WellSpan Medical Education

Program Highlights

WellSpan Good Samaritan Hospital has demonstrated commitment to excellence in family medicine residency education for more than 20 years. The program has a rich, robust history of providing a vigorous academic experience in a welcoming and nurturing community hospital environment. Training is deep and balanced across all clinical disciplines including osteopathic philosophy principles. The busy family practice center and WellSpan Good Samaritan Hospital serve a large, socially and medically complex patient population including patients of all ages. The program offers a diverse teaching faculty committed to excellence in medical education.

Community Based Family Medicine Program

At WellSpan, residents take ownership of their patients as the only residents in our community. There is no competition for clinic patients or inpatient internal medicine, surgical, pediatric or obstetric cases. Residents are allowed to "do it all" with independence in the context of safety, supervision and instruction. This combination of autonomy together with a safety net creates an ideal environment to rapidly gain experience and to hone clinical skills.

A Diverse, Supportive, Experienced Teaching Faculty

Our residency faculty physicians are true proof that “the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.” Viewed as a collective unit, our team of faculty physicians constitute years of teaching experience. While all members of our faculty family embrace a wide breadth of clinical practice, special interests include primary care procedures, obstetrics, neonatal resuscitation, immunizations, sports medicine, women's health, hospital medicine, geriatrics, osteopathic manipulative medicine and evidence based medicine.

Program Outline

The WellSpan Good Samaritan Family Medicine program is a structured curriculum of 36 months duration. Throughout the residency, residents are assigned to their continuity clinic for two half-days per week as an OGME-1, and four half-days per week as an OGME-2 and OGME-3. Five hours per week are devoted to didactic education. The program follows the AOA Basic Standards for Residency Training in Osteopathic Family Practice and Manipulative Treatment, and has adopted a transition to ACGME requirements during the single accreditation process. The resident experience will include:

  • Medicine and subspecialties 24 weeks
  • Intensive care unit 4 weeks
  • Obstetrics 8 weeks
  • Women's Health 4 weeks
  • General surgery 4 weeks
  • Emergency medicine 8 weeks
  • Electives 24 weeks
  • Pediatrics 16 weeks (8 weeks in-patient, 8 weeks out-patient)
  • Geriatrics 4 weeks
  • Sports and community medicine 8 weeks
  • Radiology 2 weeks

Ambulatory Care Training with a Patient Centered Medical Home

PCMH RecognizedResident ambulatory care training is diverse and comprehensive. Residents are taught to evaluate and manage a wide array of medical, pediatric, women's health and surgical conditions. Training is accomplished at WellSpan Family Practice, a NCQA Level 3 Medical Home certified, semi-urban clinic located in the center of Lebanon. Each resident is clearly identified as the primary health care provider for their continuity patient panel. As proficiency improves, residents are assigned an increasing daily patient load across the 3 year training program. There is a strong emphasis on the implementation of evidence–based preventive healthcare guidelines and practice management. A fully functioning electronic medical record system is utilized.

The Essence of Community Medicine

Family GroupThe WellSpan Good Samaritan Hospital Health-Care Model for At-Risk Children and Their Families is a preventative program which seeks to provide at-risk children with early identification, tracking and intervention.

This “Family Support Program” teaches resident physicians and other healthcare providers comprehensive care and collaboration with community agencies to promote healthy families and healthy communities. Developed in 1993 within the residency program, over two thousand children have been identified and offered interventions. The program also provides resident teaching for domestic violence screening and Ages and Stages Developmental Assessments to community children.

Complex Patient Population

In the outpatient family health center, residents care for our medically and socially complex patient base including a large low socioeconomic group population. The office is unique in its patient population but supports a large patient volume and serves newborn through geriatric age groups. The population includes large pediatric and Spanish speaking components.

Academic Rigor with Attention to a Balanced Lifestyle

Both in the outpatient clinic and in the hospital, patient volumes are robust but are maintained at a level to provide an optimal balance of education to patient numbers.

Robust Administrative Support

Our program thrives with the support of WellSpan Good Samaritan Hospital which successfully implements the “Commitment to Excellence” campaign, seeking to provide the best quality healthcare for the members of its community.

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