St. Joseph's Hospital Health Center (Syracuse, NY)

Rotation Information

  • Epic access: Is view only, you will also be able to view radiological imaging via PACS.

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  • Working on EPIC Notes - will keep updated.

Family Medicine

Inpatient Teams (1-month): Red and Green teams - 3rd year residents lead these teams. Please arrive at the residents room in unit 2-4 at 7am (main hospital using elevator C).

First Day of Rotations: Arrive on time to the resident’s room as morning rounds begin sharply at 7am. In order to free up space in the room, please use computers on the 4th floor (use elevator A, take a right off of the elevator then a left. Keep walking down the hall; computer room will be on your right). You will generally be assigned 1 to 3 patients which are also overseen by a resident. If you would like to present a patient, please ask the resident in charge.

  • Red Team attending is typically led by Dr. Pohar or Dr. LaBounty. They alternate each week. Red Team reporting rounds are typically after Green Team. After patients are seen, morning rounds are at 10/10:30AM.

  • Green Team attending varies depending on the week. Led by FM faculty. Green Team reporting rounds at 7am. After patients are seen, morning rounds are at 10/10:30AM.

Outpatient (1-month): An outpatient schedule will be sent directly to you at least a week before it begins. In addition to your outpatient schedule, students are required to do OMT clinic on Tuesdays with either Dr. Lalley or Dr. Filipski. OMT clinic is located on the 7th floor of the Med Ed building.

  • Heritage Rotations (begin at 9AM)

    • 4104 Medical Center Drive

    • Fayetteville, NY 13066

  • Cazenovia Family Medicine

    • 132 ½ Albany Street

    • Cazenovia, NY

Recommended Texts:

  • Case Files (Family Medicine) for the 1st month

  • UWorld, Pretest, Combank for the 2nd month

    Internal Medicine

    Rotation Director: Dr. Hughes. His office is located at Room 3548.

    Dr. Hughes creates the schedule for the students rotating on the Blue team. Please arrive to the hospitalist room (located at Room 3549) at 7AM in the main hospital. Take the C elevators. The code to the room is "3-2-4-Enter."

    Recommended Texts:

    • Step Up to Medicine 4E

    • Case Files (Medicine)

    • Harrison Principles of Internal Medicine 19e (for reference)

    • High Yield - Surgery Notes


    Rotation Director: Dr. James Tucker

    Newborn Nursery Students will be paired with a FMC Nursery Intern: Dr. Arie Rennert. Take elevator A to 5th floor in the main hospital.

    NICU students will be observing with on-calls in the NICU. Same location as nursery.

    Scrubs are to be worn in the Newborn Nursery and NICU.

    FMC (6th Floor of the Physicians’ Office Building) – Unless otherwise stated please see Pediatric Pts.

    Recommended Texts:

    • Case Filed Pediatrics

    • PreTest Pediatrics

    Emergency Medicine

    Rotation Director: Dr. Timothy Cobb (

    Scrubs, all day erry day. Ask around for an ED locker room, or take scrubs from the OR/PACU locker rooms (same floor as surgical waiting room).

    You will be assigned to a resident during your emergency medicine rotation. Your total number of hours will be approximately 100-110 hours during your rotation month = 10-12 shifts. If there are two students, students will switch residents half-way through the month. Please report to the emergency room taking the E elevators.

    Recommended Texts:

    • FA Emergency Medicine for Boards

    • Case Files EM

    Obstetrics and Gynecology

    Rotation Director: Dr. Dawn Brink-Cymerman (


    Students will rotate between shifts that are day and night shifts. All students are required to do night shifts, no exceptions will be made. Students meet in the 5th floor Labor and Delivery OB conference room near locker rooms. (Take the A elevator)

    Scrubs are to be worn during this rotation. Day shift sign out is at 6:30am. Code to the locker room is on the doorframes.

    There is Ob/gyn lecture every Tuesday usually 8-11:30 AM. Ask the residents when the lecture is because it may be subject to change. Very good review for shelf and wards.

    Speak to MaryAnn regarding proper scrubbing and gowning instructions, if you are unfamiliar with surgical scrubbing (she’s there on the weekdays). Otherwise, talk to the surgical tech nurse as they will be helping you glove and gown in.

    Recommended Texts:


    Rotation Director: Dr. Melissa Arthur (

    Email Dr. Arthur a day prior on your rotation to know meeting location. She will assign you a reflection to do every week regarding what you have learned during each area. She additionally has you write 2 case reports with 3 evidence based articles, one midway and one at the end. There is also a required webinar to watch and answer pre and post survey questions.

    Note: Additionally, do not wear your stethoscopes/ties during your psychiatry rotations. Or your white coat. Most weeks should be business casual except MCU

    Mobile crisis unit starts at 8:30 AM usually, please arrive to the administration office and ask for Bridget. Closest way is to go up the staircase in Butternut Cafe and look for the proper door in the hallway overlooking the cafe. Business casual or scrubs is fine.

    CPEP’s office can be found in the same hallway above Butternut cafe as MCU’s office. Later on you can also try entering through the labeled door near the front of the ED, next to where the ambulances park. Business casual is acceptable, though I’ve worn scrubs as well with no complaints. No white coats, no stethoscopes

    Inpatient unit (3-6 unit) try to come in from the B elevator. Inpatient has its initial meeting at 7:00 am, but physicians usually attend the second part at 7:30 am. My recommendation is to attend 7am the first day and 730 all other days.  Please get in contact with Dr. Arthur beforehand and request card access to the unit; your card probably won’t work and people will have to escort you around the floor otherwise. Business casual, no white coats, no stethoscopes.

    PROS. (742 James St.) Amion schedule says 7:00am but come at 8:55 or 9am because the place isn’t open that early.. From main entrance go up one small flight of stairs to floor 1 (not the mezzanine). Ask for Kathryn Murphy, who can direct you. No white coats, no stethoscopes. If the doctor is busy, you are free to look up group session schedules and join the one that’s most intriguing to you

    Behavioral Health - (730 James St. with Dr. Chris Prozack) Continue up the staircase to the Mezzanine or 2nd floor, ask for the Dr. you’re assigned to.

    Shelf Exam Tips: know your psychopharmacology

    Recommended Texts

    • Purple book- all you need

    • Step up to Psych


    1. Oneida Rotation Director: Dr. Alberto DelPino  

    1. Oneida Healthcare: 321 Genesee St, Oneida, NY 13421

    You will most likely be parking by the entrance/lot nearest the street you entered the hospital from (that is where the administrative office is). The “Physician lounge” is also there right across the door from Ms. Elaine Pridemore’s office - where you have access to a computer/EMR/etc.

    Paperwork should be submitted to: Ms. Pridemore, Medical Staff Coordinator, (315) 361-2084,

    • For immunization records, Oneida Healthcare hospital requires the actual lab reports for the MMR and varicella immunity.

    Open calendar for Dr. Alberto DelPino: you are on call when he is on call

    Expect to make at least 1 presentation in the month (topic is assigned). Requirement is 10 slides max. Have as much pictures/diagrams/statistics as possible and as little written info on the slides as possible. Presentation slides should be sent to Dr. DelPino ( a few days before your set presentation date.

    Rounds start at 7am! Once you have access to the EMR, print-out and pre-round on the patients for the morning. On Saturdays, rounds start at 8am.

    • You will most likely round with the PA’s in the mornings - they will most likely start their pre-rounds at 7am in the OR computer station and then head up to the 4th floor. Let them know you are there if you’re not changing into scrubs for the day (if you’re having an office day) - You can do this by peeking over to the computer station from the OR lounge/break room.

    • If you are rounding on an OR day, you can change into scrubs first and then put your white coat over it before going to round on the 4th floor/ICU patients.

    Surgery schedules - There is a white board in the hallway near OR#3. It’s updated throughout the day and the next day’s cases are written there by the end of the day, so take a picture of it for reference. Dr. DelPino recommends reading up on the surgeries (and watching Youtube vids) - know the anatomy, complications, etc.

    OR vs Office:

    • Some days or ½ days you will be at Dr. DelPino’s office (literally a block away from the hospital). I think the address is 357 Genesee St, Oneida, NY 13421.

    OR Rules:

    • Only 1 student scrubbed in per case. 2 students in an operation room at a time.

    • Only 1 full wet scrub required at the beginning of the OR shift.

      • Make sure you have a mask on when scrubbing in (otherwise you have to redo your scrub with a mask on)

    • No white coats allowed in the OR (hallways too).

    • Men locker room: Locker #24 Code: 13 - 41 - 31

    Office Rules:

    • Wear white coats.

    • Office backdoors (employee entrance) open at 8am.

    • Depending on which Dr. DelPino you are with, the expectations will differ slightly:

      • Dr. A. DelPino:

        • Bring in pt, place pt in empty room, H&P/focused H&P, be prepared to present pt to Dr. DelPino once your interview w/ pt is finished.

        • Dr. DelPino will then see the pt w/ you and you should take notes on what is discussed, examined, dictated to you.

        • Back in the office, you will type up a note, initial in the “Comments” section and SAVE (never SIGN) → Dr. DelPino will review your notes subsequently and give you feedback.

      • Dr. P. DelPino:

        • Similar to Dr. A. DelPino, except you do not go in to interview the pt beforehand. You will follow Dr. P. DelPino into the office and take notes to type up the notes into the EMR as Dr. P. DelPino specifies.

        • Initial at the end of the note. Again, SAVE, never sign the completed “draft” notes into the EMR

    2. Rome Rotation Director: Will Update upon approval.

    Recommended Texts:

    • Surgical Recall
    • De Virgillio Surgery: A case based clinical review
    • Pestana Surgery Notes 3e 
    • NMS Surgery Casebook, 2e
    • Surgery cases and questions ppt 

    Rotation Information

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    Rotation Information

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