University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute (UPCI)

Life in Pittsburgh

City of PittsburghPittsburgh is a vibrant city, offering affordable living, distinctive neighborhoods, and an abundance of leisure activities. Located where the Allegheny and Monongahela Rivers form the Ohio River, Pittsburgh boasts a population of over 2.6 million and combines the amenities of a large city with the friendly feel of a small town. Safe neighborhoods, excellent restaurants and clubs, and an exciting art and music scene make Pittsburgh a great place to work and play. We believe that quality of life is important.

City population: 369,879
County Population: 1,281,666
Average High Temperature (July): 82.5°F
Average Low Temperature (Jan): 20.8°F

Allegheny County has more than 1,700 bridges and 720 are within the Pittsburgh city limits.

#1 Most livable city in the United States (2010,; 2009 The Economist; 2007 and 1985 Rand-McNally’s Places Rated Almanac).

Things to Do and Community Resources

Pittsburgh has undergone a striking renaissance from a down-and-out smokestack to a gleaming cultural oasis. There are great restaurants, excellent shopping, breakthrough galleries and prestigious museums.

Food, sports, music, and the arts—you’ll find all that in Pittsburgh, and more! Here are a few Web links to get you started.

Events, Newspapers, and Guides

Outdoor Activities

Spectator Sports


The Arts


Residents and Directors sport their mustaches for the month of November

March 12, 2013 The residents and director enjoyed taking in a Pittsburgh Penguins professional hockey game together.

November, 2012 - residents and directors sport their mustaches for the month of November to raise awareness for men's cancers.

September 5, 2012 - Residents and faculty watched the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Houston Astros at PNC park.

July 3, 2012 - Happy Hour for the new residents.

May 31, 2012 - PGY 5 resident graduation party with the whole department followed by a dinner for the faculty and residents.

Graduation events

Residents and program directors at informal partyEach June, the department hosts dinner to celebrate the graduating resident(s). The dinner serves to commemorate the hard work of all the residents during the year.

In addition, an informal party for just the residents is often hosted by the Residency Program Director or Co-Director.