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General Surgical Residency Program at UPMC Community Osteopathic

UPMC's five-year Osteopathic Surgical Residency Program is based at UPMC Community Osteopathic and approved by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) and the American College of Osteopathic Surgeons (ACOS) to train 15 residents. The program is accredited with ACGME. The program will accept osteopathic and allopathic residents.

**COVID-19 update as of 6/15/2020: due to limited PPE and social distancing, we are limiting the number of students on clinical rotation to 5-6 students per month.

Our Mission

Our Osteopathic Surgical Residency Program mission is to help you prepare for ACOS/ACS membership and certification by developing:

  • Osteopathic philosophy and approach to surgical patients
  • A logical diagnostic approach to surgical patients in conjunction with other departments, such as family practice, internal medicine, gynecology, anesthesiology and others
  • Scholarly and technical competency
  • Ethical and moral standards

About Our Residency

Our Osteopathic Surgical Residency Program is designed to provide you with ever-increasing patient care responsibilities and allow you to achieve full competence in all aspects of surgical disease, including open, laparoscopic and robotic procedures. You will participate in inpatient and outpatient care from your patient's initial visit and preoperative assessment through hospitalization and post-discharge care.

You will also have access to state-of-the art facilities throughout the UPMC system. The Community Campus includes:

  • A 162-bed acute care suburban hospital
  • 118 medical/surgical beds
  • 12 ICU beds
  • 32 telemetry beds
  • 55-bed Helen M. Simpson Rehabilitation Hospital
  • A dedicated cancer center
  • 14 operating rooms
  • 3 endoscopy suites
  • A newly built surgical skills lab with the latest simulator and audiovisual equipment
  • Residents are exposed to outpatient general surgery at the Susquehanna Valley Surgery Center, our on-site outpatient surgical center.

In order to provide you with the best general surgery training, UPMC has developed affiliations that will allow you to do rotations at several nationally renowned institutions, including:

  • Trauma and Surgical Critical Care at R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center/University of Maryland (Baltimore, MD)
  • Endocrine Surgery, Minimally Invasive, Colorectal Surgery and other available electives at Cleveland Clinic Foundation (Cleveland, OH)
  • Pediatric Surgery, Surgical Critical Care and Cardiothoracic Surgery at Penn State Hershey Medical Center (Hershey, PA)
  • Surgical Oncology at Fox Chase Cancer Center (Philadelphia, PA) and Memorial Sloan-Kettering (New York, NY)
  • Vascular and Cardiothoracic Surgery at UPMC Harrisburg (Harrisburg, PA)


UPMC currently has 132 physicians on its surgical staff, including eight osteopathic general surgeons who primarily work from UPMC Community Osteopathic.

Application Information

To be considered for the Osteopathic Surgical Residency Program, you must apply through ERAS. You will be contacted by phone or email to schedule your interview, which will occur during your senior year between September and November.

We encourage all prospective osteopathic surgery residents to consider a clerkship on our Community Campus. The clerkship program allows our staff to get to know you and learn about your strengths, weaknesses, motivations and suitability for residency.

Our program also participates in the Linked Intern/Residency Program. If you are an outside applicant, you can apply by submitting your application to UPMC Department of Medical Education.

Contact Information

Gayle Granger
Student Cerkship Coordinator and Administrative Assistant
Phone: 717-657-7522
Fax: 717-657-7555

Ashley Gunnet
Program Coordinator
Phone: 717-657-7484
Fax: 717-657-7555

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