Family Medicine Residency Program

Third Year Curriculum

A further shift to the outpatient arena of the Family Health Centers results in each third year resident having four to five office sessions per week. A leadership position is now present, as third year residents head up the medical teams of the most challenging hospital rotations. With three additional months of elective time, the third year allows a resident to concentrate on his or her areas of special interest and begin final preparation for medical practice. A longitudinal Private Practice Initiative (PPI) for each resident provides weekly outpatient experience for each resident to further prepare them for their new role as full-time attending physicians.


Third Year Rotations

  • ​Outpatient FHC
  • FHC Inpatient Service
  • Inpatient Red Team Teaching Service
  • Neurology
  • Orthopedics
  • ENT/Ophthalmology
  • Outpatient Geriatrics
  • Pediatric ER
  • Senior Night Float
  • Dermatology
  • Teaching Selective
  • Elective (x 2)
  • Practice Based Improvement/Local Elective


Longitudinal Experiences

  • Family Health Center 4-5 sessions/week
  • Daily Behavioral Sciences
  • Community Medicine Project/Scholarly Project
  • Nursing Home and Home Visit Program
  • Private Practice Initiative (PPI)
  • Regular contact with Faculty Advisor


Other Third Year Experiences

  • ACLS Renewal
  • Practice Management Workshop
  • Billing and Coding Seminar
  • Third-Year Retreat
  • Optional Area of Concentration (AOC)
  • School Sports Physicals
  • School Sex Education Program
  • Family Practice Refresher Course
  • Merit Seminar


"UPMC St. Margaret provides a balanced mixture of basic family practice problems as well as complex clinical situations."

- Mary Pat Friedlander