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Orthopedic Surgery Residency Program

Program director:  Daniel Altman, MD
Accreditation:  ACGME
Program length:  5 years (PGY1-PGY5)
Residents per year:  4
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About the Program

Allegheny General Hospital offers a well-rounded five-year residency program. Each year, we accept four PGY-1 residents into the program. At any given time, approximately 24 operating attendings provide guidance for a total of 18 residents. By keeping a greater than 1:1 attending-to-resident ratio, we ensure that each student gets personalized attention. Throughout the course of his/her residency, each student gains a tremendous amount of clinical experience—both in the office and in the operating room. Traditionally, our residents complete anywhere from 1,800 to 2,500 cases over the course of five years.
In addition to gaining operative experience, residents attend daily scheduled didactic lectures throughout the course of the workweek. These lectures cover a variety of the core topics in orthopaedic surgery. Each service contributes to the lecture series, either on a weekly or bi-monthly schedule. This diversity of subject matter helps to expand our residents’ knowledge base.
Despite the number of operative cases and the frequency of lectures, each resident maintains 100 percent compliance with the 80-hour workweek, as set forth by the ACGME. Residents rotate through a variety of services each year, reflected by the diversity of cases logged each month. All major services are currently represented at AGH. Four services provide either traditional (hand and upper extremity) or non-traditional (joint, sports, trauma) exposure to fellows. The operative experience of the residents at AGH is enhanced by the presence of the fellows and is in no way hindered.
Residency Administration

Chairman: Patrick Demeo, MD
Residency Director : Daniel Altman, MD
Assistant Residency Directors: Sam Akhavan, MD; Mark Sangimino, MD
Residency Coordinator: Leslie Hays (lhays@wpahs.org)

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