July 1 has been proclaimed Graduate Medical Education Day by the Pittsburgh City Council, following a declaration made in a council meeting on June 28th. The proclamation cites the value of graduate medical education residents and fellows as physician shortages increase, and their important role as a first point of contact for many patients, among several other reasons. The proclamation makes specific mention of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, which has the third-highest number of residents and fellows among all hospital systems in the country and the fourth-most medical specialties available for study.
Joining in support of the proclamation is Governor Tom Wolf, who declared July 1 as Graduate Medical Education Day not just in the City of Pittsburgh but throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. In a University Times article, several residents (and subsequent fellows) share their experiences of participating in UPMC’s Graduate Medical Education Programs. Mayor William Peduto is tentatively scheduled to open the July 1st orientation system and welcome the new residents and fellows to the City of Pittsburgh.