Penn State Hershey General Internal Medicine is an exciting and dynamic place to build a career. We touch many aspects of the patient and student experience, research a broad range of scholarly areas and are poised for significant growth going forward.
Our division's 31 faculty and 9 mid-level providers and staff have many key functions at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.
- We care for over 2,000 inpatients and 20,000 outpatients each year. Our faculty are actively engaged in quality improvement initiatives in all settings and, in 2007, 10 division faculty were in the top 5% of providers nationally in patient satisfaction.
- We are actively engaged in clinical research. In 2007, our faculty published 17 peer-reviewed manuscripts and received over $1.0 million in National Institute of Health research grant funding.
- We are a key contributor to the teaching medical students and internal medicine residents. Our faculty provide approximately one-third of all educational activities in the Department of Medicine.
- We are actively engaged in leadership at the Medical Center. Chief Medical Officer - Dr. Michael R. Weitekamp, Chief Quality Officer - Dr. Gregory M. Caputo, Vice-Dean for Educational Affairs - Dr. Richard J. Simons, Associate Dean for Professional Development - Dr. Luanne Thorndyke, Vice-Chair for Medical Education - Dr. Philip A. Masters and Internal Medicine Residency Training Program - Dr. Edward R. Bollard are all Penn State Hershey General Internal Medicine faculty members.
Our goals for the next few years also include:
- Increasing our research mission. We are working to hire 5 physician scientists over the next several years and by providing training, data analytic services and mentorship opportunities for current DGIM faculty and staff, as well as by seeking meaningful collaborations with PSU faculty both in Hershey and State College.
- Leading efforts by the university to start academic hospitalist programs at affiliate hospitals.
- Play a key role in improving quality, efficiency and financial performance of the clinical services we provide.
In summary, the Division of General Internal Medicine at Penn State is an exciting and dynamic place to build a career. We touch many aspects of the patient and student experience, research a broad range of scholarly areas and are poised for significant growth going forward.
Christopher N. Sciamanna, MD, MPH
Professor of Medicine and Public Health Sciences
Chief, Division of General Internal Medicine