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Emergency Medicine Residency - Pittsburgh

Emergency Medicine Residency - Pittsburgh

About the Program

Program Director: Mara Aloi, MD, RDMS
Accreditation:  ACGME
Program length: 3 years (PGY1-PGY3)
Residents per year: 12


Our Emergency Medicine Residency Training Program prepares residents for all walks of emergency medicine life, including providing emergency medical services (EMS) and serving as EMS advisors to the hospital and community.

A challenging curriculum with a wealth of experience promotes clinical excellence and provides many opportunities for growth. Although our primary goal is to develop excellent emergency medicine clinicians, our expanding research opportunities can lay the groundwork for a rewarding academic career.

Enthusiastic board-certified emergency physicians constitute the program's EM faculty. Through comprehensive clinical experience residents are trained in medical care for acute and life-threatening situations.

The program office and the majority of clinical experiences are at Allegheny General Hospital, which cares for a wide variety of patients with medical, surgical, toxicologic, traumatic and psychiatric problems. Pediatric patients comprise a modest percentage of the Allegheny General Hospital patient population and our program supplements this exposure with rotations at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC.

Our LifeFlight program exposes residents to advanced prehospital care in both the interhospital and scene environments. Resident involvement can begin in the first two years, accompanying the flight team in an observation status. After the second year, residents can choose a rotation as a team member, functionally replacing one of the flight nurses. Ground EMS experience begins with the intern riding along with one of our many affiliated EMS agencies. Residents may elect to participate in our Assistant EMS Medical Director program, which allows residents to take ownership of an EMS agency throughout their residency. These residents function under the supervision of the agency's medical director, learning the intricacies of EMS medical direction. Our residents also participate in hospital-wide mass casualty drills and provide medical coverage for regional and national events such as the Pennsic Wars.

Quality assurance activities for the program include daily record review to help ensure proper patient care and educational feedback to the Emergency Department staff. In addition, prospective and retrospective studies are periodically conducted on such topics as diagnostic imaging and electrocardiography results interpretation, resuscitation techniques, infectious disease treatment and patient follow-up.


Director's Welcome

Welcome to the Emergency Medicine Residency Program at Allegheny General Hospital, part of the Allegheny Health Network.  We are an ACGME-accredited, three-year program located in Pittsburgh, PA.   Our program prepares residents for all walks of emergency medicine life.  A challenging curriculum with a wealth of experience promotes clinical excellence and provides for future growth.  Although our primary goal is to develop outstanding clinicians, something which we have been proudly doing since 1982, our expanding research and teaching opportunities can lay the groundwork for a rewarding academic career. Our graduates are practicing in both academic and community settings throughout the country.   We have a diverse faculty with a wide range of interests and areas of expertise who are committed to training the next generation of EM physician leaders.

The program office and the majority of clinical experiences are at Allegheny General Hospital, a Level 1 Trauma center and Comprehensive Stroke Center.  Due to our affiliation with a large health system, our residents also get exposure to a variety of other sites, including a Level 2 trauma center and a Women’s Health hospital.  Pediatric patients comprise a modest percentage of our patient encounters.  Therefore, our program supplements this with rotations at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.

Our LifeFlight program exposes residents to advanced prehospital care in both interhospital and scene environments.  Resident involvement can begin in the first 2 years, accompanying the flight team in an observation status.  After the 2nd year, residents can choose a rotation as a team member, functionally replacing one of the flight nurses.  Ground EMS experience begins with the intern riding along with one of our many affiliated EMS agencies.  Residents may elect to participate in our Assistant EMS Medical Director program, which allows residents to take ownership of an EMS agency throughout their residency.  These residents operate under the supervision of the agency’s medical director, learning the intricacies of EMS medical direction.  Our residents also participate in Event Medicine, providing medical coverage for regional and national events, such as the Pennsic Wars.

Unique aspects of our program include:

  • We are a 35-yr old program which has allowed us to develop excellent interdepartmental and interdisciplinary relationships.  Our residents and faculty are widely respected throughout the hospital

  • High-acuity in our emergency department provides ample resuscitation and procedural experience to our residents  (41% Admission and ICU rate)

  • A curriculum that places particular emphasis on critical care with 6 ½ ICU rotations (Medical ICU, 2 CCU, Trauma ICU, Neuro ICU, Surgical ICU, Neonatal ICU). 

  • Outstanding training in emergency point-of-care ultrasound (ED POCUS) which has been in place in our ED since 1985, making it one of the most well-established ED POCUS programs in the country.

  • Diverse patient population:  our catchment area includes urban, suburban, rural settings

  • Simulation education at the STAR center (Simulation, Teaching, and Academic Research center)

  • Fellowships in Sports Medicine, EMS, Ultrasound

  • Disaster medicine training both on-site and externally with at least 2 MCI exercises per year and the potential for additional training with FEMA


Medical Students

We encourage fourth-year medical students who are interested in our residency program to consider a fourth-year medical school rotation at Allegheny General Hospital in Emergency Medicine  or a subspecialty elective.