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Hudson Headwaters' residency and education programs support our mission to provide high-quality care and access to that care by helping to train and recruit the next generation of providers to care for our communities into the future. Our providers and staff work with students by facilitating experiences essential to their clinical education, while simultaneously serving as mentors to support their professional development.

Saratoga Hospital Family Medicine Residency

Saratoga Hospital and Hudson Headwaters, in collaboration with Albany Medical Center, have developed the Saratoga Family Medicine Residency Program, an innovative residency designed for “physicians of the future.”

Ephraim Back, M.D., MPH, FAAFP, chief of clinical initiatives at Hudson Headwaters, is the founding program director. Colleen Quinn, M.D., Hudson Headwaters’ chief of medical education and wellness, serves as the residency’s associate director, and Kristin L. Mack, D.O., M.S., leads the program’s rural health rotation that takes place at Ticonderoga Health Center. Saratoga Hospital’s lead faculty include Renee Rodriguez-Goodmote, M.D., FAAFP, director of the Saratoga Community Health Center and chair of the Saratoga Hospital Department of Ambulatory Medicine, overseeing the community medicine curriculum and Timothy Reed, M.D. who will be directing the inpatient medicine training.

The 3-year curriculum is created on the pillars of being community-focused, teaching innovative medicine and practicing integrated care. The education maximizes broad-spectrum clinical competence in both hospital and ambulatory medicine, with a special emphasis on training in behavioral health, addiction treatment, population health, rural health and state-of-the-art technology.

Hudson Headwaters’ upcoming Glens Falls Family Health will serve as a continuity site for two of six residents in each class. Designed with special attention to integrated team care, the health center will offer family medicine residents collaborative learning opportunities with the Advanced Practice Clinician fellowship, an advanced training program for recently graduated FNPs and PAs.

The Saratoga program is the second family medicine residency program collaborating with Hudson Headwaters, with the first being the Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital (CVPH) Family Residency at Champlain Family Health. The inaugural class of the Saratoga Family Medicine Residency Program starts July 2023.

Coming soon! Glens Falls Family Health and PACE

Advanced Practice Clinician Post Graduate Primary Care Fellowship

Hudson Headwaters has joined the growing number of health care institutions across the country that are developing advanced training programs for recently graduated FNPs and PAs. The demands of full-scope family practice can be overwhelming for recent graduates, so this twelve-month program was designed to increase APC clinical competence and confidence. The fellowship program provides a structured education experience with mentored and precepted clinics for two fellows each year. Fellows are full-time Hudson Headwaters Health Network employees eligible for comprehensive benefits. The application cycle for 2023 is closed; applications for the fellowship starting in Fall 2024 will be due by April 1, 2024.

CVPH Family Medicine Residency Program

Each year, six family medicine residents from the CVPH Family Medicine Residency have their continuity practices at Champlain Family Health. Over the course of their 3-year residency, each resident performs more than 1,650 patient encounters, supervised and precepted by Champlain Family Health attending family physicians. Reviews of the experience by both residents and attendings have been excellent. The current residents are:

Medical Students

For more than 20 years, under the direction of Dr. Frances Bollinger, Hudson Headwaters has been working with Albany Medical College to educate third-year medical students in outpatient internal medicine. Three students at a time are placed here for a two-week rotation.

In addition, Hudson Headwaters has hosted 4th-year medical students from different medical schools for a 1-month elective rotation in rural medicine.

Pharmacy Students

Four student pharmacists in their 6th year of pharmacy school at Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, part of Union University, will be graduating with their Doctor of Pharmacy degree in May 2021. They each will complete a 6-week, advanced practice pharmacy rotation under the supervision of Ryan Armstrong, Pharm.D, Clinical Pharmacist; Kate Shmulsky, Pharm.D, Director Population Health Programs and Quality; and our population health team. The students work with on targeted population health projects including medication therapy management, patient outreach and pharmacy consults, and help to serve as a resource for our Population Health department.

Nursing Students

Nursing student rotations are currently through either the SUNY Plattsburgh RN to BSN program or the WSWHE BOCES LPN Program. The RN program is a 40-hour clinical rotation ending in a project based on their experiences. The LPN program pairs students with health center LPNs. Both programs serve as a way for nursing students to get a sense of the work environment.

Undergraduate Student Opportunities

Student Rotations
Hudson Headwaters has a long history of providing clinical rotations for APC students. Demand for these rotations increased dramatically in the last several years, necessitating a more formal application process that prioritizes employees, their families, and local students. During the calendar year 2019, we placed six students providing about 1,140 hours of precepted clinical time. Click here to apply.

Shadow or Observation Experience
In the current health care environment, we need to balance the value of having local learners get a first-hand clinical experience with the potential exposure to unexpected illness and impactful clinical situations. For this reason, we no longer allow shadow experiences for individuals under 16, Students and people seeking shadow experience must be completely COVID vaccinated and provide documentation. Click here to apply.

Student and Training Applications

  • Medical Student Tuition Assistance Program

    Bringing the next generation of quality physicians, dedicated to the Network’s mission & vision, to serve & live in our communities by providing tuition assistance to qualified 3rd & 4th year medical students who are passionate about primary care.

Email completed Medical Tuition Assistance Program application to Jennifer Leszyk at