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​Orthopaedic Surgery Residency at UPMC Hamot

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A message from the program director, John D. Lubahn, 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.

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 (PGY-3), 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 rotate at the Shriner's Hospital of Erie for six months of comprehensive pediatric orthopaedics.

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.

Thank you for considering UPMC Hamot for your residency! If any of your questions are not answered by this website, please contact Sue Huff, GME department manager, at 814-877-6253 or at

John D. Lubahn, MD - Director of Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program 
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