"One of the biggest attractions to the Primary Care program for me was having a second clinic in the community."
Primary Care residents have two continuity practices: one at the PCPC and a second, community-based site. Interns spend four weeks of intensive experience at their community sites and then assume a weekly practice at that same site for the second and third years. The community-based continuity clinic experience has been very popular among primary care residents and compliments the continuity clinic experience that the residents receive. There is a vast array of practices available to the primary care residents. Residents generally tailor their community-based clinic to their specific needs or interests.
"I learn from some of the best and most experienced educators in the department."
The Primary Care core faculty have a breadth of clinical experience that helps to enrich the education of the Primary Care residents. The faculty consists of physicians who have been practicing medicine anywhere from six to thirty-five years. This gives the residents exposure to a vast array of faculty who trained and practiced in a variety of different environments.
"I really feel like I am treated like a partner in the PCPC practice."Primary Care residents are considered partners in the PCPC practice and practice alongside the core faculty. In addition to seeing their own patients, it is common for the primary care residents to see some of the faculty’s patients as well. Conversely, when a resident’s patient needs close follow-up and the resident in not available, the patient is often seen by a faculty member who has openings in their schedule. In this way, the residents and faculty function as a cohesive team to better care for our patients – just like partners in any good medicine practice.
“My primary care co-residents and faculty feel like my family within the residency program. Having a small group of smart, passionate and like-minded people to be friends with and to garner support from has been an invaluable part of my experience at Penn in the last three years.”
The primary care residents spend a lot of dedicated time both working and socializing together. Nearly half of their PGY-2 and PGY-3 years are spent in the ambulatory setting as a group. As a result, the primary care residents develop deep friendships with their colleagues. This tight-knit peer group gives residents the support they need for both their work and home lives.