BATAVIA - United Memorial Medical Center is expanding its role in medical education by becoming a "teaching hospital" for the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine's Family Medicine Residency Program, it announced Monday.

"This is an exciting moment for United Memorial Medical Center," said Mark C. Schoell, its president and chief executive officer.

Four residents will be accepted for each year of the program, for an eventual total of 12. They will live in the community and will receive pay and benefits from United Memorial.

Hospitals in the program also serve as teaching sites for students in the third- and fourth-year clinical rotations.