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Internal Medicine Residency Program

Internal Medicine Residency Program

About the Program

Program director:  James B. Reilly, MD, MS, FACP           
Accreditation:  ACGME
Program length:
   Categorical:  3 years (PGY-1-PGY-3)
   Preliminary:  1 year (PGY-1)
Residents per year:
   Categorical:  30
   Preliminary:  10

We serve as a clinical campus for Drexel University College of Medicine, Temple University School of Medicine, and Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine.

We encourage Individuals in our residency program to think critically and to apply evidence-based medicine approaches in a supportive team-based model of care. Graduates interested in subspecialty training receive competitive fellowships or pursue careers in academic medicine, hospital medicine and primary care. Our residents succeed in balancing clinical work, award-winning research, family, friends and outside interests.

We invite you to visit us in Pittsburgh and see what makes our residency program so special.

Mission Statement

Our mission is to cultivate residents who will become exemplary physicians as measured by their passion, social responsibility, ethical behavior, humanism and tolerance. Such qualities will enable them to reach their full potential as professionals and individuals committed to better serve their patients and communities.

To achieve our mission, we will develop our residents by inspiring leadership, fostering intellectual curiosity, providing professional role models and educating across the spectrum of patient care.

We will accomplish this mission through the following guiding principles:

  • Diversity- learning from one another
  • Balance - patient-centered and education-focused
  • Adaptability - being ready for anything
  • Collegiality - mutual respect and support
  • Scholarship - pursuit of life-long learning
  • Professionalism - undeviating courtesy and honesty
  • Clinical Excellence - accepting nothing less

A Message from the Program Director

It is my pleasure to introduce you to the Allegheny Health Network Internal Medicine Residency Program. Our program has a rich history, established in the proud traditions of the residency programs of Allegheny General Hospital and the Western Pennsylvania Hospital. Now entering our eighth year since these storied programs merged into one, we enjoy the opportunity to seat the program within the innovative, fully integrated healthcare delivery system that is Allegheny Health Network.

We prepare our residents for their careers with a strong foundation of core rotations and the opportunity to tailor elective experiences to individual interests. Our 4 + 1 block scheduling model ensures focus on both inpatient and outpatient rotations without distraction. We provide dedicated instruction in systems-based topics such as high value care, continuous quality improvement and patient safety, and we provide opportunities to participate in, and even lead, initiatives within the Department and the network. We have a robust Resident Research Program within our Department with a user-friendly approach to pairing residents with scholarly mentors and securing resources such as in-house biostatistical support and dedicated time to work on projects.  A great number of our residents present abstracts at national meetings and publish manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals (please see our Bibliography). For those interested, we offer tracks in primary care and inclusion health. The balanced, broad range of career paths adopted by our graduates includes fellowship training in all specialties of internal medicine, primary care, and hospitalist careers, and is a testament to the breadth and depth of clinical experiences and opportunities for mentorship that our curriculum provides.

Most importantly, we provide our residents with a friendly environment and a supportive atmosphere here in Pittsburgh, one of the country’s most livable and beautiful cities. Our program has a unique sense of camaraderie and shared purpose, enriched by the diversity of backgrounds and experiences our residents bring with them. We handle the joys and stresses of life and training together as a family, taking our work seriously but hopefully not taking ourselves too seriously, and always looking out for each other. We are committed to enhancing the wellbeing of our trainees and teach the management of work-life balance as an essential part of our training experience.  For more details on who we are and the exceptional training experience we can offer you, please explore our website, and also our Facebook page! I look forward to the prospect of seeing you here this interview season.

Warmest Regards,
James B. Reilly, MD, MS, FACP
Internal Medicine Residency Program Director

Special Features

Special Curriculum Tracks

Our Internal Medicine Residency Program curriculum offers these special tracks:

  • Osteopathic Traditional Rotating Internship - A 1-year PGY-1 residency specifically tailored for osteopathic medical school graduates that prepares the resident to complete our 3-year categorical Internal Medicine Residency Program or to enter a specialty residency that begins at the PGY-2 level
  • Preliminary Residency - A 1-year PGY-1 residency that prepares the resident to enter a specialty residency that begins at the PGY-2 level
  • Primary Care and Inclusion Health Tracks - Two specialty tracks within our 3-year categorical Internal Medicine Residency Program.

STAR Center

All residents in our program will train in the STAR (Simulation, Teaching, and Academic Research) Center multiple times per academic year. Located on the West Penn Hospital campus, this world-class training facility uses the latest in simulation technology to provide controlled learning scenarios for participants.

The center’s “virtual hospital” environment includes several training rooms, numerous programmable manikin simulators and task trainers, and a host of other equipment to simulate a wide variety of patient care scenarios.

Library Resources

Our Health Sciences Library contains more than 11,000 volumes, maintains subscriptions to 166 journals, and offers all major indices and citation retrieval services on-site to support clinical, educational, and research activities of residents and medical staff members. It is supervised by a full-time medical librarian who provides individualized teaching and assistance to residents and it offers online bibliographic services and individualized literature searches.

House staff may also use the Department of Medicine's computer library, which contains reference material recommended by the American College of Physicians and houses personal computers that are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for use by residents in conducting on-line literature searches. UpToDate, MicroMedex and more than 150 online journals are available at work or from home.

Fully Integrated Electronic Medical Record

Allegheny Health Network offers Epic, a fully integrated inpatient and outpatient Electronic Medical Record across all clinical sites.

Our Fellowship Programs

Our Department of Medicine offers fellowships in:

We help our residents interested in subspecialties to network with teaching subspecialists in our Department of Medicine and encourage residents interested in one or more of these subspecialties to take elective rotations.

Unique Experiences in Quality Improvement and Safety
We are committed to preparing residents to practice independently in the new era of healthcare, providing a comprehensive approach to education and integration of our residents in activities promoting quality improvement and patient safety.

Emphasis on Resident Wellness
Our program is committed to addressing issues that contribute to physician burnout and to promoting a learning environment that is conducive to wellness and good physical and mental health. We’ve established a Wellness Taskforce (a group of dedicated residents, faculty and staff) whose mission it is to ensure that our training program values an achievable and appropriate resident work/life balance. To accomplish this, our program actively monitors, measures and offers resources for the treatment of burnout among trainees. Proactively, we seek to combat burnout by building resiliency and promoting health and wellness in our residents through frequent didactic sessions and fun and uplifting wellness events during and outside of work hours.

High-Value Cost Conscious Care
Our program is dedicated to training healthcare professionals for whom High Value Care (HVC) is a part of normal practice. When physicians are trained with these principals in mind, they provide patients with improved clinical outcomes at lower costs. Our program’s HVC task Force (consisting of faculty, CMR, interested residents) meets frequently to determine how to best promote the practice of HVC in our training program. Through the use of the American College of Physicians’ HCV Curriculum, monthly HVC morning report sessions, interactive HVC cases we’ve developed and discuss during our academic ambulatory half-day sessions, we can confidently say our residents are well-prepared to provide their patients with excellent, cost-conscious care.

Contact Us

Internal Medicine Residency Program

Patricia Barr, Program Coordinator

Mailing address:
   Allegheny General Hospital
   Internal Medicine Residencies
   320 East North Avenue
   Pittsburgh, PA 15212

Phone: 412.359.4971

Fax: 412.359.4983