psychiatric Center