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    It is the mission of UPMC Shadyside's Family Medicine Residency Program to train excellent family physicians and to serve the community. We provide comprehensive training in family medicine. Our program serves the local community by providing a continuum of high quality patient care to all members of the family unit. In addition, the faculty teaches its residents how to coordinate a patient’s health care and best utilize the variety of professionals and agencies available. The residents are comfortable practicing in a variety of settings – urban or rural, and they are competent in a wide range of hospital and office procedures. Residents who train in our program are fully prepared for board certification in family medicine.

    The curriculum (program) fulfills the following requirements:

    American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP)
    American Osteopathc Association (AOA)
    American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM)
    Residency Review Committee (RRC)
    Accreditation Council on Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)
    ACGME Core Competencies

    Our ultimate goal as physicians is to provide the best health care possible for our patients. As you begin this journey into your professional career, this commitment should be your guide.
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    bullet point  Why We Are Unique
    Located in Pittsburgh, one of the most livable cities in the United States, the UPMC Shadyside Family Medicine Residency Program has graduated 285 family physicians since it was accredited in 1970. UPMC Shadyside, a progressive and well-respected hospital which has successfully integrated family medicine and other primary care with excellent secondary and tertiary care, serves as the home for the residency program. Both the program and the hospital have continued to thrive over the past 45 years, benefiting from innovation and progression. In 1997, the hospital became an integral part of the world-renowned UPMC Health System. The Shadyside Family Medicine Department, with over 100 physicians, generates approximately 5,000 admissions per year providing a wide spectrum of diagnoses that forms the base for resident inpatient education.

    Program faculty and residents believe that residency is an important passage in a physician's life; a time to challenge oneself, and a time to grow individually and corporately. This philosophy forms the foundation for the development of exemplary family physicians; balanced practitioners who are a resource not only to patients and families, but also to their own family, friends, and community.

    The combination of this progressive environment, flexibility, and caring has led to extraordinary professional results. Our passion for innovation can be seen in our pioneering work with automated medical record systems, patient-centered medical home, and current work with chronic care management and population health. We are committed to the principles of evidence-based medicine. The combined residency/faculty practice is a leader in the area of quality improvement and cost-effectiveness. In addition, our program reaches into the community where the lives of our patients and families can really be impacted.

    There are fourteen centering sites in Pennsylvania and two are in Pittsburgh. Obstetrics at Magee Women’s Hospital of UPMC and UPMC Shadyside Family Health Center which is the only family medicine residency program in Pittsburgh with a centering site.

    On a national level, family medicine organizations envision family physician practices and family medicine training sites as integrated entities of the future: teaching and practicing evidence-based, outcome-driven medicine in offices, hospitals, and communities, using information technology and patient-centered communication to provide better care for diverse patient populations and families. As we reflect on this, it is clear that the future is now at UPMC Shadyside.

    To be exact, we have high academic standards operating in a respectful educational environment. The health of patients, residents, and staff are viewed from a broad perspective. We smile a lot, like to laugh and are thoughtful and caring.
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    bullet point  Reasons to Choose UPMC Shadyside
    We take pride in our tradition of academic excellence. The atmosphere at UPMC Shadyside is one in which a resident can learn to be a quality family physician with individuality and time for pursuing personal interests. Faculty members take pride in teaching and have limited private office hours to maximize the teaching experience.

    When asked why they chose and enjoyed the Shadyside residency program, many past and present residents comment on the "personality" of the program. It is characterized by a diverse faculty and residents, and provides a strong sense of camaraderie and cohesiveness with a supportive team approach.

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