DIRECTOR'S MESSAGE
Stephen J. Knohl, MD

Stephen J. Knohl, MD
Program Director

Welcome to SUNY Upstate Medical University’s Internal Medicine Residency Training Program. Read more...

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White water rafting the Black River.
Residents enjoy at trip to New York's Finger Lakes wine country.
A trip to Niagara Falls.
Informal outing at Faegan's.

Resident Social Life

It is well known that residency training is busy, however we believe that it is very important to balance work with outside activities. In the past, the program arranged and covered the cost of many social outings throughout the year, in addition to social activities that are resident driven.

Resident-directed Social Events

Residents spend free time together by organizing picnics, movie nights, snow skiing days at nearby facilities, hiking days, meeting for breakfast, social parties, or perhaps competing in a friendly game of sports, like cricket or basketball. Large groups of residents frequently gather just to spend a day hiking at one of the nearby state parks.

Starting 2011, the Social Committee was born! The Social Committee consists of several house staff that organize events throughout the year. The committee works within a set budget (provided by the Department of Medicine), to offer a variety of events thoughout the year that all residents are invited to attend. If the link is underlined, you may click on the function title to view the photo gallery for that event.

Residents spend free time together by organizing picnics, movie nights, snow skiing days at nearby facilities, hiking days, meeting for breakfast, social parties, or perhaps competing in a friendly game of sports, like cricket or basketball. Large groups of residents frequently gather just to spend a day hiking at one of the nearby state parks.

The Department also sets up events for the house staff throughout the year. You can see the events listed below.

Welcome Reception

The Program Director, along with the Department of Medicine faculty, welcomes the new residents, by hosting a Welcome Reception. This is a Cocktail and Hors D'oeuvres style reception and it provides an opportunity for the newly arriving house staff and guest to get to know the faculty members they will be working with.

Department Picnic

The Department of Medicine welcomes the new residents and their families in the summer, inviting them to a social picnic at a local picnic venue. This provides an opportunity for the newly arriving families to get to know each other.

Recognition Dinner (Graduation Dinner)

At the end of the academic year, there is a formal graduation awards ceremony, attended by all residents and a guest, as well as faculty and staff. The purpose of this dinner is to say good-bye & best wishes to those graduating from the program and to recognizing residents and faculty n the program for various teaching awards.

Thanksgiving Luncheon

This has become an annual favorite!!! The Department of Medicine shows their thanks by arranging a traditional Thanksgiving Dinner, complete with a power point presentation about the "History of Thanksgiving". Residents are joined by Fellows, Faculty and Staff.

Volunteer/Charity Events

Residents are often found organizing, assisting or partaking in various Volunteer/Charity Events throughout the year. Usually this is done in organized groups or teams. It makes the Department of Medicine proud that we have wonderful residents that feel the need to give back to their community.