How are the residents evaluated?
Our program uses periodic resident-self assessment and end of rotation evaluations completed by the supervising physician, standardized patient encounters, direct observation and chart review in the hospital and Family Medicine Center, simulations, biannual 360-evaluation by their patients and peers and an annual national intraining examination in order to provide a complete picture of our residents, their goals and their progress towards reaching those goals. These evaluations are reviewed with each resident during scheduled periodic evaluations with a faculty attending physician.
Is there a research requirement?
We believe in providing our residents with the fundamental skills of critically appraising the medical literature and applying research to their individual patients. We accomplish this through out quarterly journal clubs, our educational series at Family Medicine Academic Day, and the completion of a research project. In the past year, our residents published an article in American Family Physician and won first prize at the annual Pennsylvania Academy of Family Physicians Resident Research Day. In addition, our residents gain valuable experience doing annual quality improvement projects through the AAFP’s METRIC project.
What opportunities are there for osteopathic education?
Our program earned Osteopathic Recognition from the ACGME in 2019. Approximately half of our current residents are graduates of osteopathic schools. Per recent changes from the ACGME, residents in the osteopathic track take the American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians (AOBFP) examination in their third year and are eligible to apply to ACGME-accredited fellowship programs. Osteopathic residents have ample opportunity to practice OMT on their personal patients in the Family Medicine Center.
Is your program dually accredited?
Yes! We are accredited by both the ACGME and the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) and in 2019 earned Osteopathic Recognition from the ACGME. Approximately half of our current residents are graduates of osteopathic schools. Osteopathic residents who match to our program will fulfill the requirements for both the ACGME and the AOA in three years and sit for both board certification examinations. Osteopathic residents who graduate from our program are eligible to apply to ACGME-accredited fellowship programs. We are currently in the process of obtaining Osteopathic Recognition as the ACGME goes to a single accreditation system.
Does your program offer fellowship programs?
Yes! Our residency program sponsors a Sports Medicine Fellowship (since 2005), a Geriatrics Fellowship (since 2010) and a Hospice & Palliative Medicine Fellowship (since 2010). Our fellowship directors coordinate clinical and didactic education in these areas for our residents during all three years of training.
What do your graduates think about your program?
Since so many of our graduates are currently practicing in St. Luke’s University Health Network, they think that it is a great experience! Our graduates help to teach our current residents, and many have referred family and friends to our practice and as applicants to our program. Once you are a part of our residency, we are always available to you - whether you are practicing in Bethlehem, Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, New York, Texas, California, or Canada!