Medical Students

Student Electives

UPMC Hamot offers a wide range of elective rotations. We provide medical students with clinically oriented experiences in a variety of patient care settings. While your elective rotations will have a community hospital focus, you will have the added perspective of UPMC Hamot’s tertiary referral service. To augment your rotations, you will be required to attend conferences, clinics and rounds pertinent to each elective.

While at UPMC Hamot, you will also have the opportunity to participate in daily teaching rounds and discussions with emergency medicine, orthopaedic, neurology, otolaryngology, and clinical pharmacy residents. In addition, you will have access to UPMC Hamot’s medical library.

Available rotations at UPMC Hamot include:

  • Bariatric Surgery
  • Cardiology
  • Colon/Rectal Surgery
  • Emergency Medicine (PDF)​
  • Gastroenterology
  • Hospitalists​
  • Interventional radiology
  • Neonatology
  • Nephrology
  • Neurology (PDF)
  • Otolaryngology 
  • Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Palliative Care
  • Pediatrics
  • Trauma Surgery

*Note that available elective rotations may change based on faculty availability and other commitments. Contact UPMC Hamot’s Medical Education Department to confirm current available rotations.

Want to Rotate With Us?

If you are interested in scheduling a rotation at UPMC Hamot, please complete the rotation request form below and email to Annmarie Kutz at The request will be reviewed and processed. Once a determination has been reached, you will be notified accordingly.  Please be aware that requests should be submitted at least two months prior to the requested rotation start date. If you have further questions, call 814-877-4180.

Your Rotation is Approved. What’s Next?

At least one month before the rotation begins, the visiting medical student or the student’s sponsoring institution must provide the items below to Annmarie Kutz​:

Computer Training 
Inpatient Rotations
Medical students rotating at UPMC Hamot with an inpatient service are expected to complete two training tutorials (see links below). Upon completion of the training, questions can be directed to Jenn Cuzzola at 814-877-3384 or

  • Cerner 
    This tutorial can be viewed from any device anywhere and in advance of the rotation.
  • Power Note
    This tutorial must be accessed on a UPMC network PC. The student should plan to complete this training upon starting the rotation.

Outpatient Rotations
Medical students coming to rotate at UPMC Hamot with an outpatient service (physician’s practice or clinic) are expected to complete EPIC training. This will be arranged on your behalf and you can expect to be contacted with the details. 

Student Housing

Limited housing is available to out-of-town students

Day One of Your Rotation 

Administrative tasks prior to starting your rotation:
  • Report to UPMC Hamot Human Resources after 8 a.m. to retrieve your ID badge and parking permit/decal. Human Resources is located in the Professional Building (104 E. 2nd St) on the 8th floor. 
  • If you are using UPMC Hamot student housing, report to Annmarie Kutz in Medical Education to submit a signed housing form and $10 deposit check. Medical Education is located in the Professional Building on the 6th floor.

Helpful Tips

  • When you arrive at UPMC Hamot for your rotation, convenient fee-based parking is available in the public parking garage located at the corner of Third and State Streets (entrance on Third Street). As an alternative, the Intermodal Center, located at the foot of Holland Street off the Bayfront Parkway, offers free parking and is a short walk to UPMC Hamot. After acquiring and applying a parking decal, student vehicles can be moved to a free employee parking lot. 
  • There is a lounge for medical students located in the sub-basement. Lockers are available to students for storing their belongings. It is recommended students bring a lock with them if interested in using the lockers.  
Additional Information

Concluding Your Rotation

  • Students should report to Annmarie Kutz  in Medical Education by 3 p.m. on the final day of their rotations to fulfill administrative tasks.
  • It is expected that any resources borrowed from the UPMC Hamot library will have been returned prior to this meeting.
  • Students should come prepared to submit a completed departure form for review (see form below) as well as an evaluation of the rotation.
  • A plan to submit the preceptor’s evaluation of the student (as required by the school) will be reviewed.
  • All students should return their identification badges.
  • As applicable, students must return housing keys, textbooks, and laptop computers.

If students are unable to meet the 3 p.m. deadline, departure items as described above are to be returned to UPMC Hamot Security, located in the sub-basement of the hospital. Inform Annmarie Kutz accordingly. In Annmarie Kutz’s absence, Elaine Gibson is available to assist students.

Contact Us

For more information about the Medical Education program, please contact a member of our staff:

Annmarie Kutz
GME Department Manager and Medical Student Coordinator
Phone: 814-877-4180
Office: UPMC Hamot Professional Building, 6th Floor
Hours: Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Elaine Gibson

GME Department Manager
Phone: 814-877-4178
Office: UPMC Hamot Professional Building, 6th Floor
Hours: Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Bill D’Andrea
GME Department Manager and Visiting Resident Coordinator
Phone: 814-877-2594
Office: UPMC Hamot Professional Building, 6th Floor
Hours: Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Pat Ladds
GME Academic Manager
Phone: 814-877-6257
Office: UPMC Hamot Professional Building, 6th Floor

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