"One of the first things I noticed about the UPMC Hamot Orthopaedic Residency Program was the pervading atmosphere of happiness that could be found among the residents. Overall, I was very impressed by the seemingly collegial, pleasant, and light-hearted nature of all the residents and staff associated with the program. It was great to see this attitude combined with hard work ethic and professionalism. After only a few short months at UPMC Hamot, I am starting to realize why the UPMC Hamot Orthopaedic Residency is so unique.
First of all, our program is full of opportunity from both an academic and clinical standpoint. The hospital system serves a large patient population in Northwestern Pennsylvania and consequently, the residents are exposed to and involved with the treatment of a multitude of common orthopaedic problems on a daily basis. Several attending physicians operate at UPMC Hamot, and this enables the residents to observe surgical techniques and patient management from more than one perspective. Many of the residents take advantage of the opportunity to become involved in research.
UPMC Hamot has a resident clinic where the residents can become direct providers of care for patients during the course of our training. Each morning there is dedicated time for both didactic lecture sessions and fracture conference. There are monthly journal club meetings and the residents actively encourage each other to stay updated on current literature.
Outside of the hospital setting, the residents are able to have a great balance between life and work. Many of the residents are married or have children. The cost of living in Erie is relatively lower than many major cities. Erie offers a number of outdoor activities for those interested. There are a number of resident benefits, such as parking, a meal stipend and resident lounge. The residents routinely meet outside of work for various fun activities such as basketball, golf, football, hunting and ultimate frisbee, just to name a few.
It would be easy for me to continue to elaborate on all of the great aspects of our residency program, but I would encourage interested medical students to experience the program first-hand by arranging an away rotation or visit. I am proud to be a new member of the UPMC Hamot Orthopaedic Residency because of all the great opportunities provided by our training program. I would recommend that applicants give serious consideration to joining our team."