Through its affiliation with UPMC, the School of Medicine offers students opportunities for clinical training, educational experiences, and research in virtually any medical specialty. Although legally separate and distinct entities, the School of Medicine and UPMC share mutual interdependence and a synergy that is reflected in a common commitment to excellence in education, research, and clinical care.
As an integrated global health enterprise and one of the nation’s leading academic health care systems, with $13 billion in revenues, UPMC has more than 60,000 employees; approximately 5,700 affiliated physicians, including 3,500 employed by the health system and 1,400 who are also full-time faculty of the School of Medicine; more than 20 tertiary care, specialty, and community hospitals; as well as specialized outpatient facilities, cancer centers, rehabilitation facilities, retirement and long-term care facilities, imaging services, doctors’ offices, and a health insurance plan covering nearly 3 million members.
As of August 1, 2016, the UPMC Medical Education Program has 1,140 medical residents and 368 clinical fellows in programs approved by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education plus 28 clinical fellows in other programs.
For the 17th time in recent years, UPMC appears on the U.S. News & World Report Honor Roll of America’s Best Hospitals for 2016. UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside ranked 12th overall, making it the highest-ranked medical center in Pittsburgh, and was one of only 20 hospitals nationwide that made the Honor Roll of the “nation’s best” in the 2016 survey. Nationally, UPMC is recognized for excellence in 15 of 16 specialty areas and is among the top 10 hospitals in four specialties: ear, nose, and throat; gastroenterology and GI surgery; pulmonology; and rheumatology. In addition, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC is ranked seventh overall and ranked in nine of 10 pediatric specialties included in the magazine’s survey, four of which were ranked in the top 10.
The core of the health system is located in the Oakland, Shadyside, and Lawrenceville neighborhoods of Pittsburgh, where the following health care facilities are interwoven with University of Pittsburgh facilities: UPMC Presbyterian, UPMC Montefiore, Eye and Ear Institute, Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC, Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of UPMC, Hillman Cancer Center, UPMC Shadyside, and Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC.
Hillman Cancer Center is the flagship facility in the UPMC Cancer Center network of more than 40 clinical care facilities and home of the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, one of only 47 facilities in the nation (and the only one in Western Pennsylvania) designated by the National Cancer Institute as a Comprehensive Cancer Center for cancer treatment, research, education, and prevention.
UPMC’s clinical programs have earned international recognition, drawing patients from around the world. In addition, the medical center is now transporting its expertise to other countries, including Italy (where it manages the Mediterranean Institute for Transplantation and Advanced Specialized Therapies in Palermo) and Ireland, as well as ventures in Canada, China, Colombia, and Kazakhstan. With a long and distinguished record of pioneering and perfecting organ transplantation, UPMC dominates the field not only in terms of clinical expertise for the number and types of procedures performed, but also in terms of research, development of new therapies, and training of transplant surgeons and physicians.
In recognition of its leadership in using information technology to improve clinical outcomes and efficiency, UPMC was named one of the country’s “Most Wired” health systems for the 18th consecutive year—the only health care organization to be consistently recognized with that distinction during that time frame—according to Hospitals & Health Networks, the journal of the American Hospital Association (AHA).
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