The Categorical Internal Medicine Residency Training Program at UPMC Shadyside provides a unique blend of community and university hospital training that will optimally prepare you for the career path you choose in internal medicine. The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) Health System offers an exceptional diversity of training sites, patients, faculty, and learning resources that allow our graduates to become excellent general internists and hospitalists or to pursue subspecialty fellowship training and research careers.
For information about application requirements for the categorical program, click here.
UPMC Shadyside is the major community hospital teaching site for the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and the UPMC Health System. With 485 beds, it offers the best in tertiary hospital resources, including all surgical specialties, interventional radiology, critical care, and subspecialty care. At the same time, as a community hospital, it provides a supportive and nurturing environment in which our residents can grow into confident, clinically mature professionals. Our optimal size (12 residents per year), dedicated University of Pittsburgh faculty, outstanding nursing staff, and a hospital administration committed to the safest and best patient care provide our residents an ideal learning environment in which to develop and achieve their professional goals.
UPMC Shadyside residents spend about 40% of their training time on the campus of the University of Pittsburgh, rotating on inpatient services of UPMC Presbyterian and the Veterans Administration Medical Center (VAMC). In this university hospital setting, they work with faculty from all divisions of the University of Pittsburgh Department of Medicine, care for patients participating in research, and experience the academic environment that a university hospital offers. Shadyside residents have abundant opportunities to participate in research, and many of them have gone on to present their scholarly work at national meetings. With experience in these very different and rich training environments, our residents finish their training well prepared for practice or fellowship.
In recent years, the health care system has become increasingly complicated, and the skill sets required by physicians have grown. In addition to keeping abreast of advancing medical knowledge and refining clinical skills, physicians are expected to be familiar with and attentive to the concepts of patient safety and continuous quality improvement. They are expected to be able to access and regularly use electronic databases and electronic health records as a part of their patient care. And they must be familiar with the complexities and vagaries of the insurance systems that their patients use. Residents at UPMC Shadyside are not only provided with the resources and faculty to learn these complex skills, but they also have excellent opportunities to use the skills.
We offer the training internist the best of both a community program and a university program. We hope you will take the time to explore this site and feel free to contact us with any questions you might have.
Ihab El Hajj, MD, MPH
Class of 2010
Life after Residency: Gastroenterology and Hepatology Fellowship, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, Indiana
"The internal medicine residency program at UPMC Shadyside offers a unique supportive environment and a highly educational experience unmatched by most programs. Under the supervision of a first-class faculty and through rotations in different hospitals, including the community hospital, the university hospital, and the VAMC, the program offers an excellent inpatient and outpatient balance with an excellent patient mix and a wide range of pathologies. The program also encourages residents interested in pursuing research and academic medicine to take advantage of the many world-class technical and faculty resources available at the University of Pittsburgh. Through the mentoring program, residents are matched with potential research advisors in their field of interest, making them highly competitive candidates for any subspecialty. Overall, the program creates an exclusive opportunity for residents to achieve maximal success, productivity, and efficiency."