All residents at UPMC Harrisburg receive a generous benefits package as well as access through the library to multiple free resources including Access Medicine, Epocrates, UpToDate, etc. Instead of spending your CME money for you, you are also provided a CME budget to use at your own discretion to supplement your educational needs--because you know your learning style better than anyone. The Department of Emergency Medicine also provides EM specific resources including a paid subscription to Rosh Review, an EM board review resource.
Central Pennsylvania is a beautiful area to live with something for everyone: food, culture, sports, wide open spaces, great schools, and good parks.
Whether catching a show at a theatre, a concert at the stadium, a Senators game on City Island, kayaking down the river, wandering through the market, or skiing down nearby slopes--there is certainly something for everyone.
Definitely. We are home to a large, urban, community hospital with a high acuity population and multiple subspecialty services providing the full gamut of care. The diverse patient population you see at our home campuses will also be augmented by rotations at Shock Trauma in Maryland, UPMC Presbyterian in Pittsburgh, and pediatric ED experiences at Penn State Hershey Medical Center. The culmination of these opportunities is unique.
You will see and treat pediatric patients at each of our UPMC ED sites. In addition, UPMC Children's at Harrisburg has a newly renovated pediatric unit and PICU at Harrisburg. These experiences provide a thorough, longitudinal community pediatric experience. We also rotate through the Pediatric Emergency Department at Penn State Hershey to provide experiences in tertiary pediatric care on a longitudinal basis--ie spread throughout the year so you get exposure to all the seasonal illnesses too.
As a large urban hospital we see both penetrating and blunt trauma. You will also rotate as a EM2 at UMD Shock Trauma, and as an EM3 at UPMC Presbyterian, a large tertiary trauma referral center in Pittsburgh. The trauma experience at UPMC Harrisburg is truly the best of both worlds, providing you a balanced education with both a community and tertiary trauma center perspective on trauma care, with a high level of exposure at both. No matter where you choose to practice when you graduate, you will be prepared.
We may be a relatively new program, but we certainly aren’t new to teaching! We accepted our inaugural class July 2019, and that class graduated in June 2022!
The UPMC Harrisburg's Emergency Department has been teaching students and residents for many years. We have had a formal medical student curriculum, complete with weekly didactics and monthly sim labs, that pre-date the EM Residency. Emergency Medicine residents from a nearby program rotate through our department during their second year and consistently rate their experiences very highly. In addition, we have off-service residents from UPMC in Central Pa. who rotate through the department.
By training at UPMC Harrisburg you will benefit from an experienced faculty who are excited to teach, as well as getting the benefit of a program with a personalized approach who will do things “right” from the start--instead of a program trying “to fix” or “change” deep rooted problems. We aim to graduate clinically excellent emergency physicians who can practice anywhere and do anything.
On shift learning is critical to your education, but so are weekly didactics. We provide 5 hours of conference every week to provide you with the knowledge base and skills you need to succeed on shift, no matter what comes through the door. Unlike most programs, we recognize that we are all adult learners and 5 hours of classic PowerPoint presentations per week is a great way to put people to sleep, not teach. We also believe that not all learners in a PGY 1-3 program are at the same level and so level specific didactics are important too. We expect you to know more on shift as a PGY3, why wouldn’t we expect more in conference too?
25% of our didactic education is through simulation and hands on procedure labs in either our high-tech, multidisciplinary simulation center or our surgical skills lab. Other didactic methods include small group formats, debates, CPC cases, lightning lectures, Top 5 DDx, faculty panel discussions, critical actions, current controversies, practice changing articles, faculty interviews, and EM pharmacology to name a few. We have monthly M&M led by our department QI chairs as well as monthly grand rounds. Journal Clubs will be held every month in the evening and away from the hospital, either at a local restaurant or a faculty members house, with food and drink provided! We also participate in joint conferences, not just with other training programs within our institution but also with nearby EM residency programs.
We utilize the Foundations of EM curriculum which is a year long flipped classroom curriculum that provides level-specific content to build a comprehensive framework for understanding cardinal presentations, “can’t miss” diagnoses, and essential management strategies within the EM Model of Clinical Practice. We will also offer structured oral boards prep, in-training exam review, EKG and imaging curricula, and formal US training.
We know there is a lot to learn in 3 short years, and we want to maximize both our clinical opportunities and our didactic time. Conference time is protected, and residents will be excused from clinical responsibilities in the ED at 11pm the night before so they are well rested and present for conference.
We sure think so! At UPMC Harrisburg we believe that the best way to provide good care is by having happy, well-balanced providers. We know that happy providers make for happy patients--and that makes for better care.
We are a physician group with low turnover and high interest. We are diverse in background, life phases, and lifestyles. We take care of our own and look out for each other. We have a very active, well received wellness committee with the full support of our administration. Residency is an extremely difficult time in any physician’s life and we believe that the culture of wellness that exists within our physician group should also extend to our residents.
Residency, by its very nature, means there will be long hours and hard work, but that shouldn’t mean misery. Our department is not dependent on residents to function, which means our residents are here for education first, not simply to “move the meat.” We believe didactics are important, and strive to make them as engaging and high yield as possible. Our benefits package aims to provide you with everything you need to be successful. Resident retreats help maintain balance, and opportunities for attendance at national EM conferences help expose you to the world of emergency medicine available to you. We want to graduate well-prepared physicians who will not only be able to pass their boards with ease and provide high quality patient care, but who can also find and maintain balance in their life.
We are conveniently located in Central Pennsylvania less than 2.5 hours from Philadelphia, 3 hrs from NYC, 1 hr from Baltimore and 2 hrs from Washington DC. Harrisburg is home to a convenient international airport and there is an Amtrak station just down the road from the hospital. In short it’s easy for you to drive, fly, or take the train here from anywhere!
The future. We are looking for people we will want to work with as colleagues after three short years of training— hardworking, passionate, personable individuals with a demonstrated interest in learning how to provide good, quality, emergency care.
We’d be happy to show you around, just let us know!
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