UPMC is a Level 1 trauma and teaching facility. Very large and extremely busy and crowded
Pros: i'm sorry, i really can't think of any
Cons: not a very "user friendly" place to begin a career, intimidating and overwhelming, does not practice the type of patient centered care that i would want for myself or a loved one.
UPMC was an "ok" place to work. Having just graduated from my Surgical Tech program, UPMC was probably not the best choice of hospitals in which to start my career. There are an inordinate amount of people and it was very easy to get lost in the shuffle. I was pretty much thrown into just about every procedure imaginable, with little to no previous experience aside from my internship while in school. There was not much time or patience from the staff to help acclimate me to the institution, let alone the procedures and the way they wanted them done. I heard it said, by more than a few people at UPMC that it's either "sink or swim" and "see one, do one, teach one." This may be an intelligent approach for someone who has been a Surgical Tech for longer than a few months, but very overwhelming and intimidating to someone just starting out their career. Because of this, as one would imagine, I was very uncomfortable and wasn't able to develop and utilize my skills as quickly as I would have liked. Due to this, and the atmosphere in which I was working, I never felt that I was able to give the type and quality of patient centered care I would have liked to have provided my patients. But I did learn a lot about the different procedures and did gain more confidence because, well, I was forced to. When I left UPMC, I felt fairly sure of myself and my skills and was subsequently able to apply what I learned in the "boot camp" that is UPMC. Having been at UPMC and then working at another facility, to my surprise and relief, I found that I had gained more confidence and much more experience than I had anticipated. Because of those experiences, I was able to take a position at another Level 1 trauma facility with no problems and with a lot more confidence.