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The Internal Medicine Residency at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center is a categorical three-year, ACGME-accredited program that admits 21 residents per year. In addition, the Preliminary Medicine Residency is a one-year, ACGME-accredited program that admits seven residents per year, and two additional residents are admitted to the ABIM Internal Medicine Research Pathway each year.

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Program Details

The Internal Medicine Residency is proud to train outstanding patient-centered internal medicine physicians. This program strives for excellence in all areas, with residents learning and training in a community of caring, respect, curiosity and innovation.

The residency offers:

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Program Mission

We are the Penn State Internal Medicine Residency.

  • We treat you as an individual.
  • We strive for excellence in innovation.
  • We prepare you for the challenges of medicine, both today and tomorrow.
  • We promise to care for you as you care for others.

We are Penn State.

Program Vision

Train here, excel anywhere: The program strives to be the best internal medicine residency in the nation, with innovation at the heart of how residents are trained and educated, allowing them to excel as internists by transforming patient care in an evolving health system.

Program Highlights

  • Master Educator academies: The Internal Medicine Residency has three Master Educator academies with three Master Educator champions. These champions were selected from competitive pool of clinician educators. They promote the residency program vision and goals, set the educational climate and create a respectful clinical learning environment steeped in curiosity, excellence and compassion. They are responsible for the academy conference series, which stimulates high-order learning.
  • Coaching program: All residents are paired with clinical coaches to allow for individualized growth in clinical skills over the course of three years. Coaches are responsible for observing residents in the clinical setting and providing feedback. Furthermore, they will meet with each resident individually every two months and do six-month group meetings.
  • POCUS: The program introduced a 36-month point-of-care ultrasound curriculum for the 2019-2020 academic year. All residents receive training in this through didactic and hands-on sessions.
  • Research: The residency program created a third assistant program director position, the Assistant Program Director for Resident Research and Scholarly Activity, to promote scholarship among residents. This assistant program director is responsible for the Resident Research Forum, the research elective, the research track and the ABIM Research (FasTrack) pathway.
  • Protected time for learning: The residency program has two academic half-day sessions weekly that are free of patient care activities: outpatient academic half-day for residents on ambulatory rotations, and inpatient academic half-day for residents on inpatient rotations. These conferences are in addition to the daily noon conference series.
  • 6+2 scheduling structure: Residents alternate between six weeks of inpatient service and two weeks of ambulatory blocks. This schedule design gives residents the opportunity to focus on their respective rotations while maintaining continuity of care in the residents’ continuity clinics.
  • Specialized tracks: The program offers four internal tracks: the primary care track, the hospitalist track, the ABIM Research Pathway and the longitudinal research track. A fifth track, the Hippocrates medical education track, is run centrally through the Woodward Center for Excellence in Health Sciences Education. Residents apply into these tracks the winter of their intern year.

Recent Innovations

  • Comprehensive wellness initiative, including streamlined primary care provider visits for residents, class wellness champions and biannual wellness retreats.
  • Dr. Jed Gonzalo, recipient of the AMA Redesigning Residency Initiative Planning Grant, is including the Internal Medicine Residency in developing the systems-based practice competency to develop residents into systems citizens. This is in collaboration with Kaiser Permanente, Geisinger and Allegheny Health Network.
  • A communications curriculum has been developed by Dr. Paul Haidet and Dr. Rick Koubek (former chief resident) to teach residents evidence-based communications strategies through deliberate practice. This initiative is supported by the 2018 Picker Gold GME Education Challenge Grant.

At the Center of Medical Care in the Region

As the primary academic medical center in central Pennsylvania, Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center has a catchment area of more than 3 million people. Therefore, residents care for patients with a wide range of complex medical cases. Residents gain experience through the diverse pathology seen in the urban, suburban and rural areas of referral. Expanding partnerships with local hospitals and clinical sites will only increase this exposure in the future. Read more about Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center here.

Internal Medicine Residency trainees are integral members of the health care teams in both general and subspecialty medicine, providing comprehensive care to the population of central Pennsylvania. The program fosters a culture of professional accountability, commitment to excellence and collaborative collegiality that works hand-in-hand with individual growth and learning.

Systems That Work

Penn State College of Medicine is one of the national pioneers of health systems science. The overarching goal of health systems science education at Penn State is to help current and future clinicians appreciate the interrelationship of biological, psychological, social and systems issues that influence an individual’s health. Therefore, Internal Medicine Residency trainees feel empowered to recognize barriers and implement change within their current health systems.

Dr. Jed Gonzalo, Associate Dean for Health Systems Science Education for Penn State College of Medicine and Associate Professor of Medicine, has received a planning grant from the AMA Redesigning Residency Initiative to create program that will develop trainees such that they graduate as truly systems-conscious internists.

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General Application Information

Applications are accepted through ERAS only.

Deadline for applications is Dec. 31, and interviews are by invitation only.

Application Requirements

Priority is given to applications with a minimum USMLE score of 200; however, a committee reviews the entire application and does not base a decision solely upon the USMLE scores. Osteopathic (DO) applicants may submit COMLEX scores in lieu of USMLE scores.

The program requires a chair’s letter plus two additional letters of recommendation to be attached to the ERAS application. In the event a chair’s letter is not available to an applicant, an additional faculty letter of recommendation will be accepted.

The institution sponsors only J-1 visas for international candidates.

Year of graduation should be within five years of date of application.

The NRMP requires all interviewees to receive a copy of the Resident Agreement. The current resident agreement can be found here.

Preliminary Program Requirements

Applicants to other disciplines (i.e., anesthesia, dermatology, neurology, radiology) requiring a preliminary year must submit a separate ERAS application to the Internal Medicine Preliminary Program in addition to the specialty application. Efforts are made to coordinate interview dates with other subspecialty interviews at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, but cannot be guaranteed. Separate interview dates may not be necessary depending on the specialty program.

For details regarding the program and/or a preliminary program interview, email

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Housestaff, Internal Medicine Residency, Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, summer 2021

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The NRMP Fellowship Match has proven very successful for Penn State’s internal medicine trainees, with an overall success rate of greater than 95 percent. The majority of those who have applied to fellowship have placed in one of their top three program choices even in the most competitive specialties.


  • University of Cincinnati

Cardiovascular Medicine

  • Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
  • University of California – Irvine


  • Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center


  • Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center


  • Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
  • George Washington University

Infectious Diseases

  • Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

Pulmonary/Critical Care

  • Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
  • Mayo Clinic

Cardiovascular Medicine

  • Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center (3)
  • The University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) – Galveston


  • Albert Einstein Medical Center
  • Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
  • SUNY HSC Brooklyn


  • Mayo Clinic


  • Mayo Clinic

Hospice and Palliative Medicine

  • Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

Infectious Diseases

  • Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

Pulmonary/Critical Care

  • The Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC)

Proceeding to Practice

  • Hospitalist Medicine (five graduates)
  • Primary Care (three graduates)


  • Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center (two graduates)

Cardiovascular Medicine

  • Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
  • The Ohio State University


  • Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center


  • Brown University
  • Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
  • University of South Florida Morisani

Hospice and Palliative Medicine

  • Luke’s – Bethlehem
  • UPMC-Altoona

Infectious Diseases

  • Hofstra LIJ


  • University of Texas HSC-San Antonio

Pulmonary/Critical Care

  • Maine Medical Center
  • Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
  • University of Massachusetts

Proceeding to Practice

  • Hospitalist Medicine (three graduates)
  • Primary Care (one graduate)

(100 percent match rate)

Cardiovascular Medicine

  • Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
  • University of Texas-Houston


  • Allegheny General (two graduates)
  • Carilion Clinic-Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine
  • Emory University
  • Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center


  • Johns Hopkins


  • Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center (two graduates)

Hospice and Palliative Medicine

  • University of Virginia


  • Yale-New Haven

Pulmonary/Critical Care

  • Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center (two graduates)

Proceeding to Practice

  • Hospitalist Medicine (five graduates)
  • Primary Care (one graduate)

Cardiovascular Medicine

  • Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center (two graduates)
  • Medical University of South Carolina


  • Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center


  • NY Presbyterian Hospital, Weill Cornell Medical Center

General Internal Medicine

  • Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center (inaugural position)
  • University of Texas-Southwestern

Infectious Diseases

  • University of Maryland

Hospice and Palliative Medicine

  • Drexel University


  • University of Texas-Houston

Occupational Medicine

  • University of Utah

Pulmonary/Critical Care

  • Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center


  • University of North Carolina

Proceeding to Practice

  • Hospitalist Medicine (five graduates)
  • Primary Care (two graduates)


  • North Shore-LIJ Health System, NIH Physician-Scientist Program T32

Cardiovascular Medicine

  • Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center (two graduates)
  • Thomas Jefferson University
  • University of Utah


  • Geisinger Health System
  • Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center (two graduates)


  • Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

Hospice and Palliative Medicine

  • Community Care of Lancaster


  • Georgetown University

Proceeding to Practice

  • Hospitalist Medicine (seven graduates)
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Virtual Tour

A recently developed virtual tour showcases locations across Penn State Health and Penn State College of Medicine in Hershey, Pa.

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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 Children’s Hospital (left), Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center (center) and Penn State Cancer Institute (right)

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

Learn more about Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

Penn State Health Children’s Hospital

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

  • An eight-story, 263,000-square-foot-facility built in 2013 and expanded in 2020
  • 104 acute-care beds and 56 neonatal intensive care unit beds
  • Level IV (highest-level) neonatal intensive care unit
  • Level I quaternary (highest-level) pediatric intensive care unit
  • Level I (highest-level) pediatric trauma center designation
  • Intermediate care unit
  • Dedicated pediatric operating rooms
  • More than 150,000 pediatric outpatient visits and approximately 5,000 pediatric patient discharges annually

Learn more about Penn State Health Children’s Hospital

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Welcome to Hershey

A new guide to the Hershey, Pa., area showcases the highlights of life in central Pennsylvania.

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More About Hershey

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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.

Institutional resources

Graduate medical education resources

Program-Specific Resources

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Dr. Stephanie Harris

Dr. Stephanie Harris leads all the residents through a longitudinal, year-long wellness curriculum during inpatient academic half-day. She focuses on developing the ability to help recognize burn-out in yourself and others, and subsequently developing mindfulness and resiliency tools.

To supplement the curriculum, each class has a wellness retreat once a year. During the retreat, the class has no clinical duties, goes off-campus, and focuses on team-building and personal resilience strategies.

In addition, each class nominates three members of their class to represent them on the resident council, which is an organization that focuses on planning and implementing wellness activities for all the residents throughout the year.

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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

Program-Specific Resources

Internal Medicine’s Resident Diversity and Inclusivity Council

The Penn State Internal Medicine Residency is committed to supporting and training resident physicians of all backgrounds. In doing so, the Diversity and Inclusivity Council aims to create a safe environment with acceptance and celebration of diversity, to provide for the needs of trainees with different heritages and traditions, to promote diversity education in the medical setting and to recruit resident physicians who are underrepresented in medicine or have unique backgrounds.

Here, diversity includes but is not limited to race, ethnicity, religion, gender or gender identification.

The council specifically focuses on:

  • Promoting a safe clinical learning environment
  • Creating a social space to celebrate diverse backgrounds
  • Educating about diversity-related issues
  • Recruiting residents of diverse and underrepresented backgrounds
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Mailing Address

Department of Medicine
Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
PO Box 850, Mail Code H039
500 University Dr.
Hershey PA 17033-0850

General Contact Information

Phone: 717-531-6375


Curriculum Details

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Residents have a diverse education by experiencing multiple different health care systems.

During training at Penn State, residents will have the opportunity to learn in three different hospital systems: Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, a large, tertiary academic medical center; Lebanon VA Medical Center; and Penn Medicine Lancaster General Hospital, a large community-based hospital.

Explore the next sections to learn more about the clinical schedule, which has a focus on education and wellness.

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Block clinic scheduling improves resident satisfaction with the primary care experience. Therefore, the program uses a six-plus-two system in the residency, so that each resident will have six weeks of dedicated inpatient rotations followed by two weeks of rotation in the primary care clinic, a level III patient-centered medical home.

The resident primary care clinic is at 35 Hope Dr., Hershey.

Night Float Expand answer

The established night float system provides exceptional 24-hour care to all patients. As a result, residents in the program are rarely required to work 24-hour shifts, and call ends at 7 p.m. daily.

Protected Educational Time Expand answer

The program strongly believes in ensuring that residents have time to dedicate their concentration exclusively to their education. There are established weekly outpatient and inpatient academic half-days during which residents do not have any clinical responsibilities.

Elective Time and Options Expand answer

The program’s goal is for every resident to have the time and opportunity to explore their clinical and future career interests. Residents receive significant elective time and can choose electives in any subspecialty, including allergy and immunology, cardiology, endocrinology, gastroenterology, hepatology, hematology, infectious disease, oncology, palliative care, pulmonology, rheumatology and more. For those interested in academic careers, there are also electives available in research and medical education.

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The clinical curriculum in the Internal Medicine Residency is a journey to becoming an exceptional clinician, educator and scholar.

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The Internal Medicine Residency uses an ambulatory block schedule in place of traditional weekly clinic sessions.

This system enables residents to provide longitudinal patient care and reduce the number of clinic sessions during busy inpatient rotations, while still meeting ACGME requirements for outpatient training. This has significantly increased residents’ satisfaction with ambulatory training.

During any two-week ambulatory block, residents provide longitudinal care for their patients in the primary care clinic but also spend time in other subspecialty clinics in order to experience the full spectrum of outpatient care and prepare for a career in primary care or any other subspecialty.

Each ambulatory block has a general theme, based on the predominant area of outpatient medicine that it focuses on. For example, the musculoskeletal block includes exposure to sports medicine, rheumatology, podiatry and spine clinic. The hematology/oncology block includes sessions in palliative care clinic and clinical pathology, besides hematology and oncology clinics. Other outpatient blocks have a predominant focus on women’s health, endocrinology, gastroenterology, cardiology, geriatrics, allergy and immunology, mental health and so on. 

The ambulatory curriculum also includes sessions in outpatient procedure clinic, clinic for the underserved, adolescent weight management clinic and the hospital Morbidity and Mortality conference.

The ambulatory blocks include protected time for self-study, quality improvement projects, as well as half a day per week purely dedicated to medical education (academic half-day).

The academic half-day features parts of the innovative curriculum in Evidence-Based Medicine (EBM modules and EBM consult) and the ACP High-Value Cost-Conscious curriculum. During the academic half-day, residents engage in problem-based learning and have the opportunity to assume the role of teachers for their peers.

Direct observations (mini-CEX) and resident evaluations are integrated into the residents’ outpatient clinic schedule and allocated specific time, which ensures their completion.

The longitudinal care clinic is a level III patient-centered medical home and is supported by an experienced staff. Residents treat patients with a wide variety of disorders, ranging from routine primary care and prevention to more complex and esoteric problems. Residents also enjoy a very low patient no-show rate in their clinic, which allows them to quickly build and follow a patient panel.

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Under the leadership and support of the Chair of Medicine, Dr. Thomas Ma, the residency program developed an academy-based system of master educator champions and coaches to guide residents in their lifelong Internal Medicine education and career development. Each resident is assigned to one of three academies upon arrival at Hershey, and then is assigned a personal coach.

Programs features include:

  • Bimonthly educational conferences within the specific academy designed and led by one of three master educator champions.
  • Longitudinal, protected relationships between residents and faculty members, designed to address learner-driven coaching and mentoring needs. This may include self-identified areas of learning need, work-life balance, career planning including networking support and scholarship.

The Woodward Center for Excellence in Health Sciences Education offers programs for residents and faculty to strengthen their skills as educators, preparing interested residents more completely for a career in academic medicine. The Internal Medicine Residency partners with the Woodward faculty to provide a robust offering of Residents as Educators curriculum across the three years of training.

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The Internal Medicine Residency places a strong emphasis on the EBM training of residents. The multi-faceted curriculum, which extends beyond traditional Journal Club, includes:

  • EBM scripts during outpatient academic half-day that enable residents to discuss important EBM concepts such as surrogate outcomes and hierarchy of evidence, without being limited to a particular research study. EBM scripts are based on clinical scenarios and teach such concepts in an interactive manner.
  • Journal Club, held once a month during academic half-day, which introduces different critical appraisal concepts for each session. Senior residents and attending physicians facilitate small group discussions, where each resident actively engages in critical study appraisal. The program utilizes a debate format and other interactive methods to engage residents in the process.
  • EBM consults during academic half-day, which are short (10- to 15-minute) presentations from senior residents, each tasked with answering a clinical question. Residents practice formulating a question, searching and appraising the literature and discussing findings with their peers. This format allows residents to become familiar with sources of original research studies but also pre-appraised information such as the PIER modules, TRIP database, etc.
  • EBM mini-CEX allows senior residents to practice the application of EBM principles in real time, while caring for their clinic patients.

EBM scripts and Journal Club provide residents with the necessary foundations of EBM and lifelong learning behaviors, while EBM consults and EBM mini-CEX ensure residents practice EBM in a format easily integrated into a busy clinical practice.

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The Penn State Internal Medicine Residency takes great pride in its formal teaching sessions. Balancing service and education is a common goal for residencies across the country, but this program expects that with a culture of consciously placing resident education first, resident training will only be made better. The Internal Medicine Residency believes formal teaching sessions should exemplify current learning theory of learner-driven topics that utilize interleaved sessions of interactive teaching with small-group case-based education and a consistent use of retrieval practice.

Resident Report

Resident report is held noon to 1 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays. The Internal Medicine chief residents guide facilitated discussions and presentations about various aspects of residents’ clinical scenarios. Particular Wednesdays throughout the year are also used for the ultrasound curriculum, health systems and quality improvement sessions and Resident Olympics.

Academic Half-Day

Academic half-day is a weekly teaching session in both the inpatient and ambulatory settings. Both inpatient and outpatient academic half-days feature protected time for active learning, residents-as-teachers sessions and subspecialist-led discussions of practice-relevant topics. Sessions vary in topic and style from week to week, but help residents prepare for the ABIM board exam and their future careers in general or subspecialist medicine. The primary method of teaching is small-group case-based learning, with a variety of generalist, subspecialist or chief-resident session leaders.

Academy Conferences

The Penn State Academy system is designed to provide resident coaching and be the vanguard of the educational climate of the residency. Academy conferences are held every two weeks in three concurrent small groups of the resident academies in Master Educator-led academy conferences. Residents and Master Educators use clinical cases to investigate broader clinical questions, health systems and decision-making skills.

Grand Rounds

Tuesday mornings are reserved for Department of Medicine Grand Rounds. Here, invited guest speakers and internal experts present new research developments, updates on best clinical practice and other topics of interest from the broad realm of internal medicine.

Morbidity and Mortality Conference

This conference is a peer-protected conference to evaluate cases with unexpected complications in order to provide education and develop multidisciplinary quality improvement projects. The Morbidity and Mortality Conference focuses on providing a safe forum for many interprofessional disciplines to identify ways to provide better care. Most cases are identified by residents, presented by the chief residents and integrated directly into quality improvement projects.

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The Internal Medicine Residency has a rich history of resident research and scholarly pursuits. Resources such as the annual Resident/Fellow Research Day allow residents interested in scholarly activity opportunities to produce high-quality, peer-reviewed projects.

The majority of residents complete their training with achievements in the areas of research, publications and podium/poster presentations at regional, state, national and international levels. In addition to the research elective offered to PGY-2 and PGY-3s residents, opportunities such as the Longitudinal Research Track allow residents interested in pursuing research as a career protected time to devote to longitudinal research projects.

As an example, in recent years, residents have presented at the following national and local meetings:

  • Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology
  • American Association for Bronchology and Interventional Pulmonology
  • American College of Cardiology
  • American College of Gastroenterology
  • American College of Rheumatology
  • American College of Physicians Regional and National Conference
  • American Heart Association
  • American Society of Nephrology
  • American Thoracic Society and CHEST
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease International Conference
  • International Academy of Cardiology
  • Penn State Annual Resident/Fellow Research Day and Quality Symposium
  • Pennsylvania Medical Society
  • Society of Critical Care Medicine
  • Society of General Internal Medicine
  • Society of Hospital Medicine

For those residents who wish to pursue careers with independent research programs, the program also sponsors the ABIM Internal Medicine Research Pathway and the ABIM Subspecialty Research Pathway.

The institutional Physician Scientist Training Program is also available as a resource for career development.

Educational Tracks

Internal Medicine residents apply for specialized tracks during the PGY-1 year.

Primary Care Track Expand answer

The primary care track seeks to develop independent, exceptional primary care clinicians who place an emphasis on patient-centered care, patient advocacy and humble service to their community.

Primary features

  • Increased rotation time spent in primary care
  • Opportunity to work regularly with an assigned, experienced primary care clinician
  • Exposure to community-based outpatient care
  • Opportunity to become involved in outpatient quality improvement projects
Hospitalist Track Expand answer

In the hospitalist track, the program emphasizes training hospitalists who can succeed in the rapidly growing field of hospital medicine by putting patient-centered care first, building inter-professional care teams and working and thinking in a systems-based mindset.

Primary features

  • Increased rotation time spent in hospitalist medicine
  • Increased exposure to rotations where residents work independently as hospitalists
  • Opportunity to participate in quality improvement and systems-based curricula
  • Rotations on post-acute care
  • Opportunities to serve on institutional committees
Hippocrates: A Medical Education Track Expand answer

Hippocrates is a medical education track sponsored by the Woodward Center for Excellence in Health Sciences Education. This track is multi-disciplinary; therefore, participants are from multiple different residencies across the institution. Participants will be prepared for future careers as superior clinician educators.

Primary features

  • Regular sessions on developing didactic and clinical teaching skills
  • Regular sessions on how to perform curriculum development
  • Opportunities to perform medical education research
  • Opportunities to teach in the medical school’s formal curriculum
Longitudinal Research Track Expand answer

This research track offers residents the opportunity to develop and work on research projects of their choice for a dedicated period of time in order to further their career as a junior clinician investigator.

Primary features

  • Three dedicated months of research during second year of residency
  • Dedicated mentorship
  • Opportunities for support to travel to conferences for presentation of project

Project Examples

These projects show the type of work that has been accepted for this track.

Project title: Molecular Profiling of Gastric and Esophageal Carcinoma Cases: Examining Biomarkers with Potential Therapeutic Implications.

Description: An investigative case series of biomarker profiles in gastric and esophageal carcinoma with associated treatment responses. The study aims to show associations between four targeted genes and chemotherapy response.

Project title: Cytokine Expression Profiles in Ulcerative Colitis: Providing Personalized Care and Predicting Treatment Responses

Description: A translational research project to determine whether gene expression of inflammatory mediators in colon tissue can be used as an assay to objectively measure, quantify, and characterize inflammation in ulcerative colitis.

ABIM Research Pathway Expand answer

The Internal Medicine Residency offers the American Board of Internal Medicine Research Pathway.

This program includes:

  • Accelerated residency training (two years)
  • $20,000 per year per resident/fellow for lab equipment and supplies support
  • Conditional acceptance into subspecialty fellowships at time of residency acceptance
  • 36 months of protected mentored research during fellowship training
  • Pathway to faculty appointment at end of training

Learn more about the ABIM Research Pathway

Resident Honors and Recognitions

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Penn State College of Medicine and Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center accept ongoing nominations for the Exceptional Moments in Teaching award.

The award, given monthly by the Office for a Respectful Learning Environment, accepts nominations from College of Medicine students who are invited to submit narratives about faculty members, residents, fellows, nurses or any other educators who challenge them and provide an exceptional learning experience. See more about the award here.

Previous nominees from the Internal Medicine Residency are listed here. Click the + next to a nominee name to read their nominator’s comments.

Resident/Fellow Research Day Presentations Expand answer

The annual Resident/Fellow Research Day is held each summer on and around the Penn State Health Milton S. Medical Center campus in Hershey, Pa.

The intent of the event is to provide an opportunity for residents and fellows to showcase their research accomplishments to their peers in other clinical departments, as well as their colleagues in the basic sciences.

Learn more about Resident/Fellow Research Day here.

Previous presentations from the Internal Medicine Residency are listed here.

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