Frequently Asked Questions

General FAQs

How do I apply to your family medicine residency program?

All applications are accepted through the Electronic Residency Application Services (ERAS).

When is your application deadline?

December 1, 2017

Does your program participate in the couples match?

We participate in both the ACGME and AOA couples match and have previously had several couples match with our program.

Are there any fellowships available?

UPMC Shadyside currently offers fellowships in Faculty Development and Primary Care Sports Medicine.

How many residents are in your program?

Each class has 10 residents. This year's match included six MDs and four DOs.

Will you be seeking osteopathic recognition status in the new ACGME board-approved program requirements?

We are currently ACGME and AOA accredited and are applying for ACGME Osteopathic Recognition. At this time, we continue to participate in the NMS Match. Osteopathic students interested in our osteopathic curriculum are encouraged to apply through the AOA Match. Those students applying through the NRMP Match will be considered, however, they will not be guaranteed participation in the Osteopathic Manipulation Therapy (OMT) Clinic. Osteopathic residents completing the ACGME program will meet the requirements to practice as a DO in the state of Pennsylvania only.

Is your family medicine residency program unopposed?

Yes. We are the only Shadyside-based residency program.

How many weeks of vacation are provided for the residents?

As a part of their UPMC benefits package, residents will receive three weeks of vacation and five days for continuing medical education per year.

What is the call schedule like?

We follow the ACGME guidelines for duty hours, frequency and duration of call with no more than 80 hours per week on average for any month. This usually equates to two to three call shifts a month. A "night float" system is in place from 7pm - 7am. Residents spend 2 to 3 two-week blocks on night float for an average of 6 weeks total of nights per year.

Outside of the Family Health Center, where else do residents go to train?

Most of our in-hospital rotations take place at our main facility, UPMC Shadyside.

  • The in-patient pediatric rotations are completed at the renowned Chidren's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC.
  • Obstetrics training is fulfilled at the state-of-the-art Magee-Women's Hospital of UPMC.
  • Emergency Medicine training is accomplished at the following sites: UPMC Shadyside, UPMC Presbyterian, which is a Level 1 Trauma Center, and at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC.
  • Several rotations take place in private and community offices throughout the Pittsburgh area.

Do you have research opportunities for your residents?

Yes. There are several opportunities for both research and quality improvement initiatives. Each faculty member has his/her own scholarly activity area resulting in a wide array of projects from women’s health to global health. Currently, the department is leading a multi-site Hepatitis C study in which we are testing a model that provides a guide for family medicine physicians to treat Hep C in the primary care environment. We are also working with a few community organizations to lead a study assessing the prevalence of Hepatitis B in high risk immigrant communities.

The Global Health Track has several on-going and new studies including: a project testing a water filtration system using silver nanoparticles; a computer program which allows for the start of an electronic medical record and medication tracking system in a clinic in Honduras; a nutritional supplement study and; a project aimed at understanding how depression is understood in the community and providing training to clinicians. There are also several quality improvement initiatives including the IMPLICIT Program and others aimed at addressing specific behavioral health, cardiovascular, pediatric, and women’s health issues.

Are there opportunities for teaching?

Yes! We have 3rd and 4th year students from several medical schools in Pennsylvania rotate through the Family Health Center, as well as the Adult In-Patient Medicine Service. The senior residents also play a key role in the education of the new residents.

What about opportunities for international rotations?

Each year one to two residents are selected to join the Global Health Track. Residents in the track will be provided global health experiences with two weeks during their first and second years of training and two or four weeks during their third year. They will participate in a year-long global health seminar series.

The required Longitudinal Practice Improvement Rotation (LOPIR) and scholarly project will be based on a patient population outside of the United States. There are currently several on-going projects in Honduras, but residents in the past have also completed projects in countries such as Japan and Kenya.


How do I Apply?

Applications are accepted through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS).

More information can be obtained through the ERAS Web Page.

What visas are sponsored by your program?

The UPMC Health System sponsors the J-1 Exchange Visitor Visa which is sponsored through the ECFMG and the H-1B Professional Worker Visa.

What is the criteria for holders of an H-1B Visa?

Holders of an H-1B Visa should have a strong commitment to complete three years of family medicine residency training; good credentials from medical school; strong interpersonal and communication skills; and a passing score for the USMLE Step Three Exam by February 20, 2017.

What are the requirements for IMGs to be considered for an interview?

You must be ECFMG certified and have all necessary documentation to complete your ERAS file and graduated from medical school within the past 2 years. Incomplete ERAS files will not be reviewed.

What if I graduated more than two years ago and have been in active clinical practice?

Applicants who graduate more than two years ago and have been active in a primary care clinical practice will be considered.

When can I submit my application to ERAS?

Applications will be accepted and reviewed beginning September 15 through December 1, 2017. Any applications received after December 1 will not be reviewed.

What is the Minimum Score Required for USMLE Steps 1 and 2?

Applicants must have passed Steps 1 and 2 by the second attempt. Historically, applicants who have 2-digit scores of 90 and above have been most successful.

Are you required to have had prior US clinical experience? If so, what type?

Applicants who have had prior clinical training in the US or have graduated from a school using US style training have been most successful.

What percentage of residents in your program are international medical graduates?


How many first year positions are available for 2018?

Six positions are available through the NRMP and four AOA positions are available through the Osteopathic Match.

How are residents selected?

Through the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) Main Match web site.

How will I know if I can expect to be contacted for an interview?

All applicants who have been selected to interview will receive an invitation via email by December 1st.

Do you offer IMGs externships or observership experiences?

Unfortunately, we do not.