Penn State Hershey is a modern 504-bed facility which provides a range of primary to quaternary medical services to a large catchment area in rural central Pennsylvania, spanning from Pittsburgh to Philadelphia. Patients present with a broad variety of problems ranging from common everyday orthopaedic conditions to the most complicated of injuries shuttled to our Level I Trauma Center by the institution’s helicopter transport units.
The program consists of eight clinical services that encompass all of the recognized areas of subspecialty orthopaedic practice, each represented by fellowship-trained faculty members. A senior and junior resident are paired on each of the services; in addition to the high priority given to teaching by the faculty members, the pairing of residents encourages mentoring and camaraderie. Additional clinical rotations include emergency and inpatient consultation services at Hershey Medical Center as well as an extramural community hospital rotation which provides firsthand exposure to the common challenges of contemporary orthopaedic practice. Outpatient practice is located in the Penn State Hershey Bone and Joint Institute with musculoskeletal practitioners in orthopaedics, rheumatology, radiology, metabolic bone disease, pain management, physical medicine, and therapy services.
A regular morning conference schedule provides a didactic session each day prior to the commencement of activity in the operating room. Conferences range from weekly grand rounds to a rotation of specific subspecialty conferences, an operative indications conference, monthly confidential peer review conference, an interdisciplinary tumor board and a core basic science curriculum. This strong program is supplemented by an array of service-specific meetings and a monthly journal club.
The Musculoskeletal Research Laboratory provides a unique opportunity to study musculoskeletal disease from an interdisciplinary perspective. Faculty expertise includes bone and cartilage cell biology, molecular biology, experimental biomechanics and computational finite element analysis. Research activities range from cell and tissue culture to in vivo animal models and biomechanical studies supported by both servohydraulic materials testing equipment as well as computational finite element modeling. Each resident is afforded unlimited access to the Musculoskeletal Research Laboratory, its faculty and its resources. The resident is expected to participate in an investigative project that provides an introduction to critical scientific thinking as well as a foundation for a lifetime of analysis of the published orthopaedic literature.
We are located in a rural setting with easy access to major cities of the Eastern seaboard by a short car or train trip. Within Hershey itself, is a diverse array of activities including theatre, outdoor recreation, a sports plaza and indoor/outdoor pool complex, Zoo America, Hershey Park arena facilities, youth sports leagues, professional hockey, soccer and baseball, Hershey Gardens, museums and an outstanding public school system.
We appreciate your interest in our program and look forward to the opportunity to share with you our pride in Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation at Penn State College of Medicine.
For more information regarding Penn State Hershey Orthopaedics' residency training program, please email the residency program coordinator at OrthoResidency@hmc.psu.edu.