Orthopedic Surgery Residency Program

Orthopedic Surgery Residency Program

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

About the Program
Application Information
Benefits
Contact Us
Curriculum
Faculty
Research
Residents
 


 About the Program

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 25 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.

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 November 1. The Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program Office will not accept any paper applications.

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
  • USMLE Board score 

 

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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

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 Faculty

 

Patrick J . DeMeo, MD

Sports Medicine
Professor, Drexel University
Associate Professor, Temple University
Chairman, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

Nicholas G. Sotereanos, MD
Adult Reconstruction
Assistant Professor, Drexel University
Executive Vice Chairman, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

Gregory T. Altman, MD
Sports Medicine, Orthopaedic Trauma Surgery
Assistant Professor, Drexel University
Associate Professor, Temple University
Vice Chairman, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

Daniel T. Altman, MD
Spine Surgery, Orthopaedic Trauma Surgery
Associate Professor, Drexel University
Associate Professor, Temple University
Residency Program Director

Sam Akhavan, MD
Sports Medicine
Assistant Professor, Temple University
Assistant Program Director
Director of Research, Orthopaedic Surgery

Mark J. Sangimino, MD
Pediatric Orthopaedics
Assistant Professor, Drexel University
Assistant Professor, Temple University
Assistant Program Director

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Edward L. Birdsong, MD
Hand Surgery
Assistant Professor, Drexel University

R. Colin Brabender, MD
Hand Surgery

John J. Christoforetti, MD
Sports Medicine
Assistant Professor, Drexel University

Lisa B. Ercolano, MD
Musculoskeletal Oncology

Darren A. Frank, MD
Sports Medicine
Clinical Instructor, Drexel University
Assistant Professor, Temple University

Julius J. Huebner, MD
Adult Reconstruction
Assistant Professor, Drexel University

Bradley A. Palmer, MD
Hand Surgery

Dennis J. Phillips, MD
Sports Medicine
Assistant Professor, Drexel University

Victor R. Prisk, MD
Foot and Ankle Surgery
Assistant Professor, Drexel University

Gregory Purnell, MD
General Orthopaedics, Sports Medicine

Timothy J. Sauber, MD
Adult Reconstruction
Clinical Instructor, Drexel University

Robert E. Schilken, MD
Sports Medicine
Clinical Instructor, Drexel University

Gary L. Schmidt, MD
Spine Surgery
Assistant Professor, Drexel University

Stephanie Schneck-Jacob, MD
Pediatric Orthopaedics
Clinical Instructor, Drexel University

Scott Schweizer, MD
Sports Medicine

Michael Seel, MD
Adult Reconstruction

Jeffrey J. Sewecke, DO
Adult Reconstruction
Assistant Professor, Drexel University

James Sferra, MD
Foot and Ankle Surgery

Peter Tang, MD, MPH
Hand Surgery
Associate Professor, Drexel University

Edward R. Westrick, MD
Orthopaedic Trauma Surgery/Foot and Ankle Trauma
Clinical Instructor, Drexel University


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