Our residents are fortunate to live in an area which offers a wide range of outdoor activities, cultural events and dining, and a low cost of living. The program believes that a healthy and balanced life outside of the hospital promotes more productive and effective resident training.
The Greater Rochester Area gained national preeminence through the industrial revolution and civil rights movements; both shaped the city into a diverse and tight-knit community. Starting with the flour mills along the Genesee River, Rochester evolved into one of the country’s first “boomtowns” under the philanthropy of people such as George Eastman. Eastman helped establish the University of Rochester, the Eastman School of Music, and the Eastman-Kodak company, just a few of the institutions that would go on to shape the history of the city. Since Rochester was founded on innovation, intellectual curiosity, and skilled labor, the metropolitan area continues to be a wonderful place to start a career, build relationships, and raise a family. It has been voted one of America’s “most livable cities” and Forbes recently rated it the #3 city in America to raise a family.
Rochester thrives on small businesses and local entrepreneurship. From locally sourced food to independent art galleries to high-quality locally-owned bars and restaurants, the city has a congenial social scene that is both thriving and relaxed. Popular annual festivals include the International Jazz Fest, Park Ave and Corn Hill Arts Festivals, Real Beer Festival, Rochester Cocktail Revival, Fringe Festival, and Lilac Festival. Weekends can be filled with anything: concerts by the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, a performance by the Rochester City Ballet, free concerts at Eastman, the Rochester Public Market, the Brighton Market, or a minor league baseball (Red Wings) or hockey (Amerks) game. Despite its size, Rochester offers something for everyone.
Our residents enjoy four seasons in Rochester. Fall brings corn mazes, hay rides, apple-picking, grape festivals, and cider donuts. Winter is rife with opportunities for snowshoeing in Mendon Ponds and skiing at Bristol Mountain. In the spring and summer, hiking, biking, and running are all favorites around at Highland Park, Durand-Eastman Park, Letchworth, the Genesee Trail, and Erie Canal. The Finger Lakes region, only about 30 minutes away, boasts a remarkable number of wineries as well as an abundance of fresh farm-to-table food. The greater Niagara region is an hour away and Toronto is an easy weekend trip.
In short, resident life in Rochester is rich with opportunities to take advantage of, in a diverse and accessible community with family members and co-workers who are all invested in making it a great place to work and play.