The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center were pleased to announce that we recruited to this new combined program for a PGY1 start date on July 1st 2007. In addition we were able to transition two existing PGY1 residents from other UPMC programs into the combined FM-Psych program.
The goal of creating a combined Family Medicine and Psychiatry Residency Training Program at UPMC is to utilize the excellent resources of both the Department of Family and Community Medicine and the Department of Psychiatry at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of the University of Pittsburgh to train physicians in both specialties who will be poised to provide comprehensive medical and psychiatric services to a broad spectrum of patients in the community and to be leaders in academic family medicine and psychiatry. There are currently only ten such combined programs in the country and none are in Pennsylvania. There is also currently a need in Pittsburgh to provide integrated health care services to a vulnerable population whose needs were formerly covered by another institution in the area that has closed. We will combine the tremendous resources of two highly regarded residency training programs within the same medical system in Pittsburgh to produce broadly-based trainees who will be uniquely qualified to combine medical and psychiatric treatment to populations who require comprehensive health care services.
The combined residency will take 2 residents per year for a 5-year training program for a total of 10 residents at a given time. Residents will be accepted into the training programs of both Family Medicine and Psychiatry concurrently and independently. Residents will meet the training requirements for both the Family Practice and Psychiatry Residencies in five years. There will also be longitudinal outpatient experiences, clinical rotations and didactics unique to the combined program, which integrate medical, and psychiatric care and which will be required for all combined residents.
There will be two residency training co-directors, one each from the Departments of Family Medicine and Psychiatry, who will work together to assure that requirements for both programs are adequately met and who will coordinate the educational experience and clinical rotations.
The affiliated hospitals include Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, UPMC McKeesport, and UPMC St. Margaret’s.