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Teaching the Next Generation: Staying Ahead of the Growing Need

Looking after the overall health of our neighbors and the communities in which we serve requires us to identify problems and plan for any changes that may arise. Hiring and retaining subject matter experts and team members is of the utmost importance in supporting those needs. Across our service areas, our healthcare education programs have been hands-on with community needs and initiatives, such as:


Education Initiatives

Medical & Pharmacy Residency Programs

Across eight specialty programs, 176 residents are completing their formal graduate medical education with WellSpan Health at WellSpan Good Samaritan Hospital and WellSpan York Hospital. A new Psychiatry Residency Program received initial accreditation and will help meet the needs for psychiatrists in the region.  This program will be starting in July 2025, along with a new Family Medicine Residency Program at WellSpan Chambersburg Hospital. Six pharmacy residents are in training in our pharmacy residency programs at WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital, WellSpan Waynesboro Hospital and WellSpan York Hospital.  

Dental Residents from WellSpan York Hospital also participated in innovative outreach programs in York and Franklin counties, designed to help improve dental care for underserved populations. In addition, residents, faculty, and other team members were key members of our Black Men in White Coats Youth Summit in April 2023.  This is the first Pennsylvania-based Black Men in White Coats Youth Summit, and aims to increase the number of black male physicians in the United States.

Fellowship Programs

Across five disciplines, eight physicians are completing their specialty training in a WellSpan Fellowship program. A new Fellowship in Cardiovascular Medicine will be starting in July 2024 at WellSpan York Hospital as well.  

Undergraduate Medical Education

In their third year of medical school, over 250 students were exposed to clinical medicine for the first time in WellSpan rotations. Twenty students spent their entire third year at WellSpan York Hospital, as part of the WellSpan York Hospital Regional Medical Campus of Drexel University College of Medicine, and over 100 additional medical students completed fourth year rotations at WellSpan.  

Unpaid Internship Experiences

In total, 109,500 hours of experiential training were logged by 1,209 interns.

Student Clinical Rotations

Clinical rotations for 183 advanced practice providers (APPs) were facilitated within the system.

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Medical Assistant Externships

More than 86 externs were placed across the region with more than 18 hires.

Project Search

Eight students completed the program in fiscal year 2022. The Project Search program has provided immerse learning experiences for 129 students with disabilities since the program’s inception in 2010, many of which have translated to full-time positions at WellSpan or in the community.

York County Alliance for Learning & School of Respiratory Care

More than 15 high school students participated in live webinars, where they were introduced to the respiratory therapy field.


Workforce Development