Program Overview


It is our mission to train superior clinicians with the broad skills and knowledge necessary to be successful physicians, physician scientists and educators in the rapidly changing field of 21st century medicine. Our goal is to provide a rigorous clinical education in all aspects of Internal Medicine, while balancing the acquisition of core knowledge with the ability to customize your educational experience. Our residents are integral members of the health care teams in general and subspecialty medicine, and provide comprehensive primary care services to the population of central Pennsylvania. A culture of professional accountability and collegiality is fostered in an environment that promotes individual growth and learning. Opportunities for scholarship in basic, translational, and clinical sciences, along with the availability of research in medical education, quality improvement, and healthcare epidemiology allow for a well-rounded experience that prepares residents for their future career endeavors, whether they are in fellowship, private practice, or hospitalist medicine. Our program has the reputation of training excellent internal medicine physicians, while continuing to be very successful in preparing those who choose to pursue subspecialty training or enter into academic medical positions following their residency training.

At the Center of Medical Care in the Region

Our unique location as the only academic medical center in central Pennsylvania makes us the referral center for all the complex medical cases in a wide radius from our home institution. We are able to gain experience working with the diverse pathology seen in our urban, suburban, and rural areas of referral, and our expanding partnerships with local hospitals will only increase this exposure in the future. Read more about our institution here.

A Dedication to Mentorship and Professional Development

Named in honor of the first Chair of the Department of Medicine, Dr. Graham H. Jeffries, the goal of the JEMS program is to enhance the professional and personal development of Internal Medicine Residents through longitudinal relationships with a dedicated group of highly skilled faculty. The program features:

  • Regular 1:1 meetings of residents and faculty, held during Ambulatory Blocks approximately every six weeks for interns, with more flexible scheduling for 2nd and 3rd year residents.
  • Longitudinal, protected relationships between residents and faculty members, designed to address learner-driven coaching and mentoring needs. This may include self-identified areas of learning need, capitalizing on strengths and successes, work-life balance, career planning including networking support (e.g., helping to find a mentor in chosen field), and scholarship.

The Office for Support in Learning and Teaching Excellence (SLATE) offers programs for residents and faculty to strengthen their skills as educators, preparing interested residents more completely for a career in academic medicine. Our program partners with the faculty from SLATE to provide a robust offering of “Residents as Educators” curriculum across your three years. To learn more about the course offerings,

Systems that Work

We have embraced a ‘6+2' Block Structure, with residents alternating between 6-weeks of inpatient service and 2-weeks of ambulatory blocks. This gives our residents the opportunity to truly focus on their respective rotations while maintaining continuity of care in the residents' continuity clinics.  We believe the days of residents fracturing their care by leaving their service at least one half-day a week to staff a clinic should be long gone.

During the ambulatory blocks, Internal Medicine resident physicians will develop a panel of patients follow their patients for the duration of their residency, as a true primary provider. They additionally will be exposed to the ambulatory aspects of medicine subspecialty care.  Those resident physicians interested in primary care internal medicine may use elective time in the second and third years to focus and refine their primary care skills and fund of knowledge with additional clinic time spend with a dedicated primary care faculty mentor.