Frequently Asked Questions
What are some of the Areas of Emphasis and special features of your program?
Our Family Medicine Residency Program has been producing high quality graduates for more than 45 years. We combine a vast array of clinical experiences with a commitment to scholarly excellence and personal life balance. We have so many benefits to offer you:
Successful organizations are based upon superior communication and teamwork. From our physicians to our nurses and to our administrative support staff, our culture of camaraderie allows us to successfully target our goals. We get things done and have fun doing it. Join our FAMILY.
We seek residents who like to learn, who like to teach, and who are interested in promoting our agenda of academic excellence and collaborative, team-based learning. While practicing evidence informed decision making, our residents’ skill and competencies are enhanced while teaching junior team members and medical students.
Robust opportunities for inpatient and outpatient volumes exist at Reading Hospital, including often being rated as the busiest emergency department in Pennsylvania, and one of busiest in the entire country!
Care for the Underserved
We have important work to do. Come and help us to care for our high-risk population of biopsychosocially challenged patients. Get involved in one of our many community health projects. Our patients need your compassionate care.
Osteopathic Principles and Philosophy
Our Osteopathic Recognition status under the ACGME isn't just lip-service. Our commitment to osteopathic training is a strong longitudinal thread that is woven throughout the fiber of our residency program. There are even opportunities for our MD residents to participate.
Advanced Models of Care Delivery and Practice Redesign
As a recognized leader in Pennsylvania for the Patient-Centered Medical Home movement, we continue to evolve towards innovative concepts of team-based care, predictable scheduling, community medicine and population health. The Family Health Care Center is among 20 programs selected by the Center for Excellence in Primary Care at UCSF for the Transforming Teaching Practices project!
Diverse and Experienced Core Family Medicine Faculty
The whole is greater than the sum of the parts! As a collective group, our diverse residency faculty offers expertise in a wide range of disciplines including evidence-based medicine, hospital medicine, population health, women's health, primary care research, primary care procedures, sports medicine, bioethics, geriatrics, osteopathic manipulative therapy, healthcare policy, quality improvement and clinical practice redesign, to name just a few. Our faculty group has both broad private practice and academic experience.
Behavioral Health and Addiction Medicine
At Reading Hospital, the section of Addiction Medicine is a subdivision of the Department of Family Medicine and is led by family physicians who are closely connected to our residency program. Our Addiction Medicine Fellowship is managed collaboratively with the Caron Foundation, a world-renowned drug and alcohol treatment facility.
We seek to harness the power stemming from the intelligence and enthusiasm of all 24 of our residents. Come and take ownership of your residency. Follow your passion. Lead our residency to greater heights and cultivate the leadership skills that you will need in your own career after graduation.
An open-door policy is the norm for all faculty attending physicians. Evaluation and feedback is provided at the point of clinical care, after rotations, and at quarterly meetings with an assigned faculty advisor. Individual Learning Plans are implemented to help each resident follow their passions and to achieve personal goals.
We care and we listen! Having a voice and control in the direction of the residency program helps to avoid burnout. From monthly Resident Faculty Forums to a robust free food allowance, we promote life balance. We even have a meditation room!
Drexel University College of Medicine, Tower Health System
The sky is the limit. We have only just begun to scratch the surface of the opportunities that are presented by this impressive expansion of clinical care and academic scope. The upward trajectory of our broadening health system carries exciting implications for our Family Medicine Residency Program.
What procedural skills can I develop?
The program offers multiple opportunities. Primary care dermatologic procedures include laceration repair, skin biopsies, suturing, cryotherapy, nail plate removal and dermoscopy among others. Women's health procedures include IUD placement, endometrial biopsy, Nexplanon placement, and colposcopy. Primary care orthopedic procedures include arthrocentesis/corticosteroid injections and splinting. There are monthly hands-on procedure workshops. In addition, residents who want to pursue specialized interests are encouraged and able to do so. Development of a point of care ultrasound curriculum is underway.
Where would I see my patients?
The Family Health Care Center (FHCC as it is commonly called) is directly contained within the Reading Hospital complex. Included are 23 exam rooms, a procedure room. Our Epic electronic health record is fully functional. Most importantly, we utilize the team approach to patient care, and we are proudly a Level 3 NCQA-Recognized Patient-Centered Medicine Home (PCMH). Embedded within the daily function of the Family Healthcare Center are diabetic educators, a full-time pharmacist, pharmacy residents, a nurse care manager, and an integrated care clinician to facilitate access to behavioral health services.
Our academic and faculty offices are just across the hall from the FHCC. A large resident work room allows for tremendous collaboration, unity, and teamwork. Every resident is provided with their own personal desk, computer, telephone, and storage space.
Our large conference room seats 40.
Doesn’t being at a hospital with other residencies limit your experience?
No, actually, here it is a positive. Reading Hospital consistently ranks within the top five for patient volume in Pennsylvania and offers an incredible experience for all—there is no competition for interesting patients or procedures. There is no “opposed” model. We have more flexibility of training experience because the work of covering patients is distributed.
This lack of turf wars that are so common at other centers creates a great collaborative working relationship with other residents. Pooling residency resources broadens the educational experience by allowing residents to join the other residencies for core lecture series and grand rounds, and by attracting nationally known speakers to the Hospital.
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