Family and Community Medicine – Professional Education
Our department has a long and proud history in Family Medicine. We are responsible for the education of our College's medical students in Family Medicine, including a required third year clerkship, a required underserved medicine clerkship, and many other courses in all 4 years of the curriculum. Our student body has an award-winning Family Medicine Interest Group (FMIG).
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Leading the way in family medicine education
Recognizing the importance of family medicine, in 1967 Penn State College of Medicine established the nation’s first Department of Family and Community Medicine in an academic health center. Our department continues to lead the way in family medicine education today. We are distinguished not only by our long history, but also by the number and talent of our faculty – no family medicine department in the nation has a larger collaborating group of faculty members, and our residents work directly alongside these esteemed physicians.
Our residents learn from and are mentored by family physicians who are accomplished in the delivery of excellent patient care, global health, sports medicine, political advocacy, research, and education. Embedded within an academic medical center, our residents can access resources such as a world-class Simulation Center and electronic resources that are not readily available in smaller hospitals.
Residencies and Fellowships
Family and Community Medicine Residency (Hershey, PA)
The Family and Community Medicine Residency at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center in Hershey, PA, is a three-year, ACGME-accredited program that admits eight residents per year.
Family and Community Medicine Residency (State College, PA)
The Family and Community Medicine Residency at Mount Nittany in State College, PA, is a three-year, ACGME-accredited program that admits six residents per year.
Sports Medicine Fellowship (Hershey, PA)
Penn State Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship offers an intense year in sports medicine to prepare for a clinical or academic career, covering the full spectrum of sports medicine, occupational medicine, cardiac rehabilitation and fitness.
Sports Medicine Fellowship (State College, PA)
Our primary care sports medicine physicians are regional experts in the management of non-operative sports-related injuries and medical conditions. Along with providing routine medical care to athletes, they offer particular expertise in chronic endurance-related injuries and safely returning participants to sports following concussions.
Family and Community Medicine
This 4-week clerkship is largely an ambulatory care educational experience in Family Medicine residency programs and community-based practices. The goals of the clerkship are to help students to integrate basic science and clinical knowledge and to apply them to patient care, to learn skills important in Family Medicine and to experience, first hand, the practice of family physicians. Family Medicine is a specialty with emphasis in breadth rather than depth and is associated with great diversity in patients’ ages and types of medical problems. Continuity, preventive medicine, evidence-based health care, and family issues are emphasized. Minor office procedures, obstetrics, women’s health, sports medicine, community medicine are part of many family practices.
Family and Community Medicine Continuing Education
A variety of Family and Community Medicine continuing education programs are held throughout the year. When available, registration links will appear below.
Accelerated MD Program
In the Family Medicine Accelerated Program at Penn State (FM-APPS) — also known as the 3+3 Accelerated Program — you’ll earn your MD in three years and complete a family medicine residency at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center in three years.
A longitudinal integrated clerkship replaces the traditional block clerkship, preparing students to become patient-centered, empathetic physicians in the new healthcare environment. Up to four students per year are offered admission to the program.
The program is a member of the Consortium of Medical Schools with Accelerated Pathway Programs, funded by the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation.