Experiences

Challenging Patient-Provider Experiences

"Early in my RMED course, I came in contact with a patient who was recently diagnosed with a terminal illness, abdominal carcinomatosis. During the following 3 months, I saw this patient as she came to the office, and each time she was hospitalized. As she was only in her mid-fifties, I saw firsthand her struffles coming to terms with her illness and coping with her family's sense of loss. Through all her pain and suffering, her faith was unfailing and her internal strength was unmatched by any person I've ever seen before. While she taught me many things as a medical student, her ultimate gift was allowing me to experience such a close relationship and dealing with the loss of aptient I truly cared for."

Jennifer Tibbens-Scalzo, M.D., '10
RMED in Canandaigua, NY
population 11,000

Practice Full Range of Health Care

"In larger cities like Syracuse, most doctors develop a subspecialty. If you practice primary care, your most challenging cases are often referred to specialists, even though you may be proficient in providing excellent care. In small towns, doctors make use of the full spectrum of their health care skills. They have a love of teaching and learning; their practice is never boring. They are the smartest doctors I've ever met."

Dr. Steinberg
Joshua Steinberg M.D., '95
RMED in Oswego, NY
population 20,000

RMED is Personal and Connected

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"Everyone is connected in so many ways. For example, the apartment I had through the hospital was the upstairs of a 2 unit house. The downstairs was inhabited by a 90 year old lady who we met when we first moved in (I made her cookies), but I found out more about her because her son (a local judge) was the golfing partner of one of my preceptors, and her daughter was the neighbor of my surgical preceptor. When she became ill, it was through this network that I was asked to check in on her."

Amanda J. Brender, M.D., '10
RMED in Cortland, NY
population 20,000

Continuity Creates Rich Experience

"The most valuable part of my experience was that I was able to develop a rapport with my patients and see them throughout treatment. In a traditional setting, the third year of medical education is like starting a new job every six weeks — different subjects, new doctors and nurses — you feel like you are continuously interviewing. In my host community, I experienced newness for the first month or two, but then began to see how the entire system worked. All of the frustration, uncertainty and competition with classmates was eliminated; I was able to build vertically on my knowledge base."

Dr. Riley
Timothy Riley M.D., '02
RMED in Watkins Glen, NY
population 2,240
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A Week in Family Practice PDF Icon

An excerpt from the diary of a RMED student. It gives an idea of what her days were like on-site in Saranac Lake.