Community Service Opportunities

Success in today's age of medicine starts with primary prevention. Within the current health care climate, it is impossible to practice without devoting attention to the surrounding community. Through many affiliations with partner organizations, UPMC Shadyside Family Medicine Residency Program readily fulfills its responsibility to the community.

Student Health Experience

Residents participate in office hours at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) Student Health Center on a rotating basis as their schedule allows, with direct supervision from our faculty. There, residents will care for acute and chronic medical issues related to the college patient.

Through our Sports Medicine Department, opportunities exist to provide medical coverage at collegiate and high school athletic events with a sports medicine faculty member or fellow.

Health Care for the Underserved

In the tradition of health care for the homeless, resident physicians help staff clinics at several locations that serve populations with limited access to medical care. They include

  • The Wood Street Commons, a homeless shelter located in downtown Pittsburgh. Its clinic is staffed by a nurse, and a doctor is available a few times a month.
  • The Lawn Street Community Center in the Oakland area of Pittsburgh has a weekly clinic for adults and children.
  • Bethlehem Haven, a women's clinic located in downtown Pittsburgh.

Japanese Community Outreach Experience

This is a community outreach activity that provides education for the Japanese people in Pittsburgh. Also, for those individuals who are not familiar with the health system in the United States.  We present health care-related topics in the Japanese language by incorporating the concepts commonly shared by the Japanese people.  Residents who are interested in Japanese culture can participate in these activities such as, conducting medical English classes.

School Health

Through the UPMC Shadyside/Pittsburgh Public Schools Health Partnership, the Family Medicine Residency Program has maintained an active role in adolescent school and behavioral health.  Residents can become involved in the Promoting Adolescent Development Through Sexuality Education Program formerly known as Postponing Sexual Involvement (PSI). The PSI program has earned national recognition as a model teen pregnancy prevention program.

Resident Teaching Experiences

UPMC Shadyside Family Medicine Residents can provide education to both undergraduate and medical students in a variety of settings. One program pairs a resident with a third- or fourth-year CMU college student who has an interest in pursuing a career in medicine. The students spend one-half day per week for six weeks shadowing the resident. Also, residents help to train medical students from various medical schools in both the in- and out-patient settings during their Family Medicine Clerkships and Acting Internships.  Those schools include the University of Pittsburgh, Penn State Hershey Medical School, and the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Other opportunities for teaching are also available if the resident has a special interest.