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Family and Community Medicine Residency (Reading, Pa.)

Family and Community Medicine Residency (Reading, Pa.)

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The Family and Community Medicine Residency at Penn State Health St. Joseph Medical Center in Reading, Pa., is a three-year, ACGME-accredited program that admits six residents per year.

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The Family and Community Medicine Residency (Reading, Pa.) at Penn State Health St. Joseph strives to provide excellent education in training family physicians to provide comprehensive, compassionate, coordinated and continuous high-quality, patient-centered care to the community served by the program, regardless of background or resources. Care utilizes evidence-based medicine, with an emphasis on patient safety, health maintenance and disease prevention, to support the health of the greater community. The program fosters lifelong learning and scholarly activity in a supportive, family-oriented environment, promoting work-life balance.

The program has a strong dedication to wellness, including Balint and resident support groups. As an unopposed residency program, residents have the opportunity to learn many procedures and work with complex patients, where the resident acts as the primary physician.

The diverse faculty includes multiple levels of training and experience. The program continues to grow and develop and incorporate new programs such as sports medicine, community medicine, health system management and the Veggie Rx and Reach Out and Read efforts. The affiliation with Penn State Health provides the residents with access to a wide range of University-based resources and experience.

The program accepts both USMLE and COMLEX scores for applicants.

Why Choose Penn State Family and Community Medicine?

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General Application Guidelines

All applicants must apply through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS).

Applicants will only be considered for interview and entry into the program if they meet the basic eligibility criteria below and have submitted a complete ERAS application.

Preference will be given to those applicants with solid academic standing at an LCME or AOA-accredited medical school and with a record of leadership, teamwork, compassion, and integrity.

Applicants are discouraged from making solicitations to the program via telephone call or through means other than ERAS.

Review the Office of Graduate Medical Education Eligibility and Selection of Residents Policy here.

Eligibility Criteria for Graduates of LCME–Accredited Allopathic U.S. Medical Schools

  • Graduated from medical school within the past three years. Preference is given to current academic year graduates.
  • Passed USMLE (Steps 1 and 2) with no more than one total prior failure.
  • Passed the Clinical Skills (CS) exam on first attempt.
  • Three letters of recommendation, including at least one from a family physician.

Eligibility Criteria for Osteopathic Graduates

  • Graduated from medical school within the past three years.
  • Graduates of colleges of osteopathic medicine in the United States accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA).
  • COMLEX scores passed with no more than one total prior failure.
  • Three letters of recommendation, including at least one from a family physician.

Eligibility Criteria for Graduates of Non-LCME and AOA-Accredited Medical Schools

Very highly qualified graduates of non-LCME-accredited medical schools may possibly be considered for an interview if they meet the residency’s standards for consideration.

  • Graduated from medical school within the past three years.
  • Passed USMLE (Steps 1 and 2) with no more than one total prior failure.
  • Passed the Clinical Skills (CS) exam on first attempt.
  • Minimum of three months clinical training in the United States, or clinical experience elsewhere which clearly demonstrates an understanding and interest in primary care and family medicine in particular.
  • Three letters of recommendation, including at least one from a family physician or primary-care physician.

International Medical School Graduates

All graduates of international medical schools must hold a valid certificate issued by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) to be appointed as a resident or fellow. For details on certification, please contact the ECFMG at info@ecfmg.org or write to the following address:

ECFMG
3624 Market St.
Philadelphia PA 19104-2865

Selection and Interview Process

The program begins reviewing candidates when ERAS opens in October. Once a completed ERAS application is received, qualified applicants will be invited for an interview until all available interview spots have been filled. Interviews are by invitation only and will be virtual.

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Penn State Health

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 St. Joseph Medical Center

Penn State Health St. Joseph

2500 Bernville Road, Reading, Pa. 19605 (Bern Township, Berks County)

  • A two-campus community medical center in Berks County (southeastern Pennsylvania), with an acute care hospital in Bern Township and a downtown Reading campus
  • Approximately 1,800 employees, including 400 board-certified and fellowship-trained physicians in all specialties
  • Nationally accredited centers for chest pain, stroke, heart failure and cancer care
  • Roughly 47,000 emergency department visits and 7,500 inpatient admissions annually

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Why Reading?

The greater Reading area is a diverse community offering fun for all. It has both rural areas and the excitement of a big city. There is an abundance of outdoor activity with hiking, boating and skiing in the beauty of Berks and its surrounding counties. Locally, there is the excitement of live concerts, plays, comedians and sporting events at the Santander Center and First Energy Stadium. Reading is conveniently located 60 miles from Philadelphia, 110 miles from Baltimore and 120 miles from New York City. With a 60- to 90-minute drive in either direction, there is city excitement, beaches or mountains. Check out all the area has to offer at VisitPAAmericana.com.

Program Benefits

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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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The program has a strong dedication to wellness, including Balint and resident support groups.

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Mailing Address

Penn State Health St. Joseph Family and Community Medicine Residency
Attn: Janette Guzowski
145 N. Sixth St.
Reading, PA 19601

General Contact Information

Email: PSHSJFMRP@pennstatehealth.psu.edu

Curriculum Details

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The program’s curriculum is designed to expose residents to diverse clinical experiences taught by family physicians and specialists who are experts in their fields.

Upon graduation from the program, residents will feel confident in providing their patients with excellent, comprehensive care in a wide variety of clinical settings.

In addition to standard rotations, residents participate in various elective, selective and longitudinal rotations. These rotations supplement resident education in specific areas of interest and take advantage of the educational opportunities at our academic medical center. Rotations are subject to change.

Certain important training experiences are taught in a progressive, longitudinal format and do not appear as distinct rotations. The nature of training of behavioral health and health systems management lends itself to education in time, and thus resident training in these areas is interwoven throughout all three years.

One block of vacation time is provided each year, and will be incorporated into each resident’s individual schedule.

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  • Family medicine teaching service, internal medicine – two blocks
  • Pediatric teaching service, inpatient pediatrics – two blocks
  • Emergency medicine – one block
  • Obstetrics – one block
  • General surgery – one block
  • Cardiology – half a block
  • Pulmonary – half a block
  • Night float – one and a half blocks
  • Elective – one block
  • Outpatient pediatrics – half a block
  • Radiology, health systems, community medicine, orientation (RHSCMO) – one block
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  • Family medicine teaching service, internal medicine – one and a half blocks
  • Pediatric teaching service, inpatient pediatrics – one and a half blocks
  • Outpatient pediatrics – half a block
  • Obstetrics – one block
  • Critical care medicine – one block
  • Emergency medicine – one block
  • Geriatrics – half a block
  • Dermatology – one block
  • Orthopaedics – half a block
  • Sports medicine – half a block
  • Hematology/oncology – half a block
  • Night float – one block
  • Elective – one and a half blocks
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  • Family medicine teaching service, internal medicine – one block
  • Pediatric teaching service, inpatient pediatrics – three-quarters of a block
  • Outpatient pediatrics – one block
  • Gynecology – one block
  • Musculoskeletal medicine selective – one block
  • Infectious disease – half a block
  • Ophthalmology – one week
  • Urology – half a block
  • Otolaryngology – half a block
  • Surgical selective – half a block
  • Addiction medicine – half a block
  • Family practice outpatient – half a block
  • Outpatient family medicine/health systems management clinical selective – half a block
  • Night float – half a block
  • Elective – two and a half blocks
  • Emergency medicine (focus on pediatrics) – half a block
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Elective rotations are opportunities for residents to supplement their education in specific areas of interest. In the past, residents have chosen to pursue the following:

  • Allergy and asthma
  • Diabetes management
  • Gastroenterology
  • Laboratory medicine
  • Palliative care
  • Rheumatology
  • Wound care
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All residents participate in a two-week community medicine rotation during their first year of training. Students learn about the needs and barriers to health care in the local community. Students familiarize themselves with the latest community health needs assessment and explore topics like epigenetics, structural racism, social determinant, implicit bias and population health.

During this rotation, residents visit local community agencies specializing in services like occupational medicine and employee health, mental/behavioral health, physical therapy, social services for children and aging adults, homeless services and housing services. Residents also take part in a “windshield” walking or driving tour of the local community to familiarize themselves with the locale in which many of their patients live and work.

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Outpatient Care: Penn State Health St. Joseph Family and Community Medicine Practice

The St. Joseph Medical Center Downtown Campus is the largest ambulatory care facility in the City of Reading. The campus is located in a federally and state qualified Weed and Seed district at Sixth and Walnut streets. Given the City of Reading’s young and ethnically diverse population, the major health care focus of the Downtown Campus is on ambulatory and primary care. The family and community medicine practice focuses on providing total family health care, with services available for preconception counseling through elder care with an emphasis on women’s care, well-child care and chronic disease management. The campus also offers specialty clinics, laboratory, radiology, wound care, hyperbaric medicine, diabetes and nutritional counseling, dental care, behavioral health and pharmacy services in a location central to serving the community.

Inpatient Care: Penn State Health St. Joseph Medical Center

This full-service teaching hospital is near the intersection of Routes 222 and 183 in Bern Township. The hospital serves the 417,000 residents of Berks County and the surrounding community. As a teaching hospital, Penn State Health St. Joseph Medical Center is a clinical training site for not only residents, but also several college and university medical students, nursing and allied health professional programs. The providers of Penn State Health Community Medical Group, a network of providers in various ambulatory and urgent care sites, rely on Penn State Health St. Joseph Medical Center for their patient care needs.

Resident Honors and Recognitions

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Penn State Health St. Joseph holds an annual Resident Scholarly Symposium on its Bern Township hospital campus.

Previous presentations from the Family and Community Medicine Residency (Reading, Pa.) are listed here

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