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Ahuja, Rahul Ahuja, DO
First Year Resident



Pittsburgh, PA 


 
Home Town:
New Delhi, India
 
Education:
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
 
Interests:
Are you in a special track or focus during your residency?
No, but I am very interested in the Underserved Track.

Why did you choose UPMC Shadyside Family Medicine Residency Program? Why Pittsburgh?
I did an inpatient audition rotation with the family medicine service and absolutely loved it! The residents and attendings were very knowledgeable and there was a big focus on teaching. Nearly every afternoon after rounding there was some form of education for the residents and students, which was very important to me while choosing a program. In addition, Shadyside has very strong Global Health and Underserved Tracks both of which I am interested in. I am also interested in outpatient procedures, including Long Acting Reversible contraception insertion and removals all of which is strongly emphasized by the program at Shadyside.
The residents graduating from previous years have been able to acquire positions in nearly every avenue possible—Urgent Care, Hospitalist, Sports Medicine, Geriatrics, full spectrum family practice and so forth. This flexibility and plethora of opportunities was also very important as a future family physician. In short, UPMC Shadyside had all the opportunities I desired in a residency program and so much more!
Pittsburgh is America’s hidden gem (shhhh…)!!! I lived in New Delhi, Boston and Philadelphia before visiting Pittsburgh and was struck by how vibrant the city was! It has a ton of events happening every weekend, great music scene, fantastic food, beautiful parks at every corner and a lot of young people that makes the city so special!

What are your goals while here in the residency program? How will this prepare you to be an excellent physician?
My goal is to be competent at full spectrum family medicine. Family physicians are the portal through which patients communicate with the medical world. As a family doc my goal is to have a wide breadth of experience so I can help as many patients as possible get the best care possible, which I believe is what an excellent physician should be able to provide.

Do you have any special interests outside of the residency program?
I have a special attachment to my Buddhist organization: SGI-USA, which has a very dynamic and youthful local chapter here in Pittsburgh!
 
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