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University of Pittsburgh Faculty Development Fellowship

Our Mission

We develop Family Medicine educators to become master teachers, exemplary clinicians collaborative researchers, and effective leaders.


UPMC St. Margaret developed its Faculty Development Fellowship program in 1982 to help with the shortage of fellowship-trained family physician faculty nationwide, especially in community hospital settings. Our fellowship is recognized as one of the leading programs in the country and has graduated more fellows than any other full-time program.

Now based in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, our Fellowship has evolved into a training program for those interested in being faculty across the full spectrum of academic family medicine. The Fellowship thrives in the Department of Family Medicine and at three fully-accredited acute care community teaching hospitals that support five family health centers.  In addition to seeing patients, fellows supervise residents who provide care to the underserved and a full family medicine spectrum of patients in hospital and outpatient settings.

The Fellows benefit from access to the university’s rich resources for graduate education, research, grant development, and mentoring.

Fellows meet four days a week in the summer for an intensive Summer Seminar Series and six weekends (Friday and Saturday) throughout the year.  They develop individualized skills in the five curriculum domains in consultation with faculty. Fellows train collaboratively with pharmacy residents and geriatric fellows. There are many opportunities and tracks that the fellows can participate in including:

  • One Year Fellowship:  Includes the basic curriculum and the option of taking selected courses at the Graduate School of Public Health, the Schools of the Health Sciences, or the School of Education.
  • Two-Year Fellowship:  All aspects of a one-year program plus master’s coursework while adapting the fellowship research project to fulfill the requirements for the master’s degree.
    • Fellows may obtain a Master of Public Health (MPH), Master of Science in Medical Education (MS) or Master of Science in Clinical (MS). Tuition assistance is available.
  • Additional Opportunities: Focus on fellows’ clinical interests including but not limited to Global Health, Hospitalist Track, Tropical Medicine, HIV Medicine, Medication for Substance Use Disorders, Women’s Health, and more.

Applicants must be a board-certified graduate of an approved family medicine residency program or have comparable clinical experience and an interest in part-time or full-time teaching in family medicine.

The fellowship offers a stipend and benefits that are highly competitive with similar fellowship programs, and appropriate to the previous training and experience of each fellow.

The experienced faculty of the Family Medicine Fellowship Program includes family physicians, pharmacists, geriatricians, and educational experts. Since July 1998, regular teaching faculty from other University of Pittsburgh Medical Center residency programs have enhanced the fellowship.

"My directors worked with me, trained me, and transferred their experience to me wholeheartedly, so I could grow with confidence in the professional path I have chosen.  I would highly recommend the fellowship to any colleague who would like to excel in medical education."

- Quynh Chu, MD; Class of 2018

Contact:  Jennifer Crupie  Phone: 412-784-4261

Sports Medicine Fellowship

It would only make sense that the City of Champions has a world-class sports medicine fellowship. The University of Pittsburgh Sports Medicine Fellowship under the direction of Dr. Jeanne Doperak provides a clinical experience spanning high school to professional sports.  During the course of a year, our fellows work alongside our country’s sports medicine experts and partner with one of the country’s top orthopedic programs. Our graduates span the nation providing exceptional care in both the university and community settings.

One of the distinctions that set this program apart is the diversity of clinical experiences that the fellows engage in over the academic year. Each fellow is assigned time with a local high school, an NCAA Division III college (St. Vincent College and/or Carnegie Mellon University), and an NCAA Division I college (The University of Pittsburgh and/or Robert Morris University). In addition, all three fellows have the opportunity to work with faculty at a professional level with the Pittsburgh Steelers and Pittsburgh Penguins. Unique to our program is a designated performing arts month during which the fellow spends time with the Pittsburgh Ballet and Point Park University, known for their dance and musical theater programs. The spring provides us time and a chance to work with the Pittsburgh Passion, our women’s professional football team. Each of these exciting experiences includes sideline and training room coverage which has historically provided the perfect environment to learn sports medicine. Our program has a long history with these teams which allows fellows to develop strong relationships with the healthcare team.   

We develop custom weekly schedules for each fellow which, over the course of a year, provides a depth of clinical and academic experiences. They have exposure to clinical sports medicine both primary care and surgical, in sports medicine specialty clinics, including hand/wrist and foot/ankle, concussion, and ultrasound procedures. One-half day per week is spent in the primary care clinic at the University of Pittsburgh Student Health Department and another half day in their own sports medicine clinic. All UPMC fellows participate in weekly didactics which covers a broad sports medicine subject matter from sports nutrition to exercise physiology. The fellows have a one-half day a week of supported research time and consistently have case presentations at the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine and American College of Sports Medicine National Conferences each year. We have developed an MSK ultrasound curriculum and have weekly educational MSK-US practice sessions on our own devices.

UPMC fellows are supported by a core faculty of 7 CAQ fellowship-trained primary care sports medicine specialists.  These individuals provide primary team coverage for the fellows' assigned schools but also work with the Pittsburgh Steelers and Pittsburgh Penguins' medical teams.  Additionally, our faculty have spent time at the Olympic Training Center and work with various dance companies including the Pittsburgh Ballet.  Our faculty pride themselves on their clinical diversity and availability to the fellows though out the year.

Pittsburgh is a city that identifies itself through its sports teams.  A strong sports medicine program is necessary to keep these franchises running smoothly.  We would invite you to find out more about how you can be part of the action by visiting our Facebook Page.

Contact:  Michele Hilty; (412) 784-4227