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The Brain Injury Fellowship at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center is a one-year (12-month) ACGME-accredited program that admits one fellow per year.

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The Brain Injury Fellowship is open to those who have completed an ACGME-accredited residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Neurology or Psychiatry.

Successful completion of the fellowship program satisfies the eligibility requirement to take the Examination in Brain Injury Medicine to obtain Subspecialty Certification in Brain Injury Medicine.

Fellows will be exposed to the clinical management of brain injury across the continuum of care, including acute trauma and acute rehabilitation and post-acute rehabilitation across the full spectrum of acquired brain injury, from mild to severe, provided at Penn State Health Rehabilitation Hospital and Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center training sites. Fellows will also have full access to the Penn State Health Rehabilitation Research Laboratories, a 4,500-square-foot state-of the-art facility with body composition, exercise physiology, locomotor training and motion analyses laboratories adapted for people with disabilities, as well as the opportunity to coordinate care with a dedicated team of neuropsychologists who provide both inpatient and outpatient care, ranging from psychotherapy to in-depth psychometric testing.

At the end of training, the fellow should be proficient in the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and management of traumatic and non-traumatic brain injury.

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The program will consist of one year with the following clinical rotation and continuity clinic:

  • Six months Inpatient Brain Injury and Outpatient Continuity Clinic and Spasticity Clinic
  • Six months Brain Injury Consult and Outpatient Continuity Clinic and Spasticity Clinic
  • Opportunity to work with Neuropsychology on both an inpatient and outpatient basis, as well as Neurosurgery, Trauma and Neuroradiology
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All applications must be submitted through ERAS, and we participate in the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP). Applications will not be received outside of ERAS, and positions will not be filled outside the match.

All applicants must be graduates of an ACGME-accredited residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Neurology or Psychiatry.

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Penn State Health is a multi-hospital health system serving patients and communities across 29 counties of Pennsylvania. Its mission is to improve health through patient care, research, education and community outreach.

In December 2017, the system partnered with Highmark Health to facilitate creation of a value-based, community care network in the region. The shared goal of Highmark and Penn State Health is to ensure patients in the community are within:

  • 10 minutes of a Penn State Health primary care provider
  • 20 minutes of Penn State Health specialty care
  • 30 minutes of a Penn State Health acute care facility

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Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

500 University Dr., Hershey, Pa., 17033 (Derry Township, Dauphin County)

  • The health system’s 548-bed flagship teaching and research hospital
  • The only medical facility in Pennsylvania accredited as both an adult and a pediatric Level I (highest-level) trauma center
  • Dedicated surgical, neuroscience, cardiovascular, trauma and medical intensive care units
  • Accredited Life Lion critical-care transport providing more than 1,100 helicopter and approximately 750 ground ambulance transports per year
  • More than 1,300 faculty members and more than 650 residents and fellows
  • Approximately 28,500 admissions, 75,000 emergency department visits, 1.1 million outpatient visits and 32,000 surgical procedures annually
  • Designated as a Magnet hospital three times

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600 University Dr., Hershey, Pa. 17033 (Derry Township, Dauphin County)

  • A five-story, 263,000-square-foot-facility built in 2013
  • Three-floor expansion opened in November 2020
  • Level IV (highest-level) neonatal intensive care unit
  • Level I (highest-level) pediatric trauma center designation
  • Dedicated pediatric operating rooms
  • More than 150,000 pediatric outpatient visits and approximately 5,000 pediatric patient discharges annually

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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.

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Institutional Resources

Penn State Health celebrates, embraces and supports the diversity of all patients, faculty, staff, students and trainees.

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

  • Regular talks and lectures on diversity, equity and inclusion
  • Periodic town halls 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
  • A new organization specifically for trainees, the Network of Underrepresented Residents and Fellows

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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.

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