Family Medicine Residency: Program Overview
Family medicine is a challenging medical specialty, and your residency with Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) will prepare you for it.
Located in one of Pennsylvania's largest teaching hospitals with several inpatient facilities and a network of hundreds of primary care and specialist clinicians, our dually accredited program draws from more than twenty years of innovative residency training grounded in relationship-centered evidence-informed medicine. We recognize the centrality of family, community and continuity of care to the healing practice of the family physician. Program highlights include:
- Innovative educational program – Our residency design was based upon cutting-edge medical education theory and research. We use situated learning to allow you to learn effectively in the variety of settings in which Family Medicine is practiced. We allow time for reflection to improve the efficiency of your learning and to help you to develop intrinsic motivation to drive your learning.
- Flexible rotation schedule – You are able to customize your education to develop competency and to pursue areas of personal interest within your specialty, completing rotations in both ambulatory and inpatient settings, which allow:
- Innovative care that prepares you for an ever-changing medical environment – We recognize that today's family medicine resident must be prepared for continuous change on many levels throughout their future practice. In our residency, learning experiences are guided by an integrated set of curricular portfolios that include acute care, chronic care, community health and research, administration and leadership, wellness, and others. In accordance with adult learning principles, assessment of resident progress through the curriculum is collaborative, resident-centered and fully competency-based.
- A community-practice setting – You will work with faculty in community practice settings, reducing time spent in the acute hospital setting in the first year and increasing flexibility in resident-driven learning experiences as you progress through the program. Our program's innovations facilitate the professional development of graduates deeply grounded in family medicine with strong core knowledge and skills in family systems, population health, chronic disease management, office procedures and behavioral and integrative medicine. All of this helps you to become a leader with skills in intra- and inter-professional collaboration, information management, critical thinking, lifelong learning and professional balance.
As a graduate of the LVHN Family Medicine Residency Program, you will work in partnership with patients, families and communities to optimize the well-being of people of all ages, genders, abilities and cultural backgrounds, in times of health, life transitions and illness. You will be prepared to be active participants and leaders of change at the individual level and within the variety of systems of which you are part, including families, practice settings, hospital networks, communities and the health care systems as a whole.
We accept 6 residents per year. Usually, about half of our residents are MDs and half are DOs.
Drew M. Keister, M.D.
Osteopathic Program Director
Veronica Kvarta Brohm, DO
Associate Program Director
Susan Mathieu, MD
Crystal Walker, C-TAGME