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  • Salary and Benefits
  • Family Medicine Global Health Track
  • Family Medicine Enhanced Care for the Underserved Track
  • Family Medicine Teaching Service and Family Health Center Service
  • Longitudinal Experience in Ambulatory Practice (LEAP)
  • Call Schedule
  • How to Apply
  • Interview Day Information
    bullet point  Salary and Benefits FY 2015-2016
    First Year
    Professional Development Fund AllowanceReimbursement Up to $1,500
    Relocation AllowanceUp to $2,500 with receipts
    One-time stipend towards the puchase of a UPMC approved handheld electronic resource device$700
    Paid Time Off20 Days

    Second Year
    Professional Development Fund Allowance$1,500
    Paid Time Off20 Days

    Third Year
    Professional Development Fund Allowance$1,500
    Paid Time Off20 Days

    As scheduling for patient care coverage permits, UPMC paid holidays are:
    - New Years Day
    - Martin Luther King Day
    - Memorial Day
    - Independence Day
    - Labor Day
    - Thanksgiving Day
    - Christmas Day
    - New Years Eve Day

    Other Benefits

    • Resident and Fellow Assistance Program
    • Health Insurance (hospitalization, dental and vision coverage)
    • Prescription Drug Coverage Plan
    • Disability Benefits
    • Life Insurance
    • Hospital in-house moonlighting available during 2nd and 3rd year of residency training with approval from the program director and faculty
    • Free on-site parking
    • 401(k) Plan (Replaces Voluntary Programs for Supplemental Retirement Annuities and Credit Union)
    • Payment for ACLS/BCLS Provider Course Registrations
    • Payment for PALS, NALS and ALSO Course Registrations
    • Meals are provided at no charge for residents during local program conferences, and while on hospital call or hospital services
    • Free lab coats and scrubs
    • UPMC Connect accounts to access all computer applications at your residence or remote sites
    • Pagers and associated monthly fees are provided at no cost to residents
    • Membership is paid for the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) and the Pennsylvania Academy of Family Physicians (PAFP)
    • For osteopathic residents, membership is paid for the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) and the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians (ACOFP)
    • Credit Union available at UPMC Shadyside
    • Free electronic mail accounts and internet access
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    bullet point  Family Medicine Global Health Track
    Program Mission:
    We aim to provide an excellent, well rounded global health experience and curriculum that will prepare residents to serve as leaders in high quality, cost effective local and international community based medical solutions for defined populations.

    Specific Goals:
    Provide mentorship and support for residents to attain career goals in caring for the community they choose to serve as a family physician.
    • To become an advocate for underserved communities both domestic and international.
    • Improved cultural competency
    • Train future leaders in global/domestic health program administration and advocacy, effecting change in health/social policy, and coalition building/funding procurement.

    Residents in the track will be provided two weeks during the first year and four weeks during the second and third year of training for global health experiences. The required Community Oriented Primary Care (COPC) rotation and scholarly project will be based on a patient population outside of the United States. The global health track director will mentor residents in the track. All residents will have the option of taking electives in global health and the global health didactic sessions are available to all. Residents can use their CME funds to pay for the global health seminar series. Global health track residents will be provided up to $1,500.00 per year to defray the costs of the international rotation and airfare.

    How to Apply:
    UPMC Shadyside will have up to two positions available academic per year.

    Applicants who are interested in the Global Health Track should provide a brief (one to two paragraphs) statement of their career goals, reason for wanting to enter the track, and their ability to meet the track requirements by January 30, 2016.

    Criteria considered in selection are the following:
    • Career goals
    • Prior experience demonstrating competency in cross cultural medical care
    • Academic performance which demonstrates the ability to handle the demands of the global health track, in addition, to the family medicine core requirements

    Following the NRMP Match, the Global Health Academic Committee, which includes the integrated family medicine program director and family medicine faculty members from each residency site within UPMC, will review their applicant file and statement of interest and will then select those who will participate in the track.

    Core Curriculum:
    Regular COPC seminar meetings take place every other week for one hour. The global health track residents meet with the global health track faculty and advisors and work together on resident projects collaboratively. Community development/resident project work is the focus of these group meetings.

    Global Health Seminars:
    Monthly seminars with attention given to include content across the eighteen month curriculum cycle from the following categories:

    • Tropical Medicine and Clinical Skills
    • Determinants of Health
    • Health Systems
    • Human Rights, Ethics, Culture and Diplomacy
    • Policy, Governance and Actors
    • Measuring Health, Burden of Disease and Program Outcomes
    • Environment and Health

    Each seminar is facilitated by an experienced/expert faculty member with a reading assignment or pertinent article associated.

    Core Textbook: William Markle et al., Understanding Global Health. (Lange, 2nd Edition)

    In addition, twice yearly family medicine grand rounds, weekly lectures and seminars are available at various schools at the University of Pittsburgh. A Monday lecture series and the international medicine course (a four week elective offered every other year) is coordinated through the general internal medicine department.

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    bullet point  Family Medicine Enhanced Care for the Underserved Track
    UPMC Shadyside Family Medicine Residency has long been an excellent clinical training program for preparing its graduates to smoothly transition into a variety of health care settings. During the years that the residency has been in place, our physicians have been providing outpatient care to a wide range of patients primarily within our own Family Health Center. The health center is situated across the street from the hospital, but within a short drive to a variety of inner city neighborhoods of Pittsburgh. It has long been considered a place for compassionate, comprehensive care for some of Pittsburgh’s disenfranchised population.

    In 2010, it was decided to establish an intensified experience for a small number of residents who self-identified as being particularly interested in learning skills to manage the most medically underserved populations. One resident per year is chosen for the "Underserved Track." This allows them to spend part of their outpatient clinical time within a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) nearby in the historic Hill District of Pittsburgh. While providing continuity care at that location, they receive supervision by members of the Department of Family Medicine of the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Medicine, but still maintain close affiliation with the residency program. Some clinical hours will occur at the Family Health Center.

    The underserved track residents will be more intensively involved in community problem solving, uninsured resources development, and multidisciplinary care models. The participants will be encouraged to expand in-office procedural skills. Longitudinal obstetrical care will be a focus of the experience. While our current program design addresses the urban underserved populations, it is our expectation that the skills for rural practice will not be dissimilar. It is desired to have those residents graduate with an additional set of skills to handle the unique complications of our nation's underserved. This preparation will assist with transitioning to Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSA), National Health Service Corps (NHSC), or affiliation with a FQHC.

    In recognition of the impending shortage of well trained primary care providers within the United States, Health Resources and Services Organization (HRSA), as a branch of the Department of Health and Human Services, initiated funding designed to enhance the primary care work force. Under the recommendations of Healthy People 2020, providers with the skills and desires to facilitate care for the medically underserved are emphasized. Funding to develop our specialized training was obtained by the University of Pittsburgh’s Department of Family Medicine. As such, some additional resources are available to the residents who are selected to participate in this unique experience.

    We at UPMC Shadyside Family Medicine Residency are excited by the opportunity to provide this longitudinal clinical module. The former graduates of this training are using their skills in a variety of settings. If you are interested, please be sure to let us know prior to your interview/site visit, so we may accommodate your desire to visit this additional location.
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    bullet point  Family Medicine Teaching Service and Family Health Center Service
    Throughout residency training at UPMC Shadyside, residents will spend time caring for adults on the inpatient services. The patients cared for on these services are drawn from the admissions of more than 50 teaching family medicine physicians in our department, including the faculty.

    Family Medicine Teaching Service

    • Residents determine who is on teaching service according to educational needs and workloads.
    • Dedicated teaching floor (Three East) and overflow geographic teaching units (Four East and Three Pavilion).
    • Close daily working arrangements with nurses, staff, medical students, faculty, community attendings, and consultants.
    • Can follow patients anywhere in the hospital.
    • Able to go to procedures on their own patients, e.g., see EGD in the GI Lab.
    • Long standing excellent teaching arrangements with community attendings; many who have graduated from our residency program.
    • Some community attendings also precept in the family health center office - improves quality of the feedback from hospital to office.
    • On-site resident room where sign-out and teaching rounds occur.

    During this rotation, residents will evaluate and care for patients admitted by private medicine family physicians. At the time of admission, the team of residents determine whether a patient is placed on the teaching service. This helps ensure that a wide variety of patients and illnesses are managed by each resident.

    Residents at UPMC Shadyside are proud that they are able to follow patients on any unit in the hospital. For example, when their patients whom they follow at the Family Health Center are admitted or transferred to an intensive care unit, they will continue to be followed by the same residents.

    Another special feature is our Family Medicine Unit (Three East). This floor is dedicated to the Family Medicine teaching service and Family Health Center service. Because the majority of patients are admitted to this floor and Four East, residents enjoy efficient rounding and a team approach develops between the attending physicians, residents, case coordinators, and nurses. The floor includes 23 patient beds, 16 of which can be monitored beds. The goal of this unit is to provide cohesive care to family medicine patients, in a setting that promotes learning and teamwork among all involved.

    There is no competition for patients or procedures from the Internal Medicine Residency Program; the Family Medicine Service is functionally unopposed, and the two Inpatient teaching programs function independently.

    Family Health Center Service

    • Close longitudinal care with residents and faculty's own patients from the Family Health Center.
    • One-on-one teaching from chief and faculty.
    • Chief also receives one-on-one teaching from faculty.
    • Residents follow their own nursing home patients who are admitted to the hospital.
    • Same benefits as teaching service with respect to geographic teaching, close communication, and long-standing relationships with staff and consultants.

    The Family Health Center Service is composed of UPMC Shadyside Family Health Center patients requiring hospitalization. The resident follows patients during hospitalization and acts as the primary care provider at the Family Health Center, with supervision from the chief resident and a faculty member.

    If the resident is on an off-site rotation, or is unavailable to round, they are allowed to choose a resident colleague to cover their patients, as they would in actual practice.

    The chief resident position at UPMC Shadyside is a monthly rotating position held by a third-year resident. The duties of the chief are to round on all patients on the Family Health Center Service, and teach and supervise the junior residents who are following their own patients in the hospital. The chief also receives direct supervision and teaching from faculty whose patients are admitted to hospital .
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    bullet point  Longitudinal Experience in Ambulatory Practice (LEAP)
    LEAP provides resident education in community-based office practices to supplement the educational experience and expose the resident to the role of the family doctor in his or her practice community. Residents have the opportunity to practice primary care in an ambulatory environment that offers exposure to a variety of management styles, patient mixes, office procedures, and patient flow. Residents who are interested in LEAP are paired with community physicians who are willing to welcome a resident into their practice. The LEAP experience varies from year-to-year depending on resident interest and community physician availability.
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    bullet point  Call Schedule
    The call schedule is flexible and created by the residents themselves; it is not a rigid "q4" system.

    The inpatient shifts are divided into two teams:

    1) A morning team from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. (two senior residents and two first year residents round on the in-patient service and complete a maximum of seven admissions.)

    2) A night float team from 7:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. (one senior resident and one first year resident cross over and complete a maximum of seven admissions.)

    Usually during the third year of training, a resident will have one to two months of call which is taken from home.

    An exercise room and a lounge equipped with a plasma TV, computers, coffee machine and large sofas are available for use by residents only and are located near the call rooms.
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    bullet point  How to Apply
    The UPMC Shadyside Family Medicine Residency Program and the UPMC Osteopathic Family Medicine Residency Program accept applications and supporting documents through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) of the Association of American Medical Colleges. More information can be obtained through theERAS Web Page. The application deadline for all materials to be submitted to our program is December 1, 2015.

    Your application file must include the following:
    Common ERAS Application Form
    Personal Statement
    Medical School Transcript
    Passing Score on the USMLE or COMLEX Step 1 and Step 2 Scores when available
    Dean's Letter of Recommendation
    Three Letters of Recommendation (prefer two from Family Medicine Physicians)
    Photo for Identification Purpose at Interview
    ECFMG Certificate (International Medical Graduates only)

    Applications will be accepted and reviewed by the Program Director beginning September 15 through December 1, 2015. If you are selected to interview with our program, you will receive an invitation via email from our Recruitment Coordinator.

    Interviews will be conducted on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. beginning Monday, November 2 through Friday, December 18. In addtion, we will be interviewing applicants on Tuesday, December 1 and Tuesday, December 15. Interviews will not be scheduled for the day after Thanksgiving, Friday, November 27.

    First Year Positions for 2016
    Six positions will be available through the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) Main Match and four American Osteopathic Association (AOA) positions through the Osteopathic Match.

    International Medical Graduates
    Please see our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) page for information and answers to any questions you may have.
    Contact Information
    Tara M. Redwing, BA
    GME Department Manager and Recruitment Coordinator
    UPMC Shadyside Family Medicine Residency,  5230 Centre Ave,  Pittsburgh, PA 15232
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    bullet point  Pre-Interview and Interview Day
    Hotel Accommodations
    For out of town applicants, we are pleased to offer complementary overnight accommodations at the Courtyard by Marriott which is located directly across the street from our campus.

    Pre-Interview and Interview Day Schedule
    The evening prior to your interview day you are invited to join a small group of our residents and applicants for an informal dinner (your significant other is welcome to attend). You will be contacted by one of the residents designated to join you for dinner to discuss plans for the evening.

    Interview Day Schedule
    7:30 A.M. to 2:30 P.M.

    Welcome & Buffet Breakfast

    Hospital Tour with Family Medicine Resident

    Interviews with Program Director and Faculty

    Tour of the Family Health Center

    Inpatient Teaching Rounds with Faculty and Residents

    Lunch with Family Medicine Faculty and Residents

    Exit Interview with Program Director

    Meeting with Recruitment Coordinator
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