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Resident & Fellow Forum

The Resident & Fellow Forum is the official council that represents all the trainees at Upstate Medical University at various leadership levels.

Our Vision

The Resident and Fellow Forum at the Upstate University Hospital is committed to fostering an environment that values inclusivity, collaboration, and empowerment. We believe every trainee should have the opportunity to actively contribute and make a significant impact. By working together with faculty and institutional leadership, we aim to ensure that the voices, perspectives, and ideas of our trainees are heard and influence the decision-making processes. Our mission is to cultivate a supportive learning environment that fosters growth, professional development, and well-being for all our trainees. We advocate for trainee well-being, addressing key factors that contribute to their overall success. Our ultimate goal is to enhance the trainee experience and make Upstate University Hospital a place where trainees can thrive and reach their full potential.

Who We Are

  • Resident & Fellow Forum (RFF) representatives are peer-selected residents and fellows from each GME program
  • There are 55 members that represent more than 700 trainees at Upstate Medical University. Some programs have multiple representatives
  • The forum became an official body in November of 2022.
  • RFF is comprised of an executive council, who are the members of the forum and are elected by forum members.
  • The RFF executive council represents the trainees at various leadership venues, such as the Graduate Medical Education Committee, the Medical Executive Committee meeting every month, and so forth.
  • The forum brings the trainees, leadership opportunities across the institution, providing them with avenues for growth and development.
  • Most importantly, we serve as a VOICE for trainees to the institutional leadership as well as outside such as UUP.


Our accomplishments since November 2022:

  • Salary negotiations with the United University Professions (UUP) - the union

  • The union this year

    • FIRST TIME EVER →  negotiated the Residents’ and Fellows’ salaries in the State’s budget

    • FIRST TIME EVERmade part of the contract of UUP with the State of New York

    • Raise in salary and proration (just the first step)

  • Connected residents to leadership positions on campus- i.e: Blood Bank Committee, Wellness Council and Informatics

  • Worked with Dr. David Andonian (PD of the Emergency Medicine) to petition for Dictation Dragon Microphones

  • Worked in tandem with the Upstate Wellbeing Council to organize the FIRST EVER Resident and Fellow Appreciation week - one of the very few institutions in the country