Washington Health System

155 Wilson Avenue Washington, PA 15301   (724) 225-7000

the learning experience

Our family medicine residency program, approved in 1971, is one of the oldest in Pennsylvania. We have no competing residency programs, and our family medicine curriculum is a blend of didactics and hands-on training. Beginning your first day you will be provided with:


  • Hands-on training
  • Daily didactic sessions
  • Flexibility to concentrate on special areas of interest
  • Office experience
  • Osteopathic training in hospital and office
  • Night call/float
  • Practice management
  • Sports Medicine

Our residents feel that our instructional support system is exceptional and the state-of-the-art record keeping makes patient care efficient and thorough.

We provide complete training in osteopathic medicine, giving our graduates a deep understanding of how to:

  • Efficiently perform OMT in both the office and the hospital
  • Bill for OMT
  • Incorporate the osteopathic principles and philosophy into all patient encounters

We achieve this training through:

  • OMT Clinics where patients with somatic dysfunction in any body region are treated
  • Workshops where faculty and residents (under faculty supervision) teach hands-on OMT skills to osteopaths and allopaths, who are welcome to attend and frequently do
  • Speakers, regionally and nationally recognized, who provide expanded teaching through additional hands-on workshops
  • Mentoring where osteopathic residents help train the interested allopaths

Our dually-accredited family medicine residency is the only physician training program in the hospital, allowing the focus of medical education to be exclusively on family medicine.

Additionally, residents are provided with a house conveniently located in close proximity to the hospital during the time of their training.

Osteopathic residents receive training longitudinally in osteopathic principles and practices throughout all three years of residency. Teaching is provided in both the hospital and office settings on the resident’s own patients, as well as patients referred to the OMT clinic.

Osteopathic medicine has long been accepted at our institution and is highly regarded as a beneficial and integral part of patient care.


  • International Health
  • Women's Health
  • Community Outreach

Residents have the opportunity to participate in a variety of program sponsored and elective activities in these areas.

"This residency offers excellent exposure to all aspects of family medicine in an unopposed environment. The residents are very friendly and offer an instant, welcoming community. Attendings are willing and eager to teach. The program makes it easy to get a broad exposure to many problems."

Robin Anderson, MD

Graduating from our program gives you lots of options!