Alex Bodkin, MD, MS

  • First Year Resident

Are you in a special track or focus during your residency?

Global Health Track

Why did you choose UPMC Shadyside Family Medicine Residency Program?  Why Pittsburgh?

I chose Shadyside because the faculty, staff and residents were so happy and inviting. Not only do they seem happy, but they appeared to be passionate about their work. Additionally, Shadyside encourages their residents to think creatively about how to improve healthcare and wants them to become leaders in the field- that was very important for me in a residency program.

I knew nothing about Pittsburgh before I interviewed with Shadyside. I was pleasantly surprised when I flew into this unique city. I love the mountains, hills, rivers and bridges. The people were surprisingly friendly and everyone I spoke with loved living in Pittsburgh (even with somewhat brutal winters)! I’m excited to explore more of the city over these next three years.

What are your goals while here in the residency program?  How will this prepare you to be an excellent physician?

I want to polish my leadership skills, especially with regards to medical knowledge and care. I want to become a stronger advocate for health policy. And I hope to leave residency with a deeper understanding of community medicine that I can take with me to various clinical settings to best serve my patients and their unique needs.

Do you have any specials interests outside of the residency?

I love to travel- whether by car, train, plane or boat. I love meeting new people, learning new languages and visiting other cultures. I love to hike and spend time outdoors with my partner Philippe and our dog Ellie. We also love to cook, host friends and family in our home, go to movies, festivals and live music events. 



Fort Gordon, GA (Army kiddo)