Inpatient Teams and Call

General internal medicine teams at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center are comprised of 1 senior resident and 1 intern with a team size of 10-12 patients. Teams are on call every 4th day.  Admissions are triaged-based on complexity and admitted by the teaching or hospitalist services based on patient census. After 7:00 p.m. a night team of House Officers and Night floats take over all admission and cross cover responsibilities.

The Lebanon VA Medical Center teams consist of 1 senior paired with 1 intern, with the team size capped at 10 per team. Teams are on call every 3rd day. After 7:00 p.m. a night float is responsible for all admission and cross cover.

PGY 1 (Categorical)

  • On the inpatient service, the first year resident physician functions as the patient's primary physician.
  • Interns work under the supervision of a senior resident and an attending physician on the general internal medicine, cardiology, critical care, and hematology/oncology inpatient services.
  • Categorical PGY-1 residents complete an average of:
    • 12-16 weeks of inpatient general internal medicine
    • 4 weeks inpatient cardiology
    • 1 block ICU
    • 4 weeks Hematology or Oncology
    • 4 weeks of night cross-coverage
    • 12 weeks ambulatory medicine
    • 2 weeks Basic Clinical Skills Course


  • The second and third year residents complete and average of:
    • 8-12 weeks per academic year as a supervisory resident inpatient general internal medicine
    • 4-8 weeks per academic year as a supervisory resident in the Medical ICU
    • 4 weeks each of Inpatient Cardiology or Oncology and Hepatology
    • 2-4 weeks per year as House Officer
    • 12-16 weeks of ambulatory medicine
  • The senior residents interested in hospitalist medicine have the opportunity to complete a 4-week rotation at Lancaster General Hospital (LGH), a large community-based hospital. The resident will function as a hospitalist for the internal medicine inpatient service with flexible roles as admitting physician, inpatient rounding and night medicine physician.


Electives can be selected from a wide variety of inpatient and outpatient subspecialty and general medicine rotations including: Rheumatology, Pulmonary medicine (including further specialization in Cystic fibrosis, Interventional Pulmonology/Bronchoscopy), Cardiology (with opportunities for further specialization for interested residents in EP, Echocardiography, Interventional Cardiology), Gastroenterology (endoscopy, inflammatory bowel disease etc. for interested residents), Hepatology, Benign and Malignant Hematology, Oncology, Infectious Disease, Allergy/Immunology, Palliative/Hospice Medicine and more.

Additional electives such as research electives and electives in faculty development, medical education, epidemiology and preventative medicine, quality improvement, or other topics can be tailored to the individual resident's interests.

Research Activities and Scholarly Pursuits

Our program has a rich history of scholarly pursuits, which is guided by both resident cooperation and strong faculty involvement. Opportunities such as our Research Track allows residents interested in pursuing research as a career protected time to devote to longitudinal research projects while resources such as the Resident Research Forum allow more clinically driven residents opportunities to produce high-quality peer-reviewed projects. The majority of our residents are completing their training with multiple achievements in the areas of research, publication, and podium/poster presentation at the regional, state, national and international level.