The Private Practice Initiative (PPI) provides residents with an opportunity to care for patients within the non-residency setting, while learning more about how different practices function. First offered as an optional educational experience in 1998 by Dr. Joel Merenstein, the PPI program is now a requirement during the third year of residency and under the direction of Dr. Gretchen Shelesky.
Residents spend one afternoon per week working in a non-residency practice within the Greater Pittsburgh community. Residents get a real life experience in practice management, one-to-one precepting, and a potential increased patient volume.
Many of the residents have felt that the PPI experience helped them know what to look for when employment opportunities arise, and some have even been offered employment from their site upon completion.