Graduate Medical Education

House Staff Governing Council

The House Staff Governing Council supports the needs of the Residents and Fellows at the University of Pennsylvania Health System. The Council works closely with GME leadership and others throughout our hospitals to improve patient care and the quality of life of our house staff. The Council Representatives are as follows:

2017-2018 House Staff Governing Council
Executive Leadership
Alexander L. Neuwirth, M.D.
Orthopaedic Surgery, PGY-6
Alexander L. Neuwirth Kenton Hagan, MD
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, PGY 3

Noah Levinson, MD
Neurology, PGY 4

Teresa Martin-Carreras, MD
Radiology, PGY 3

Giorgio Roccaro, MD
Transplant Hepatology (GI), PGY 7

Arun Sherma, MD
Neurocritical Care, PGY 7

Natalie Spaccarelli, MD
Dermatology, PGY 5
Grace S. Lee, M.D.
General Surgery, PGY-6
Grace S. Lee
Alexander Bonnel, M.D.
Internal Medicine, PGY-3
Communications/IT Liaison
Alexander Bonbel

House Staff & Advanced Practice Provider Quality Council

The mission of the House Staff & Advanced Practice Provider Quality Council is to involve and integrate House Staff and Advanced Practice Providers (NPs/Pas) into the quality and safety mission of our health system. Established in 2010, the HAP Quality Council leads an annual QI project that is aligned with the Penn Medicine Blueprint for Quality & Patient Safety and serves as a liaison group to the quality leadership of the health system. The Council is jointly supported by the Office of Graduate Medical Education and the Department of Clinical Effectiveness and Quality Improvement.
HAP Quality Council Co-Chairs & Members-at-Large
Elizabeth Sonnenberg, MD
Surgery, PGY 4
Sri Adusumalli, MD
Cardiovascular Disease, PGY 7

Alliance of Minority Physicians (AMP)

This UPHS-CHOP Alliance of Minority Physicians (AMP) is a newly developed coalition of the University of Pennsylvania Health System (UPHS) Hospitals and The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). It was founded in the spring of 2012 to fulfill a need identified by the Perelman School of Medicine Plan for Faculty Diversity and Inclusion. The mission of AMP is to develop leaders in clinical, academic, and community medicine through active recruitment, career development, mentorship, social opportunities and community outreach geared towards underrepresented faculty, house staff, and medical students at UPHS, CHOP, and the Perelman School of Medicine. Dr. Iris Reyes provides faculty leadership for AMP.

Penn Medicine Program for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Health

The Penn Medicine Program for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Health is a unique interdisciplinary program, involving the Perelman School of Medicine, School of Nursing, School of Dental Medicine, School of Social Policy and Practice, Center for Public Health Initiatives, and affiliated health systems (The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania Health System, and Philadelphia Veterans Affairs Medical Center).


MedHub is the Residency Management System for UPHS GME programs and house staff. This resource provides residents with the ability to plan their rotation schedules, keep track of their educational progress, document duty hours and procedural information and communicate with other residents, faculty members, and administrators.

Healthcare Leadership in Quality Track

The call for physician leaders who are skilled in quality improvement and patient safety is a rising one across the nation. The Healthcare Leadership in Quality track is one of the few programs in the country to offer a distinct pathway for residents aspiring to be leaders in health care quality, patient safety, or informatics. During this two year longitudinal pathway, which is embedded within Penn Medicine’s residency programs, residents participate in various sessions that provide them with knowledge in health care quality, measurement, patient safety, informatics, and health care management. Armed with this knowledge, they then join leadership teams and work with them to design and implement an improvement initiative in our health care system as part of Penn Medicine’s Blueprint for Quality and Patient Safety. For more information: click here. For Quality Improvement Tools, click here.