Resident Responsibilities

The primary goal of the residents in our Program is developing the knowledge base, surgical skills, clinical acumen, and research skills to be successful in a career in Otolaryngology.  To that end, the Program has dedicated itself to providing an environment and clinical experience, which allows this growth to occur.  Residents are expected to be dedicated to the ideals of residency training, with emphasis on the balance of self-directed and facilitated learning, combined with diligence in the execution of patient care responsibilities.
Our Program is based on a single inpatient facility, with an integrated service.  Outpatient experience is obtained through our University Physicians Center on campus, as well as at an off-site outpatient clinic.  Operative experience is primarily at our main hospital, but outpatient surgical experiences occur through our surgicenters.  Call responsibilities are for the Hershey Medical Center emergency room and inpatient consults, as well as, inpatient Otolaryngology patients. Residents usually take call from home, at the discretion of the Program Director. Typically, call schedules are maintained at every fourth night. Our program is compliant with current ACGME requirements for resident work hours.
Three weeks of vacation are provided per year. An additional five days of CME/education time may be approved at the Residency Director's discretion.

More detailed information on the policies and benefits for all residents is available on the Penn State Hershey Graduate Medical Education web site.