Program Features

Family Medicine Program FeaturesBroad-based Experiences and Quality Facilities

As a resident at Reading Hospital’s Family Medicine Residency Program, you will be actively involved in treating patients in many different areas of the Hospital and in every life situation, from prenatal to geriatric. Here is a quick glimpse of some specialized areas:

Family Medicine

You will care for patients of all ages in the Family Health Care Center and for those referred by local family doctors in the inpatient setting with a team of family physicians. You will also care for patients in the outpatient setting; current FHCC patient visits top 14,000 annually. You will receive training in procedural skills, chronic disease management, practice management, preventive care, newborn, well-child, gynecologic, and psychological care. Your documentation will be done on a state-of-the-art EMR system.

Women's Health

You will follow a minimum of ten women through their entire pregnancy, caring for them from diagnosis to delivery. You will also do a one-month rotation in your third year in a private gynecology practice and the Hospital’s gynecology clinic, as well as first and second-year obstetrics rotations.

Geriatrics

You will do a one-month rotation with the Hospital's Center for Aging, which includes experience at a private residential facility for seniors. In addition to this and caring for our own geriatric patients, you will be the primary physician for several nursing home patients.

Preventive Medicine

Didactic lectures and seminars, continuity office experience, and specific rotations will be part of your routine. (A first-year experience in ambulatory Family Medicine equips you with clinical practice guidelines experience in patient care.) You will also learn systems design to be able to utilize a team to maximize preventive care.

Surgery

You will learn pre- and post-operative management of patients and skills relevant to a family physician. The second-year rotation is a hands-on ambulatory experience with surgeons who are outstanding teachers.

Behavioral Medicine

A one-month rotation during your second year will deepen your understanding of the psychological processes common to most patients. Through didactic and clinical experiences, you will be exposed to topics that explore your responses to difficult patients, issues that affect family health, substance abuse, and treatments. You will spend a week at the Caron Foundation, a world-renowned drug and alcohol facility. Finally, you will work closely with our psychologist in caring for our own FHCC patients.

Psychiatry

During the first and second-year rotations, you will be an active participant in teaching rounds, diagnostic interviews, therapeutic sessions, family meetings, and discharge planning for patients with a primary psychiatric illness. Pediatric, consultation and liaison, and general psychiatrists will assist in your education.

Internal Medicine

You will care for adult inpatients for two months during each year of training while on the Family Medicine Inpatient Teaching Service. You will also get experience in the cardiology inpatient service in the first year, followed by an intensive care unit experience in the second year.

Community Health

You will be exposed to the effects of social, cultural, and economic influences on the lives and health of patients through a variety of community health activities, including Pennsylvania State University, Berks Campus Student Health Services, Alvernia University Student Health Services, Western Berks Free Medical Clinic, and the Pennsylvania State Department of Health.

Sports Medicine

As resident team physician for an area school, you will spend time with the sports program's athletic trainer. This includes a rotation and a longitudinal experience with the family medicine/sports medicine faculty covering that school. You will perform pre-participation sports physicals, manage and treat injured athletes, and be introduced to proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation and major modalities such as ice, heat, electrical stimulation, and iontophoresis.

Pediatrics

You will gain experience with a wide variety of pediatric pathology and normal development. You will encounter a large volume of young patients in both an office and a hospital setting. Approximately 25 percent of Family Health Care Center patients are pediatric. Family Medicine residents provide inpatient care for most family medicine private attendings, and for all pediatricians in the hospital's outpatient clinic. You will perform a variety of procedures, from circumcisions to lumbar punctures, and, along with in-house neonatologists, have responsibility for pediatric advanced life support for all inpatients. You will be precepted by our Family Medicine faculty as well as dynamic, hospital-based pediatric clinician educators.

Support for Your Education

Conferences and meetings

You will have protected conference times each week that will be conducted by both the Department of Family and Community Medicine and through collaboration with other departments. From case discussions to didactics, from procedural workshops to journal clubs, there is no shortage of education!

Library and communication services

You will have access to a comprehensive, multisource learning facility with 10,000 volumes, 200 periodicals, and a computerized research center with multiple databases as well as a computer link to smaller clinical collections. You will have access to UpToDate as well as other databases.

Research and scholarly activity reports

Scholarly activity is an integral part of a vibrant residency program. More importantly, the skills learned (including critical appraisal of a clinical question), are invaluable. Therefore, residents are required to produce at least one scholarly activity project during their residency. Though traditional research projects are available and supported, most residents fulfill this via case reports at local or regional venues.