Message from the Program Director

Regina Makdissi, MD.

“Our faculty members are accomplished clinicians and researchers, and our diverse training sites give you a wide range of experience delivering care,” says Regina Makdissi, MD, residency program director.

In our program, you will experience an unparalleled educational journey — all made possible by our motivated, innovative and energetic team of faculty, residents and staff.

We train the next generation of independent physicians to become leaders in health care, research and community service. Whether you prefer the primary care pathway, aim to become a hospitalist or choose a subspecialty, our program will provide excellent opportunities for you.

Stimulating Training Settings

How do we do all of this? We partner with four major academic hospitals: Erie County Medical Center, Buffalo General Medical Center, the Buffalo VA Medical Center and Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Each site provides you with a distinctive perspective, giving you indispensable opportunities to care for a diverse patient population with a multiplicity of complex and challenging diseases.

One-On-One Attention

In our residency, you’ll experience attentive mentorship. From day one, we’ll connect you with a faculty mentor with whom you’ll work closely for three years.

Many of our faculty members conduct groundbreaking research, secure significant grants and maintain respectable publication records — and they are serious about helping you succeed.

With this level of mentoring and support from faculty, our residents have gained national recognition though the Back to Bedside program of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), and they have received accolades for oral and poster presentations of research and scholarly activities.

Skilled Mentors

Our inpatient wards are staffed by a group of enthusiastic, knowledgeable medical educators and experienced academic hospitalists who have completed robust faculty development programs locally and nationally — including training experiences from the Royal College of Physicians (RCP), the Academic Hospitalist Academy and the Stanford Faculty Development Center for Medical Teachers.

Our hospitalists have also been the keystone for the restructuring and implementation of our very popular academic half-day conference.

Unique Opportunities

I’m pleased to tell you that your ambulatory week is the innovative 4+1 model that alternates traditional four-week rotations with weeklong ambulatory blocks. It is a comprehensive experience in primary care, population health, quality improvement, evidence-based medicine and research — with one half day dedicated to our ambulatory curriculum education series (ACES) as protected educational time.

Our conferences take place at our hospital and community-based clinics. Like our academic hospitalists, our ambulatory faculty are outstanding RCP-certified medical educators and are dedicated primary care physicians.

Thoughtfully Designed Curriculum

Because we’re committed to strong curriculum that ensures you’ll develop into a competent, well-rounded practitioner, we have a committee, made up of faculty and residents, that’s tasked with evaluating, implementing and sustaining curricular changes.

As a resident in our program, you’ll experience our quality improvement curriculum, which results in better quality of care for our patients while giving you opportunities to complete projects that you can present at our Department of Medicine Research Day, Scholarly Exchange day and conferences around the country. 

Our Residents Matter to Us

In our program, our residents’ voices matter. We have multiple opportunities — including our chief resident-led quarterly town halls — for you to candidly give us your feedback and ideas.

We care about providing top-quality training, but more than that, we are dedicated to properly caring for our residents’ personal well-being. Our wellness committee provides peer support programs such as Big Sib Little Sib, wellness and mindfulness activities, an annual picnic, community outreach programs, retreat planning and team building exercises. Rest assured, we are committed to your welfare; we have dozes of residents and attendings on our wellness committee, and many of those members are also involved in the resident wellbeing committee at the school’s  level.

I invite you to join our team on this rewarding educational journey. We look forward to working with you.

Sincerely,

Regina Makdissi, MD
Program director