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​Orthopaedic Surgery Residency at UPMC Hamot

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A message from the program director, James A. DeLullo, MD.

Welcome to the UPMC Hamot Orthopaedic Surgery Residency!

UPMC Hamot offers an ACGME-accredited orthopaedic surgery residency program, which is five years in duration.

Program Aims: The Orthopaedic program trains residents in a variety of orthopaedic specialties. The primary focus of the program is to provide the trainees with orthopaedic clinical and surgical knowledge while focusing on competency in academic, urban/rural settings and the community. The goal is to train and guide residents to practice with compassion, respect towards patients, attendings, peers and staff within the communities. The program aims to provide a supportive learning culture allowing residents to explore specific interests inclusive of practice management, systems-based practice and scholarly research. The overall program goals instill values of lifelong learning and shares a continued commitment to patient care and service to the community.

Mission Statement: The mission of the UPMC Hamot Orthopaedic Surgery Residency program is to provide excellence in education for the care of orthopaedic patients. Through clinical and technology practice, education and research this ACGME accredited program develops professional clinicians who demonstrate innovative reasoning skills, patient empathy and orthopaedic surgery expertise.

The program provides a strong clinical curriculum that includes basic science and biomechanics, as well as comprehensive experience and exposure to:

  • Foot and ankle
  • Hand
  • Hip and knee
  • Spine
  • Shoulder and elbow
  • Tumor
  • Pediatrics
  • Sports medicine
  • Trauma
  • Oncology

The PGY-1 year offers experiences ranging from multisystem trauma management to plastic surgery. The experiences are varied with a goal to help you become a well-rounded orthopaedic surgeon.

The remaining four years provide the residents with excellent hands-on training in the care and management of all orthopaedic subspecialties. We feel that one of our major strengths is general orthopaedics.

During the basic science rotation, the resident engages in basic science research projects and clinical studies. The UPMC Hamot Research Center supports the resident's efforts by assisting with protocol design, project implementation, statistical analysis, scientific editing, publishing and funding. The resident is provided with lab space, technical assistance, and consultants as needed.

Orthopaedic residents at UPMC Hamot gain a comprehensive experience in pediatric orthopaedics during their training.  They will spend time at the Shriner's Hospital for Children--Erie during their PGY2 year and rotate at UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh for 2 months during their PGY3 year and 2 months during their PGY4 year.

UPMC Hamot provides orthopaedic residents with experience in the surgical intervention required for trauma patients. An 18-bed, surgical-pulmonary intensive care unit provides sophisticated life-support technology and one-on-one, nurse-to-patient staffing ratio for critical post-surgery care.

The residents also have access to UPMC Hamot's Outpatient Clinics. In addition to giving the residents an opportunity to provide continuity-of-care for patients, the clinics teach residents practice management and systems-based practice.

UPMC Hamot's program is busy enough that residents have the surgical exposure to a broad range of orthopaedic conditions, yet small and collegial enough that residents finish the program with strong working relationships with their fellow residents and faculty.

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James A. DeLullo, MD

James A. DeLullo, MD

Contact Us

For more information regarding the Orthopaedic Residency Program at UPMC Hamot, please contact Michalle Schodt, GME Senior Department Manager, at 814-877-6253 or