Welcome to all new trainees!
The Office of Graduate Medical Education personally extends a warm welcome to those beginning their residency or fellowship journey at Penn State Health.
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Information for New Trainees
All incoming housestaff are required to attend Employment Stations and Hospital Orientation, in addition to any departmental orientation requirements.
Incoming housestaff are required to bring the following to orientation:
- Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center is required by the Department of Justice to review your identification within the first three days of employment. Acceptable ID is listed on the I-9 form. Commonly used forms of ID are:
- U.S. Passport or
- Driver’s license AND Social Security card or
- Driver’s license AND birth certificate
If you are not a citizen of the United States, please do not apply for a Social Security number until meeting with the Human Resource Office when you arrive in Hershey.
- Voided check for mandatory direct deposit
- Name of borough/township and school district of your Pennsylvania address
With questions regarding orientation, call Colleen Nicholas at 717-531-1368.
Do not fill out the unrestricted license application found on the Pennsylvania State Board of Medicine website. You must have a Training License in Pennsylvania. The Training License application can be found on New Innovations.
Trainees with any questions or concerns regarding the onboarding documents or training modules should call the Graduate Medical Education Office at 717-531-5768 or email GME at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Penn State Health has created an onboarding guide to help new trainees in its ACGME-accredited residency and fellowship programs.
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.
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.
- Visit BeWell – a health program designed to support Penn State Health employees
- See Penn State College of Medicine wellness resources here
- Employee Health Care Concierge and Case Management Service
- Partners in Medicine
- The Doctors Kienle Center for Humanistic Medicine
Graduate medical education 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 the Inclusion Academy
- Regular events on topics such as eradicating racism and creating a culture of inclusiveness
- An allyship support group
- Many Business Employee Resource Groups (BERGs), including:
- Disability Business Employee Resource Group
- Interfaith Business Employee Resource Group
- LGBTQ+ Business Employee Resource Group
- Military and Veterans Business Employee Resource Group
- Multicultural Business Employee Resource Group
- NextGen Business Employee Resource Group
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.
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.
Network of Under-represented Residents and Fellows
The Network of Under-represented Residents and Fellows (NURF) is a group of diverse residents and fellows representing all specialties. NURF’s goal is to promote cultural diversity in the residency programs through community involvement, mentorship with diverse faculty, professional networking and support for the recruitment of diverse medical students into the residency programs.
NURF is sponsored by the Penn State College of Medicine Graduate Medical Education Office and the Penn State Health Office for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.