Each academic year is designed in blocks of four weeks. There are 13 blocks in each academic year.
Night Medicine and Primary Care Office are each conducted in 2-week segments.
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 schedule permits.
Curriculum is subject to change. Individual curricula may vary from the above template.
In addition to Teaching Rounds, residency conferences include:
Additional non-internal medicine electives may also be requested.
“Provided applicable consults and admissions to aid in teaching. As well as good feedback with plans.”
“Dr. Wegrecki is an incredible physician. She is a very strong teacher, and she has a warm, welcoming approach to teaching and to patient care. She remains up to date on the most recent diagnostic and treatment modalities, and it was a pleasure to work with and learn from her.”
“Dr. Withers is a gem! Loved working and learning from him during street medicine. He taught a lot about the homeless and how medicine has evolved in Pittsburgh. Privileged to have got to spend some time with him during this rotation.”
“Dr. Khan is excellent. Her weight management clinic is such a great idea and learning opportunity for us.”
“Dr. Kiazand is an excellent physician. She has a warm, welcoming approach to teaching and to patient care. She remains up to date on the most recent diagnostic and treatment modalities. It was a pleasure to work with and learn from her.”
“Dr. Ward is an enthusiastic and dedicated teacher who uses both his experience and evidence-based knowledge to teach his residents. He took many opportunities to teach on everything from EKGs to Echo's to bedside exam. The more we were interested, the more he taught. I truly appreciated his zeal for instruction and patient care. Dr. Ward and his colleagues demonstrated how to be both great cardiologists as well as internists while approaching their patient's myriad of medical issues."
“Cardiology was an amazing rotation! Despite being a very busy service, all the attendings would take time to teach the residents and also genuinely do the best for every single patient, which is admirable. I enjoyed every moment of it and I learned a lot. They take residents very seriously and teach, treat and respect them much. The morning meetings are a great experience as well. Loved this rotation!”
“Dr. Firas Abdulmajeed was always very enthusiastic about teaching at the bedside, as well as discussing developments in literature/research which has direct impacts on the patients we treat every day in the ICU. He was extremely approachable, knowledgeable and skilled in the way he supervised even seasoned residents such as me on the basics on critical care management. I consider him a friend after this rotation, and I believe I owe him a debt of gratitude. I look forward to working with him next year!”
“Dr. Butcher continues to be a great role model and teacher. He is well organized, willing to listen to suggestions and provide constructive feedback/teaching.”
“Dr. Siedsma is a valuable asset to UPMC Mercy and I am honored that I got a chance to grow as a physician under his guidance. I look forward to work with him in future!”
“One of our best attending! with dedication to teaching and great bedside manner. Always advocating for the best that needs to be done for the patient or the ICU unit with the best plan and management. She is a great team leader, very organized. At the same time takes the time to chart review and examine patients herself and teach the residents as well. I have learned so much from Dr. Donadee and I am very grateful for the chance I had to work with her. Great role model!”
“Dr. Willard is enthusiastic about teaching and is very approachable. She prepped lectures and questions to help us understand concepts better.”
“Dr. Sobel is a fantastic teacher and has amazing bedside manner with her patients. I appreciated that she set time aside to be able to teach different topics each day. She is very approachable and encourage discussion about patients throughout rounds. Along with the other attendings, she provided a good level of autonomy during the rotation and trusted our judgement, which in the end made me much more comfortable with the field. I also think she did an excellent job prioritizing patients that would provide good learning opportunities for us as residents.”
“Dr. Selk was great to work with, learned a lot. She taught a lot and gave scenarios that were useful for what to do next. She really cares and works with you.”
“Amazing teacher, is 100% dedicated to the development of the Mercy IM residents and we all appreciate how hard Dr. Tadic works to mentor us."
“I worked with Dr. Scandrett and Dr. Visoui during my first week. Dr. Scandrett was very patient, enthusiastic about teaching and spent time with patients and their families. Dr. Tadic is an excellent clinician always energetic and a good mentor. I enjoyed this rotation and it helped me expand my knowledge in taking care of geriatric patients.”
“Provide independence to help grow as a clinician, available to answer questions. Learned from Dr. Patel's work ethic. Discussed topics of private care, pitfalls and advantages.”
“Awesome teacher. Loves to teach. Solid knowledge base. Very respectable to patient's, staff and residents. Enjoyed working with Dr. Hasan. Learned a lot!”
“This is my second rotation with Dr. Philbin. He is a phenomenal educator and doctor. He loves to teach and expects you to integrate what he teaches into your daily rounds. He has taught me to be accountable for my pts and the studies that I order. I hope to one day be as thorough as Dr. Philbin.”
“What a phenomenal physician and person. She is kind, smart, teaches and is great with patient care. Dr. Conroy is a pleasure to work and staff patients with. She treats us with respect, but also expects us to present quality plans and participate heavily in patient care. Again, what a great hospitalist to work with!”
“Hands down one of my favorite preceptors. She shows you the medicine as well as the social aspects of how to run a service. She is competent and stays calm under stressful situations. I hope to be at least half as great as Dr. Foust. She loves to challenge your opinions and help you form plans.”
“Dr. Arbulu is an excellent physician. He has a tremendous wealth of knowledge, and dedicates himself to the care of his patients, and to teaching information that is accurate, relevant, and up to date. It was a pleasure to work with him and learn from him.”
“Dr. Pati is an excellent physician, and a great educator. He remains up to date on most recent guidelines and applies them well. He offers strong insight when answering questions about patient care. He demonstrates compassion and sincerity for his patients, and has a warm, welcoming approach to teaching. I consider myself lucky to be able to learn from him. It was a pleasure working with him.”
“Fantastic rotation. Great opportunity to expand communication skills in wide variety of clinical context. Dr. Thurston was quick to provide tips and wisdom on how to approach every situation. Really appreciate how much time he spends on teaching.”
“Dr. Soodalter would sit down and review topics almost daily. She was very approachable and able to answer all my questions.”
“Dr. Ghobrial is a role-model physician to get the opportunity to work with. Medical knowledge and patient care is outstanding. Allows residents the opportunity to read literature pertaining to patients seen in the clinic. Very enjoyable rotation.”
“Dr. Patel's primary care rotation is a very educational outpatient experience with many learning opportunities due to its diverse population and a wide variety of pathology.”
“I enjoyed working with Dr. Carrington. She assigned topics to review and adhered to our daily schedule. She dropped useful pearls with her patients and made sure that we had the best use of our team while on PC with her, which I greatly appreciated.”