The University Park Regional Campus is developing a Family Medicine residency program, which has earned accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). The three-year program will begin at the start of the 2015-16 academic year, and is being developed in conjunction with Mount Nittany Medical Center, as part of their goal to become a regional academic teaching hospital.
"It was clear to me when I came to Mount Nittany how important a regional campus and residency program are for this community, allowing us to grow our own primary care physicians right here in State College," said Steve Brown, president and CEO, Mount Nittany Medical Center. "We are very excited to be part of this development, raising the bar in health care for this region and creating a strong teaching environment."
The first year of residency focuses on general specialties such as family medicine, internal medicine, surgery, critical care medicine and pediatrics. First year residents will also spend a limited amount of time working in an outpatient setting under the supervision of a Penn State Hershey faculty member.
The second and third years involve additional specialty and sub-specialty training and an increasing amount of time with outpatient directed care and electives. Third-year residents also have the opportunity to move into areas of special interest such as research, dual-degree programs with other colleges at Penn State or a rural emphasis with rotations in outlining areas of central Pennsylvania.