Broad-based Experiences and Quality Facilities
As a resident at Reading Hospital’s Family Medicine Residency Program, you will be exposed to tremendous variety while actively treating the culturally and socioeconomically diverse patient population from all walks of life, all types of insurances, urban, suburban, and rural. From prenatal to geriatric, you will truly be their physician.
Here is a quick glimpse of some specialized areas:
Our residents – side by side with accomplished, talented faculty – care for a diverse population in our office and hospital. You will care for patients of all ages in the Family Health Care Center where patient visits top 14,000 annually. You will receive training in procedural skills, chronic disease management, practice management, preventive care, newborn, well-child, gynecologic, and psychological care. Since 2010, our clinical site, the Family Health Care Center, has been a NCQA-recognized patient-centered medical home (PCMH), and we have been a leader in preparing resident physicians for the changing healthcare world. The “Epic” electronic health record is integrated throughout our health system.
You will care for adult inpatients during each year of training while on the busy Family Medicine Inpatient Teaching Service. Residents take full 24-hour, 365 day ownership of the service while faculty physicians act in the role of consultant, safety net and educator. Rotations in cardiology, neurology, dermatology and critical care, ICU are also core components of the curriculum. Multiple elective opportunities exist.
In today's medical education landscape, many institutions struggle to achieve robust pediatric training. In contrast, at Reading Hospital, both inpatient and outpatient pediatric training are a unique area of tremendous strength. Residents treat large volumes inpatient and outpatient pediatric patients as supervised by both dynamic family medicine and pediatric clinician educators. Our pediatric faculty are essentially extensions of our own core family medicine group and treat our family medicine residents with ownership. Approximately 25 percent of Family Health Care Center patients are pediatric. You will perform procedures including circumcisions and will have responsibility for pediatric advanced life support for all inpatients.
As a resident, you will work closely with both a full-time family medicine faculty member who performs obstetric care and board-certified obstetricians. The robust volume of babies delivered at Reading Hospital has allowed a tremendous amount of flexibility in providing all the residents with the required experience in obstetrics, while allowing those who want more experience to get the training they desire. In addition to the Obstetrics and Maternal Fetal Medicine rotation blocks, residents will follow a minimum of five women through their entire pregnancy, caring for them from diagnosis to delivery. Gynecology training combines experiences at our own Women's Health Center and in a private gynecology practice. Training in transgender medicine, domestic violence, and STI’s are included. Residents gain skills in performing women's health office procedures including IUD placement, Nexplanon placement, and colposcopy among others. A point of care ultrasound curriculum is under development.
You will develop your geriatric assessment skills at the Center for Aging, which includes experience at a private residential facility for seniors. In addition to these rotation opportunities and caring for our own inpatient/outpatient continuity geriatric patients, you
will be the primary physician for several nursing home patients.
Residents work closely with our psychologist in caring for our own Family Health Care Center patients. Behavioral medicine training is approached as a longitudinal experience in addition to yearly block rotations. Residents are exposed to topics that explore your responses to difficult patients, issues that affect family health, substance abuse, psychopharmacology and treatment. You will rotate at the Caron Foundation, a world-renowned drug and alcohol facility. And Integrated Care Clinician is embedded within the Family Health Care Center to help facilitate access to behavior health services.
Population Health and Community Health
The present and future of family medicine is our connection to community. No longer do we simply treat the patient in the examination room, rather we seek to engage with our broad patient population in the context of their community while addressing biopsychosocial barriers and seeking to eliminate healthcare disparities. Residents exposed to the effects of social, cultural, and economic influences on the lives and health of patients through a variety of experiences including population health research and Western Berks Free Medical Clinic. Community agency volunteer opportunities are numerous including a Street Medicine program for the homeless. For residents with a specific passion, our Resident Director of Community Medicine and Outreach leadership position allows residents with passion to have even more intimate involvement.
Support for Your Education
Conferences and Meetings
Our conference series is highlighted by an entire afternoon of weekly protected educational time supplemented by additional morning reports that start our day with a scholarly mindset. Educational sessions are varied and focus on hands-on, interactive, practical applications. Monthly recurring themes include American Family Physician Journal Club, Monthly Evidence Pearls, information mastery, behavioral health, procedure training and osteopathic practical sessions. There are also multiple offerings through collaboration with other academic departments. From case discussions to didactics, from procedural workshops to journal clubs, there is no shortage of education!
Library and Communication Services
You will have access to the David George, MD Medical Library, a comprehensive, multisource learning facility encompassing countless periodicals and databases. Our medical librarians are there to help you. Among many other resources and databases, physicians have access to Dynamed Plus, Micromedex, and the Johns Hopkins Antibiotic Guide embedded into the Epic electronic health record.
Research and Scholarly Activity
Scholarly activity is an integral part of a vibrant residency program. A culture of scholarly inquiry is a thread woven within the daily fiber of the program. Our Evidence Informed Decision Making Gold Certification Program focuses on the clinical application of Evidence Based Medicine and Information Mastery. Residents obtain certification upon graduation. We foster concepts of lifelong learning and the ability to answer clinical questions at the point of care using the best evidence. Particularly in the area of population health, our research footprint continues to impressively expand including the newly established Hanna Center for Primary Care Research. Residents complete at least one scholarly activity project during their residency.