Penn State Hershey Family and Community Medicine

William Bird, M.D., Chair, Family and Community Medicine

Welcome to the web site of the Department of Family and Community Medicine of the Penn State College of Medicine/Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.  We are located in beautiful Hershey, Pennsylvania.  You may be aware of the other fine product made in our community:  The Hershey Chocolate Bar.  In fact, the Milton S. Hershey trust made the initial donation to Penn State University to allow our College of Medicine and Medical Center to exist.

Our department has a long and proud history in Family Medicine.  In fact, we were the first department of Family and Community Medicine in an academic health center in the United States!

Our faculty members are very active clinically, seeing patients at Penn State Hershey sites in Hershey, Harrisburg, Elizabethtown, Camp Hill, Palmyra, Middletown, Mount Joy, and in State College, Pennsylvania, home of our university's main campus.  We take care of inpatients in the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center University Hospital and Children's Hospital, and at Mt. Nittany Medical Center in State College.

We are also responsible for the education of our College's medical students in Family Medicine, including a required 3rd year clerkship, a required underserved medicine clerkship, and many other courses in all 4 years of the curriculum.  Our student body has an award-winning Family Medicine Interest Group (FMIG).

Our two residency programs (Hershey and State College) teach leadership and social justice in the setting of a curriculum that develops individual physicians into highly competent family physicians.  Our residents work in our own institution and several community settings.  We welcome inquiries from potential future residents.

We are home and the flagship institution for the Pennsylvania Area Health Education Center (AHEC) program, which allows health professions students to do rotations in underserved areas around the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Our faculty members provide just fewer than 300,000 primary care visits per year.  In addition, we have faculty members with diverse interests, including research, obstetrics, geriatrics, primary care sports medicine, integrative holistic medicine, and global health.

I encourage you to explore our web pages and links, and to contact us if you have any questions.

William Bird, D.O.
Chair, Family and Community Medicine