A Message from Our Chair
The Department of Medicine’s mission is to achieve and exemplify true excellence in Education, Patient Care, Research and Service.
We are making great strides in each area, not only improving upon our personal bests but overtaking national standards as well. Our dedication to constant improvement puts our department at the forefront of quality and expertise.
Excellent Care Grows with Education
The future of medicine requires a strong system for providing hands-on training and an immersive educational experience for medical students, students in the allied health professions and practitioners. We incorporate and embrace education in all forms, from classes at Penn State College of Medicine to continuing education for residents, fellows, physicians and staff. Our 12 fellowship programs that have been approved by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education and our renowned College of Medicine faculty members embody our commitment to advancing our academic mission.
Patient Care is the Cornerstone
Our patients are our motivation. We are proud to offer an extensive range of inpatient and outpatient services, while also expanding our accessibility in the broader community and central Pennsylvania region. By forming strategic partnerships, collaborating with community providers, supporting the public’s access to care and consistently striving for improved quality of care and safety, we have nurtured a department committed to its purpose.
Research Unlocks Tomorrow’s Cures
We hope to inspire our patients by offering the latest in research findings and clinical trial opportunities. Our robust research programs are supported by more than $32 million in external funding, including funding from the National Institutes of Health. Research performed by Penn State College of Medicine and Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center contributes significantly to Penn State’s national reputation as a research powerhouse.
Service that Goes Beyond the Hospital Room
Medical care extends beyond the walls of our hospitals and clinics. By contributing to service organizations, professional societies, community events and charitable care services, our faculty, staff and students bring the best characteristics of medicine—altruistic service—to the people who need it the most. We contribute to the advancement of medical practice, nationally and internationally, and meet the needs of those in our communities through programs such as LionCare, a nonprofit clinic run by College of Medicine students that provides free health services to underserved populations in Harrisburg.
Learn More about the Department of Medicine
I invite you to learn more about our programs on our website. Feel free to contact our office directly with any questions or comments at 717-531-8390.
Thomas Ma, MD, PhD
Chair, Department of Medicine