Medical Education Leadership


Michael Witt, MD, MPH, FACEP, FAAP
Designated Institutional Official

I have had the honor of providing healthcare to the Elmira community for over thirty  years. For the past seven years I have had the pleasure of being involved in developing and continuing GME, initially as Internal Medicine Program Director and currently as Associate DIO, at Arnot Health.


As a practicing physician I have seen first hand the benefit that GME is providing. This has recently become especially apparent as our graduating residents and fellows have begun practicing in our community.


In just seven years the Arnot Health System has gone from a non academic institution to one with multiple ACGME accredited residencies and fellowships. This attests to the dedication and goal directed leadership of both AHS and GME administration. We are totally committed to constantly improving our programs.

I strongly encourage you to come and train at one of the most progressive programs in the country and also to consider the beautiful Finger Lakes region in your future practice plans.

Michael Witt, MD, MPH, FACEP, FAAP


Frank Edwards, MD
Graduate Medical Education Research and Associate DIO

It has been a huge pleasure to watch our GME program grow from nothing less than a decade ago to nine programs (six residencies and three fellowships), all ACGME accredited, all flourishing, and all led by dedicated program directors, excellent faculty and—perhaps most importantly—graced with enthusiastic residents and fellows. Though we’re a young GME system, our programs have already made a great positive impact on the health care of this region and will continue to do so as we retain graduates and produce a growing body of research and quality improvement projects. 


Along with providing excellent training, we place a very high priority on the overall wellbeing of our residents, fellows and faculty. Beginning in 2019 we have initiated a comprehensive wellness program that includes free access to the fully equipped Elmira College gymnasium facilities, healthy food when on overnight call, training in the nature of resiliency and burnout, immediate access to counseling services if needed, social and recreational opportunities, and other activities during an annual resident appreciation week. 

Frank Edwards, MD, FACEP

After a stint in the U.S Army as a helicopter pilot in Southeast Asia, Frank Edwards graduated from UNC Chapel Hill with an A.B. in English and Chemistry and received his M.D. from the University of Rochester. A.B.E.M. certified in emergency medicine since 1988, he served on the EM faculty of the University of Rochester in the 1990’s.  Edwards started an emergency medicine residency at the Arnot Ogden Medical Center in 2014, serving as EM program director until becoming the D.I.O. at Arnot Ogden in June of 2019. He is the author of an emergency medicine textbook and a number of articles. 

Paula Mowry
Graduate Medical Education 
Institutional Coordinator

Our Graduate Medical Education Program offers educational programs in many disciplines. The GME Committee coordinates our overall residency education effort and works closely with department chairs and program directors to make sure that our educational program are conducted in full compliance with the guidelines of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education and the highest academic standards of excellence of Arnot Ogden Medical Center. From your first day of arrival you become part of our educational community. You are an important part of that community, for the reputation of an academic medical center rests, in part, on the excellence of its residents. We appreciate your dedication and your interest in training at Arnot Ogden Medical Center and its affiliated hospitals. As a trainee at Arnot, you can be assured of our fullest support as you pursue the challenging goals of your professional career.

Paula Mowry, Administrative D.I.O