Welcome to the webpage of the Samaritan Medical Center Family Medicine Residency. As the program director, I am sincerely pleased that you are here. As you will see on this page, our family medicine residency is a close-knit, warm, and dedicated group of people who work, learn, teach, serve, and most importantly enjoy life in Watertown, NY.
I grew up here in upstate New York, roughly half an hour south of where I now live and practice. In fact, I was born at Samaritan Medical Center. This area and the people mean a lot to me. Many of the faculty members have similar connections to this region. Practicing and teaching broad-spectrum Family Medicine with a focus on preventative care and population health is something we are truly passionate about.
The mission statement of our family medicine residency program is “to graduate competent Family Physicians who are prepared to practice broad-spectrum Family Medicine in a rural environment including in a rural community-based hospital. We will train our graduates to be leaders both within the medical community that they practice as well as in the community-at-large that they serve. We commit to train our resident physicians as colleagues and hope that some of them will choose to continue their practice here in our community or neighboring communities in Northern New York.”
While mission statements can sometimes seem kitschy, this is something we have thought hard about and commitments we are very serious about honoring. If this sounds like the kind of physician you want to be, I would encourage you to apply and join our “family.”
— Benjamin Rudd, MD, Family Medicine Program Director
Why Choose Samaritan for Residency?
While all Family Medicine residencies must meet Board requirements, there are some distinct differences in Samaritan’s program that enable us to stand apart from others.
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Our program stands out by offering:
- An emphasis on care in the outpatient clinic designed to give you hands-on experience with management of your patient panel for three consecutive years.
- An outpatient procedure clinic where you will learn cryotherapy, minor office surgery including radiosurgery and other procedures.
- OMT training is demonstrated and encouraged.
- A culturally rural yet growing location which encompasses a population base of approximately 110,000 culturally-diverse patients
- Great flexibility in rotations with a focus on tailoring your educational experience to your practice preferences.
- A prestigious military installation nearby (Fort Drum/10th Mountain Division), with military physicians on staff to provide training, including a wide array of pathology, reflecting world-wide exposure.
- Full-spectrum of family medicine available, including Pediatrics, OB/GYN, and Geriatrics.
- Integrated Electronic Medical Records and imaging systems in place both in the hospital and the clinic.
- Daily lectures and protected time for conferences to help you further understand the management of both common and complex problems.
The Program Director meets with you on a regular basis to ensure that you are receiving the necessary knowledge and training to manage the healthcare of your patients.
Our continuity of care training site (Samaritan Health & Wellness Plaza) is conveniently located in close proximity to the hospital campus and is patterned after a private practice. It is also here where you will become proficient in various procedures, such as joint injections, implantation of contraception, and minor surgeries under supervision. It is in the Family Medicine Center where you will become proficient in caring for your own assigned panel of patients to be followed throughout your three-year residency. It is also here where you will become proficient in various procedures, such as joint injections and minor surgeries under supervision. The continuity clinic will function in patient centered medical home platform to optimally prepare you for your own practice.
Quarterly Resident Fun Days are granted where all the residents are given an afternoon off duty to provide socialization, support and camaraderie.
Curriculum & Electives
Rotation blocks in the Family Medicine Residency:
|1||Academic Medicine – Inpatient 1 of 6||Academic Medicine – Inpatient 3 of 6||Academic Medicine – Inpatient 5 of 6|
|2||Academic Medicine – Inpatient 2 of 6||Academic Medicine – Inpatient 4 of 6||Academic Medicine – Inpatient 6 of 6|
|3||ICU/CCU/PULM||Cardiology||Inpatient Medicine Selective OR Clinic Chief|
|4||General Surgery||Nephrology OR Neurology||Dermatology OR Rheumatology|
|5||Endocrinology||Infectious Disease OR Medicine Selective||Sports Medicine and PM&R (2-4 weeks)|
|6||Obstetrics 1 of 2||Obstetrics 2 of 2||Addiction Medicine & Family Counseling|
|7||Psychiatry Inpatient or Outpatient||Women’s Health/ GYN||Pediatrics|
Inpatient/Outpatient/NICU 5 of 6
Inpatient/Outpatient/NICU 1 of 6
|ENT Specialty||Practice Management|
Inpatient/Outpatient/NICU 2 of 6
Inpatient/Outpatient/NICU 3 of 6
Inpatient/Outpatient/NICU 6 of 6
Inpatient/Outpatient/NICU 4 of 6
|Ophthalmology OR Urology|
|11||Emergency Medicine 1 of 2||Emergency Medicine 2 of 2||Elective|
|12||Community Medicine||Ambulatory Scholarship in Medicine||Elective|
|Community Clinic||1 ea 1/2 day clinic||3 ea 1/2 day clinic||3 ea 1/2 day clinic|
|Geriatrics||1/2 day/month||1/2 day/month||1/2 day/month|
Allergy/Immunology, Anesthesiology, Endocrinology Gastroenterology, International Medicine, Medical Oncology, Palliative Care / Hospice, PM&R, Podiatry, Radiation Oncology, Rheumatology, Thoracic Surgery, Urgent Care, & Wound Care
A minimum of 20% and a maximum of 40% of the program is to be spent in ambulatory rotations, including the continuing ambulatory experience. Rotations for the track are: office gynecology, ambulatory surgical subspecialties such as: orthopedics, ENT, urology, ophthalmology, psychiatry, adolescent medicine, substance abuse, disease prevention/wellness, geriatric medicine, community/epidemiology/public health, emergency medicine, allergy, dermatology, any medicine subspecialty in an ambulatory site, physical medicine, and vascular medicine.
Samaritan Medical Center participates in ERAS (Electronic Residency Application Service) for all of its programs. ERAS will transmit the applications, letters of recommendation, Deans’ letters, transcripts and all other supporting credentials from medical schools to residency programs via the Internet.
Once your electronic application has been received by the Program Director, you may be issued an invitation for an interview.