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For Current Residents and Fellows

A number of resources and tools are available to the residents and fellows in the ACGME-accredited programs of Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. Residents and fellows in other programs should contact their program directors and coordinators for details on resources available to them.

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Information for Current Residents

ACGME Core Competencies Lecture Series Expand answer

ACGME Core Competencies is a series of educational presentations recorded at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and available for viewing online.

The series is designed for resident and attending physicians of Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. Participation should take approximately one hour per presentation. Many of the sessions include topics in patient safety/risk management as required by the Pennsylvania State Board of Medicine. These will be marked by the asterisk.

To complete this activity and receive credit, the participant should:

Please contact Mary Forshey at 717-531-5768 or with questions.

Lecture Dates and Topics

ACGME Core Competencies

  • Patient Care: Resident must provide care that is compassionate, appropriate, and effective in the treatment of health problems and the promotion of health.
  • Medical Knowledge: Residents must demonstrate knowledge about established and evolving biomedical, clinical, and cognate (e.g. epidemiological and social-behavioral) sciences and the application of this knowledge to patient care.
  • Practice-based Learning and Improvement: Residents must be able to investigate and evaluate their patient care practices, appraise and assimilate scientific evidence, and improve their patient care practices.
  • Interpersonal and Communication Skills: Learn to provide effective information exchange and teaming with patients, their families, and professional associates.
  • Professionalism: Residents must demonstrate a commitment to carrying out professional responsibilities, adherence to ethical principles, and sensitivity to a diverse patient population.
  • Systems-based Practice: Residents must demonstrate an awareness of and responsiveness to the larger context and system of health care and the ability to effectively call on system resources to provide care that is of optimal value.
Resident Council Expand answer

Resident Council

Resident Council is held quarterly. For details on meeting dates and times, contact Mary Forshey in the Office of Graduate Medical Education at

ACGME Institutional Requirement II.C.

The Sponsoring Institution must ensure availability of an organization, council, town hall, or other platform that allows residents/fellows from across the Sponsoring Institution’s ACGME-accredited programs to communicate and exchange information with each other relevant to their ACGME-accredited programs and their learning and working environment. Any resident/fellow from one of the Sponsoring Institution’s ACGME-accredited programs must have the opportunity to raise concern to the forum. Residents/fellows must have the options, at least in part, to conduct their forum without the DIO, faculty members, or other administrators present.

Wellness Initiatives Expand answer

Wellness, including emotional, spiritual, social and physical health, is a crucial component to training and to becoming a professional, compassionate and resilient physician. Self-care is a skill which must be continually practiced and reinforced. Penn State College of Medicine and Penn State Health are committed to addressing wellness among residents and fellows, with multiple resources readily available.

Institutional resources

Graduate medical education resources

Fatigue and Strategic Napping Options Expand answer

Non-assigned call rooms are located in the BMR building, Room 1827, and the sixth floor of the main hospital, Room H6311. Please contact the Office of Graduate Medical Education at 717-531-5168 for the access code.

If a resident is unable to safely drive home due to sleep deprivation, the Office of Graduate Medical Education will reimburse residents for Uber, Lyft, etc. with a valid receipt.

ACGME Common Program Requirements on Fatigue Management

The program must:

  • educate all faculty members and residents to recognize the signs of fatigue and sleep deprivation
  • educate all faculty members and residents in alertness management and fatigue mitigation processes
  • encourage residents to use fatigue mitigation processes to manage the potential negative effects of fatigue on patient care and learning, such as naps or backup call schedules

Each program must have a process to ensure continuity of patient care in the event that a resident may be unable to perform his/her patient care duties.

The sponsoring institution must provide adequate sleep facilities and/or safe transportation options for residents who may be too fatigued to safely return home.

Resident/Fellow Research Day Expand answer

The annual Resident/Fellow Research Day is held each spring at University Conference Center on the Penn State Health Milton S. Medical Center campus in Hershey, Pa.

The intent of the event is to provide an opportunity for residents and fellows to showcase their research accomplishments to their peers in other clinical departments, as well as their colleagues in the basic sciences.

Learn more about Resident/Fellow Research Day

Physician-Scientist Training Program Expand answer

Penn State College of Medicine and Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center are committed to becoming a destination for physician-scientists at all career stages by creating a nurturing community and infrastructure that fosters collaborations across all disciplines, prepares our trainees for a sustainable research career, and forges a sustainable physician-scientist career development pipeline.

In September 2016, the Penn State Physician-Scientist Training Program (PS2TP) Task Force was formed and charged with the mission to break down departmental/divisional silos and create an institution-wide program for physician-scientists that starts at the trainee level.

The training program is tailored for residents and fellows who are interested in making research a significant part of their career, and also includes MD students, MD/PhD students, research staff and junior faculty.

Explore the Physician-Scientist Training Program

Residents and Fellows as Educators Expand answer

The ability to become a good educator as well as a good clinician is a hallmark of Penn State Health/Penn State College of Medicine’s graduate medical education programs.

In partnership with the Woodward Center for Excellence in Health Sciences Education and the Office for a Respectful Learning Environment, the Office of Graduate Medical Education makes available a number of training and recognition opportunities in the area of education.

Learn more about Residents as Educators

Partners in Medicine Expand answer

Partners in Medicine is a support and social group for spouses of medical students, residents, fellows and new attending physicians at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.

Learn more about Partners in Medicine

Diversity Expand answer

Institutional Resources

Penn State Health and Penn State College of Medicine celebrate, embrace and support the diversity of all patients, faculty, staff, students and trainees.

Office for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

In keeping with this, Penn State Health has an active Office for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion with various programs, networks and resource groups, including:

  • Talks and lectures on diversity, equity and inclusion through Inclusion Academy
  • Regular events on topics such as eradicating racism and creating a culture of inclusiveness
  • An allyship support group
  • Many affinity resource network groups, including:
    • Disability Affinity Resource Network Group
    • Group on Women in Medicine and Science
    • Interfaith Affinity Resource Network Group
    • LGBTQ and Allies Affinity Resource Network Group
    • Military/Veterans Affinity Resource Network Group
    • Multicultural Affinity Resource Network Group
    • NextGen

Learn more about the Penn State Health Office for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Learn more about the College of Medicine’s Office for Diversity, Equity and Belonging

Office for Culturally Responsive Health Care Education

The vision at Penn State College of Medicine and Penn State Health is to equip learners with the knowledge, skills and attitudes they will need to provide culturally excellent health care and research for an increasingly diverse U.S. population. The Office for Culturally Responsive Health Care Education was formed to help meet that goal.

Learn more about the Office for Culturally Responsive Health Care Education

Office for a Respectful Learning Environment

In addition, the institution does not tolerate discrimination, biases, microaggression, harassment or learner mistreatment of any kind, and any concerns are immediately addressed by the Office for a Respectful Learning Environment.

Learn more about the Office for a Respectful Learning Environment

Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.