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.

Our program, established in 1971, is one of the oldest in Pennsylvania. We have no competing residency programs in our health system allowing the focus of medical education to be exclusively on family medicine.

Beginning your first day you will be provided with a well-rounded curriculum with a blend of didactic sessions and hands-on educational experiences.

  • State of the art Simulation Lab Training
  • Flexibility to concentrate on special areas of interest
  • A focused office experience
  • Osteopathic training in hospital and office
  • Night call/float
  • Practice management
  • Sports Medicine
  • Community Medicine and Public Health

Additional Experiences

  • International Health
  • Women’s Health
  • Community Outreach which includes homeless healthcare

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

What sets apart our Osteopathic Residency?

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 residents 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.

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
  • Mentoring where osteopathic residents help train the interested allopaths

Graduating from our program gives you lots of options!

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, Class of 2005

The residency program provides the sports medicine services for Washington and Jefferson College and Washington High School. Pre-participation sports physicals and football game coverage are longitudinally done by all of our residents. In the mini fellowship track, the resident will have an opportunity to do an elective in sports medicine working directly with orthopedic surgeons and athletic/college trainers to provide services to college and high school athletes.

In addition, the resident will spend time with a sports medicine trained physician who cares for the local minor league baseball team (Washington Wild ThingsFrontier League).

Washington Health System has sponsored a hospice program since 1997 and a consultative palliative medicine program since 2004.The medical director, Jeffrey F. Minteer, MD, is board certified in hospice/palliative medicine and has more than 26 years of palliative experience. The curriculum offers a required one block rotation during the second or third year in conjunction with the geriatrics rotation. In addition, there are block elective and longitudinal, two year experiences available under the direction of Dr. Minteer. The longitudinal experience is constructed to suit the interests of the individual resident.

Required curriculum for women’s health includes 4 months of OB/GYN. For residents interested in additional training we have a women’s health track that includes additional obstetrical and gynecology experience in the second and third year. Training occurs in a variety of settings.

  • Our OB/GYN Clinic run by family medicine OB interested faculty, including a high risk clinic supervised by local OB/GYN physicians
  • Labor and delivery suite

Training includes OB care as well as experience in gynecological procedures such as colposcopy, IUD insertion, and endometrial biopies.

Many residents are interested in rotations abroad. Washington Health System Family Medicine has been able to establish relationships with groups that organize trips to Fiji and the Dominican Republic.

At the beginning of the trip, participants are divided into 3-4 groups consisting of an attending, students, a pharmacist, and residents. Duties vary from morning to afternoon, and include: field trips to schools for WCCs, home visits, clinic time, pharmacy work, community projects. Saturday and Sundays are off, and often the group takes an end-of- experience trip to a local tourist destination.

Internet access is available.
Cell phone service is available (provider dependent).
Sleeping quarters are on primitive bunk beds with sleeping mats.
Cold showers and flushing toilets.

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Rural Medicine Experience

Community Based Practice Experience
In addition to the Family Medicine Centers, the residency operates an additional office in Cecil, Pennsylvania. Located approximately 15 miles from Washington, this modern, spacious, well-equipped facility is an integral part of the educational program and provides the resident with office experience in a community setting.

Washington Health System has underwritten care at the Washington City Mission since 2006 and faculty and residents have volunteered there for years. Washington City Mission is the county’s largest homeless shelter. It houses up to 100 homeless residents nightly and feeds at least twice as many every day. In 2010 a more formal additional partnership was developed between the free clinic operated by the City Mission and Washington Health System Family Medicine. Twice a month, second or third year residents on their clinics or community medicine rotations staff a half day clinic for City Mission residents, uninsured community members and street homeless. This experience allows our residents to become familiar with the various mental health, rehabilitation and social services to the indigent population of our county.