Jessica Goddard, DO

  • Third Year Resident

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

I am in the Global Health Track. Also, I am very interested in women’s health and lifestyle medicine and have incorporated some of each of them into my residency curriculum.

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

I wanted a program that had a community feel, as well as strong academics and teaching. I found that UPMC Shadyside combined both perfectly. UPMC has an outstanding reputation and the educational opportunities are immense. It was also important to me to find a program with friendly and supportive faculty, residents, and staff, and that is definitely true at UPMC Shadyside! I believe that I will be challenged here to become the best physician I can be. My class has felt more like a family than I could have expected and I am incredibly grateful for my co-residents.

I chose Pittsburgh because it is a great city with tons of diversity, culture, and great food. I live downtown and love being around all the various restaurants and riverfront. It’s so easy to get to work from any of the surrounding areas. It’s great to explore the different neighborhoods that each have a unique feel.

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

In the future, I want to become a well-rounded physician so that I am fully competent and capable to handle whatever I come across. I want to be able to practice full-scope family medicine so that I can best serve my patients.

Since you began residency training, what are your clinical interests? (Please answer)

Since starting residency, I have been involved with our Centering Program, a prenatal group visit model which has been a really amazing opportunity and allowed me to really expand my women’s health care. I am also very passionate about lifestyle medicine and have worked on creating some resources for our patients to make healthy dietary changes seem more accessible.

Do you have any specials interests outside of the residency?

I enjoy spending time with family and friends, traveling and experiencing different cultures. I like reading, running, hiking and camping. When I am not working, I love spending some time with my cat Fitz and boyfriend Joe!


Dayton, OH