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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.

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Millions of visitors from around the world visit Hershey to see the Hersheypark, ZooAmerica North American Wildlife Park and Hershey Gardens attractions.

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.

More intimate gatherings at the Star Pavilion and the Hershey Theater bring the Blue Man Group, James Taylor and Broadway shows.

Upscale accommodations and spa experiences are available at The Hotel Hershey and its Chocolate Spa.

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Fine dining is enjoyed at Devon Seafood Grill and the Hotel Hershey’s Harvest restaurant and The Circular dining room.

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.

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A number of hotels in the Hershey area offer lodging to potential residents and fellows. Many offer a discount if you mention that you are participating in business with Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.

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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.

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We know that for our residents and fellows to be happy, the important people in their lives 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.

As part of 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.

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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” “Middletown, PA” and “Palmyra, PA” in any real-estate listing will show many options in addition to provided on-campus housing.

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