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Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program

Program Director: Daniel Altman, MD
Accreditation: ACGME
Program Length: 5 years (PGY1-PGY5)
Residents per year: 5

Allegheny Health Network offers a comprehensive 5 year Orthopaedic Surgery residency program.  In 2018, we expanded our program from 4 residents per incoming class to 5 due to the quality and expertise of available training and the volume of operative cases. Throughout the course of the program, each resident has the opportunity to gain tremendous clinical experience, in both the surgical and ambulatory clinic setting. With an expanding surgical faculty of over 40 sub-specialized physicians, our residents typically complete anywhere from 2000 to 2500 cases during the residency. Training occurs primarily at Allegheny General Hospital, an academic quaternary hospital and level 1 trauma center serving a large metropolitan population. Rotations also occur at our affiliated regional community hospital and modern outpatient surgery centers. All orthopaedic sub-specialties are represented, providing residents with ample exposure to all facets of orthopaedics.

In addition to gaining operative experience, the residents have dedicated time to attend scheduled didactic sessions throughout the week. All core topics within Orthopaedic Surgery sub-specialties are presented, with each service contributing on a weekly or bi-weekly schedule in order to expand the residents’ knowledge base. First and second year residents have additional dedicated curriculum with weekly protected time for didactic and surgical exercises. Weekly Grand Rounds provide opportunities to learn novel surgical techniques, participate in congenial debate over treatment strategies, and attend guest lectures from visiting orthopaedic surgeons. Anatomic and surgical technique labs take place in our new Center for Surgical Arts, one of the most advanced teaching facilities in the country. The 21 training stations are equipped with video monitoring and access to dedicated O-arm and robotic technology.

The development of residents into knowledgeable, well-trained, ethical Orthopaedic Surgeons is the priority of the Allegheny Health Network Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program.

Residency administration

Department Chairman: Patrick DeMeo, MD
Residency Program Director : Daniel Altman, MD
Residency Program Assistant Directors: Sam Akhavan, MD; Mark Sangimino, MD; Lisa Ercolano, MD
Residency Program Coordinator: Leslie Hays
Associate Program Coordinators: Lilly Perry; Marie DiNardo

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Application information

All applications are handled through the Electronic Residency Application Service® (ERAS®).

Once the application through ERAS is completed, our physicians review the applications 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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About Graduate Medical Education

The Orthopaedic Surgery Residency program is part of the graduate medical education (GME) opportunities offered by the AHN Medical Education Consortium. Learn more about graduate medical education.

Contact us

Leslie Hays, Senior Program Coordinator
1307 Federal Street, 2nd Floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15212

(412) 359-6501
Fax: (412) 359-6265

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