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Undergraduate Medical Education

West Penn Allegheny Health System (WPAHS) is a strong leader in academic medicine.

The five-hospital system offers accredited and well-recognized programs for undergraduate and graduate medical education and research.  

The wide variety of primary/secondary and tertiary care referral programs at WPAHS provides an unusually broad range of interesting and challenging experiences for medical students. During required clinical rotations, unique experiences are available to students that contribute to their understanding of didactic learning sessions.

In addition to the required clinical experiences, elective rotations in state-of-the-art specialties provide opportunities to complete a well-rounded medical education experience and prepare students for their residency years. 

During rotations, medical students benefit from the expert knowledge and broad experiences of faculty physicians and other healthcare team members and opportunities to participate in all aspects of the care of patients with complex health conditions.

WPAHS also offers numerous health sciences education programs. Allegheny General Hospital (AGH), the tertiary care flagship of WPAHS, sponsors several pharmacy residency programs for graduate pharmacists. WPAHS has two NLNAC-accredited diploma schools of nursing, one at West Penn Hospital (WPH) and one at the Citizens School of Nursing of Allegheny Valley  Hospital (AVH). West Penn Hospital (WPH) - Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) School of Respiratory Care is the fifth-oldest in the nation and offers a highly regarded bachelor of science degree in respiratory care. WPH also sponsors clinical affiliations for Radiologic Technology students. 


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