Frequently Asked Questions

What are some of the special features of your program

  • Pediatrics—For the person who loves to work with children, The Reading Hospital offers an exceptionally strong pediatrics experience. The residents work with a hospital-based practice of pediatricians. Residents are involved in all aspects of pediatric care, including newborn nursery, ambulatory, and hospital. In addition, the pediatricians provide lectures on a large variety of topics in our morning report series and noon lecture series.

  • Sports Medicine—One of the highlights of our program, sports medicine has received a special emphasis, with residents taking an important leadership role. We provide a core lecture series covering foundations of sports medicine, as well as numerous procedure clinics. Knowledge gained through lectures and clinics is integrated into extensive experience with the local high school teams, both at games and in the training rooms. Research from projects within our residency has resulted in the publication in several national sports medicine journals. Several graduates in recent years have obtained sports medicine fellowships at prestigious programs.
  • Obstetrics Care—As a resident, you will work closely with both the full-time family medicine faculty member who performs obstetric care, and a board-certified obstetrician. We are fortunate to be working in a hospital where, due to the large OB volume, there is no competition for obstetrical deliveries with the OB-GYN residency. This has allowed a tremendous amount of flexibility in providing all the residents with the required experience in obstetrics, while allowing those who want more experience to get the training they desire.
  • Size—We believe that a resident class of six is ideal. You are not overwhelmed with work, but are also not “just a number.” You have the opportunity to get to know your faculty well and receive one-on-one teaching and mentoring.
  • Variety—The number of different things that you are exposed to as a resident is amazing. In addition to the traditional outpatient and inpatient rotations, our residents become part of the local community, acting as college physicians on the Penn State Berks and Alvernia University campuses and as team physicians for several local high schools. Berks County has over 400,000 residents. The socioeconomic and cultural diversity of patients you will care for is enormous. In our FHCC alone, you will care for patients from all walks of life, all types of insurances, urban, suburban, and rural, and truly be their physician.
  • Experienced Faculty—Our program has a diverse faculty with experience in both academics and private practice. Several of our faculty have additional fellowship training. Each faculty member enthusiastically brings a set of special interests and skills to his or her role.

What procedural skills can I develop?

The program offers multiple opportunities for laceration repair and other suturing, skin biopsy, curettage, cryotherapy, endometrial pipelle, nasolaryngoscopy, nail removal, splinting, lumbar puncture, IUD placement, colposcopy and biopsy, arthrocentesis, and others. There are monthly hands-on procedure workshops. In addition, residents who want to pursue specialized interests are encouraged and able to do so. For example, a recent graduate performs colonoscopies due to his training with us.

Where would I see my patients?

The Family Health Care Center (FHCC as it is commonly called) is directly adjacent to the hospital. It is a 7,000 square-foot facility with 13 exam rooms (two of which are video equipped), a procedure room, a conference room which seats 40, a kitchen, faculty offices, and a resident work room.

We have had a fully functional EMR for several years. Most importantly, we utilize the team approach to patient care, and we are proudly a Level 3 NCQA-Recognized Patient-Centered Medicine Home (PCMH).

Doesn’t being at a hospital with other residencies limit your experience?

No, actually, here it is a positive. We have more flexibility of training experience because the work of covering patients is distributed between medicine, transitional year, and obstetrics residents. Reading Hospital ranks within the top five for patient volume in Pennsylvania and offers an incredible experience for all—there is no competition for interesting patients.

This lack of turf wars that are so common at other centers creates a great collaborative working relationship with other residents. Pooling residency resources broadens the educational experience by allowing residents to join the other residencies for core lecture series and grand rounds, and by attracting nationally known speakers to the Hospital.

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