Robert W. Macek, MD, in an exam room.

“We offer four distinct training tracks, each with unique clinical experiences and patient bases, in our family medicine residency,” says program director Robert W. Macek, MD.

Message from the Program Director

When we say we know what goes into a great family medicine residency, we speak from experience.

After all, UB’s family medicine residency is the second oldest in the country. Since 1969, we’ve trained more than 500 family physicians.

Yet we’re the first to admit that what worked for residents in the past may not serve tomorrow’s family physicians.

For one, we’ve learned that our residents excel not in a one-size-fits-all program, but in a diverse training environment tailored to their career goals.

That’s why, unlike most family medicine residencies — which limit your choice of training tracks to one — or at most, two— we offer you four.

That’s right: four distinct training tracks, each with a unique family medicine center, inpatient service and patient base.

It’s just one way our program has evolved over time. Every year we reevaluate our curriculum, an exercise in quality assurance that affords you the most up-to-date, clinically relevant training.

Not every program has that luxury.

Because UB isn’t tied to a single hospital — but instead affiliates with health care centers across the region — we can develop clinical rotations that capitalize on each institution’s strength and expertise.

Choose UB’s family medicine residency, and you enjoy the best of both worlds. You benefit from all of the advantages of training in a large academic center, including opportunities to teach, collaborate with world-class researchers and, if you so decide, continue on to a fellowship.

At the same time, you’ll plant deep roots in Western New York’s welcoming community.  Over the course of residency, you’ll provide continuity of care to your own panel of patients, many of them underserved.

They’ll come to know you — and trust you — as their family doctor.

That’s a major responsibility, and ours is a rigorous program. But we recognize that you have to balance your demanding schedule with fun. To that end, we regularly organize social outings for our residents and faculty.

You see, even in our down time we underscore the “family” in “family physician.”

And like any devoted family member, we want nothing more than to see you flourish. Every day, we strive to cultivate physicians poised to confidently practice in any setting.

As both program director and proud alum, I can say, from experience, that we succeed.


Robert W. Macek, MD
Class of 2018 graduate from family medicine residency program