Chief Residents

Thank you for visiting our residency website. We hope you find the information provided useful in getting to know our program.

There are many exceptional emergency medicine residency programs in the country, but we feel like our program stands out among the crowd.

The variety of the clinical sites at our program is second to none.

The attending physicians here have diverse skill sets, provide unparalleled teaching, and many have fellowship training in various areas of emergency medicine.

Above all, the philosophy of the UBEM program is that we are all a family, and this mentality is evident in all areas of our training program.

Three chief residents for 2022-2023 standing by the water.

Kaitlyn Fromknecht

Kaitlyn Fromknecht.

Birthplace: Erie, PA

College: Allegheny College

Medical School: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine

Medical/Research Interests: Sports medicine, ultrasound

Scholarly Track: Sports Medicine

Personal Interests: Basketball, sports, camping, my Peloton

How did you hear about our program: I heard about the program through multiple different LECOM students and alumni over the years

About the Residency

There are so many strengths to our residency program but I believe the two biggest are our breadth of exposure and the people who make up this program. We have the opportunity to rotate through a Level 1 trauma center, stroke and STEMI academic medical center, pediatric emergency department and hospital, and multiple different types of community hospitals. Each hospital that we work in offers its own unique type of medicine and patient populations. This helps us to become very well rounded emergency physicians that can work anywhere and handle anything that comes through the door! The other major strength of the program are the people here alongside you. From my co-residents, to attendings, to program administrators, everyone is absolutely amazing and made me feel at home from day one. I knew Buffalo was the place I wanted to train after the interview dinner! Every person I met that night and since are genuinely happy and just want the best for each other. These are the type of people you want to come into work with every single day!

About Buffalo

Buffalo is a perfect sized city that has a small town atmosphere but many opportunities of a larger city. There is always something to do and explore from coffee shops to hiking trails to food and breweries! Buffalo truly gets the best of all worlds with time to enjoy and appreciate all four seasons. Summers are for spending time outdoors and exploring Lake Erie, beaches, parks, hikes. The best way to see the city is by land and water! Fall is football season and probably the best time to witness this city's pride for all things Buffalo Bills. Winter brings some chilly temperatures and snow, but also opportunities for winter sports including multiple mountains for skiing and snowboarding. Spring is time to start anew and is a great time to start to be outdoors again and explore all the different neighborhoods and local spots. There are so many opportunities to explore for anything you would be interested in!

Daniel Mongeon

Daniel Mongeon.

Birthplace: Silver Spring, MD

College: University of Maryland

Medical School: Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine - Virginia Campus

Medical/Research Interests: FOAMed, Medical Education, Procedures, Critical Care

Scholarly Track: Academic

Personal Interests: Fly-Fishing, Fishing, watersports, playing guitar, ultimate frisbee

How did you hear about our program: There were several residents in the residency when I was a 4th year medical student; they all highly recommended the program to me. 

About the Residency

When I was looking for a residency, I wanted a program that had 2 main features: strong academic/clinical teaching and a strong culture. Buffalo absolutely has both of these. We are able to rotate at 6 different hospitals ranging from tertiary level stroke/cardiac and trauma centers to stand-alone EDs. The variety and volume of pathology is second to none and every day you see challenging new patients. Second, the culture of this program is remarkable. The faculty here are all strong clinically and are GREAT people with which to work. We have great relationships with our attendings and I think that helps all of us residents do a better job learning and working on shift. I get to go to each shift knowing I'll enjoy who I get work with. 

About Buffalo

As a native Marylander, I will always have a soft spot for Buffalo. Buffalo pride is alive and well, local residents love this city and for good reason. They embrace the winter and love their winter sports (let’s go Sabres!). The spring and summer are ripe for outdoor activities. I fish all the time and have no shortage of great lakes and rivers to target. Buffalo takes advantage of their mild summers and has tons of outdoor concerts, food festivals, and breweries. And when football season (otherwise known as Fall) approaches, you will see the town swell with pride for their Buffalo Bills! Bills games are a great excuse to gather with friends, eat great food, and taste local breweries. One other thing I think is worth mentioning is the food scene here. There are not tons of chain restaurants in the city, that scene is dominated by locally owned mom-and-pop style restaurants that really are wonderful. So no matter what your looking for in a city, Buffalo’s got it!

Nicholas Pokoj

Nicholas Pokoj.

Hometown: Orchard Park, NY 

College: University at Buffalo
Medical school: Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences (UB)

Medical/Research interests: Resuscitation/Critical Care, Teaching/mentorship, Cannabinoid Hyperemesis Syndrome

Scholarly Track: Academic Track

Personal Interests: Hiking (especially in the Adirondacks), Cooking, being a real dad and a dog dad, Go Bills

How did you hear about our program?: I did two rotations here during medical school and had great faculty mentors from the program as well.

About the Residency

There are several things that I love about our program:

1. Our two primary training sites. Buffalo General Medical Center is a stroke/STEMI center with a very high acuity of patients. It is one of the busiest stroke programs in the country with cutting edge therapies and neuroendovascular intervention. Erie County Medical Center is Buffalo's only Level 1 Trauma Center and County Hospital. It has no shortage of penetrating or blunt trauma. Working at ECMC is truly an asset and enhances your ability to understand the nuances of caring for an often underserved community. 

2. The breadth of exposure to different practice environments is unmatched by most other programs. By design, we rotate at 6 different EDs (Academic, County, Community, Children’s, Freestanding, and the VA). This makes us well trained to work anywhere after we graduate.

3. Buffalo has some of the most passionate, supportive, and down to earth faculty. They truly care about making us excellent physicians and it shows every shift. They are role models both clinically and professionally.  

About Buffalo

What’s not to love? There’s always something going on in the city. We have 4 distinct seasons with reasons to love each. There are endless concerts, festivals, and access to outdoor activities (hiking, beach, Olmsted park system) from Spring-Fall. Don’t let Winter scare you away. Buffalo certainly gets a bad rap for the snow, but there's plenty to do from skiing, ice skating, snowshoeing etc. to make the winter time enjoyable.  The City is also well equipped to get the snow off the streets and to keep everything functioning as intended.  There are tons of local breweries and restaurants. They are all phenomenal and make it hard to pick a favorite and make it hard for chain restaurants to attract business. As a “20-Minute City” it's easy to get anywhere (including the suburbs) and your commute to work will be predictably short. We hope you come to experience the #Buffalove firsthand!