Marielle Williamson-Rea, DO

  • Second Year Resident

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

I’m interested in the Sports Medicine track, but due to COVID-19, most sports are currently suspended and opportunities for learning have become limited. However, I do have many other interests that I hope to pursue in residency, and I’d like to explore the tracks available!

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

I wanted to match to a residency that encourages community action and promotes friendship between colleagues, and I found exactly that at UPMC Shadyside during my audition rotation here. I was so impressed by the program’s weekly didactics and their incredible faculty, and the very kind employees at the hospital and the family health center. The resources of this large academic institution provide beautiful buildings to work in, and the opportunity to learn from incredible physicians and researchers.

I grew up in northwestern PA, but I have always loved Pittsburgh. My husband works as a content editor and writer at Carnegie Mellon University.  Between the beautiful woods of the laurel highlands, the friendly neighborhoods of the city, and the many opportunities for education, work, community action (and fun!), I just don’t think there’s a better place I could be, and I couldn’t be happier to be here.

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

I hope to become a broadly capable and caring family physician and to be well-rounded in many areas of medicine. I hope to learn to provide the patient care that I’ve observed with the other residents and the faculty physicians who practice here because they are truly incredible role models.

I would like to work with an underserved population in which I can pursue positive change, particularly in such areas as food insecurity and food policy, women’s health, community education, LGBTQ+ youth support, and care for vulnerable populations including people experiencing homelessness. I want to explore these interests while beginning my residency and to narrow my focus by the end of the intern year. While I intend to be proficient and involved in all these areas, I would also particularly like to use my LOPIR project to define a focused area for the most effective change I involve myself in during these three years at UPMC Shadyside. 

Do you have any special interests outside of the residency?

Outside of residency, I enjoy gardening and take any opportunity to be outdoors that I can!  I also like to exercise - I like running, HIIT workouts, spin classes, and some weight training right now. I like reading nonfiction and novels, listening to podcasts, and learning about medical history and about other places and cultures. Mostly, I like to spend time with my family and friends, my husband, Jacob, and our tuxedo cat, Hachi.


Edinboro, PA