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Medical Students

Student Electives

UPMC Hamot offers a wide range of elective rotations including: cardiology, emergency medicine, general surgery, hospitalists, interventional radiology, neonatology, neurology, orthopedic surgery, otolaryngology - head and neck surgery, and wound care. We provide medical students with clinically oriented experiences in a variety of patient care settings. While your elective rotations will have a community hospital focus, you will have the added perspective of UPMC Hamot’s tertiary referral service. To augment your rotations, you may be required to attend conferences, clinics and rounds pertinent to each specialty.

While at UPMC Hamot, you will also have the opportunity to participate in daily teaching rounds and discussions with emergency medicine, orthopaedic, neurology, otolaryngology, and clinical pharmacy residents. In addition, you will have access to UPMC Hamot’s medical library.

UPMC Hamot has free student housing available for students who qualify. Contact Autumn Geiger at with eligibility inquiries.

Want to Rotate with Us?

If you are applying for an Emergency Medicine, Neurology, Orthopaedic Surgery, or Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery audition/sub-internship rotation, please apply via the Visiting Student Learning Opportunities (VSLO) platform.

If you are a LECOM student and would like to rotate with us, please reach out to your LECOM coordinator for rotation approval and availability.

If you are interested in scheduling a rotation (not an audition/sub-i) at UPMC Hamot, please email Autumn Geiger at the following information:

  • First and last name
  • Cell phone number
  • Medical school name
  • Anticipated graduation year from medical school
  • Specialty you wish to rotate with
  • Dates you wish to rotate
  • (Optional) Second choice of specialty and/or rotation dates
  • Whether you are requesting housing

The request will be reviewed and processed. Once a determination has been reached, you will be notified accordingly.

Please be aware that requests should be submitted at least two months prior to the requested rotation start date. If you have further questions, call 814-877-4178 .

Your Rotation is Approved. What’s Next?

Click here for information about the specialty with which you will be rotating.

*Note that available elective rotations may change based on faculty availability and other commitments. Contact UPMC Hamot's Medical Education Department to confirm current available rotations.

Contact Us

For more information about the Medical Education program, please contact a member of our staff:

Michelle Ahl
GME Senior Department Manager Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery Residency and Visiting Resident Coordinator
Phone: 814-877-4180
Office: 100 State Street, Suite 320
Hours: Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Autumn Geiger
GME Senior Department Manager Neurology Residency Program and Medical Student Coordinator
Phone: 814-877-4178
Office: 100 State Street, Suite 320
Hours: Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Marla DeSantis
GME Senior Department Manager Orthopaedic Surgery Residency and Hand Fellowship
Phone: 814-877-6253
Office: 100 State Street, Suite 320
Hours: Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Karen Martin
GME Senior Department Manager Emergency Medicine Residency
Phone: 814-877-2594
Office: 100 State Street, Suite 320
Hours: Monday through Friday, 6:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.