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Emergency Medicine Residency Program at UPMC Hamot

Emergency Medicine Residency Program at UPMC Hamot

Welcome to the UPMC Hamot Emergency Medicine Residency

Justin Puller, MD

A message from the program director, Justin Puller, MD, FACEP.

The UPMC Hamot Emergency Medicine Residency is a three-year, ACGME-accredited program offering a well-rounded training experience at a fully accredited Level II trauma, chest pain and comprehensive stroke center.  It is housed in a 458-bed tertiary care hospital. The Emergency Department is a state-of-the-art 36-room facility serving approximately 80,000 patients annually.

The Emergency Medicine Residency Program provides progressive learning experiences that prepare residents to:

  • Work in any clinical emergency medicine environment, including academic or community practice, EMS, and administration.
  • Meet certification requirements of the American Board of Emergency Medicine
  • Manage medical/surgical problems presented in an emergency department setting, based on the knowledge of basic and clinical sciences.
  • Utilize bedside ultrasound for real-time clinical decision making. 
  • Use critical thinking in making effective decisions for patient management.
  • Rapidly and accurately evaluate, organize, and initiate treatment of the emergency patient.
  • Make sound, ethical, and legal judgments as to the expected risks arising from therapy as well as the condition being treated.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in the psychomotor skills required of a competent emergency physician.


Our program trains resident physicians in the specialty of Emergency Medicine. The primary focus of our program is to train physicians to practice emergency medicine with competence in any combination of academic, community, urban and rural settings. Our goal is to train physicians to practice with compassion, respect and a focus on service to patients, co-workers and the communities in which they live. We aim to provide a supportive working and learning environment and to allow residents to explore specific interests including emergency medical services, international health, and administration so that they may realize future career goals as emergency physicians.

Thank you for considering UPMC Hamot for your residency! If any of your questions are not answered by this website, please contact Karen Martin, GME department manager, at 814-877-2594 or


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