Emergency Medicine Residency - Pittsburgh

Emergency Medicine Residency - Pittsburgh

Program director: Mara Aloi, MD, RDMS
Accreditation:  ACGME
Program length: 3 years (PGY1-PGY3)
Residents per year: 10

About the Program
Application Information
Benefits and Stipends
Contact Us
Curriculum (Clinical, Didactic)
Director's Welcome
Medical Students

About the Program


Emergency medicine is one of the most exciting, dynamic and rapidly growing specialties in medicine. 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 future 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 and varied research opportunities, 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 a pediatric intensive care rotation at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC and pediatric emergency department rotations.

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.


Application Information


All applications are handled through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS).  The deadline for applying is Dec. 31 of the year before desired start of the program.  Our program offers PGYI positions through the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP).  The Emergency Medicine Residency Program Office will not accept any paper applications.

The completed application includes:

  • Personal statement
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Official transcript from your medical school
  • Dean's letter
  • Three letters of recommendation (at least one Emergency Medicine)
  • USMLE Board scores: It is highly recommended that you schedule Step II early in the year, so your scores will be available at the time of interview.


Foreign Medical Graduates
Your application must also include the following:

  • Copy of your ECFMG certificate
  • Copies of all ECFMG/FMGEMS/FLEX scores
  • Two letters of recommendation must originate from the United States


Interviews for our Emergency Medicine (EM) Residency Program or EM/Internal Medicine (IM) Residency Program are by invitation only. Interviews are conducted on Mondays and Thursdays from November through January.

  • Interviews for the EM Residency Program begin at 9 a.m. and last until approximately 4 p.m.
  • Interviews for the combined EM/IM Program begin at 7 a.m. and last until 4 p.m. Combined candidates are interviewed by both the Emergency Medicine Department and the Internal Medicine Department.


For more information about your visit, see Allegheny General Hospital directions and parking information. You may also contact us with any questions, including the possibility of discounted rates at local hotels when you visit our program.

Contact Us


Emergency Medicine Residency Program

Lillian Perry, Program Coordinator

Mailing address:
   Allegheny General Hospital, Level 01
   320 East North Avenue
   Pittsburgh, PA 15212

Phone: 412.359.4905

Fax: 412.359.4963

Director's Welcome


Emergency Medicine is one of the most exciting and dynamic medical specialties. Both the demands and rewards are great. A very strong attending staff is enthusiastically committed to our Emergency Medicine Residency Training Program, which began in 1982.  We also have a combined Emergency Medicine/Internal Medicine Residency Training Program that began in 1990. This unique program covers both fields in depth while providing a mini-fellowship for focused study in an area of interest.

Our challenging curriculum offers experiences that promote clinical excellence in emergency medicine. In addition, a strong and varied EMS experience provides many opportunities. Although our primary goal is to develop excellent emergency medicine clinicians, our expanding research opportunities can lay the groundwork for an academic career.

Our program prepares you for all walks of emergency medicine life, and our graduates are practicing in both academic and community settings throughout the country. 


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.