Our residency program uses an X+Y (4+1) scheduling model. Residents rotate on GIM, CCM, Night Medicine, or Subspecialties during their X weeks, and they have their continuity clinic experience during their Y weeks. View a sample schedule for each training year (PDF).
Residents complete at least one rotation in each of the major subspecialties* of internal medicine, with additional opportunity to repeat the same rotation in a different year as scheduling permits.
In addition to Teaching Rounds, residency conferences include:
(*denotes major subspecialty)
Residents may also request away rotations in subspecialties (after completing the subspecialty rotation at UPMC Mercy first) at other UPMC or outside facilities.
Dr. Afzal was a pleasure to work with. He is very thorough and has great bed side manner. Listens to your plan and allows autonomy as well.
Dr. Conroy was very helpful during staffing patients. She allowed me to make and execute my plans and added to my knowledge foundation with each patient.
Dr. Kondaveeti: Always pushes me to improve and I credit a lot of my improvement on his tutelage early on during my intern year.
Dr. Panchal is always a pleasure to work with. He teaches while staffing, looks at the whole picture for the patient and is patient.
Dr. Jhamb was a great attending to work with during this rotation. Always available to answer questions and provide guidance on patient management.
Dr. Kuriakose is professional and allows autonomy.
Dr. Robin Roy: Great teacher and pushes me to take the next step on difficult cases. Much appreciated advice about life as well.
Dr. Ghobrial is one of a kind Doctor, teacher and human being. Highly professional, genuinely cares about resident education and cares about resident well being too.
Dr. Kiazand and Dr Khan provide a great academic support, helps me build up my knowledge and build the trajectory of care in the future for my patients, to be a better PCP.
Dr. Wegrecki was a great attending to work with in the clinic. Allows for autonomy especially in R3 year.
Dr. R Patel was amazing. Recommend highly for anyone wanting to go into primary care.
Dr. Topoll provided guidance, support and encouragement towards residents pursuing Cardiology.
Dr. Adhar has outstanding teaching skills. His ability to explain complex concepts in a clear and engaging manner has greatly enhanced my understanding of EKG/cardiology.
Dr. Sun was an excellent teacher; he would take time every day during the rotation to teach 1-2 topics. I learned a lot during staffing of consults. One of the best experiences was when he walked my co-resident and I through a nuclear stress test and we were able to observe the procedure.
Dr. Fallert provided extensive teaching on rounds. I thoroughly enjoyed rounding with him, from findings on physical exam to how to elicit relevant history to how to come up with the best diagnostic test and the needed intervention. As someone who is intending to pursue cardiology, he is a great mentor.
Working with Dr. Magnani was a fantastic time. Dr. Magnani would incorporate each patient's socioeconomic status into the treatment plan, which is of great value especially when it comes to compliance. I also appreciate all the excellent teaching that Dr. Magnani provided as well as the opportunity for me to see a patient we managed in the inpatient ward at the OP HVI clinic after his discharge from the hospital.
Dr. Ward is an excellent teacher and makes learning fun and exciting! He teaches on the go and adds on as we examine patients which is very helpful. He is very knowledgeable and encourages resident involvement and autonomy during the rotation. It was a pleasure working with him and learning from him.
I interacted the most this year with Dr. Butcher and Dr. Abdulmajeed. Rounding with Dr Butcher always sheds lights on potential areas of improvement. I appreciated him staffing every admission toughly. Dr. Abdulmajeed is very invested in resident teaching, he spends so much time with us and guide us through procedures himself. Always provided timely feedback and explained basic concepts and involved us in every decision related to our patients. He asked for feedback and paid attention to our opinions and acted upon them.
Dr. Siedsma is a great teacher. Very patient with residents and has a very positive way of correcting daily plans presented to him by residents. Have seen him always helping out everyone including staff and often rest of faculty rounding in the unit even if he is covering surgery and trauma.
Dr. Pinkhasova has been a staple in helping me pursue my future career goals. Even though I will be going into Cardiology, she has provided consistent encouragement, support and helped me become a well rounded internal medicine resident these last 3 years.
Dr. Selk, always willing to teach and very approachable with any and all endocrine questions.
Dr. Pezzone is a great teacher. Takes time with residents to explain concepts which is greatly appreciated.
Dr. Chopra was really nice to work with. Very knowledgeable and a great teacher also I worked with Dr Francis on the first week of my rotation. I learned a lot about management of various routine and rare GI presentations. Learned many nuances of management. He has a unique way teaching in a very light manner. Really look forward to working with him again. He made this rotation very exciting.
Dr. Singh is very knowledgeable and was able to enlighten me on many nuisances related to GI procedures.
Dr. Tadic is very passionate teacher and wants residents to learn about geriatric medicine. My rotation in geriatrics has given a new perspective to care provided to elderly patients. Some of my practice essentials have changed forever and for the better.
Dr. Philbin is a fantastic teacher. He always takes time to chat even if it is not about medicine. Thanks Dr. Philbin.
Dr. Patel gives us opportunity to be independent in decision making. He explains the disposition and insurance side of practice really well which is extremely helpful.
Dr. Roberge has been extremely friendly and helpful since my intern year. He is very patient and provides excellent insight on medical management. Devoted to medicine and patient care which is very admirable. Excellent physician and teacher.
Dr. Harvey was a great attending to work with! Very personable and patient. Gives residents the autonomy to manage their patients independently but is always available for support.
Dr. Afzal - great to work with, enjoys teaching, allowed me autonomy but readily available at all times when needed.
Dr. Afzal was wonderful to work with! He is extremely kind and approachable, offers great clinical teaching pearls, and gives residents the autonomy to manage patients independently. Very supportive and encouraging as well!
Dr. Jhamb has a new teaching method that I have not experienced before that is excellent. He provides an article a day to discuss that has been very helpful to both clinical practice as well as my board review. Also provides a lot of autonomy which I prefer. Was great to work with.
Dr. Kondaveeti is one of the most valuable Attending's for residents. He takes the time to teach us valuable and practical things during rounds, he gives effective feedback on the spot. He genuinely wants to see the residents do well. He is mindful of our time during rounds as well which was really nice. He is always available when we need him for patient related issues. He trusted me and gave me autonomy.
Dr. Schwartz was a good teacher. I enjoyed rounding with him. I also enjoyed the level of autonomy that I was granted by Dr. Abunto.
Dr. Foust was a great preceptor. I was able to work on my presentations during rounds. She also taught us about GDMTs and I had a stronger grasp when it comes to managing pain regimens
It's fun working with Dr. Krauze. Learned a lot of during the rotation. Came out with a better understanding and greater appreciation for the service.
Dr. Yee gives great feedback and pushes you so you learn about topics you don't get to see every day.
Dr. Arbulu cares a tremendous amount about his work/ the patients and the residents. Thank you, Dr. Arbulu.
Dr. Volosky was a incredible to work with. I learned a lot from about different antibiotic regimen and management of endocarditis.
Dr. Yassin is an excellent teacher and role model for patient care. He took the time to teach as well as allowed for independent thinking. Thoroughly enjoyed working with him as well as exploring the academic principles.
Dr. Puli and Dr. Abramovitz both have a passion for teaching which shines through. They create a positive and inspiring learning environment.
It's always great to work with Dr Zaretskaya. For each patient we always go back to history and clinical presentation first to make differentials before looking at any investigations. Really develop you as a physician.
Dr. Adrianna Oh: This attending truly helped residents focus on problem solving learning and took the time to explain difficult concepts in a digestible fashion. She consistently displays enthusiasm towards teaching and is one of our strongest nocturnists.
Dr. Roberge is an awesome hospitalist to work with. He effectively teaches on a case by case basis and I always agree with and understand his management. I have confidence staffing with him. He also allows a good amount of autonomy to deal with issues and orders on our own, but will also always be there with a phone call if needed.
Dr. Garcia and Dr. Thurston really took the time to teach and help involve you as much as possible in each patient's care which was a great experience.
Worked with Dr. Rajal Patel, it is a great experience of independent private clinic setting. Provides great exposure, and Dr. Patel shares great pearls along the way. We are allowed to see patient independently and discuss our findings with him, which is helpful to get his set of perspective too!
It was a pleasure to work with Dr. Carrington., She taught me the fundamentals of efficiency, and comprehensive care in the outpatient setting. She provides reasoning behind her management decisions, which is greatly appreciated by the learner. This rotation actually made me consider pursuing primary care.
Dr Ghobrial is always my favorite attending to work with. He is very invested in the residents and engaged in teaching. Find him to be very kind as well.
Dr. Curci is an excellent educator and a great resident advocate. I truly enjoyed working with her and hope to work with her again!
Dr. El Ali was a great attending to work with during pulm. He was enthusiastic about teaching on all of the patients and made it a very educational experience.
Dr. Kreit was a great teacher. He went over the basic pathophysiology to treatment options and he explained how to read CT scans. He was always very encouraging during case presentations. Would love to work with him again!
Dr. Givelber - amazing teacher and goes above and beyond for her patients! Thank you for the time spent and guidance given.
Dr Semaan has been a wonderful doctor and cares about his patients a lot.
Dr. Helfrich is an excellent teacher who gave clinical as well as book pearls. He made the rotation useful and relevant.
Dr. Birnbaum was a pleasure to work with. He is passionate about what he does and is an excellent teacher. Teaches and goes through differentials thoroughly. .
I thoroughly enjoyed working with Dr. Malley. She was enthusiastic to teach, was incredibly knowledgeable in all things toxicology, and was always available for any questions. Moreover, she was easy to work with, and overall made me feel like a member of the team.
Dr. Scanlon was enthusiastic to teach, was incredibly knowledgeable in toxicology, and was always available for any questions. Overall, I was very pleased with my toxicology rotation, and would highly recommend it to any of my colleagues.
Dr. Shulman was incredibly knowledgeable, eager to share teaching points with me, and was always available for any questions.
Dr. Pizon is amazing to work with. He has good teaching skills, and he knows how to foster teamwork.
Dr. Abesamis has a wealth of knowledge, and it was a privilege to work with him on this rotation.