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Programs of Study

The 3-year categorical Internal Medicine Residency Program exposes residents to a broad and balanced curriculum of inpatient and outpatient medical care.

Each year, residents assume increasing levels of responsibility. Faculty supervision emphasizes evidence-based clinical decision-making, appropriate resource utilization learning and the important role of the resident as teacher. Upper-level residents have considerable flexibility to design a schedule of rotations that meets their specific career needs.

Primary Care Track
With more medical students and residents choosing specialty medicine careers, a shortage of physicians practicing general primary care has been predicted. To address this expected shortage and to train residents interested in practicing general internal medicine after completing their internal medicine residency program, we created a Primary Care Track in 2012 within the categorical Internal Medicine Residency Program.

Residents in the Primary Care Track will:

  • Spend less time in electives/inpatient rotations to accommodate a month-long ambulatory care rotation in each year of the residency in one of our suburban primary care clinics
  • Be required to do one research project during the residency on a primary care topic of the resident’s choice; residents will be given extra time to work on their projects during their ambulatory months
  • Have additional in-depth training in subspecialties that are frequently referred to the primary care physician, such as wound care, urology, and podiatry
  • Have primary care mentors to help guide them in their choices for their general internal medicine career
  • Have the opportunity to enhance their didactic learning experiences by participating in Primary Care Journal Club

The Primary Care Track curriculum meets requirements of the ACGME for successful completion and graduation from the Internal Medicine Residency Program.

This Primary Care track does not have its own NRMP match number. Rather, two residents will be selected from each matched class prior to the start of the internship based on their desire and commitment to primary care. We may expand this program in future years.

Our primary care track is directed by Nicole Sacca, DO. One of the chief residents will be designated as the primary care chief each year. The primary care chief has the responsibility to arrange schedules and didactic sessions during the ambulatory care month and to provide peer support for the Primary Care Track residents.

Inclusion Health Track
The Inclusion Health track is under the direction of internationally-recognized clinician-educators from the Program for Homeless and Urban Poverty Medicine within the AHN Center for Inclusion Health. Residents enrolled in this innovative track will have the opportunity for in-depth, longitudinal training experiences in the areas of social medicine, health care to underserved populations, health disparities, and population health. Through a combination of specialized didactic, experiential, and research learning approaches, residents will sharpen the clinical and non-clinical skills essential to caring for vulnerable patient populations.

Residents in the Inclusion Health track will:

  • Experience Lectures and skills-based training on core Inclusion Health topics, including Social Determinants of Health, Harm Reduction, Motivational Interviewing, Substance Use Screening and Treatment, Behavioral Health Integration in Primary Care, Poverty Medicine, Street Medicine, Population Health Research, and many others.
  • Have their primary care continuity clinic at AGH Federal North, located in the North Side—one of Pittsburgh’s most impoverished and medically underserved neighborhoods.
  • Rotate through homeless primary care and shelter-based clinics, street outreach to unsheltered homeless individuals, integrated HIV primary care clinic, medication assisted therapy clinics, FQHC’s, needle exchange sites, jail medicine clinics, and home visits
  • Rotate through the CIH Inpatient Consult Service at AHN hospitals and the Medical Respite Program for socially-unstable patients in need of post-hospital recuperative care.
  • Participation in other non-clinical CIH activities, including “hot-spotting” pro-grams, health systems-level advocacy, and program/curriculum development
  • Be mentored population health and quality improvement research under the direction of Elizabeth Cuevas, MD and Patrick Perri, MD

Geriatric Track
With a growing aging population there is an increased need for physicians that have the specialized skills to provide excellent geriatric care in all settings. To address this growing need we created a Geriatric Track within the categorical Internal Medicine Residency Program to specially train those residents interested in pursuing a career in geriatric medicine or primary care with a focus on geriatrics.

Residents in the Geriatric Track will:

  • Have a longitudinal experience in the skilled nursing facility setting where they will spend a half day a week during ambulatory, supervised by a board certified geriatrician, and follow a panel of patients in a nursing home
  • Complete one research/QI project during the residency on a geriatric topic of the resident’s choice; residents will be given extra time to work on their projects during their ambulatory months
  • Spend one half day during ambulatory week in the geriatric primary care/consult clinic at WPMA
  • Have geriatrician mentors to help guide them in their choices for their career in geriatrics or primary care
  • Have the opportunity to attend quarterly geriatric/palliative care division educational sessions
  • Participate in quarterly geriatric related journal club
  • Experience home visits with a geriatrician or geriatric CRNP

The Geriatric Track curriculum meets requirements of the ACGME for successful completion and graduation from the Internal Medicine Residency Program.

This Geriatric track does not have its own NRMP match number. Rather, two residents will be selected from each matched class prior to the start of the internship based on their desire and commitment to geriatrics. We may expand this program in future years.

Our geriatric track is directed by Christine Herb, MD.

Preliminary
We offer 10 preliminary internal medicine residency positions per year. Preliminary residents are selected from among those applicants who intend to enter another field of medicine upon completion of this year, including:

  • Anesthesiology
  • Dermatology
  • Neurology
  • Ophthalmology
  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Radiation Therapy/Oncology
  • Radiology