Lecture Series

"ACGME Core Competencies" is a series of educational presentations recorded at the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and available for viewing on the Web. The series is designed for resident and attending physicians of Penn State Hershey Medical Center.  Participation should take approximately 1 hour per presentation. To complete this activity and receive credit, the participant should: 

  • Read the session learning objectives
  • View the presentation
  • Complete the on-line evaluation form
  • Please contact Mary Forshey 717-531-5768 with any questions.

         (Resident/Fellow Evaluation)        (Faculty Evaluation)       (Pinnacle Health Resident/Fellow Evaluation)

Many of the sessions include topics in patient safety/risk management as required by the Pennsylvania State Board of Medicine.  These will be marked by the asterisk.

Date Lecture Title/Speaker Lecture Flyer 
September 1, 2016
(Expires 9/1/17)
Evaluating Student Performance and Giving Feedback. . . Why is this so hard? Drs. Todd Felix, David Richard and Adrian Wang Flyer
July 7, 2016
(Expires 7/7/17)
Fatigue Management Dr. Lawrence Kass Flyer
May 5, 2016
(Expires 5/5/17)

Time Efficient Teaching Techniques: Building from Theory Dr. Amy Westcott

April 7, 2016
Expires (4/7/17)

Self-Assessment: An Important Component of Feedback Dr. Amy Westcott

March 3, 2016
*Not Recorded*

SNAPPs Dr. Terry Wolpaw

February 4, 2016
(Expires 2/4/17)

Hot Topics in Quality & Patient Safety* Dr. Andrew Resnick and Steve Mrozowski


January 7, 2016
(Expires 1/7/17)

A Question of Good Doctors Dr. Benjamin Levi

December 3, 2015 (Expires 12/3/16) Truth-Telling and Mistakes* Drs. Benjamin Levi and Dennis Gingrich Flyer
November 18, 2015 Physician Wellness & Resilience* Dr. Michael Krasner Flyer

November 5, 2015

(Expires 11/5/16)

Negotiating Goals with Learners* Dr. Amy Westcott Flyer

October 1, 2015

(Expires 10/1/16)

What's Reasonable?: Ethical and Professional Challenges to Reporting Suspected Abuse* Benjamin Levi, Ph.D Flyer
September 16, 2015 Enhancing English skills for bio medical professional Meredith Doran, Ph.D. Flyer

September 3, 2015 

(Expires 9/3/16)

Recognizing, Treating and Monitoring Physician Impairment* Cliff Lyons, M.D. Flyer

August 6, 2015

(Expires 8/6/16)

One Size Does Not Fit All: Disparities in Health and Healthcare* Martha Peaslee Levine, M.D. Flyer

June 4, 2015

(Expires 6/4/16)

Microagression* Harjit Singh, M.D. Flyer

May 7, 2015

(Expires 5/7/16)

Physician's Role After the Patient Expires* Zhaohai Yang, M.D., Ph.D.; Wayne Ross, M.D., P.C. Flyer
April 2, 2015 Quality Improvement & Patient Safety Andrew Resnick, M.D., Carol Freer, M.D., Deb Verne *Lecture not recorded* Flyer
March 5, 2015 Lecture Canceled  

February 5, 2015

Quality Improvement & Patient Safety Andrew Resnick, M.D., Carol Freer, M.D., Deb Verne *Lecture not recorded* Flyer

January 8, 2015

(Expires 1/8/16)

Safe Opioid Prescription Practices* Vitaly Gordin, M.D. Flyer

December 4, 2014

(Expires 12/4/15)

Negotiating Employment Contracts and Healthcare Law Overview Bruce Armon, Esq Flyer

October 2, 2014 

(Expires 10/2/15)

Protection of Human Subjects* Patricia Gordon, M.D. Flyer

September 4, 2014

(Expires 9/4/15)

Medication Administration* Andrew Resnick, M.D. and Lisa Wilhelm Flyer

August 7, 2014

(Expires 8/7/15)

Sleep Deprivation* Lawrence Kass, M.D. Flyer


The following lectures are no longer eligible for CME Credit.


  • June 5, 2014: Mistakes (Dr. Dan Shapiro)
  • May 1, 2014: Title XI (Dr. Kenneth Lehman)
  • April 3, 2014: Safety Begins Here (Dr. Lisa Sinz); Massive Transfusion vs Large Volume Protocols (Dr. Melissa George); Evidence-Based Transfusion Therapy (Drs. Tom Abendroth and Keri Donaldson)
  • March 6, 2014: Relational Coordination & Mutual Respect (Dr. Antone Aboud)
  • February 6, 2014: A covenant of Trust (Dr. Faith Fitzgerald)
  • January 2, 2014: A Review of the New Oral Anticoagulants (Sallie Young, PharmD)


  • December 5, 2013: Antimicrobial Stewardship (Dr. Michael Katzman)
  • November 7, 2013: Medicine, Debt and Your Financial Success (Shane Rothermel)
  • October 3, 2013: Ethics Pearls (Drs. Michael Gree, Rebecca Volpe and Joshua Crites)
  • August 1, 2013: Sleep Deprivation (Dr. Lawrence Kass)
  • June 6, 2013: Getting What You want - ACR Appropriate (Dr. Lori Mankowski Gettle)
  • May 2, 2013: Hospital Quality Goals and Event Reporting (Drs. Gregory Caputo, Carol Freer & Deb Verne)
  • April 4, 2013: The Role of Physician in Recognizing and Reporting Child Sexual Abuse (Lucy Johnson-Walsh, J.D.)
  • March 7, 2013: Social Media (Dr. Daniel George)
  • February 7, 2013: Unconscious Bias (Dr. Harjit Singh and Deborah Davis)
  • January 3, 2013: Prescribing Safely (Dr. Glenn Geeting & Lisa Wilhelm)


  • December 6, 2012: Critical Thinking Implications for Patient Safety & Education (Drs. Eileen Moser & Paul Haidet)
  • November 1, 2012: Management of Central Venous Access (Dr. Frank Lynch)
  • October 4, 2012: Negotiating Employment Contracts and Healthcare Law Overview (Bruce Armon, Esq)
  • September 6, 2012: End of Life Communication (Dr. Susan Glod)
  • August 2, 2012: Sleep Deprivation (Dr. Lawrence Kass)
  • June 7, 2012: Communicating with Patients to Improve Outcomes (Drs. Glenn Geeting, Paul Haidet)
  • May 3, 2012: Lecture Cancelled
  • April 5, 2012: Laboratory Utilization and Test Interpretation (Dr. Michael Creer)
  • March 1, 2012: Medical Legal Principles (Victor Cotton, M.D., Esquire)
  • February 2, 2012: Patient Safety (Sherry Kwater, MSM, BSN)
  • January 5, 2012:  Act 73: A New and Safe Sleep Position Law (Dr. Jennifer Miller)


  • December 1, 2011: Child Abuse: PA Law and Reporting Requirements (Dr. Andrea Taroli)
  • November 3, 2011: Negotiating Employment Contracts and Healthcare Law Overview (Bruce Armon, Esq.)
  • October 6, 2011:  Autopsy and Decedent Care (Dr. Jennifer Baccon and Daniel Kelly)
  • September 1, 2011DVT PHROPHYLAXIS: HMC PROTOCOL (Dr. Michael Beck)
  • August 4, 2011The Core Competency of Compassion   (Dr Margaret Kreher & Dr. Ted Bollard)
  • June 2, 2011: Making the Most of Patient Handoffs (Dr. Vineet Arora)
  • May 5, 2011: Sleep Deprivation (Dr. Lawrence Kass)
  • April 7, 2011: Physician Wellness (Dr. Daniel Shapiro)
  • March 3, 2011: Prescription Medication Addictions
  • February 3, 2011: Assumptions and Cultural Diversity (Drs. Harjit Singh, Fauzia Mahr, Shanin Gross, Richard Levine, Deborah Davis)
  • January 6, 2011: Glycemic Control (Drs. Fan and Pichardo-Lowden)


  • December 2, 2010: TIme Management (Dr. Susan Johnson)
  • November 4, 2010: Informed Consent (Dr. Michael Weitekamp, Deb Verne)
  • October 7, 2010: Negotiating Employment Contracts and Healthcare Law Overview (Bruce Armon, Esq)
  • September 2, 2010: Social Medical in Medicine: Danger and Opportunity (Danny George, Ph.D)
  • August 5, 2010: Stress Reduction (Dr. Ted Bollard)
  • June 3, 2010: Sleep Deprivation (Dr. Alexandros Vgontzas)
  • May 6, 2010Cultural Competency (Dr. Paul Haidet)
  • April 1, 2010Risk Management & Patient Safety (Dr. Michael Weitekamp & Debra Verne)
  • March 4, 2010Residents as Teachers (Drs. Kelly Leite & Ted Bollard)
  • Febuary 4, 2010: What Every Clinician Needs to Know About Performance Improvement* (Dr. John Meliones)
  • January 7, 2010: Lab Testing & Utilization* (Drs. Nifong and Bongiovanni)


  • December 3, 2009: First Four Minutes of Cardiac Arrest (John Field, M.D.)
  • November 5, 2009 : Professionalism, Gifts, and Relationships (Benjamin Levi, MD and Michael Green, MD)
  • October 1, 2009 : Negotiating Employment Contracts and Healthcare Law Overview (Bruce Armon, Esq)
  • September 3, 2009 : Education Debt Management for Residents (Julie Fresne, AAMC)
  • August 6, 2009 : Medication Reconciliation* (Barbara Hoffmann, MD; Lisa Wilhelm)
  • June 4, 2009: Improving Prescribing Accuracy*(John Showalter, MD & Lisa Wilhelm)
  • May 7, 2009: Clinical Coaching (Jeff Weise, MD)
  • April 2, 2009: Restraint Reduction & Patient Safety*(Barbara Hoffman, MD & Mark Rapp, MD)
  • March 5, 2009:  Anticoagulation (Sallie Young, Pharm. D; Michael Beck, MD)
  • February 5,2009: Falls (Greg Caputo, MD; Michael Weitekamp, MD; Deb Verne)
  • January 8, 2009: Organ Donation:  Communication with Families (Sandralee Blosser, MD; Kelly Eshelman; Milind Kothari, MD)


  • December 4, 2008: Suffering (Kimberly Myers, M.A., Ph.D)
  • November 6, 2008: Negotiating Employment Contracts and  Healthcare Law Overview (Bruce Armon, Esq )
  • October 2, 2008: Feedback in Medical Education (Richard Simons, MD; Maryellen Gusic, MD)
  • Sept. 4, 2008: The Shaping of Professionalism and Organized Medicine (Peter Lund, MD)
  • August 7, 2008: Residents As Teachers (Ted Bollard, MD; Kelly Leite, DO)
  • June 5, 2008: Patient Safety (Michael Weitekamp, MD; Debra Verne, Risk Mgt)
  • April 3, 2008: Adverse Reactions to Blood Transfusion (Peter Milward, MD)
    March 6, 2008: Get on the Path - Clinical Documentation Improvement (Noel Ballentine MD; Patricia Swetland)
    February 7, 2008: Medication Reconciliation (Chris DeFlitch MD; Lisa Wilhelm, Pharmacy)
  • January 3, 2008: Responding to Financial Conflicts of Interest in Academic Medicine:  Research, Education, and Practice (David Korn, M.D.; AAMC)


  • November 1, 2007: Quality Improvement/Patient Safety: Central Line Infections (Kathleen Julian, M.D.; Gregory Caputo, M.D.)
  • October 4, 2007: Drug companies, doctors, and gifts: Why does it matter? (Michael Green, M.D.; Benjamin Levi, M.D.)
  • September 6, 2007: Negotiating Employment Contracts and Health Law Overview (Bruce Armon, Esq., Saul Ewing, LLP)
  • August 2, 2007*: Contrast Safety* (Dr. Thomas Dykes, Department of Radiology, Penn State Hershey Medical Center)
  • June 7, 2007: Dealing with the Difficult and Upset Patient (Janice Mills, Human Resources, Penn State Hershey Medical Center)
  • May 3, 2007 - no lecture
  • April 5, 2007: Pennsylvania Medical Society:  Key to Medicine's Future (Roger Mecum, CEO, Pennsylvania Medical Society)
  • March 1, 2007: Decedent Care (Ashraf Abou-Elella, MD, Department of Pathology, Penn State Hershey Medical Center)
  • February 1, 2007:  Patient Safety III (Michael Weitekamp, MD; Chief Medical Officer, Penn State Hershey Medical Center)
  • January 4, 2007:  How to Give a Presentation (Michael Green, MD, MS, FACP: Department of Humanities, Penn State Hershey Medical Center)


  • December 7, 2006: Sleep Loss, Sleepiness, Fatigue and Resident Work Hours (Alexander Vgontzas, M.D.; Department of Psychiatry, Penn State Hershey Medical Center) Evaluation
  • November 2, 2006: Medical Education for a Changing World – Integrating Cultural Competence in our Practice  (Deborah Davis, DSW, Manager, Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Employment Equity, Penn State Hershey Medical Center)
  • October 5, 2006:  Disclosure of Unanticipated Outcomes and Medical Errors  (Patrice Weiss, M.D., Medical Director Risk Management, Lehigh Valley Hospital)
  • September 7, 2006: Negotiating Employment Contracts and Health Law Overview (Bruce Armon, Esq., Saul Ewing, LLP)
  • August 3, 2006: What Mark Twain Would Tell Us About Medicine, {If he were here today}  (K. Patrick Ober, M.D., Wake Forest University School of Medicine)
  • July 6, 2006: Conflicts of Interest in Educational Activities  (Luanne Thorndyke, M.D., Associate Dean for Professional Development, Penn State Hershey Medical Center)
  • May 4, 2006: The Medical Marriage (Errol Aksu, M.D. Department of Psychiatry)
  • April 6, 2006:Medical Politics (Virginia Hall, M.D., Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Penn State Hershey Medical Center)
  • March 2, 2006: Care Delivery Teams:  Clinical Microsystems in Action (Steve Mancuso, BSN, Administrator, Penn State Hershey Medical Center)
  • February 2, 2006: Reconciliation of Medications (Ali Bahadori, M.D., Lisa Wilhelm R.Ph)


  • December 1, 2005: Patient Safety III (Lynda Martin, Quality Services, Penn State Hershey Medical Center)
  • November 10, 2005:Residents as Teachers (Ralph Jozefowicz, M.D., Associate Chair for Education, University of Rochester School of Medicine)
  • October 13, 2005: Dying: Then and Now (Joseph Ballard, M.D., Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Hematology, Penn State Hershey Medical Center)
  • September 1, 2005: Healthcare from an Employer Perspective;
    Mr. Scott Newkam; Ms. Marcella Arline
  • August 4, 2005:Physician Impairment;
    Thomas Hobbs, M.D.
  • July 7, 2005:Systems Theory;
    James Herman, M.D.; Alan Adelman, M.D.
  • June 2, 2005:The PA State Board of Medicine: Myths and Realities;
    Daniel Kimball, M.D., Program Director, Internal Medicine, Lehigh Valley Hospital
  • May 5, 2005:Someone To Watch Over Me;
    Richard Simons, M.D.; Michael Weitekamp, M.D.
  • April 7, 2005:Professionalism in Medicine: Translating Theory into Practice;
    Wiley ;Chip; Souba, M.D., Chair, Department of Surgery
  • March 3, 2005:Informed; Consent for Clinical Research;
    Kevin Gleeson, M.D.
  • February 3, 2005:Disparities in Health and Healthcare;
    Marianne Hillemeier, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
  • January 6, 2005:Healthcare Economics;
    Kevin Haley, Interim Chief Financial Officer, PSHMC


  • December 2, 2004: "Ethics: Informed Consent and Autonomy"
  • Dr. Michael Green, Humanities and Dr. Benjamin Levi, Pediatrics
  • November 4, 2004: "Truth-telling and Mistakes"
  • Dr. Michael Green, Humanities, Dr. Benjamin Levi, Pediatrics and Dr. Dennis Gingrich, Family Medicine
  • October 14, 2004: "Patient Safety II"
  • Debra Verne, Director, Risk Management
  • September 2, 2004: "Patient Safety I and Medication Errors"
  • Dr. Richard Simons; Dr. Chris DeFlitch, Department of Emergency Medicine
  • August 5, 2004: "Malpractice"
  • Grant Fleming, Senior Partner, McQuaide Blasko
  • July 8, 2004:  "Systems-Based Practice at Penn State Hershey Medical Center" 
  • Dr. Michael Weitekamp, Chief Medical Officer
  • June 3, 2004: "Health Insurance/Systems-Based Practice"
  • Dr. Brent O'Connell, Highmark Blue Shield
  • April 1, 2004: "Sleep Deprivation - Physician Heal Thyself" 
  • Dr. Lee Segal, Department of Orthopaedics

Computer Hardware/Software Requirements

  • High-speed internet connection
  • PC with Windows operating system (Win 95, 98, ME, 2000, or XP)
  • Macintosh with OS X operating system
  • Internet Explorer (version 5.0 or newer) or Safari Web browser (Macintosh)
  • Windows Media Player

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