Program Director's Welcome

Daniel Schlegel, M.D. Program Director, Residency in Family and Community Medicine

Why did you choose Family Medicine as your specialty?  How do you want to make your mark on the world? 

Do you want to become a leader, advocating for your patients and your specialty?  Or become an expert in the care of athletes, providing medical care on sidelines and serving as a trusted member of a high school, college, or professional athletic community?  Perhaps you want to contribute to medical knowledge through research or as an educator who fosters future generations of medical students.  Your inquisitive mind and your desire to offer a broad range of therapeutic options may impel you to learn about integrative medicine.  Maybe you feel the pull of adventure, craving the chance to use your medical skills to care for those who are suffering across the globe.  Or maybe you feel a calling to provide healing for those closer to home that lack access to medical care. 

Perhaps you simply want to be an outstanding family physician, sharing a deep bond with your patients and entrusted with the health and the lives of infants and elderly, sick and well.

The faculty of the Penn State Hershey Family Medicine Residency Program understand your dreams – because we've held them too.  Our Program is distinguished by the large number and impressive achievements of our faculty and residents.  Our residents count among their teachers several past-presidents in the Pennsylvania Academy of Family Physicians, a former Speaker of the American Academy of Family Physicians, experienced researchers, several board-certified integrative medicine family physicians, team doctors for high school, college, and professional sports teams, a Director of Global Health, and physicians with a passion for evidence-based medicine, as well as those committed to serving the economically disadvantaged.  These highly accomplished family doctors are living their dreams and are dedicated to patient care and teaching.  Most importantly, our faculty members are dedicated to helping you achieve your dreams as well.

It is the design of our Program to connect these exemplary Family Physician role models to promising Family Medicine Residents who are eager to take advantage of the outstanding clinical and educational resources available at Penn State Hershey.  It makes me very proud to see our residents provide excellent patient care alongside attending physicians on our inpatient service, watch our residents present their research at regional medical conferences, and support them in political advocacy.  Because I recognize that Family Physicians can do so much good for patients and for the world, when I see our bright, dedicated, and compassionate residents connecting with accomplished attendings, appreciating the joys and the challenges of Family Medicine, and learning how to use their own talents to make a positive impact on the world, it is a wonderful feeling.

I invite you to explore our website to learn more about our team, our practice sites, our Mission, and what a delightful place central Pennsylvania is to learn and to call home. 

Supported by the prestige and resources of Penn State University and guided by our faculty, there's no limit to what you can accomplish.  You've succeeded at becoming a medical doctor.  What's your next dream?  

Daniel Schlegel, M.D., M.H.A.
Program Director
Penn State Hershey Family Medicine Residency Program