Residents at the School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the State University of New York at Buffalo (SUNY at Buffalo) expressed an interest in receiving instruction in teaching skills. In 1988, under sponsorship of the Graduate Medical-Dental Education Consortium, faculty and residents implemented an orientation program for 110 incoming housestaff. Residents received instruction in large-group teaching skills, bedside teaching, small-group discussion, and student evaluation. The program was rated positively by the residents, 5% of whom became instructors in the orientation program for the following year. Because of the program's structure, both faculty and housestaff receiving training in teaching skills, which may lead to an overall improvement in the teaching of SUNY at Buffalo's medical students.