Message from the Program Director

Thank you for your interest in our Family Medicine Residency Program! Our program has unique features that distinguish it from other university or community family medicine residency programs, including our combination of community, hospital, practice, and educational resources that provide the best possible preparation for a successful career in family medicine.

The scope and breadth of practice, education, and research activities at this academic medical center, within which family medicine is fully integrated, permits broad options and flexibility in preparing for your future career. Rotations and electives best suited for your individual strengths and needs are identified and available both here and at other locations (i.e. rural medicine, sports medicine, international medicine, etc.). There are also opportunities to do community outreach in settings like homeless shelters, community health fairs, and an urban faith-based health center.

Skilled faculty advisors provide professional and personal guidance for each resident. We teach residents how to teach, and we provide opportunities to join the faculty in research. Our experienced family medicine faculty are skilled clinicians and teachers who practice side-by-side with residents in a mentoring relationship designed to promote role-modeling and collegiality. The special strengths of our program include:

  • Outstanding academic quality
  • Family physicians who work closely with other specialists clinically and educationally
  • Flexibility and individualization of the program to meet each resident's educational goals
  • Diverse faculty with CAQs in geriatric medicine, adolescent health, and electronic fetal monitoring
  • Supportive staff and colleagues
  • State-of-the-art family health center

We have much to offer educationally and being in upstate New York there are also many outdoor and family activities to enjoy.


Neil C. Mitnick, DO, FAAFP
Professor and Alice E. Fruehan Chair
Department of Family and Community Medicine