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Discussion in 'Anesthesiology' started by laneyj34, May 16, 2007.

  1. laneyj34

    laneyj34 Junior Member 5+ Year Member

    Jun 27, 2006
    I recently visited Pittsburgh, and while there, UPMC. Though I am just about to start MS1, I really liked the hospital and area, and thought it would be cool to do residency there.

    So, my question is, how is their anesthesiology residency program?

    I looked through their website and it seems the program is at least decent.
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  3. 2ndyear

    2ndyear Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Jul 11, 2002
    New England
    Well regarded and solid.
  4. laneyj34

    laneyj34 Junior Member 5+ Year Member

    Jun 27, 2006
    Cool, thanks. Is it ideal for someone looking to go into private practice, not the academic field?
  5. OffPiste

    OffPiste 10+ Year Member

    Nov 18, 2006
    The training at UPMC is second to none. The only downside is that it does not have the name brand of MGH, Hopkins, Brigham, UCSF etc. However, the training you will receive there is as good as any of the aforementioned. UPMC iis the godfather of CCM, tremendous regional, and need I say transplant. Plus, when I visited, the folks there were all around a great, fun, likeable group. If one were to train there, certainly any door would be open for future practice.
  6. utmey07


    Oct 2, 2006
    I loved UPMC, but ranked Michigan ahead of it and matched there. I really went back and forth on the two for a looooooonnnnggggg time. I have a buddy there and he loves it.
  7. promethius

    promethius Member 15+ Year Member

    Dec 13, 2002
    Shaken, not stirred
    Hands down, one of the best in the country in terms of clinical training and quality of life as a resident. With the largest practice group in the country, the ratio of faculty to residents there is approximately 3:1. As a result, they don't need the residents to be their workhorses, and the residents also get the pick of the cases. For anesthesia training, you want to be at an academic center that is a surgical powerhouse, and UPMC is definitely a surgical powerhouse. I also heard through the grapevine that the anesthesia residency program there only had to go down 25 spots on their rank list to fill their 15 spots this year.
  8. Green912

    Green912 10+ Year Member

    Jun 11, 2001
    After interviewing there I though UPMC was an exceptional program. They were #2 on my list.
  9. MErc44

    MErc44 Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Sep 29, 2003
    Half way home
    I heard they had a hard time filling spots because it is in Pittsburgh which doesn't have much going for it.
  10. Trisomy13

    Trisomy13 ultra 10+ Year Member

    Apr 13, 2004
    mountain home
    Pittsburgh has a lot "going for it". Decent size but not so large that you are lost in the crowd. Good bar and live entertainment scene. Variety of good restaurants. Great sports venues, theatre and arts. Ton of neighborhoods to explore. Etc. It's not on the scale of New York or SF, obviously, but you could do much worse when looking for a fun and livable city.
  11. citixen


    Feb 21, 2010
    how competitive is UPMC ?
  12. bigdan

    bigdan SDN Donor 15+ Year Member

    Dec 30, 2002
    Ann Arbor
    Citi -

    I'm a resident at UPMC. I'm not sure how to answer your question about competitiveness, but we seem to attract very very talented folks (I realize I'm a biased source!). There is a certain bar set for your USMLE scores in order to be offered an interview, but it's not exceptionally high - I've heard some programs have a cutoff score of 235 - I'm sure it's not that high here, however. It's set by the two-digit score, and is typically around 90 - 92 as a cutoff. You will not be forced into research here, but there is a TON of it going on here should you want it - not having a publication is not a deal breaker, but will ALWAYS add to your application.

    I asked in another thread, and will as here as well, for others to chime in with their opinions on our program. We CONSTANTLY hear about how the "location" makes it difficult to rank us highly, but I came from NY and am doing quite well here, and could go on and on about the perks. I feel the program is extraordinary, and would love to hear others thoughts on it.

    Please do let me know if you have other specific questions!
    Last edited: Mar 20, 2011
  13. narcusprince

    narcusprince Rough Rider 10+ Year Member

    Dec 3, 2003
    The gamma quadrant
    My how the apprentice becomes the master. I have a question for you big D you chief this year?
  14. sunset823

    sunset823 10+ Year Member

    Jun 4, 2006


    Pitt would be one of my top choices if not my top choice for residency, although I don't even know if I'd be competitive to match there at this point, will find out after I take the boards. I'm really interested in critical care, where they are probably the top program in the country, and they also have an amazing Biosecurity program, which is a side interest of mine from undergrad. Everything people are saying on here makes it even more appealing.

    As to the city not 'offering much', have you even been there??? I've grown up in the Rust Belt, but Pittsburgh is an extremely vibrant city, and in fact is in the top 10 cities for single women (I dunno about men, but there is definitely a good singles scene). The city has turned itself around remarkably, and is an excellent model for other major midwest cities (Cleveland, Detroit) that largely run on manufacturing.
  15. mdage

    mdage Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Apr 16, 2005
    Would have been my #1 choice if not for couple's match.:p
  16. DipriFan

    DipriFan ASA Member 7+ Year Member

    Jul 28, 2009
  17. xbulletin


    Feb 3, 2011
    Really, come on. Rounding out the top 5 of forbes list: Ogden, Utah. Provo, Utah. Ann Arbor, Michigan. Harrisburg, PA.

    Ann Arbor is a pretty college town. But the rest of these places? No thankyou.

    I'd say the same thing for pittsburgh. No thanks. Also, the steelers can suck it.
  18. Mr FancyPants

    Mr FancyPants 7+ Year Member

    Mar 19, 2010
    Best pro sports franchise in history, hands down. Even with the, ahem...unpleasantness against the Packers.

    Its understandable how you may be jealous.
  19. xbulletin


    Feb 3, 2011
    well, the city of pittsburgh has to have something
  20. MossPoh

    MossPoh Textures intrigue me 7+ Year Member

    Apr 24, 2006
    Tally/Willkillya County
    Perhaps most of the people just have a distaste for the terrible towel and how they seem to come out year round at the most inconvienent times for maximum annoying factor. :p
  21. Narcotized

    Narcotized 7+ Year Member

    May 9, 2009
    The Celtics, Lakers, and Yankees would disagree with you. The "hands down" part really gets ridiculous.
  22. jetproppilot

    jetproppilot Turboprop Driver 10+ Year Member

    Mar 12, 2005
    level at FL210
    Switching to college legacies, it's time for someone (me) to say ITS ALL ABOUT

    [BTHE U!!!![/B]:D
  23. Narcotized

    Narcotized 7+ Year Member

    May 9, 2009
    That was a hell of a run they had in the 80's and 90's; the UCLA Bruins of college football. Bet you have 10 copies of the ESPN 30 for 30 on Miami. Though FSU something like double digit wins and in the top 4 for 14 straight years gives them a run for the dynasty crown.
  24. imfrankie

    imfrankie Anesthesiologist 7+ Year Member

    Feb 22, 2011
  25. Narcotized

    Narcotized 7+ Year Member

    May 9, 2009
    Joey Chestnut. Most Dominating Athlete Ever.
  26. countingdays

    countingdays ASA Member 5+ Year Member

    May 16, 2009
    I thought that was Vince Young, NCAA championship game...
  27. imfrankie

    imfrankie Anesthesiologist 7+ Year Member

    Feb 22, 2011
    "Show up, dominate, go home" Dan Gable

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