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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is the pass rate for your graduates taking the allopathic and osteopathic family medicine boards? The pass rate for the American Board of Family Medicine is 97% over the past 5 years.
  2. Is our program unopposed?  Yes.  We are the only residency program within the Lehigh Valley that is unopposed.
  3. Do you have an electronic medical record (EMR)?  Yes, we have had an EMR.
  4. What opportunities exist for residents to develop their skills as educators?  Residents actively engage in developing their skills as educators by teaching medical students and fellow residents routinely with some exposure to nursing and physician extender students.  Residents also have exposure to more formal educational opportunities by participating in and presenting Critical Appraisal Rounds, Case-Based Presentations, participation in Medical Decision Making Rounds, to name a few.
  5. How is the educational component of the program structured?  We have a formal academic time on Wednesday afternoons when we have residency faculty lectures and the following activities occur:  Critical Appraisal Rounds, monthly Board Review, Medical Decision Making Rounds, and a structured time for our monthly nursing home rounds.  Daily educational opportunities exist with morning report and Grand Rounds occurs at the hospital at least monthly.  Our residency curriculum is evidence-based with the goal of providing education not only in what the evidence states currently but with strategies to stay current with the medical literature.
  6. How is the Lehigh Valley area for living?  The area offers a variety of living opportunities from neighborhoods to city life to suburb or rural living, all within a few miles of the office and hospital.  We are located 60 miles from Philadelphia, 85 miles to New York City and 90 miles to Newark.
  7. What recreational opportunities exist in the Lehigh Valley area?  Being located in one of the most beautiful areas of Pennsylvania, recreational opportunities area quite varied.  The outdoor enthusiast has access to numerous miles of hiking trails in the Endless Mountains and Poconos, water activities on the Susquehanna River and many lakes and streams, and numerous skiing resorts to name a few.  Cultural opportunities are available at the FM Kirby Center and Mohegan Arena at Casey Plaza where national touring performances from stage, music, and other entertainment venues are scheduled.  The WB/Scranton Penguins and Yankees offer the opportunity to watch minor league hockey and baseball.  All of these opportunities are available locally and the large city atmosphere of New York City and Philadelphia are both located within 2-2.5 hours.
  8. Where are your graduates?  A large percentage of our graduates have remained to practice medicine in northeastern Pennsylvania.  Others have pursued successful opportunities across the country.  Our graduates have pursued inpatient, outpatient, and traditional practices.  A lot of our graduates have also continued their education in different fellowships.


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