Urban/Erie County Medical Center Track

Erie County Medical Center.

Refine your skills in a collegial environment as you care for a culturally diverse population, including many medically underserved patients.

Family Medicine Center

As a resident on the urban/Erie County Medical Center track, you’ll care for outpatients at ECMC Family Health Center, a nationally recognized patient-centered medical home for patients of all ages and with a wide variety and degree of pathology.

Our dedicated faculty will supervise you as you follow a panel of families. As your residency progresses, you’ll spend an increasing amount of time at our family medicine center.

During our weekly procedures clinic, you’ll learn how to perform a variety of procedures common to family medicine practice.

One morning a week we gather to discuss topics pertinent to outpatient care, a feature of our track that residents consistently rate highly.

Our faculty conduct a variety of research projects, and we’re always happy to collaborate with our residents.

Recent projects have focused on:

  • patient safety
  • global health
  • spirituality and addictions

While we pride ourselves on working hard to be well-trained family physicians, we know it’s important for you to have a balanced life. That's why we also make time for faculty and residents to socialize and enjoy each other’s company outside of our learning environment.

Inpatient Service

When the patients you see are admitted, you’ll care for them at Erie County Medical Center, an advanced academic medical center and the area’s only Level 1 trauma care center.

Supervised by our faculty, you’ll care for patients throughout the hospital and enjoy a collegial, collaborative relationship with specialists.

Common procedures you may perform at ECMC include:

  • central lines
  • lumbar punctures
  • ABGs
  • paracentesis

In addition to patients admitted from ECMC Family Health Center, we care for unreferred patients on a rotating basis with UB internal medicine residents.

The Department of Family Medicine runs ECMC’s inpatient addiction unit, so you’ll gain from our expertise in this field as we consult with patients referred for medical consultations from that unit. We also consult with patients in the hospital’s adolescent and adult psychiatry units.

When your patients need long-term nursing or subacute care, you’ll see them at Terrace View, ECMC’s 390-bed nursing care facility.

You’ll take care of your newborn, pediatric and prenatal inpatients at Oishei Children’s Hospital.

Your inpatient service rotation at the Erie County Medical Center accounts for 12 weeks in your PGY-1, PGY-2 and PGY-3 years.

Your rotations and elective schedules are the same as those of your peers on the suburban track and the Urban/Buffalo general  track.


Each of our residency tracks has a separate match number, so you may rank each separately when you apply to our program through ERAS.

We accept five residents into the urban/ECMC track annually.