Residency Program

Program Director

Nicole A. Swallow, MD, FACP

Thank you for your interest in the Penn State Internal Medicine Residency Training Program. I'd like to take a moment to introduce you to the training you will find with us.

Our Goal

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.

Our Institution

At Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, we have the advantage of being the primary quaternary referral center for the central Pennsylvania region. This broad referral base yields a range of diverse pathology, allowing you to see the common and not-so-common diseases all under one roof. Our institution provides comprehensive, interdisciplinary cancer care to central Pennsylvania via the Penn State Cancer Institute, Penn State Heart and Vascular Institute pioneered the total artificial heart in the late 70's and early 80's, and continues to be as the cutting edge of cardiovascular device development and implementation, with an active LVAD program, an adult ECMO program, and cutting edge EP program. As a resident you will rotate with faculty and fellows across a variety of subspecialty areas, allowing the opportunity to learn about and participate in direct patient care and research in these areas.

Individualized Education

The depth and breadth of Internal Medicine continues to expand, almost exponentially. In order to best meet the demands that will be placed on residents in their eventual career, we support several dedicated "tracks" within our core residency to allow for customization of your training, to focus on fellowship placement, primary care, hospitalist medicine, or a clinician-scientist career. We offer a broad range of clinical and non-clinical opportunities to allow for the development of your career interests.  We have embraced a "6+2" inpatient/ambulatory model which allows for focused inpatient and outpatient clinical experiences.  You will see more about these facets of our program throughout our webpage.

I encourage you to spend some time on our website to see how a Penn State Hershey education could meet your personal and professional goals. Don't hesitate to contact us if you desire further information about our training program.

Nicole A. Swallow, MD, FACP
Director, Internal Medicine Residency Training Program