Director's Letter

When we took the Hippocratic Oath we vowed to "impart a knowledge of the Art" to our disciples. Since ancient times, education has been a major part of the physician's mission. At Rochester General Hospital, it is woven into our culture. We do not view teaching as something we want to do; it is something we must do. It is as central to our craft as our stethoscopes.

Rochester General Hospital (RGH) offers its residents a rare mix: real world community hospital medicine in a true academic medical center. Many members of our faculty have earned international reputations for research done here at RGH, making substantial contributions to our knowledge of respiratory viruses, electrolyte disturbances, coagulation disorders and disorders of iron metabolism. But what makes RGH special is that these same distinguished researchers are also superb, experienced clinicians and great teachers - as comfortable at the bedside as they are in the laboratory. With no fellows between them and the faculty, the RGH resident has the opportunity to work side-by-side with these world experts as partners in patient care and research.

The Rochester General Internal Medicine Residency Program was once a primary care program. We still turn out great primary care physicians, but many of our graduates now pursue careers in the subspecialties, often securing fellowships at major academic medical centers at graduation or after a period of "seasoning" as hospitalists. Our curriculum takes advantage of our history by offering ambulatory continuity experiences in the subspecialties - something we call "majors" - in addition to the traditional general medicine outpatient experience. And, all of our residents become junior partners in a community primary care practice - a valuable experience for future primary care physicians, hospitalists and subspecialists.

Because the study of medicine never ends, as a resident in our program you'll be trained for a lifetime of learning. As one of the first programs to emphasize evidence-based medicine, we teach the art of asking focused clinical questions and of searching and critically assessing the literature. We also teach our residents to teach. All residents present a scholarship project during their second year and they complete a research project their third year. These formal presentations as well as resident mini-lectures during professor rounds help residents hone their skills at the podium. And many resident research projects have led to presentations at national meetings and publications in major journals.

I hope you'll take a few moments to review our Web site. We hope you find that the Rochester General Hospital Internal Medicine Residency Program is a good fit with your career goals.

Richard Sterns, M.D.

Program Director

Rochester General Hospital

Internal Medicine Residency Program


Phone: (585) 922-4365

NRMP #: 1509140C0