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The Medicine/Pediatrics Residency at Penn State College of Medicine is a four-year, ACGME accredited training program that admits four residents per year.

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Program Details

The curriculum for the Medicine/Pediatrics Residency at Penn State Children’s Hospital is based upon the Residency Review Committee guidelines and the principles of a combined residency as set forth by the American Board of Pediatrics and the American Board of Internal Medicine.

Residents in the Medicine/Pediatrics Residency will rotate monthly either on pediatrics or medicine for four months and then switch. This allows two full winters and two full summers on both medicine and pediatrics. Each resident will have intern duties for 16 months because of this schedule, though residents are paid as PGY-2 trainees after 12 months. This allows each resident to experience as an intern each rotation they will eventually supervise.

Learn More about the Residency

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Welcome to the combined Medicine/Pediatrics Residency training program! Penn State’s Med/Peds Residency offers diverse training in both adult and pediatric medicine.

Knowing that some residents will pursue diverse career paths, the goal of the curriculum is to provide training that is rich in opportunity and experience. Our university, community and VA hospital rotations complement our combined med/peds continuity clinic in the city of Harrisburg.

You will spend the majority of your time at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. You’ll attend continuity clinic at the Rose Garden Building in downtown Harrisburg, where we care for the underserved as well as adults and children with complex medical problems. To provide a broader experience in community hospital settings, you will also have duties at:

  • Lebanon VA Medical Center in Lebanon
  • Penn Medicine Lancaster General Hospital in Lancaster (adult community inpatient experience)

You will have the opportunity to seek out and participate in an away elective, nationally or internationally, in an area of interest.

Joint electives in a medicine and pediatrics subspecialty are also possible. Rotations in allergy, dermatology, endocrinology and rheumatology are common.

Our residents are the key to our success. Our diverse group of trainees come from far and wide and are dedicated, enthusiastic and extremely hard-working. They excel in patient care, leadership and education.

We seek candidates with strong academic records, exceptional interpersonal skills and a sincere desire to work with and for adults and children.

I encourage you to explore more about our program and contact me at if you have any questions about our program or the interview process!

Ronald J. Williams, MD, Program Director

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General Application Information

All applicants must apply through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) by Dec. 1 and must register for a PL-1 position through the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP).

Applications are considered without regard to race, religion, gender, sexual orientation or national origin. Only J-1 visas are sponsored.

Application Requirements

  • Personal statement
  • MSPE (dean’s letter)
  • Medical school transcript
  • USMLE or COMLEX scores
  • Three to four letters of recommendation from faculty members with whom you have worked

We do not require a letter from your department chair.

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Interview Overview

Interviews are by invitation only, and will be conducted on Tuesdays from mid-October through mid-January. Those invited for an interview will be notified by email via the Thalamus calendar, and are expected to respond promptly so that the program can best accommodate scheduling needs. The program prefers to interview smaller groups each day in order to create a more personalized day.

Interview days will begin at 8 a.m. and conclude by 1:30 p.m. The day will include interviews, attending the Med/Peds noon conference, a tour of Penn State Children’s Hospital and Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, and lunch. All applicants will be met by a current resident or Program Coordinator in the Children’s Hospital lobby by 7:45 a.m.

Current residents welcome interviewees to Hershey with an optional casual dinner the evening before the interview. Dress is business casual. Those who are staying at the Days Inn Hershey will be met by a current resident in the lobby around 6:15 p.m. and take a shuttle to the restaurant. Those driving separately to dinner should arrive at 6:30 p.m. and will be informed of the name of the restaurant closer to the interview date by email from a Program Coordinator. Spouses or significant others traveling with the interviewee are invited as well. Those invited to interview who wish to attend this dinner should email or

Interviewees may change or cancel an interview date via the Thalamus calendar. If it is too close to the date of the interview, candidates may need to email or If canceling and not planning to reschedule, interviewees must email so that the spot may be offered to someone else.

Interview Schedule

  • 6:15 p.m. the night before – Applicants should be in the hotel lobby meeting current residents for dinner, for which reservations are at 6:30 p.m.
  • 7:45 a.m. on interview day – Arrival. Meet current resident or Coordinator in Children’s Hospital lobby
  • 8:00 a.m. – Overview of Med/Peds Program – Ronald Williams, Program Director, and Natalya Gaffney, Associate Program Director
  • 9 a.m. – Tour Penn State  Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
  • 10:05 to 11:15 a.m. – Interviews (including individual meeting with program director)
  • 11:20 a.m. – Tour of Penn State Children’s Hospital
  • 12:00 p.m. – Lunch and Med/Peds weekly conference; question-and-answer session
  • 1:30 p.m. -Departure


Days Inn Hershey
350 W. Chocolate Ave.
Hershey, PA 17033

Phone: 717-534-2162

Car Travel


For those staying at the Days Inn, a free shuttle is available on the morning of the interview. A shuttle will pick up interviewees in the hotel lobby around 7:30 a.m. Those who prefer to drive may use valet parking available at the main entrance to the hospital ($5 cash fee) or free parking available in Centerview Parking Garage (location number 7 on the campus map). From the garage, interviewees may take a shuttle or a brief walk to the main entrance, then make a left to the Children’s Hospital lobby. Most residents walk from this garage each day, although not wearing their best suit.

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Mailing Address

Med/Peds Residency
Penn State Children’s Hospital
600 University Dr., H085
Hershey, PA 17033

General Contact Information

Phone: 717-531-5685

Curriculum Details

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  • Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center is a large, academic tertiary and quaternary referral center, with Penn State Children’s Hospital right next door
  • Offers experience in the highest-level NICU, PICU and medical ICU, in one place
  • Balanced Medicine/Pediatrics residency program
  • Global Health opportunities including institution-wide affiliation with Ghana
  • Diversity and inclusion lecture series
  • Residents as educators curriculum
  • Medical Education elective
  • Woodward Center sessions and teaching champion retreats
  • Hippocrates program provides opportunities for interdisciplinary medical education
  • Medicine/Pediatrics resident-created simulation sessions to practice rapid responses/code situations offered monthly
  • Combined Medicine/Pediatrics continuity clinic, which also includes a medical legal clinic


Since its inception in 1988, the Med/Peds Residency has trained well-balanced medicine/pediatrics physicians who excel in patient care, leadership and education. The success of the program begins with the dedicated residents who are integral in the formulation of the diverse experiences that are offered. Due to the varied experiences, residents can explore their interests during training and are well-equipped to pursue any medical specialty career path they wish.

The program allows residents to participate in a variety of rotations to help shape their future medical careers. Interns rotate for 16 months – eight months in medicine and eight months in pediatrics. This rotation helps build a strong foundation of knowledge and confidence prior to starting the senior resident-level rotations. Residents rotate every two to four weeks, alternating between medicine and pediatrics approximately every four months.

Additional rotations are available to help residents tailor their education to fit with their interests, including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Caring for the underserved population (various locations)
  • Milton Hershey School (cost-free private residential school for children from low-income families)
  • Emergency medicine; residents participate as first responders with Penn State Life Lion critical care and emergency medicine services.
  • Global health
  • Hospitalist (for both adult and pediatric care)
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Standing Med/Peds Weekly Conferences – Tuesdays at noon

Each week, a member of the Med/Peds resident team presents a topic typically related to care in the outpatient setting. These conferences are an hour long and allow residents to polish their presentation skills and provide useful medical updates and clinical information. The Med/Peds faculty team members frequently attend and offer valuable information on how the topic relates to their respective specialty. Additionally, residents commit to an “academic half-day” on Thursdays, to dedicate a block of time to focus on core internal medicine and pediatric topics.

Med/Peds Continuity Clinic

The continuity clinic, located in downtown Harrisburg, allows residents the opportunity to work closely with an underserved patient population. The clinic serves adults and children with varying medical and health-related needs, including complex chronic medical conditions, medical-legal concerns, social concerns and substance abuse. Residents work exclusively with Med/Peds faculty to see a variety of patients for both annual physical exam and acute visits. They serve as the primary care providers for these patients.

The continuity clinic is part of the Reach Out and Read Program that provides books for infants and children during well-child visits, as a way to encourage literacy. In addition, a medical-legal partnership with Penn State Dickinson Law brings law students to the clinic to offer services and consultation for medical-legal issues to some of the most underserved in the community. The clinic also provides access to a Penn State Health social worker to help patients with a wide array of social concerns that may impact their care and well-being. A substance abuse clinic is also available on-site to help reduce barriers to medical care for those with addictions.

Quality Improvement Projects

Quality improvement (QI) is an important aspect of the Medicine/Pediatrics residency, with residents often involved in medicine and pediatrics QI projects and as resident representatives on unit-based quality committees. A detailed QI curriculum provides resources, education and experiences to help each resident create their own project prior to graduation. There are also opportunities for more education in this area with Penn State College of Medicine’s Health Systems Science Academy.

Transitional Care Curriculum

The Med/Peds residents have created a transitional care program to educate adolescents and their parents on the process of transitioning medical care from pediatricians and pediatric specialty providers to adult providers and specialists. Residents help integrate the transitional care concepts into the pediatric specialty clinics and the well-child checkups in the pediatric clinics. The program has incorporated these concepts into the pediatric and internal medicine residency academic half-day curriculum.

Supportive Learning Environment with Professional Coaching

There are 20 Med/Peds faculty, all of whom have been trained in both medicine and pediatrics, actively involved in various aspects of the residency. Each member of the faculty is approachable and willing to provide advice and guidance to the residents. In addition, each resident is assigned a physician coach for professional development advice and encouragement throughout the four years of residency.

Educational Resources

To support individual learning, residents are provided with memberships in the American College of Physicians (ACP)American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the National Med-Peds Residents’ Association (NMPRA), as well as $600 for books and educational expenses per year.

The AAP membership also provides access to Pedialink online learning center, Pediatrics and Peds in Review. The ACP membership includes a subscription to the Annals of Internal Medicine. In addition, subscriptions to the Yale Pediatric and Internal Medicine Outpatient Curriculum are provided.

Ongoing board review occurs throughout the four years of residency, with residents attending pediatric and medicine board review courses at the end of training.

Residents as Educators

The Woodward Center for Excellence in Health Sciences Education is designed to cultivate excellence in health sciences education. Longitudinal didactics on multiple aspects of teaching, evaluation and feedback and goal-setting are offered. The Woodward Center provides programs such as the Hippocrates program for residents, Stanford Clinical Teaching Skills workshops and the Woodward Scholars program.

The program also offers a Health Systems Scholar position each year.

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(Starting on Internal Medicine)

  • Adult Cardiology Inpatient – 4 weeks
  • Adult Hematology/Oncology Inpatient – 4 weeks
  • Vacation – 2 weeks
  • Medicine Elective – 2 weeks
  • General Medicine Inpatient (HMC) – 4 weeks
  • General Medicine Inpatient (VA) – 4 weeks
  • Pediatric Acute Care Clinic – 4 weeks
  • General Pediatric Inpatient – 4 weeks
  • Pulmonary Pediatric Inpatient – 2 weeks
  • Pediatric GI/Cards/Nephrology Pediatric Inpatient – 2 weeks
  • Pediatric Night Float – 2 weeks
  • Vacation – 2 weeks
  • Newborn Nursery – 2 weeks
  • Pediatric Elective – 2 weeks
  • Medicine Night Float – 2 weeks
  • Medicine Elective – 2 weeks
  • Medical Intensive Care Unit – 4 weeks
  • Adult Emergency Medicine – 4 weeks
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  • Pediatric Elective – 2 weeks
  • Vacation – 2 weeks
  • Development – 4 weeks
  • Underserved Rotation – 4 weeks
  • Neonatal Intensive Care Unit – 4 weeks
  • Adult Ambulatory – 4 weeks
  • Adult Nephrology – 4 weeks
  • General Medicine Inpatient Senior – 4 weeks
  • Medicine Elective – 2 weeks
  • Vacation – 2 weeks
  • Medicine Elective – 4 weeks
  • Pediatric Critical Care Unit – 4 weeks
  • Adolescent – 4 weeks
  • Pediatric Emergency Medicine – 2 weeks
  • Neonatal Intensive Care Unit – 4 weeks
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  • Medicine Elective – 4 weeks
  • Vacation – 2 weeks
  • Hepatology – 2 weeks
  • Medicine Elective – 4 weeks
  • General Medicine Inpatient Senior (HMC or VA) – 4 weeks
  • Pediatric Elective – 4 weeks
  • Pediatric Heme/Onc Inpatient – 4 weeks
  • Vacation – 2 weeks
  • Pediatric Night Float Senior – 2 weeks
  • Pediatric Emergency Department consult – 2 weeks
  • Pediatric elective – 2 weeks
  • Pediatric Emergency Medicine – 4 weeks
  • Geriatrics – 4 weeks
  • Adult Cardiology Inpatient Senior – 4 weeks
  • Medicine Elective – 4 weeks
  • Medical Intensive Care Unit Senior – 4 weeks
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  • Pediatric Pulmonary Inpatient Senior – 2 weeks
  • Pediatric GI/Cards/Nephrology Inpatient Senior – 2 weeks
  • Newborn Nursery Senior – 2 weeks
  • General Inpatient Pediatric Inpatient Senior – 4 weeks
  • Pediatric Elective (Individualized Curriculum) – 4 weeks
  • Vacation – 2 weeks
  • Medicine Elective (Individualized Curriculum) – 4 weeks
  • General Medicine Inpatient Senior (VA) – 4 weeks
  • General Medicine Inpatient Consult Senior – 2 weeks
  • Vacation – 2 weeks
  • Medicine Night House Officer (Senior) – 2 weeks
  • Medicine Elective – 2 weeks
  • Medicine Elective – 4 weeks
  • Pediatric Elective – 4 weeks
  • Pediatric Acute Care Clinic Senior – 4 weeks
  • Pediatric Emergency Medicine – 2 weeks
  • Pediatric Elective – 4 weeks
  • Pediatric Elective – 2 weeks

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 Medicine/Pediatrics Residency are listed here. Click the + next to a nominee name to read their nominator’s comments.

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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 Medicine/Pediatrics Residency are listed here.

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