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Resident Life

Rochester, NY & the Finger Lakes Region

We believe that the best patient care is provided by residents who have balanced and satisfying lives. Our department looks for ways to support our residents in this pursuit. We have regularly scheduled department sponsored events throughout the year and residents have informal gatherings at each others' homes, local bars, restaurants and area attractions. One of the perks of attending residency in a city like Rochester is the wide variety of events and activities that are at your fingertips.

Rochester has many of the benefits and few of the disadvantages of an urban center. It is rated the "best minor league sports city" in the U.S. It is home to the historic Susan B. Anthony House, the acclaimed Garth Fagan Dance Troupe, and the infamous "Garbage Plate" at Nick Tahou's no-frills eatery. Rochester has the world's largest concentration of lilacs. It offers some of the most appealing and affordable housing in the country—not to mention an extensive and highly regarded parks system, and five nationally ranked high schools. It is a regular stop on both the LPGA and Nationwide golf circuits, and an occasional stop for the U.S. Open, PGA Championship, and Ryder Cup.

Born as a mill town on the Genesee River, boosted to boomtown status with the opening of the Erie Canal, and brought to the pinnacle of modernity and innovation by its entrepreneurial patriarch George Eastman, Rochester provides a richness and diversity of life that's hard to find outside of the country's largest cities. Its lively "knowledge economy" draws its strength from Xerox, Bausch & Lomb, growing telecommunications, "biotech" and IT sectors and other technology-driven enterprises located here. It hosts the renowned Eastman School of Music, Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), and the University of Rochester.

Limitation of Housestaff Working Hours

New York State law requires limitation of working hours for all housestaff in the following ways:

  • No intern will work more than 16 consecutive hours in direct patient care activities.
  • No senior level resident will work more than 24 consecutive hours in direct patient care activities.
  • No more than 80 work hours per week, averaged over each 4-week period.
  • 24 duty-free hours during each work week.
  • No house officer shall work more than 12 consecutive hours in the Emergency Department and must have ten hours free of duty before and after such an assignment.
  • Residents must have 10 hours off after moonlighting and before returning to training program work

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