Internal Medicine Residency at UPMC Mercy

UPMC Mercy Hospital

UPMC Mercy has 500 beds, with medical and surgical (sub)specialties​ accompanied by devoted units for psychiatry, OB/GYN, neonatal ICU, rehabilitation medicine, and addiction medicine. We have more adult emergency department visits than any other UPMC Hospital, and we are the only burn center in the UPMC system. Located in the Uptown region of Pittsburgh next to Duquesne University, UPMC Mercy is a tertiary referral center for patients in the tri-state region of Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Ohio.​

Our Internal Medicine Residency Program is comprised of 63 total residents (21 in each class) and offers:

New offerings for 2017-2018 include a weight-management clinic, post-ICU clinic, and provision of MKSAP to residents at the PGY-1 level.

Congratulations to our Class of 2016 and Class of 2017 graduates for achieving a 100% pass rate on the American Board of Internal Medicine Certifying Exam! Congratulations also to our fellowship applicants from the classes of 2016 and 2017 for their 100% success rate!

​In 2015, our program expanded from 17 to 21 positions per year. The ACGME approved this request based on our demonstrated success in providing a quality educational experience to our residents. Residents are supported by full ancillary staffing (IV team, phlebotomy and blood gas teams, etc.), and regularly participate in multidisciplinary rounds with clinical pharmacologists and case managers. Of note, our most recent ACGME visit resulted in the maximum possible 10-year reaccreditation period.

About Our Program

The UPMC Mercy Internal Medicine residency has dual accreditation with both the ACGME and the AOA for Internal Medicine training.

The residents’ continuity clinic experience is a modified X+Y model.

All Internal Medicine residents receive simulation training at the Peter M. Winter Institute for Simulation, Education and Research (WISER), a world-class multidisciplinary training and research facility. Additionally, all residents are offered training in the performance and interpretation of bedside ultrasound to prepare them for the wider scope of non-invasive diagnostic skills that is expected of today's internal medicine physicians.

We are very proud of our residents' many publications and presentations at national meetings. Our program encourages residents to get involved in scholarly activities pertaining to quality improvement and clinical research. Our residents also have the opportunity to work with world-class faculty from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in a broad spectrum​ of activities, including basic science and clinical research.

All internal medicine residents undertake a clinical experience with Operation Safety Net​, which is recognized as one of the nation’s first, targeted, full-time street medicine programs to provide medical care to people who are homeless. Operation Safety Net continues to set the standard for this unique field, offering not only access to health care but also giving hope and dignity to the population it serves.

UPMC Mercy hosts a large number of medical students throughout the academic year, giving residents the opportunity to teach students both in the clinical realm and in daily "MKSAP" for students" lectures.

Our program selects three PGY-3 chief residents yearly, with input into the selection provided by fellow residents.


Residency Program Details

​Personal Time Off ​Resident receive 15 weekdays of personal time off, split into 3 five-day periods.

The residency also runs on a holiday schedule in late December and early January, with each resident receiving 5-6 consecutive days off.
​Meals ​Residents receive a meal card with $1,400/year preloaded to use in the UPMC Mercy Cafeteria and in the 1847 Cafe. Additionally, free lunch is provided at each noon conference.
​Parking ​Residents receive free parking in the lot across from the Department of Emergency Medicine. In addition, the Department of Medicine will assist in offsetting parking fees incurred during off-site experiences.
​Insurance ​Residents are provided with UPMC Advantage HMO health insurance (with basic dental and vision coverage). Enhanced dental and vision coverage is available for residents and their eligible dependents for an additional fee.

Residents are provided with Short Term Disability, Long Term Disability, Life Insurance, and Medical Malpractice insurance.
​Education Expenses ​PGY2 and 3 residents are eligible for $1,000 per year in reimbursement for educational expenses, subject to content approval by the program director. Funds remaining from your PGY2 year may be rolled over to your PGY3 year.
​Presentation and Conference Expenses ​Residents are encouraged to participate in external scholarly activity (e.g. presentation at a recognized medical conference of abstracts and posters pertaining to research). Travel expenses may be reimbursed up to $1,500 per presentation, pending approval by the program director.
​Board Prep ​The Department of Medicine provides each PGY1 resident with the newest version of the MKSAP.
​Lab Coats ​Residents receive two lab coats at the start of their PGY1 year. One additional coat is provided upon resident request in the first three months of each additional year of training.
​ScrubEx ​Residents will be provided with access to two pairs of scrubs. These scrubs are to be returned to the ScrubEx machine when soiled, at which point the resident will have access to a clean pair of scrubs.
​UPMC Perks ​Special community discounts are available to UPMC employees.
​Fitness Facility ​Residents may utilize the fitness area on the 5th floor of the Mercy Professional Office Building at no cost. Additionally, residents have free access to the University of Pittsburgh Trees Hall fitness facilities.
​Moonlighting ​Moonlighting is permitted only with approval of the program director and after obtaining appropriate licensure.
​Tuition Reimbursement The UPMC tuition assistance benefit is available up to a maximum of $5,000 per academic year. The benefit also provides a tuition assistance at the University of Pittsburgh for dependent children and spouses for first baccalaureate degree only at 50% up to $6,000 maximum/year for dependent children (must be full-time student) and up to $2,000 maximum/year for spouse (full or part-time student).
View more information about the Tuition Assistance Program for Dependents of Staff Members (PDF).

View more detailed benefit information (PDF).

About UPMC Mercy

UPMC Mercy is a Level I trauma center and a Joint Commission-certified stroke center. It's also the main campus of the UPMC Rehabilitation Institute.

UPMC Mercy has more than 1,200 medical staff, including 24/7 on-site presence of:

  • Anesthesiologists
  • Emergency medicine physicians
  • Hospitalists
  • Intensivists
  • Obstetricians
  • Trauma surgeons

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