Thanks for looking us up! Please read below to learn more about who we are and what we do. Feel free to email SHA at StrongHousestaffAssociation@gmail.com with any questions, comments, or concerns!

Saturday, May 1, 2021

SHA Meet & Greet 2021

Whether you are a current member wanting to get together...

or a prospective member looking to see who we are...

Come join SHA for our 15th annual

Meet & Greet
Saturday, August 7th, 2021
4:00pm - 6:30pm

Carmen Clark Lodge at Brighton Town Park
777 Westfall Road
 Rochester, NY 14620



This is a FREE event and food/drink will be provided. Please note that alcohol is not permitted on park grounds.

Due to COVID-19, we have the following updates about this year's Meet & Greet:

  • Per the Township of Brighton, we are limited to 45 attendees.
  • RSVPs are required; Admittance to the event will be first-come, first-served by RSVP and everyone will be asked to confirm their RSVP in late July.
  • Masks for adults and children ages 3+ will be required when indoors, unless people are eating/drinking. Please bring your own masks as well as your own blanket or lawn chair(s) to sit on if you wish to sit outdoors.
  • Sticker name tags will be available along with markers. However please feel free to bring/wear your own name tags if you prefer. Please bring your own hand sanitizer if you wish to use hand sanitizer during the event.

We ask that everyone be accepting of others' preferences and maintain social distancing of 6 feet, unless both parties come to a mutual agreement otherwise.

As we get closer to August, food and drink arrangements will be determined and may require some pre-ordering of food by attendees.

Please RSVP by Monday, July 26, 2021 with the number of adults/kids attending either via our SHA Facebook Event (you need to be a member of the Facebook Group in order to view the page), or by emailing

Wednesday, April 1, 2020


Welcome! We hope that joining the Strong Housestaff Association (SHA) will be a great way for you (and your family/significant other) to meet residents, fellows, and families from all specialties at URMC. The purpose of SHA is to help build community, friendships, and connections!

SHA has existed since 1995. We are a friendly group of people who support each other as we or our significant others go through residency/fellowship at URMC. Our group includes residents, fellows, teachers, nurses, students, parents and more, from various ages and walks of life.

We host several social events every month. Some are targeted toward exploring the city with each other (coffee nights, baseball games, meet & greets, etc.), and others are geared towards supporting families of residents/fellows (playgroups, visiting museums and parks, etc.). SHA members are also encouraged to build connections with one another to share local recommendations or advice, arrange impromptu meet-ups, and more!

NOTE: Due to the current global pandemic, we are holding limited in-person SHA events outdoors only. We also continue to build connections and community virtually through our Facebook page, email list, and other channels!

Thanks for looking us up, and we hope to see you soon!

Thursday, February 20, 2020

For the most updated events and info, check us out on Facebook!

We have a Facebook page to connect our members with one another and give others an idea of what we are about: https://www.facebook.com/groups/URSHA/. You'll be asked a few simple questions when you request to join, so that we can confirm that you are affiliated with the University of Rochester Medical Center.

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

How to Join SHA

If you would like to become an official member of SHA, we ask that you fill out a simple membership form and pay our annual dues of just $20 (perfect for a resident's salary). For a copy of our membership form please email our Membership Secretary, Noelle Schlung, at noellesheree@outlook.com. We're also happy to let prospective members be part of the group for a month to try it out before officially joining!

Saturday, December 7, 2019


"What a great group! I joined SHA a bit late, after my husband's intern year, but quickly made friends. I'll admit, it was a bit difficult convincing myself to go to that first event, but everyone was so nice and welcoming and it was a relief to talk with other people who were "experiencing" residency just as I was. (It's not easy being a resident but it's not easy being married to one either!) It was absolutely wonderful having a group of people who understood the ups and downs of residency and who had the time to get out and do things when my husband didn't. Later, when kiddos joined the picture, it was amazing getting meals through the Meal Train after my daughter was born, and then having tons of fun play dates to go to. I have wonderful memories of my time in SHA and am so thankful to have been a part of it for so many years!"-- Linda Meyers, SHA Member 2012 - 2019

“We came to Rochester 8 years ago for my husband's internal medicine residency and then later on, two fellowships in geriatrics and oncology. SHA became a wonderful asset to us, as we moved not knowing anyone in the city. I can honesty say that some of our greatest friendships have come out of those we’ve met here through this group. If it weren’t for SHA, I may have felt isolated at times with my husband's crazy work hours. I will be forever grateful for the support and relationships strengthened through the Strong Housestaff Association group.” -- SHA Member for 8 years (2020)

"Joining SHA gave me a network and social group of peers that became my family when I couldn't have my own family nearby.  They bring you under their wing, help in any way they can, and made my five years in Rochester so wonderful that it was very sad to finally go at the end of residency.  SHA helps with everything from what restaurant is great for your anniversary to what roofer to use for your house."-- Past SHA member for 4 years

"Joining SHA was the best decision I made when I moved to Rochester!  At first I was intimidated by all the kids at the Meet and Greet, because I didn't have any, but I soon found lots of great friends, with kids and without.  The best thing about SHA was meeting other people who understand what it's like having a spouse in residency (especially a loooong residency).  And when we eventually did have kids, it was the ladies from SHA who provided so much help and encouragement.  I only wish there were programs like this everywhere!"--Past SHA Member for 5 years

"Wow.  I have so many good things to say about SHA!  My favorite part were the adult events. I was able to talk to other women who were going through the same hard times as myself.  We grew so close that I consider some of them my best friends for life, even now that we've moved on.  Playgroups also helped me get through the hard times and were great socialization for my kids.  In fact, it's where all three of them have made lifelong friendships too!  I loved my time spent in SHA, and I would definitely join again!"
--Past SHA Member for 5 years

"SHA was one of the best things about my life in Rochester.  It made residency so much better because I had an instant peer group who understood the demands of my spouse's job.  Joining SHA was one of the best decisions I made because it helped me thrive during the challenging season of residency and provided me with wonderful, lifelong friends."--Past SHA Member for 5 years

Saturday, October 5, 2019

SHA Officer Listing 2020-2021

Please feel free to contact any of our SHA Officers!

Alaina Wong-Canissario

Membership Secretary
Noelle Schlung

Member Support Officer
Mary Houk

Rachel Murray