The surgery curriculum at UPMC Shadyside is geared toward outpatient surgical procedures and the diagnosis of surgical conditions. One month is spent during the intern year on General Surgery and one month is spent during the second year on Plastic Surgery. This time is focused on improving technical skills, acute diagnosis, and post-op management.
Outpatient rotations are completed in ENT and Urology, with the focus on primary care aspects of common problems in these two specialties. At UPMC Shadyside's Family Health Center Procedure Clinic, family medicine attendings supervise residents in procedures such as skin biopsies and excisions, cryosurgery, joint and soft tissue injection, colposcopy, IUD insertion, and toenail removal. Outside of the surgical curriculum, suturing experience comes with ER rotations and treating simple lacerations at the Family Health Center.
A workshop required on the first day of all first-year surgery rotations ensures a basic skill level with suturing techniques and surgical knot tying. Additional didactic workshops focus on wound closure and office surgical procedures.