Benefits and Resources

Benefits for consortium house staff

Visit our Benefits - Consortium page  to learn more about the benefits and salaries for residencies and fellowships.

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.

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.

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.