Why Choose Hershey, PA?
Life in Hershey, PA
Training to become a physician is a rigorous process. A successful career as a physician requires a healthy balance of dedication to patient care as well as attention to life outside of work. In selecting a residency program you should consider whether you will truly be happy living in the area for your several years of training. The central Pennsylvania region is well-suited to help you achieve that work-life balance.
When Milton Hershey established the town of Hershey in Dauphin County, PA, he intended it to be an attractive community for the employees of his chocolate factory to live, work, and play. One hundred years later, the town of Hershey continues to be welcoming and vibrant.
Keep reading to learn more about resident and fellow life in Hershey, PA.
The American Hockey League Championship-winning Hershey Bears team shares the Giant Center with national and world-renowned performers that rival the lineup of any major city. Keith Urban, Jeff Foxworthy, Disney on Ice, and even political rallies are among the entertainment options.
Hershey also boasts a collection of coffee shops and casual dining options. House chefs appreciate the fresh produce available at several farmer’s markets nearby and even right next to the hospital campus.
Shop at Hershey’s Tanger Outlets or channel your competitive streak by hitting the links at four local golf courses.
Local residents enjoy summer weekends on the beaches of New Jersey and Maryland. Others prefer to get away to Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington, D.C., and New York, all of which are well within a day trip of home. Getting there is even easier with the local Amtrak stations.
A popular Friday and Saturday night destination is downtown Harrisburg’s nightclub-lined Second Street, where the local music and dance scene is a short drive away in the state’s capital city. Great restaurants, live music, stand-up comics, and resident and visiting DJs create a vibrant, exciting atmosphere.
We know that for you to be happy in residency, the important people in your life need to be happy too.
With consistently low unemployment rates, the area offers diversity in employment options. Major employers in Hershey include Hershey Medical Center; other local hospitals, including the Lebanon VA Medical Center; The Hershey Company; and Hershey Entertainment & Resorts Company.
The low cost of living in Hershey means your salary will allow you to live comfortably. Ample apartments and homes in all settings can be found.
Partners in Medicine is a group comprising the spouses or significant others of residents, interns and fellows of all specialties at the Medical Center.
Although they come from various backgrounds and perspectives, they share a common bond: the residency journey. Partners in Medicine is dedicated to introducing residents and their spouses to one another and offering an outlet for networking and social activities.
The local school systems are excellent, with public and private options. A nearby Penn State campus, Penn State Harrisburg in Middletown, provides educational opportunities for dependents of residents with a generous 75 percent discount on tuition. Both on- and off-campus daycares and preschools are available.
A local National Public Radio station and diverse religious organizations knit the community together.
A quiet yet vibrant area, in central Pennsylvania you will enjoy an excellent quality of life and easy access to recreation, fostering the work-life balance that will help you develop into an outstanding physician.
The following stipends are provided by our ACGME-accredited physician residency and fellowship programs as well as certain other programs. Non-ACGME and non-physician programs may follow other compensation schedules.
- R1: $57,000
- R2: $59,000
- R3: $60,500
- R4: $63,000
- R5: $65,000
- R6: $67,000
- R7: $68,000
Paychecks are issued on a biweekly basis. Direct deposit is required.
Current residents and fellows can find information about viewing direct-deposit paystubs on the Payroll website (internal users only; login required).
- R1: $55,000
- R2: $56,500
- R3: $58,000
- R4: $61,000
- R5: $63,000
- R6: $64,000
- R7: $65,500
Our health insurance plan emphasizes prevention, wellness, and health choices. We continue to encourage our employees to make informed decisions as engaged healthcare consumers.
We offer an expansive preventive schedule and lifestyle health management program with incentives. We have maintained the Health Reimbursement Arrangement (HRA) and included opportunities for you and your spouse/domestic partner to earn additional financial contributions toward your HRA. You choose when to use your HRA to pay for medical deductible and coinsurance, further enabling you to plan and save for tomorrow’s healthcare expenses today.
For more information on specific benefits and benefit costs for residents and fellows, please contact Mary Forshey in the Office of Graduate Medical Education at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Competitive salary
- Dental Plan
- Vision Plan
- 20 Annual Vacation/CME Days
- Flexible Spending Accounts
- Group Term Life Insurance
- Accidental Death & Dismemberment
- Travel Assistance & Business Travel Accident Insurance
- Short-Term Disability
- Long-Term Disability
- Malpractice Insurance
- 75% Tuition Reduction for Resident/Fellow and Dependents at Penn State campuses
- Employee Assistance Program
Current residents and fellows can view the full Benefits Guide on the Infonet, accessible on the Hershey campus with a valid login.
Penn State Health has partnered with Abenity to offer not only local discounts but also national offers and discounts as well. Through the Abenity discount portal, Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center employees can access a comprehensive group of local and national discounts and offers for hotels, restaurants, movie theaters, spas, theme parks and more as well as concierge services.
Current residents and fellows can register or login here.
Sample Resident Agreement
The Office of Graduate Medical Education provides a sample resident agreement for participants in ACGME-accredited physician residencies. Other programs may use alternate agreements.
If you need assistance or need this document in another format, please contact us.
Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center is located in Derry Township, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania.
Within and surrounding the town of Hershey are many housing options. These include apartment complexes, townhouses, condos and single family dwellings. Searching for “Hershey, PA” “Hummelstown, PA” and “Palmyra, PA” in any real-estate listing will show many options.
You can also explore on-campus housing options.
A variety of resources are available to residents and fellows at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and Penn State College of Medicine.
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Culture of Respect in Education
Maintaining a culture of respect in our clinical learning environment is a core value of our institution with input from our trainees, as well as faculty, nursing staff, medical students and others, we have developed a set of expected behaviors in our professional interactions.
- Learn more about the C.O.R.E. Policies on Respectful Treatment of Students and Trainees
- Submit a Mistreatment Reporting Form
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Office for Support in Learning and Teaching Excellence (SLATE)
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