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Penn State Health Children's Hospital

Hershey, PA

Beach Run

Aaron Shedlock, MD

Program Director

Dana Caldwell

Program Coordinator

  • “Tight-Knit” Program – 16 residents per class (+ 4 med-peds)

  • Individualized Education – 1/3 of Residency is Customizable; 42 elective wks. Director of Individualized Curriculum and 7 Coaches (with protected time)

  • State of the Art Children’s Hospital Expanded in 2020 (~150 private beds)PICU (18 beds), IMC (32), Level IV NICU (56), Acute Care (54)

  • Children's Hospital Ranked 9th in the Mid-Atlantic by US News and Report

  • Care for ill children (e.g. trach/vent, DKA, etc.) on day one in IMC. ~ 200 Faculty and 20 Academic Divisions

  • Woodward Center for Excellence in Health Sciences Education (educator development programs) including a Masters in Education

  • Healthcare Disparities/Advocacy Longitudinal Experience/Class Projects throughout Harrisburg inner-city community and Milton Hershey School

  • Multifaceted Clinical Simulation Center

  • 5 Diverse Continuity Clinic Sites in Urban to Rural Settings – one preceptor/mentor assigned for all 3 years

  • 16 interns per class

  • Physician-Scientist Training Program

  • Masters in Adult Education

  • Clinical Educator Program

  • Health Systems Science Scholar

  • Resident Quality Council

  • AAP SOPT Program Delegate

  • Wellness Champions and Groups

  • Curriculum/PEC Committee

  • Milton Hershey School Big Sibling Program

  • The town of Hershey, located 13 miles from the state capital of Harrisburg, is an easy and affordable place to live, where residents are able to rent apartments or purchase homes in safe neighborhoods with highly rated public schools all within a few miles of the hospital. Whether you want to ride one of the 15 roller coasters at Hersheypark, catch a country music concert at Hersheypark Stadium, laugh with your favorite comedian at the Giant Center, watch a musical at the Hershey Theater, cheer on the Hershey Bears hockey team, kayak the Swatara Creek/Susquehanna River, hike the Appalachian Trail, or relax at a local brewery, there is something in this region for everyone. The Harrisburg/Hershey area is ranked 35th in the 2022 U.S. News “Best Places to Live” rankings. It is also within a short day’s trip to many major cities and attractions such as Baltimore (90 miles), Philadelphia (95 miles), Poconos Mountains (110 miles), Washington DC (135 miles), Shenandoah National Park (150 miles), New York City (160 miles), and Pittsburgh (215 miles).

  • 13 blocks per year, 1 vacation block per year

  • Residents as Educators

  • Longitudinal Advocacy Projects (13 Miles to State Capitol)

  • Healthcare Disparities

  • Global Health (Ghana Affiliate)

  • Monthly Simulation

  • Career Development

  • Wellness Curriculum

  • QI/Patient Safety

  • Primary Care "Ask the Experts"

  • EBM and Principles of Scientific Inquiry

  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Academy

  • Pediatrics DEI Council with Departmental Vice Chair of DEI

  • SNMA/NMA/LMSA Delegates

  • Network of Underrepresented Residents and Fellow (NURF)

  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Affinity Groups and Committees

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