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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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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 mforshey@pennstatehealth.psu.edu with questions.

Lecture Dates and Topics

ACGME Core Competencies

  • Patient Care: Resident must provide care that is compassionate, appropriate, and effective the 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 mforshey@pennstatehealth.psu.edu.

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 and Support Resources 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.

2020 event: Tuesday, April 21, 2020

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 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.

Excellent Moments in Teaching Program

Penn State College of Medicine and Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center accept ongoing nominations for the Exceptional Moments in Teaching award.

The award, given monthly by the Office for a Respectful Learning Environment, accepts nominations from College of Medicine students who are invited to submit narratives about faculty members, residents, fellows, nurses or any other educators who challenge them and provide an exceptional learning experience. See more about the award here.

See resident and fellow Exceptional Teacher nominees

Hippocrates Scholar Program

This longitudinal track creates a community of practice for residents across specialties at Penn State Health who are interested in medical education.

Monthly sessions in this program:

  • Develop skills in teaching and curriculum design
  • Encourage scholarship and collaboration on educational projects
  • Prepare participants for careers in academic medical education

Applications are accepted annually before April 15 for residents in PGY-1 or above who can participate in the full two-year curriculum.

Email Dr. Rachel Casas for details

Teaching Champion Retreats

These are half-day resident retreats designed to build teaching skills and facilitate personal goals related to teaching. Each retreat covers adult learning theory and instructional techniques with the opportunity to apply these skills in real time and obtain feedback.

Email the Woodward Center for Details and Dates

Cross-Specialty Medical Education Elective for Residents

This two-week rotation is designed to enhance the teaching knowledge and skills of residents and to promote understanding of introductory concepts in medical education scholarship.

By the end of the elective, residents should be able to:

  • Describe and apply medical education teaching tools.
  • Discuss the evidence for use of identified tools in medical education.
  • Explore concepts in adult learning theory and apply those concepts to their teaching.
  • Demonstrate effective bedside, small-group and large-group teaching.
  • Develop a medical education teaching session (two weeks) or scholarship project (four weeks).
  • Recognize the value of medical education scholarship in career advancement.

Email Dr. Rachel Casas for Details

Teaching Champion Retreats

These are half-day resident retreats designed to build teaching skills and facilitate personal goals related to teaching. Each retreat covers adult learning theory and instructional techniques with the opportunity to apply these skills in real time and obtain feedback.

Email the Woodward Center for Details and Dates

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

Network of Underrepresented Residents and Fellows Expand answer

Penn State College of Medicine’s Network of Underrepresented Residents and Fellows (NURF) is a network of diverse residents and fellows representing all specialties.

NURF is sponsored by the College of Medicine’s Office of Graduate Medical Education Office and the Penn State Health and College of Medicine Office for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. Its goal is to promote cultural diversity in the residency and fellowship programs through community involvement, mentorship with diverse faculty, professional networking and support of recruitment of diverse medical students into the residency programs.

The group is open to residents and fellows who are part of an underrepresented group as well as those who wish to advocate for minority/underserved communities.

Learn more about NURF

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