Family Medicine Residency Program

First Year Curriculum

The first year provides incoming residents with a solid introduction to the breadth and diversity of family medicine. A series of inpatient rotations at UPMC St. Margaret (internal medicine, surgery, and emergency medicine) are blended with outpatient experiences in community medicine, school health, ambulatory surgery, and two months of outpatient pediatrics. In-hospital rotations involve a floor team comprised of a senior and first year resident along with attending faculty and often medical students. Rotations in obstetrics and pediatrics are located at Magee-Women’s Hospital and Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, respectively. Residents also spend one or two half-day sessions per week at one of our Family Health Centers.

Since 2010, the first year curriculum has also included a rural health experience. Each first year resident spends two weeks in one of four outlying UPMC rural community hospitals (UPMC Bedford, UPMC Northwest, UPMC Horizon, or UPMC Jameson). The resident has the opportunity to work with local community physicians as well as spend some time in the hospital's emergency room.


First Year Rotations

  • Obstetrics
  • Newborn Medicine
  • Family Health Center/School Health
  • Intensive Care Unit (ICU)
  • Inpatient Teaching Service
  • Geriatric Teaching Service
  • Inpatient FHC Service
  • Ambulatory Pediatrics
  • ​Pediatric ER
  • Outpatient Family Medicine
  • Inpatient Surgery/Outpatient Surgery
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Rural Medicine
  • Night Float
  • Selective (two week elective experience)


Longitudinal Experiences

  • Family Health Center 1-2 sessions/week
  • Daily Behavioral Sciences in the FHC’s
  • Home Visit Program
  • Faculty Advisor assigned at start of residency; maintained until graduation


Other First Year Experiences

  • BLS and ACLS certification
  • First-Year Retreat
  • First Year class workshops