Orlando V. Zarate Jr. , MD

  • First Year Residents

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

Not officially, but I am interested in doing community medicine and geriatrics.

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

The program has qualities that reflect a lot of things that I look for in a training institution. It is a university-based program that puts a high regard for academics. It has superb faculty members who are well-respected in their fields of practice but are very personable and supportive. The residents are kind and high-spirited. The program caters to a wide range of patients from different socioeconomic backgrounds. I also like that there are opportunities to pursue specialty interests.

I haven’t heard much of Pittsburgh until I visited the program during interview season and absolutely fell in love with it. I am so excited to discover more about the city.

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

I want to make the most of all the learning opportunities that the program will present to me. I want to be a well-rounded physician who can confidently and compassionately manage patients of varying ages and walks of life. I aim to develop a wide knowledge base, good clinical eye, and flexibility in working at different settings.

Do you have any specials interests outside of the residency?

I am a home buddy. I appreciate watching crime documentaries, dark comedy and drama. I like spending time with friends and family and trying out new dishes. I enjoy morning walks.


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