The Good Samaritan Hospital has demonstrated commitment to excellence in family medicine residency education for more than 20 years. The Program has a rich, robust history of providing a vigorous academic experience in a welcoming and nurturing community hospital environment. Training is deep and balanced across all clinical disciplines including osteopathic philosophy principles. The busy family practice center and The Good Samaritan Hospital serve a large, socially and medically complex patient population including patients of all ages. The program offers a diverse teaching faculty committed to excellence in medical education.
The Quintessential “Unopposed” Community Based Family Medicine Program
At Good Samaritan, residents take ownership of their patients as the only residents in our community. There is no competition for clinic patients or inpatient internal medicine, surgical, pediatric, or obstetric cases. Residents are allowed to "do it all" with independence in the context of safety, supervision, and instruction. This combination of autonomy together with a safety net creates an ideal environment to rapidly gain experience and to hone clinical skills.
A Diverse, Supportive, Experienced Teaching Faculty
Our Good Samaritan residency faculty physicians are true proof that “the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.” Viewed as a collective unit, our team of faculty physicians constitute years of teaching experience. While all members are faculty family embrace a wide breadth of clinical practice, special interests include primary care procedures, obstetrics, neonatal resuscitation, immunizations, sports medicine, women's health, hospital medicine, geriatrics, and evidence based medicine.
Ambulatory Care Training with a Patient Centered Medical Home
Resident ambulatory care training is diverse and comprehensive. Residents are taught to diagnose and manage a wide array of medical, pediatric, women's health and surgical conditions. Training is accomplished at Good Samaritan Family Practice, a NCQA Level 3 Medical Home certified, semi-urban clinic located in the center of Lebanon. Each resident is clearly identified as the primary health care provider for their continuity patient panel. As proficiency improves, residents are assigned an increasing daily patient load across the 3 year training program. There is a strong emphasis on the implementation of evidence–based preventive healthcare guidelines and practice management. Office procedures including osteopathic manipulative treatment are taught both longitudinally and as a two week block of procedure workshops early in the 2nd year of training. A fully functioning electronic medical record system is utilized.
The Essence of Community Medicine
The Good Samaritan Hospital Health-Care Model for At-Risk Children and Their Families is a preventative program which seeks to provide at-risk children with early identification, tracking, and intervention. This “Family Support Program” teaches resident physicians and other healthcare providers comprehensive care and collaboration with community agencies to promote healthy families and healthy communities. Developed in 1993 within the residency program, over two thousand children have been identified and offered interventions. The program also provides resident teaching for domestic violence screening and Ages and Stages Developmental Assessments to community children. For an articulate description of the program’s foundations, I encourage you to read “Where’s David” written by our former director of behavioral medicine, Janette Kurie, M.Ed. http://content.healthaffairs.org/content/22/1/199.full.html
Complex Patient Population
In the outpatient family health center, residents care for our medically and socially complex patient base including a large low socioeconomic group population. The office is unique in its patient population but supports a large patient volume and serves newborn through geriatric age groups. The population includes large pediatric and Spanish speaking components.
Academic Rigor with Attention to a Balanced Lifestyle
Both in the outpatient clinic and in the hospital, patient volumes are robust but are maintained at a level to provide an optimal balance of education to patient numbers. A Night Float system eliminates any true night call.
Robust Administrative Support
Our program thrives with the support of The Good Samaritan Hospital which successfully implements the “Commitment to Excellence” campaign, seeking to provide the best quality healthcare for the members of its community. Our program enjoys strong academic support from The Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Resident benefits are generous and include a $1000 Monthly Living Allowance in addition to a competitive stipend and employee benefits.