Frequently Asked Questions

resident labWill my training prepare me for a career in Primary Care? General Internal Medicine? A Subspecialty? As a Hospitalist?

The primary focus of the Department of Medicine is General Internal Medicine in both the inpatient and outpatient settings. All the members of the General Medicine Unit faculty, including the Program Director and Associate Program Directors, are generalist physicians with active inpatient and outpatient clinical practices. Our newly renovated practice site, known as Unity Faculty Partners, is located at the Park Ridge Campus. Residents and faculty practice side by side in a cutting edge, “4+1” ambulatory teaching model, emphasizing both resident autonomy and continuity. In the inpatient setting, the Program has thoroughly integrated the hospitalist teaching model into the educational program. The subspecialists also play a large part in the educational program both in an inpatient and outpatient setting. Thus, through clinical teaching, mentoring and role modeling, the program exposes residents to a wide variety of careers. Our graduates consistently succeed in academic general medicine, primary care, hospitalist medicine, and the subspecialties.

Is Unity Hospital affiliated with a university?

Yes, our hospital enjoys a close relationship with the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. The General Medicine Unit faculty, and many of the key teaching faculty, have university faculty appointments, holding ranks from instructor to full professor. Unity Hospital residents have the opportunity to complete subspecialty rotations at the University of Rochester and have full access to the University Medical Library (physical and virtual). Faculty play an active role in city-wide specialty conferences and work closely in research projects with their peers at the medical school and other affiliate hospitals.

Is the patient mix diverse?

Yes, patients admitted to Unity Hospital represent a diverse range of geographic, socio-economic, and cultural backgrounds. Our large number of active primary care sites, in combination with Unity’s excellent geriatric programs and facilities, ensures that residents see patients of all ages.

What about the disease mix?

The number of interesting diagnoses seen by our residents is outstanding. For proof, one need look no further than the wealth of interesting case reports that our residents have presented at regional and national meetings over the past several years (see Academic Activity tab). In addition to the core problems in internal medicine such as hypertension, coronary artery disease, diabetes, peptic ulcer disease, pneumococcal sepsis, and lung cancer, we also see a significant number of unusual problems. Recent cases include aggressive systemic histoplasmosis in a patient with AIDS, polymyositis with occult miliary tuberculosis, primary cerebral lymphoma, primary amyloidosis.

Are there other training programs at Unity Hospital?

Residents and fellows from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry rotate through Unity Hospital as an integral part of their training program.

Do graduates pursue careers in academic medicine?

Graduates of the Unity Hospital Internal Medicine Residency Program who wanted to enter into academic medicine have achieved success as faculty at Harvard Medical School, New York Medical College, the University of Southern California School of Medicine, Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, and Wake Forest University. Other former graduates hold faculty appointments at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, the University of Massachusetts Medical School, the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Einstein College of Medicine, and Mount Sinai School of Medicine, as well as other notable academic institutions.

How many residents are in the Internal Medicine program?

We have 41 residents, which includes 15 first-year, 13 second-year, and 13 third-year residents.