Welcome to your Internal Medicine training at Upstate Medical University. In coming to this program, you have chosen to embark on a three-year journey (one year if a preliminary intern) that will develop your skills as a clinician, scholar, and educator. Upon graduation, you will be amongst the best in your profession. However, achieving this milestone will require a strong commitment to all areas of your training and always maintaining your sense of professionalism.
Medical professionalism begins with the patient: When in doubt, the patient comes first. This phrase is sacrosanct and must never be forgotten. While there are governing bodies dictating rules and regulations regarding the likes of duty hours and patient numbers, a patient in urgent need should always be your first priority. As Program Director, I assure you that your rights will always be protected and that the letter of the law will be strictly followed at all times.
Medical professionalism begins with the patient. When in doubt, the patient comes first.
I fully appreciate the rigors of residency and, as such, am keenly aware of the need to be mindful of all that is asked of you on a daily basis. There may be times during your residency when unforeseen circumstances arise that may affect your performance. Please know that we are all here for you and will help you through any difficulties that may present themselves. You are never alone at Upstate.
This section of the Internal Medicine Residency website provides you with the policies and procedures we have in place to ensure that your residency experience at Upstate meets our expectations while exceeding yours. As you visit these pages, please remember that you have chosen a career that requires the utmost in character and professionalism.
Again, welcome to Upstate. I look forward to working with you.
Stephen J. Knohl, MD
Residency Program Director