Department of Medicine

Department of Medicine

   Internal Medicine Residency Program

Rotations and Clinics


University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute (UPCI)

The University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute and the Division of Hematology/Oncology provide opportunities for clinical and research activities in the field of cancer at the University of Pittsburgh. UPCI is the only National Cancer Institute–designated Comprehensive Cancer Center in western Pennsylvania. UPCI works in tandem with the UPMC Cancer Centers to offer patients the latest advances in cancer prevention, detection, diagnosis, and treatment. Residents and interns rotate through the inpatient oncology floors at Shadyside Hospital. The housestaff are exposed to a wide array of hematologic/oncologic illnesses, including immune thrombocytopenia, thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura, autoimmune hemolytic anemia, aplastic anemia, hemophilia, and cancers requiring inpatient chemotherapy. Each team also cares for patients with complications from malignancy and treatments for malignancies, patients who may benefit from palliative or hospice care, and patients with neutropenic fever and transfusion-related problems.

Team Structure: There is on team consisting of one resident and two interns. There is a hospitalist service that covers the teams' patients and admits new patients over night.

Admission Structure:The team admits 3-4 patients every day except Sunday, with one of those admissions being a holdover from the prior night. The total census cap is 20 patients, although the census for each intern is usually 5-7 patients.

Supervision: There is one hematology/oncology attending and one hematology/oncology fellow for the team.

Teaching: There are didactic lectures specific to
hematology/oncology at noon every week day in addition to the teaching that occurs on rounds.

The Acute Leukemia Service and Stem Cell Transplant Program provide separate inpatient services that are covered by nurse practitioners and a fellow. These programs offer elective opportunities for residents interested in hematologic malignancies or stem cell transplant.