"I chose UPMC Hamot for my residency training over the many places I rotated and shadowed as a student not only because I got along with the other residents and attendings, or even that I saw things that most residencies said I'll never see and then saw here, but for the fact that when I rotated here I felt as if I could make it my home; a safe haven for learning and training.
I knew I'd get many chances at procedures and critical cases. That proved right on my very first week as a resident in which I was seeing and helping on one of those critical trauma cases 'I'd never see,' standing shoulder to shoulder with the ED doctor and trauma surgeon with them being overly willing to teach me. The comfort and security I felt from my ED attending and the trauma surgeon solidified my decision to train from them. I wanted these experiences in training for whatever my future job holds.
I knew if I trained here I could work anywhere - a smaller hospital with lower patient volume or a large tertiary center. We get the opportunity to go to Pittsburgh for our PICU, but I feel as though we have a unique niche here, getting plenty of pediatric patients and running the traumas to make me extremely prepared before I even head to Pittsburgh. Didactics are not your typical snoozer but are engaging, with many specialists who come to talk with us and relate relevant information to how we practice in the ED. We also get plenty of skills practice within our didactics, so we're always prepared for the real deal!
Turning to my life out of my new found home here at UPMC Hamot, Erie offers many things for me, my wife, and my three boys to do, such as beaches, hiking, theme parks, water sports, minor league baseball games, snow skiing, ice fishing, ice hockey games, basketball games, and indoor water parks. And if you still need more, we're situated nicely between three large cities: Pittsburgh, Cleveland, and Buffalo. Needless to say, my boys and wife never go without something to do and on my off days they let me tag along. If you choose UPMC Hamot you will not regret it for a second!"