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Program Highlights

WellSpan Good Samaritan Hospital has demonstrated commitment to excellence in family medicine residency education for more than 20 years. During 2014, we added the over 115 year history of Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine to the depth of our strength. 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.


Residency FamilyWellSpan Good Samaritan Benefits include:

  • Health, Life, Dental, Vision and Disability Insurance at competitive rates
  • Professional Liability Insurance
  • $1000 a month Living Allowance (Each resident will receive this added to their paycheck once monthly to help pay for rent, utilities, gas, food)
  • 20 business days of paid leave per year
  • $1,000 CME Funding each contract year
  • AAFP and ACOFP Membership and Dues
  • White Coats/Scrubs
  • BLS, ACLS, PALS, ALSO and Neonatal Resuscitation Training
  • Meals at conferences and meal cards during night call
  • Resident/Faculty Retreats
  • Employee discounts at local businesses

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 are 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. The resident experience will include:

  • Medicine and subspecialties 32 weeks
  • Obstetrics & gynecology 12 weeks
  • Surgery and subspecialties 20 weeks
  • Emergency medicine 8 weeks
  • Electives 20 weeks
  • Pediatrics 16 weeks
  • Geriatrics 4 weeks
  • Sports medicine 2 weeks
  • Community medicine 2 weeks
  • Radiology 2 weeks

Family Medicine Student Rotation

The osteopathic medical student on clinical rotation at WellSpan Good Samaritan Hospital will partner with the interdisciplinary team. Time will be spent with advanced practice health providers, as well as both out-patient and in-patient physician providers. The student participates as both a member of the hospital house staff and office team. Duties will include performance of admission histories and physicals, production of a progress SOAP note in each assigned patient chart, and performance of Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment under the direction of the attending physician.

Housing, tablet and pager are provided. Applications for student rotations should be addressed to sbachman3@wellspan.org.


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. Our program enjoys strong academic support from The Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Resident benefits are generous and include a $1000 Monthly Living Allowance in addition to a competitive stipend and employee benefits.

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