UPMC St. Margaret Hospital has been involved in post-graduate medical education since its inception. Our ACGME Family Medicine Residency Program began in 1971 and is currently recognized as one of the best in the region. The AOA accredited Family Medicine Residency, established in 2002, leads eligible candidates to certification by the AOA and The American Board of Family Medicine. On June 30, 2020, our AOA-accredited program was transitioned to complete ACGME recognition and single accreditation.
The UPMC St. Margaret Family Medicine Residency program is the only postgraduate training program at the hospital and is the largest in western Pennsylvania. An excellent clinical experience is available across the breadth of all of the medical disciplines. Our residency program will continue to have both MD and DO trainees in each of the 3 years. The curriculum, call schedule, and experience is identical for all first year trainees.
Training in Osteopathic Principles and Practice is an important component of the UPMC St. Margaret Family Medicine Residency Program. Annually, 13 residents are trained in Family Medicine, plus an additional resident who trains in a combined Family Medicine/Psychiatry program. Osteopathic and allopathic residents participate in the same educational activities. Additionally, they receive Osteopathic training longitudinally through all 3 years in the form of didactic lectures and hands on training in OMT clinics.
The Director of Osteopathic Medical Education, Dr. Jeffrey Lineman, serves as a faculty member where he oversees the curriculum, provides regularly scheduled lectures, and directly trains all of the residents in OMT/patient care. Also a robust inpatient and outpatient experience is received by all residents in this program including inpatient training based at UPMC St. Margaret Hospital, pediatric training at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh and obstetrics and gynecology training at Magee Women's Hospital. As the only residency program originating from UPMC St. Margaret, residents in this program have the opportunity to work within an “unopposed” environment where resident call teams serve the primary role in handling acute hospital emergencies which arise during inpatient care.
Outpatient training is provided at 1 of 3 family health centers located in underserved areas of the surrounding community. Each resident sees patients longitudinally over a 3 year time period at one of these 3 locations, working alongside faculty members who are also seeing patients at these centers. All of our three family health centers (Lawrenceville, New Kensington, and Bloomfield-Garfield) feature regular OMT clinics staffed by Dr. Lineman, Dr. Leman, and the Osteopathic residents. Residents completing 3 years of training are fully prepared to practice full scope Family Medicine with the additional benefit of having been taught OMT skills which they can then utilize in their office practices. Allopathic residents, interested in OMM, will have the opportunity to receive training in OMT on a regular bases through our shared curriculum, an Osteopathic Selective rotation, and while also attending OMT clinics.