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The Internal 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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The curriculum for the Internal 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 Internal 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.

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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 rwilliams@pennstatehealth.psu.edu 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 the applicant has worked

The program does not require a letter from the applicant’s department chair.

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Interviews are by invitation only, and will be conducted from early November through January. Those invited to interview will be notified by email. The program prefers to interview smaller groups each day in order to create a more personalized day.

All interviews will be conducted virtually during the 2020-2021 application cycle due to COVID-19.

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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 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 Children’s Hospital

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

  • A five-story, 263,000-square-foot-facility built in 2013
  • Three-floor expansion due to open in 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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Fellow 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, with multiple resources readily available.

Institutional resources

Graduate medical education resources

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Program-Level Resources

There are many factors that contribute to a person’s happiness, and the active pursuit of balance leading to happiness has become the buzzword everyone loves – “wellness.” Wellness attempts to guide individuals to ultimately live each day as the best versions of themselves. There are eight primary elements to wellness, and the Internal Medicine/Pediatrics Residency provides extraordinary support to each of its residents for every component.

What is great about wellness, and also what makes it challenging, is every person has unique wellness needs. Each resident in the program is provided with:

  • formal education on identifying gaps or deficits in overall well-being to allow for self-stewardship of wellness;
  • resources to support building and repairing any identified or potential deficits;
  • group practicums for commonly encountered challenges with wellness; and
  • support from a wellness evaluation and improvement committee, comprising both residents and attending physicians, which meets to develop a multidisciplinary wellness curriculum.

The icon for environmental wellness is a turtle with a body designed like the earth.Environmental wellness: Occupying a pleasant, stimulating, supportive environment that supports well-being

  • Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and Penn State Children’s Hospital connected, allowing for stable commute times, frequent visits to friends “on the other side,” access to a variety of food options
  • Shuttle service
  • Well-lit, safe walking paths through campus and throughout the region of Hershey, Harrisburg and Lancaster
  • Meditation room and garden
  • Multiple outdoor seating venues, able to be used as desired for didactics and “sunshine rounds”
  • Opportunities for indoor and outdoor activities, including a program-provided wellness activities document with sections for:
    • Mental health
    • Fitness
    • Arts and music
    • Zoos, aquariums and theme parks
    • Cooking and baking
    • Books and audiobooks
    • COVID-19 quarantine activities

The icon for emotional wellness is a heart.Emotional wellness: Understanding and respecting feelings, values and attitudes and the impact every experience has on these attributes

  • Debriefing sessions after significant events
  • Formal education in trauma psychology and recognition of burnout in self and others during didactics
  • Schwartz Rounds, a forum for health care professionals from various disciplines to discuss and examine the emotional and social challenges that arise in caring for patients
  • An engaging, dedicated Office for Professional Mental Health that offers direct clinical care to resident trainees

The icon for vocational wellness is two hands shaking.Vocational wellness: Participating in work that provides personal satisfaction and life enrichment that is consistent with values, goals and lifestyle

  • Individualized curriculum with customizable electives
  • Medicine/Pediatrics noon conferences
  • Professional coaches assigned during intern year to guide professional development
  • Formal goal-setting curriculum to identify areas for professional growth and improvement
  • Multitude of formal education programs to aid in career development for research, medical education, humanitarianism, global health, public health, health systems science and quality improvement
  • Regular resident roundtables, house staff lunches and program business meetings to address program improvement initiatives
  • PAWS UP program to recognize and celebrate the incredible work force at Penn State Health

The icon for physical wellness is the silhouette of a person in motion.Physical wellness: Caring for and nurturing the body for optimal health and function

  • On-campus fitness center
  • Fitness Your Way pass providing access to more than 10,000 gyms nationwide
  • 30-day activity challenges
  • Susquehanna Area Mountain Bike Association (SAMBA) bike trails, with three close by campus
  • Appalachian Trail access
  • Discounted meal plans for both national and local meal prep
  • Multiple year-round farmers’ markets with local, affordable organic produce
  • Employee Health Care Concierge

The icon for financial wellness is a piggy bank with a coin dropping into it.Financial wellness: Managing resources to live within means and developing skills to make informed financial decisions and investments

  • Regular meetings with financial adviser
  • Low cost of living
  • Personal finance lectures
  • Student loan management advice
  • Stipend for medical education and reimbursement for conference travel
  • One-on-one counseling with retirement representatives

The icon for spiritual wellness is a yin-yang symbol.Spiritual wellness: Finding purpose, value and meaning in life with or without organized religion

  • Opportunities for spiritual education with hospital chaplains
  • On-site multi-faith worship area
  • Weekly religious services held on site
  • Biweekly guided meditation sessions



The icon for intellectual wellness is a lightbulb.Intellectual wellness: Developing and maintaining curiosity about all learning opportunities and responding positively to intellectual challenges

  • Research coaches and mentors with a formal research curriculum and track for those interested
  • Literature search services through Harrell Health Sciences Library
  • Physician Writers’ Group workshops
  • Dedicated Learning and Leadership Development team


The icon for social wellness is the silhouettes of three people, holding hands.Social wellness: Establishing skills to encourage communication, trust and conflict management while engaging and supporting one other

  • Med/Peds Wednesday, a monthly get together of program residents for socializing and good food
  • Quarterly class wellness nights with coverage of clinical duties
  • Program-coordinated residency wellness events and retreats
  • “Big/Little” program
  • Pediatric administrative and wellness sessions (PAWS) twice monthly
  • Volunteer opportunities to help underserved patients at Bethesda Mission
  • Volunteer opporutnities with THON (Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon) for childhood cancer
  • Volunteer opportunities at Camp Kydnie, Camp Spifida, Camp STAR, PA Vent Camp and Camp Lionheart for children with chronic illness
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Penn State Health is making great strides to promote diversity and inclusion.

In keeping with this, there are various networks and resource groups here, including Women in Medicine, Interfaith, LGBTQ and Allies, Military/Veterans and Multicultural interest groups, as well as lecture series and town hall meetings focused on creating a culture of inclusion.

Learn more about the Office for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Learn more about the Office for a Respectful Learning Environment

RESIDENT SPOTLIGHT
“A highlight for me as a resident physician is the opportunity to work directly with Penn State College of Medicine’s local Student National Medical Association (SNMA) chapter. (SNMA is) an organization that was founded in 1964 at my alma mater, Howard University College of Medicine, as a subdivision of the National Medical Association (NMA), to support current and future underrepresented medical students, addressing the needs of underserved communities, and increasing the number of clinically excellent, culturally competent and socially conscious physicians.”

– Monica Adedeji, MD
Resident
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Mailing Address

Medicine/Pediatrics Residency
Penn State Children’s Hospital
600 University Dr., Mail Code H085
Hershey, PA 17033

General Contact Information

Phone: 717-531-5685

Curriculum Details

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Highlights

  • 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

Overview

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 Medicine/Pediatrics 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 Medicine/Pediatrics Residency faculty members, 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 – four weeks
  • Adult hematology/oncology inpatient – four weeks
  • Vacation – two weeks
  • Medicine elective – two weeks
  • General medicine inpatient (Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center) – four weeks
  • General medicine inpatient (Lebanon VA Hospital) – four weeks
  • Pediatric acute care clinic – four weeks
  • General pediatric inpatient – four weeks
  • Pulmonary pediatric inpatient – two weeks
  • Pediatric gastroenterology/cardiology/nephrology inpatient – two weeks
  • Pediatric night float – two weeks
  • Vacation – two weeks
  • Newborn nursery – two weeks
  • Pediatric elective – two weeks
  • Medicine night float – two weeks
  • Medicine elective – two weeks
  • Medical intensive care unit – four weeks
  • Adult emergency medicine – four weeks
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  • Pediatric elective – two weeks
  • Vacation – two weeks
  • Development – four weeks
  • Underserved rotation – four weeks
  • Neonatal intensive care unit – four weeks
  • Adult ambulatory – four weeks
  • Adult nephrology – four weeks
  • General medicine inpatient senior – four weeks
  • Medicine elective – two weeks
  • Vacation – two weeks
  • Medicine elective – four weeks
  • Pediatric critical care unit – four weeks
  • Adolescent – four weeks
  • Pediatric emergency medicine – two weeks
  • Neonatal intensive care unit – four weeks
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  • Medicine elective – four weeks
  • Vacation – two weeks
  • Hepatology – two weeks
  • Medicine elective – four weeks
  • General medicine inpatient senior (Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center or Lebanon VA Hospital) – four weeks
  • Pediatric elective – four weeks
  • Pediatric hematology/oncology inpatient – four weeks
  • Vacation – two weeks
  • Pediatric night float senior – two weeks
  • Pediatric emergency department consult – two weeks
  • Pediatric elective – two weeks
  • Pediatric emergency medicine – four weeks
  • Geriatrics – four weeks
  • Adult cardiology inpatient senior – four weeks
  • Medicine elective – four weeks
  • Medical intensive care unit senior – four weeks
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  • Pediatric pulmonary inpatient senior – two weeks
  • Pediatric gastroenterology/cardiology/nephrology inpatient senior – two weeks
  • Newborn nursery senior – two weeks
  • General pediatric inpatient senior – four weeks
  • Pediatric elective (individualized curriculum) – four weeks
  • Vacation – two weeks
  • Medicine elective (individualized curriculum) – four weeks
  • General medicine inpatient senior (Lebanon VA Hospital) – four weeks
  • General medicine inpatient consult senior – two weeks
  • Vacation – two weeks
  • Medicine night house officer (senior) – two weeks
  • Medicine elective – two weeks
  • Medicine elective – four weeks
  • Pediatric elective – four weeks
  • Pediatric acute care clinic senior – four weeks
  • Pediatric emergency medicine – two weeks
  • Pediatric elective – four weeks
  • Pediatric elective – two 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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