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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 Mary Forshey 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

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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