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SUNY Upstate

Syracuse, NY

Beach Run

Beth Nelsen, MD

Program Director

Patty Mondore

Program Coordinator

  • Program with 85 years of continuous accreditation from ACGME

  • 65-bed children's hospital

  • Level 1 trauma center

  • Residents rotate at a Level 3 NICU and a Level 4 NICU

  • 17-county catchment area serving both urban and rural areas

  • Access to nearly all pediatric subspecialties

  • Resident class size is 15 per class with 1-2 4th year chief residents

  • Fellowships at Upstate: Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Pediatric Infectious Disease, Child Abuse Pediatrics, and Pediatric Hospital Medicine

  • Three career pathways: advocacy, global health, research

  • Opportunities for international rotations

  • Opportunity for 3rd year residents to staff acute clinic 1/2 day per week on Onondaga Indian Reservation (within 15 minutes of the hospital)


We are in the heart of Central New York! Four full seasons means plenty of outdoor activities for everyone. Good cost of living (even with inflation) and the area is affordable for families of all sizes. Local sports include Syracuse University, minor-league baseball, and American Hockey League. Lots of green space to enjoy. Easy to get to major metropolitan areas from here.

  • 13 blocks per year

  • One block in the third year is call-free (typically used for away or international rotations)

  • Night shift system on weekdays, 24h calls on weekends

  • Academic half-day curriculum on an 18-month cycle, which includes intern presentations, journal club, continuity clinic meetings, PL-3 board review

  • 1/2 day continuity clinic for all training levels (with exceptions for certain rotations)

  • Departmental DEI committee with broad representation (attendings, nurses, staff, residents, administration)

  • Workshops for residents geared towards communication (dealing with microaggressions, mitigating prejudice, etc.)

  • URiM night for prospective applicants

  • Incorporation of DEI-related topics across the curriculum (for example, 3rd year residents must include health equity in their M&Ms and all grand rounds presenters are asked to include how health equity factors into their topic; faculty are asked to use an anti-bias checklist to review presentations/lectures)

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