After medical school you will want to continue your medical training in a state-of-the art outpatient practice site with a great reputation. Our first-class facilities will allow you to focus on refining your medical knowledge and providing excellent care to your patients in a supportive setting.
Outpatient Practice Sites
Outpatient medicine is an essential aspect of Family Medicine. As a resident you will be the personal physician for your own panel of patients at one of two offices: Fishburn Road Medical Group or Nyes Road Medical Group. Both of these offices offer a unique educational setting unlike most other family medicine residency practice sites. These two practice sites have historically functioned as faculty-run practice sites and welcomed residents into the practice just a few years ago. They thus demonstrate a degree of efficiency and professionalism that is noteworthy among residency training practice sites. Residents in these practice sites benefit by being immersed in this "real world" practice and upon graduation are very well prepared for the rigors of a "typical" family practice. Of course, both sites are NCQA certified Patient-Centered Medical Homes.
Experienced preceptors provide on-the-spot education for resident clinical encounters and also work alongside residents in these offices. Upon matching to the Program, incoming interns inform the Program Director of their preferred practice site. A final assignment is made by the Program Director, giving heavy consideration to resident preferences and interests. Historically, residents have been quite pleased with the site they have been assigned to.
Distinguished by its close proximity to Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, this site's fourteen attending physicians have diverse interests, including sports medicine, acupuncture, and research, in addition to working with residents. The practice site's population is primarily suburban and middle-income, with a notable population of patients receiving government assistance for insurance. Resident exposure to a diverse group of patients of various ages is rounded out by maternity care and patients from a nearby assisted living facility. Resident teaching and learning opportunities are facilitated by the presence of first, second, third, and fourth year College of Medicine students on clerkship rotations. The practice site also boasts on-site lab phlebotomy and X-ray capability. A coffee shop, a restaurant, and a pizzeria are nearby. Additionally, Fishburn Road Medical Group is just down the street from Hershey Medical Center and Briarcrest Square, which is a popular housing option among residents of the Family Medicine Residency as well as the forty other Medical Center residency programs. This site is an NCQA designated Patient-Centered Medical Home.
The hallmark of this academic medical center office is the tremendous resources it offers to patients. Its largely privately insured population receives care from residents and attending physicians that include on-site specialty practice sites of OB/GYN, Dermatology, Nephrology, Neurology/Surgery and Children's Heart Group. Its staff of around twelve Family Medicine attending physicians has a reputation for excellent teaching, having been named a Penn State Medical Student Clerkship Teaching Site of the Year for multiple years. Besides providing care for all ages, faculty have diverse interests, including teaching motivational interviewing to residents. To enhance the resident learning and teaching experience, Nyes Road I offers on-site phlebotomy and radiology as well as hosting first, second, third, and fourth year College of Medicine students on clerkship rotations. Of course it also offers easy access to numerous nearby restaurants and a short drive to Harrisburg, a popular social destination among residents from all of Penn State Hershey's residency programs. This site is an NCQA designated Patient-Centered Medical Home.
- Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
Founded in 1963 through a gift from the Milton S. Hershey Foundation, Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center is one of the leading teaching hospitals in the country. Its physicians and nurses are known for providing innovative patient care using state-of-the-art technology in a family-focused manner. Residents are assisted in their patient care duties by a large, high-caliber nursing staff that has been nationally recognized for quality as a Magnet® hospital, a designation given only to 5 percent of hospitals nationally. Faculty physicians also have a reputation for excellence as 171 were selected for the most recent Best Doctors in America® list. Of those, sixteen work in the Department of Family and Community Medicine. Complementing the highly recognized clinical staff is a highly recognized Information Technology system. Health Imaging & IT Magazine has repeatedly named the Medical Center as a "Top Connected Healthcare Facility" based on its use of digital imaging technology and information systems to facilitate better workflow and patient care and reduce overall costs.
Patient care at Penn State Hershey Medical Center is second to none. It is the only medical facility in
Pennsylvania to be accredited as both an adult and pediatric Level 1 trauma center. Our Cancer Institute brings together cancer-related clinical and research operations under one roof, offering both aggressive, cutting edge Gamma Knife radiation treatments and a healing garden for patient comfort. Our Children's Hospital building adjacent to the Medical Center, includes surgical suites, inpatient rooms, and outpatient clinics for children. The Medical Center is also a winner of multiple "Top 100 Hospital" awards and Highmark Blue Shield Distinction Centers in several clinical areas.
Because of our Chief Executive Officer and Dean support for Family Medicine and the concept of the Patient Centered Medical Home and our large and talented faculty headed by longtime Chairman Dr. James Herman, Family Medicine is highly respected in the Medical Center.
Rigorous pursuit of academic knowledge is the hallmark of the Medical Center. Dedicated conference rooms and call rooms facilitate this education, and the George T. Harrell Health Sciences Library provides easy access to any electronic and printed medical reference that a resident would need to enhance their education. Residents also learn in the brand new, cutting-edge clinical Simulation Center located in the College of Medicine and above the library. Virtual-reality, computer-based, and model driven simulators help residents master skills such as resuscitation and surgical techniques for adult and pediatric patients.
Family Medicine residents can recharge at Au Bon Pain, and Starbucks in addition to the newly renovated Rotunda Cafe. All are located within the Medical Center. The Fitness Center located across the street from the Medical Center provides a means to burn off those calories and stress.