Family Medicine Residency - Miners
Our program is the first accredited Rural Training Track (RTT) in the state of Pennsylvania. We are seeking innovators and trailblazers who desire to practice in rural settings like beautiful Schuylkill and Carbon Counties.
We are integrated with our sister-program, St. Luke’s Family Medicine-Warren, based in Phillipsburg, New Jersey. Our RTT Program is unique in that residents spend the majority of their first year at our unopposed site (St. Luke’s Warren Campus) and the majority of their second and third years at our unopposed rural site (St. Luke’s Miners Campus). Both sites have been rated 5-star hospitals by Medicare, the highest rating a hospital can achieve.
In the past academic year, we have added additional rural ambulatory sites for our residents to establish patient continuity and provide care. We have added our Ringtown and Ashland rural sites. We increased our education and utilization of virtual visits and virtual platforms in the face of COVID-19. Within a short time period, we successfully implemented a Virtual Medicine Protocol and Program. With the pandemic, we adjusted the didactic curriculum to transform to a Microsoft TEAMS platform. This platform brought unexpected benefits that have been permanently adopted. These benefits included the ability to utilize more educators, including family medicine faculty and specialists who previously could not accommodate "live" lecture platforms. The variety improved in our lecture topics. The pandemic also allowed us to experiment with more self-directed learning experiences, including, but not limited to, completion of experiences in disaster management, opioid addiction, dermatology and medicine subspecialties.
We continue to expand the use of Balint (PGY 2/3) and support (PGY-1) groups, led by family physicians and behavioral health specialists. We are adding a second behavioral health specialist (Dr. James Feldman, PhD) in September 2020 dedicated exclusively to teaching and advising our residents in our Rural Health Centers.
Finally, our biggest change that has begun involves the planned and projected growth of our program. We have received a HRSA grant that allows us to expand the residency program. Our plan is to increase the number of residents, hoping to receive approval to expand to four residents per year. The grant gives us the funding and support to recruit new faculty, expand telehealth, provide more behavioral health education and patient care, expand the number of clinical sites, expand our provision of addiction services and serve more rural areas.
St. Luke’s Family Medicine Residency – Miners
The mission of St. Luke’s Family Medicine Residency – Miners (RTT) is to prepare the next generation of family physicians to practice in rural and underserved areas. By utilizing the vast resources of the St Luke’s University Health Network and the patient-centered focus of the Rural Health Centers, our goal is to produce caring, competent Family Physicians who are ready to provide care for our communities.