Rachel Durkalski, DO

  • Second 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 completed a Family Medicine rotation with UPMC at Matilda Theiss and found it to be an enjoyable and educationally enriching experience. Because of this, I pursued the program further and learned that it offered opportunities in global health of which I have a special interest. I chose Pittsburgh for its proximity to my family and because I have always enjoyed myself whenever I visit the city.

What are your goals while here in the residency program? How will this prepare you to be an excellent physician?
Achieving good clinical and diagnostic skills, as well as establishing a good rapport with patients are part of what comprises being an excellent physician. While working with the residents and attendings from Shadyside, I was able to see that I’d have the opportunity to achieve these skills through the program. Furthermore, the Global Health Track will enable me to continue to practice internationally. I hope to apply what I will learn in the community where I will eventually practice.

Do you have any special interests outside of the residency program?
I enjoy traveling, reading, and the arts.


Wheeling, West Virgnia