Internal Medicine Residency at UPMC Mercy

UPMC Mercy Hospital

UPMC Mercy is a 495 bed hospital. We have more adult emergency department visits than any other UPMC hospital, and we have the only burn center in the UPMC system.

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

  • University faculty
  • Abundant research opportunities  
  • Exposure to subspecialty fellows
  • A rigorous yet manageable curriculum
  • Excellent Board pass rates

Our program has expanded in 2015 to 21 positions per year instead of 17. The ACGME approved this request based on our demonstrated success in providing a quality educational experience to our residents.

About Our Program

The UPMC Mercy Internal Medicine Residency Program was recently re-accredited for five years (the maximum possible), with zero citations and several commendations.

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.

Internal Medicine residents wishing to pursue research have the option to work with University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine faculty. This experience is often sought by residents in preparation for fellowship training or clinical practice.

UPMC Mercy hosts numerous medical students in rotations throughout the academic year, giving residents the opportunity to teach students on the nursing units and in "MKSAP for Students" conferences.

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

Our program selects three chief residents yearly, taken from the PGY-3 and/or the (optional) PGY-4 level.

Residency Program Details

​Personal Time Off

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

The Department of Medicine offers a holiday schedule in late December and early January, which provides additional days off.

​Meals ​Residents receive a meal card with $1,400 preloaded to use in the UPMC Mercy Cafeteria and in the 1847 Cafe. Also 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.

​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. For questions on this coverage, please contact your program coordinator.

​Education Expenses ​PGY2 and 3 residents are eligible for $1,000 per year in reimbursement for education expenses, subject to content approval by the program director. Funds remaining from your PHY2 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 incoming PGY2 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.
​Moonlighting ​Moonlighting is permitted only with approval of the program director and after obtaining appropriate licensure.

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 UPMC’s Rehabilitation Institute.

We have more adult emergency department visits than any other UPMC hospital, and we have the only burn center in the UPMC system.

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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