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For New Residents and Fellows

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

Orientation Expand answer

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.

Pennsylvania Training License Application Expand answer

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

Onboarding Guide Expand answer

Penn State Health has created an onboarding guide to help new trainees in its ACGME-accredited residency and fellowship programs.

See the onboarding guide here

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

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

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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.