Medicine – Patient Care and Treatment
The Department of Medicine includes general internal medicine as well as specialties programs that provide patient care and oversight for our diagnostic and treatment centers.
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General internal medicine and primary care
The Division of General Internal Medicine provides general medical services - including primary care - in outpatient clinic settings.
Our general internists also oversee the department's inpatient general medical services, and provide consultation and co-management to other services within Hershey Medical Center for complex patient care situations.
Our other divisions and programs provide focused expertise in the diagnosis and management of specific groups of patients and diseases.
- Allergy, asthma and immunology: Diagnosis and management of disorders such as asthma and allergic reactions.
- Cardiology: Diseases of the heart and vascular system.
- Endocrinology and diabetes: Disorders of the glands and hormones.
- Gastroenterology and hepatology: Diseases of the gastrointestinal system and liver. The division also oversees the medical management of liver transplantation.
- Hematology and medical oncology: Disorders of the blood and management of cancers. The division is a major group within the Penn State Cancer Institute.
- Infectious diseases: Disorders caused by viruses, bacteria and other related diseases. The division is also home to the Medical Center's epidemiology and infection control service that oversees efforts to minimize hospital-acquired infections.
- Nephrology: Diseases related to the function of the kidneys. The division also oversees dialysis (kidney replacement treatment) services for individuals with kidney failure.
- Palliative care: Palliative care clinicians care for patients for whom the goal of treatment may not be a cure, with a focus on quality of life issues.
- Pulmonary and critical care medicine: Diseases of the lungs and respiratory system. The division oversees the operation of the intensive care unit where patients may require respiratory support (ventilation).
- Rheumatology: Disorders of the joints and other inflammatory diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis and lupus.