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  • Salary and Benefits
  • Family Medicine Global Health Track
  • Family Medicine Teaching Service and Family Health Center Service
  • Longitudinal Experience in Ambulatory Practice (LEAP)
  • Call Schedule
  • How to Apply
  • Interview Day Information
  • Family Medicine Enhanced Care for the Underserved Track
    bullet point  Salary and Benefits FY 2014-2015
    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
    • 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.
    • Advocacy 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 second and third year for global health experiences. They will participate in a year long global health seminar from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs which will begin the middle of the internship year. The required Longitudinal Practice Improvement rotation and scholarly project will be based on a patient population outside 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 per year to defray the cost of the international rotation and airfare.

    How to apply:
    UPMC Shadyside will have up to two positions 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 ability to meet the track requirements by January 30, 2010.
    Following the NRMP match the Global Health academic committee, which includes the integrated Family Medicine program director and family medicine faculty members from each family medicine residency site within UPMC, will review applicants and select those who will participate in the track. Criteria considered in selection are:
    • Career goals
    • Prior experience demonstrating competency in cross cultural medical care
    • Academic performance which demonstrates ability to handle the demands of the global health track in addition to the family medicine core requirements

    University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and the
    Graduate School of Public and International Affairs

    Global Health Seminars

    The Curriculum

    A core group of GSPIA faculty developed the syllabus for each seminar and facilitate the seminar discussions. The seminar topics identify the key themes in international development policy and practice. The seminar format is similar to GSPIA’s doctoral seminars where students synthesize and critique an extensive and diverse range of literature relevant for understanding major perspectives and research methods that guide policy, program and institutional design, and performance monitoring and evaluation activities. Case studies are used to stimulate discussion, emphasize key themes from the readings, and engage students in planning and problem solving in diverse country settings, and when working with various sub-populations.

    Faculty will supervise each student in choosing a country and developing a research topic for investigation over the year-long course of study. Students are expected to develop and present several short policy briefing papers, and to produce and present a comprehensive policy paper or research design by the end of the year. Upon completion of the year-long plan of study, students will have achieved the following learning objectives:

    • Assessed the political, economic and socio-cultural determinants which influence health policy and practice in diverse developing country settings;

    • Demonstrated the application of diverse research and analysis tools and techniques used in facilitating problem-solving and decision making in resource-scarce environments;

    • Investigated the structural and systemic weaknesses that underlie many of the key institutional, regulatory and governance mechanisms necessary for conducting and monitoring public health interventions and outcomes;

    • Acquired a mastery of the complex problems and barriers to ensuring effective health outcomes for population groups such as women and children, and the challenges involved in health service delivery and management in situations affected by conflict, repressive governments, and environmental crises.

    Global Health Seminars (partial listing)

    Seminar 1 -Power, Politics and Policy: The Influence of Global, National and Local Agendas on Poverty, Development and Health
    A broad and comprehensive introduction to health policies, interventions and outcomes from an international development perspective, and as the result of the complex interplay between power, politics and the unequal distribution of resources at multiple levels of society.

    Seminar 2-Health Systems and Health Policy Planning and Design: Determining Needs, Framing Problems, Setting Priorities and Designing Interventions
    Introduces the student to quantitative and qualitative research methods in the social sciences, including a brief review of statistics. Commonly used frameworks such as participatory strategies for data collection and analysis, and the policy analysis framework, logic model and stakeholder analysis are also introduced. Students also will identify health systems requirements, operating principles, infrastructure and personnel needs.

    Seminar 3-Health Systems Financing: The Interplay of Governments, Markets and International Aid
    Comparative survey of the various health financing models in developing countries, including review and assessment of the emerging models used by international donors, and the economics of heath systems financing. (more complete description not available at this time).

    Seminar 4 – Health and Human Rights
    Examines how human rights are linked with development and health. Human rights standards, civil and political rights, and economic and social rights - including ‘the right to the highest attainable standard of health’ - are increasingly being drawn on to shape social policy in fields such as health. The seminar will examine key principles of the human right to health, and test the implications for health care policy, resource allocation and the practice of health care.

    Seminar 5 – Health, Conflict and Population Displacement
    Review and assessment of the challenges in providing health care and services as a component of humanitarian interventions, and the long-term effects on the health of refugees and the internally displaced as a result of protracted conflict situations where torture, deprivation, psychological trauma and sexual exploitation may affect large numbers of the population. Also covered are the challenges of re-building health care systems in post-conflict societies.

    Seminar 6 - Health Systems and Health Policy Implementation: The Interplay of Corruption, Capacity and Governance Constraints
    Review and assessment of the self-reinforcing and cumulative effects of corruption, weak capacity, and poor governance and regulatory regimes in three critical areas: health systems performance, service delivery, and health outcomes, especially for poor and marginalized groups. The seminar will also review ethics and accountability frameworks for assessing and monitoring transparency in public sector governance.

    Seminar 7 – Gender and Health
    Review and assessment of the theoretical and conceptual frameworks for understanding the ways in which health policies and practice in diverse socio-cultural contexts result in unequal health outcomes for men and women, and boys and girls, together with a review of gender mainstreaming approaches to health intervention planning used in international development activities.

    Seminar 8 – Children, Development and Health
    Comprehensive survey of the innovative programmatic interventions in support of child health and child development, especially programs that emphasize the socio-cultural dimensions of child health, development and welfare in developing countries and efforts to support special target groups such as treatment-rehabilitation of child soldiers, and AIDs orphans and children with HIV/AIDs as heads of households. (more complete description not available at this time).

    Seminar 9 - Health Systems and Health Policy Performance: Measuring Impact, Efficiency, Effectiveness and Organizational Performance
    A comprehensive survey of assessment and evaluation concepts and models, organizational learning models, including the standards approach and evidence-based models, and traditional and participatory approaches to measuring and evaluating health policy and community health outcomes. The seminar will also consider strengths and weaknesses of strategies currently in use by major global health organizations and the donor community.

    Seminar 10 - Health Systems Change: Data Collection and Information Management Systems for Monitoring, Evaluation and Advocacy

    Review of current and emerging models and frameworks for measuring and monitoring risk and vulnerability of both systems and populations, including network analysis, early warning systems, vulnerability assessments, and disease surveillance models. Also reviews the challenges of data generation and collection in developing countries.

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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 physicians in our department, including the Faculty.

    Family Medicine Teaching Service
    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 determines whether a patient is placed on the teaching service. This helps ensure that a wide variety of patients and illnesses are seen and 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 (3 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 4-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 IM residency Program; the Family Medicine is functionally unopposed, and the two Inpatient teaching Programs function independently.

    Family Health Center Service
    The Family Health Center Service comprises 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. Practitioners, on the other hand, may become educational resources for the residency and can receive practice coverage and even future practice partners through LEAP.
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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 divded into:

    1) a morning team 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM (two senior residents and two first year residents that round on inpatient and do a maximum of seven admissions)

    2) a night float team 7:00 PM to 7:00 AM (one senior resident and one first year resident that cross over and do a maximum of seven admissions)

    Generally, the third year includes one to two months of call, which is taken from home.

    An exercise room and a lounge equipped with a plasma TV, coffee machine and large sofas for use by residents only 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, 2013.

    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, 2013. 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, October 28th through Friday, January 10th. This year we will not be interviewing applicants on the following dates:
    Wednesday, October 30th, Monday, November 25th to Friday, November 29th, and Monday December 23rd to Friday, January 3rd.

    First Year Positions for 2014
    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 2:00 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

    Meeting with Recruitment Coordinator

    Exit Interview with Program Director
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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 citizens. Former graduates are currently in a wide range of settings for which they have felt adequately prepared.

    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. Now, one resident per year is chosen for the underserved track. This allows them to spend a majority of their outpatient clinical time within a federally qualified health center (FQHC) nearby in the historic Hill District of Pittsburgh. While there, they will 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 nations 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 to interested medical graduates of US programs. If you are interested, please be sure to let us know prior to your interview/site visit, so we might accommodate your desire to visit this additional location.
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