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Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program

Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program

About the Program

Program director:  Daniel Altman, MD
Accreditation:  ACGME
Program length:  5 years (PGY1-PGY5)
Residents per year:  4

Allegheny General Hospital offers a well-rounded five-year residency program. Each year, we accept four PGY1 residents into the program. At any given time, approximately 40 operating attendings provide guidance for a total of 20 residents. By keeping a greater than 1:1 attending-to-resident ratio, we ensure that each student gets personalized attention. Throughout the course of his or her residency, each student gains a tremendous amount of clinical experience—both in the office and the operating room. Traditionally, our residents complete anywhere from 1,800 to 2,500 cases over the course of five years.

In addition to gaining operative experience, residents attend scheduled didactic lectures throughout the course of the work week. These lectures cover a variety of the core topics in orthopaedic surgery. Each service contributes to the lecture series, either on a weekly or bi-monthly schedule. This diversity of subject matter helps to expand our residents’ knowledge base.

Despite the number of operative cases and the frequency of lectures, each resident maintains 100 percent compliance with the 80-hour work week, as set forth by the ACGME. Residents rotate through a variety of services each year, reflected by the diversity of cases logged each month. All major services are represented at AGH, including pediatric orthopaedics, foot and ankle, and orthopaedic oncology.

Residency Administration
Department Chairman: Patrick Demeo, MD
Residency Program Director : Daniel Altman, MD
Residency Program Assistant Directors: Sam Akhavan, MD; Mark Sangimino, MD
Residency Program Coordinator: Leslie Hays

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Application Information

All applications are handled through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) and should be received by September 15. The Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program Office will not accept any paper applications.  Interviews will be held on Friday, December 15 and Saturday, December 16, 2017.

Once the application through ERAS is completed, our staff reviews the application and applies specific criteria to determine which applicants are offered interviews.

The application to the Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program includes the following:

  • Completed application
  • Personal statement
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Official transcript from your medical school
  • Dean's letter
  • Three letters of recommendation (only standardized letter of recommendation forms are accepted-see aoassn.org for more information)
  • USMLE Board score

If you are a graduate of a foreign medical school, your application must also meet the following requirements:

  • J-1 visa (H-1B visa candidates are not sponsored)
  • ECFMG certified prior to any interview

Our staff reviews applications and applies specific criteria to determine which applicants are offered an interview.

Click here to see our application faqs.

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Contact Us

Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program

Leslie Hays, Program Coordinator

Mailing address:
   1307 Federal Street, 2nd Floor
   Pittsburgh, PA 15212

Phone:  412.359.6501

Fax:  412.359.6265