Emergency Medicine – Professional Education
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Education at Penn State Health Emergency Medicine
Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center has the distinction of being both one of the oldest and newest residencies in Emergency Medicine. The program dates back to the late 1970s when we were an 18,000 volume emergency department (ED) in the new and growing Hershey Medical Center. We were part of a joint residency program from the mid-1990s until 2004, when we recruited the first class of interns for our newly independent residency program in Emergency Medicine.
In 1994, we built a new ED. In 2009, it was expanded to accommodate our burgeoning population of over 54,000 cases per year. Innovative process improvements continue to change the way we deliver emergency care. Today, Penn State Health includes a Heart and Vascular Institute, Cancer Institute and Children's Hospital.
In addition, our affiliation with the emergency department of Harrisburg Hospital - Pinnacle Health Care allows our residents to train in an inner-city community hospital, only 12 miles from the Hershey Medical Center.
Our residents benefit from an active ground and air emergency medical service (EMS) program, as well as fellowships in toxicology, critical care/resuscitation and EMS. They have the added ability to learn about event medicine by providing medical support for the Nittany Lions home football games.
A robust education program in Penn State Health Emergency Medicine includes weekly didactic lectures. Emergency Medicine Grand Rounds are supplemented by an annual live animal major procedures lab, multiple skills labs, sessions in the hospital's simulation lab. Our simulation lab is one of the first and most well known in the country, accredited by both the American Medical Association (AMA) and American College of Surgeons (ACS). Our mobile simulation lab prepares residents to provide safe and effective independent medical care upon graduation.
Hershey, Pennsylvania, is a wonderful family-oriented town, with great schools, beautiful scenery, and many recreational and tourist opportunities.
Residencies and Fellowships
The Emergency Medicine Residency at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center is a three-year, ACGME-accredited program that admits nine residents per year.
Thank you for your interest in Penn State Health’s Emergency Medicine Residency Program. It has many advantages for the medical student:
- Hershey Medical Center is a large academic teaching hospital — the only Level 1 adult and pediatric trauma center in the region.
- We see more than 75,000 visits per year; 19,000 are pediatric patients. With high patient acuity and a wide variety of complaints, our residents are provided with an exceptional and well-rounded experience.
- The emergency department includes more than 60 patient treatment areas. There are two resuscitation bays, an ED observation unit, and a pediatric treatment ED for patients with less severe injuries and illness.
- Through Life Lion air and ground EMS services, we provide both 911 and critical-care transport for the local community and greater central Pennsylvania region. Life Lion’s three helicopters and 18 ambulances transport more than 14,000 patients per year.
- We use the latest technology including completely electronic medical record, electronic patient tracking system, computerized order entry and a digital radiology system. Residents and staff use a wireless telephone system so they are never tied to a phone.
The Emergency Medical Services Fellowship at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center is a one-year (12-month), ACGME-accredited program that admits one fellow per year.
- Regular staffing of a dedicated EMS Physician Response vehicle
- Critical care transport experience with hospital-owned air/ground critical care assets
- Mass gathering medicine opportunities at Beaver Stadium and Hershey Entertainment Complex
- Participation with the LionREACH mobile disaster training and evaluation center
- Exposure to EMS Special Operations, including tactical, search and rescue, and HAZMAT response
- Experience with our newly developed Community Paramedicine program
- Access to the Penn State Health Clinical Simulation Center
- Opportunity to earn a master’s degree in public health or homeland security
The faculty of the Department of Emergency Medicine welcome and appreciate your interest in our specialty. We invite you to become involved whatever your current level of training. As a first- or second-year student, you can join the Emergency Medicine Interest Group and spend some time "shadowing" in the department. We offer electives for both third- and fourth-year students. Research opportunities are usually available at any time. We also offer group sessions for students on topics such as applying for residency.