Incoming Resident Week is a week-long orientation for all new residents in accredited medical and dental residency programs sponsored by the University at Buffalo. The orientation takes place at the University at Buffalo South Campus, located on Main Street, and provides the residents with the opportunity to become familiar with the university and affiliated hospitals, meet fellow residents, and participate in several education sessions.
GME hosts a leadership development conference for new chief residents each year in May. This conference provides an opportunity for chiefs from all specialties to come together and build their leadership skills. Attendees receive a helpful resource book, The Chief Resident as Manager, which is a useful reference throughout the year. Popular session topics have included Strategic Communication and Leadership, Professionalism, Caring for Your Residents, Resident Work Hours, Patient Safety, Quality Improvement, Teaching Medical Students, and Conflict Resolution.
GME Scholarly Exchange Day is an annual research poster session for residents and fellows that occurs in late spring. This interactive, interdisciplinary day showcases Buffalo research and provides residents with experience in poster presentation. A major component of the day is the structured feedback residents receive on their work from Buffalo research faculty. Another highlight is the annual keynote address by a senior faculty member on "Research Lessons Learned: Sustaining the Momentum", where career advice and personal stories are passed along to the next generation of medical researchers. The online application for poster submission is available on the GME website in late fall, along with helpful information on resources for poster preparation. Awards are presented to the top posters.
The GME office holds yearly sessions to educate residents on contract negotiation and benefit analysis. The sessions, which are conducted by an attorney and insurance broker, are eagerly anticipated by residents. The following additional seminars have been added to create a Career planning seminar series: Choosing the Perfect Fit: Key Considerations in Job Selection, CV Writing and Interviewing Skills.
The Offices of Graduate Medical Education and Continuing Medical Education have developed a unique partnership with London's Royal College of Physicians to build a cadre of "accredited" educators with clinical assessment skills. UB faculty members, selected because of their interest in enhancing their skills as educators, apply to participate in a year-long program that involves attending two three-day workshops, completing two educational initiatives, and participating in peer- support activities. Participants who successfully complete all program requirements are awarded the status of Certified Royal College of Physicians (RCP) Educator, and go forth to share their knowledge with the Buffalo medical education community.