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Combined Internal Medicine and Pediatrics Residency Program

Combined Internal Medicine and Pediatrics Residency Program

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The Combined Internal Medicine-Pediatrics (Med-Peds) Residency Program at Penn State College of Medicine is a four-year, ACGME accredited training program for physicians interested in working with and for adults and children.

Since its inception in 1988, the Med-Peds Residency Program at Penn State College of Medicine and Penn State Children's Hospital has been devoted to training physicians interested in primary care, academic medicine, or specialty training. Residents are trained to the highest standards in pediatrics and internal medicine so that they will be comfortable in both the office and the hospital setting.

Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center is a 551-bed tertiary care facility serving a central Pennsylvania population of almost 2.8 million Pennsylvanians, spread across 16 counties and includes:

  • 16-bed MICU unit
  • 20-bed medical intermediate care unit
  • 39-bed cancer center
  • 30-bed heart and vascular unit
  • 31-bed neurosurgical intensive care unit/intermediate care

The Children's Hospital contains 42 beds in our Level IV NICU and four 18-bed inpatient units:

  • Pediatric acute care
  • Pediatric hematology/oncology/stem cell
  • Pediatric intensive care
  • Pediatric intermediate care

Milton S. Hershey Medical Center boasts a Level I trauma center complete with aeromedical transportation facilities, a custom-designed pediatric ambulance with specially trained transport teams, a network of community-based clinics, and an $85 million internationally acclaimed research program.

At the same time, the Hershey community is a wonderful and safe place to live, work, and play. It offers residents and their family members a wide range of cultural events, recreational facilities, superior schools and undergraduate institutions, and professional employment opportunities.

We hope this has sparked further interest in our program. We invite you to explore our website and then arrange a visit to come and see for yourself.

All applicants must apply through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) by December 1 and must register for a PL-1 position through the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP). Applications are considered without regard to race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or national origin.  We sponsor J-1 visas only. 

We require

  • Personal statement
  • MSPE (Dean's letter)
  • Medical school transcript
  • USMLE or COMLEX scores
  • Three to four letters of recommendation from faculty members with whom you have worked

We do not require a letter from your department chairman.


Interviews are by invitation only, and will be conducted on Tuesdays from mid-October through mid-January. If you are invited for an interview, you will be notified by email via the Thalamus calendar, and we will ask that you respond promptly so that we can do our best to accommodate your scheduling needs. We prefer to interview smaller groups each day in order to create a more personalized day. 

Interview days will begin at 8:00 a.m. and will conclude by 1:30 p.m.  The day will include interviews, attending the Med/Peds Noon conference, a tour of the Children's Hospital and our Main Hospital, as well as lunch.

Our residents would like to welcome you to Hershey with an optional casual dinner the evening before your interview.  Dress is business casual. For those who are staying at the Days Inn Hershey, one of our residents will meet you in the lobby around 6:15 p.m. and a shuttle will take you the restaurant. If you are driving separately to dinner, the reservation at the restaurant is for 6:30 p.m. We will let you know the name of the restaurant closer to your interview date. If you have a spouse or significant other traveling with you, he or she is invited as well. Please RSVP for the dinner to or


As a reminder, we have a negotiated rate of $52 per night (plus tax) at the Days Inn Hershey, which includes a free breakfast along with shuttle service to dinner the night before, as well as the interview itself. When booking your hotel, please let them know that you are calling to book a room for a pediatric residency interview at the Hershey Medical Center. Please do not book through the national Days Inn number as you may not get our negotiated rate.

Days Inn Hershey
350 West Chocolate Ave
Hershey, PA 17033



Travel by Air

The closest airport to the Penn State Children's Hospital is Harrisburg International Airport, (MDT), approximately 15-20 minute drive to our hospital. The list of shuttle/taxi services below can provide transportation from the airport to the hotel. In addition, we are only a 2-3 hour drive from Baltimore, Philadelphia and DC airports.

Shuttle Services

Luxury Lift of Hershey

Taxi Services

Traveling by Car

Travel by Train

The main route serving our area is Amtrak’s Keystone Service, which provides service to Philadelphia and New York City (and stops in between), without the need to change trains. To travel by train from other major northeast cities (Washington, Baltimore, Boston, etc.) you will need to change trains one time along the way. The train comes into our local area at three points:

  • Middletown, PA (MID) - about 7 miles from hospital
  • Elizabethtown, PA (ELT) - about 12 miles from hospital
  • Harrisburg, PA (HAR) - about 12 miles from hospital

Day of Interview Parking

For those staying at the Days Inn, a free shuttle is available the morning of your interview. If you prefer to drive to the hospital yourself, valet parking is available at the main entrance to the hospital or free parking is available in the Centerview Parking Garage. From the garage, you can take a shuttle or a brief walk to the main entrance, then make a left to the Children’s Hospital lobby. Most residents walk from this garage each day, although not wearing their best suit.

The Day of the Interview

Our interview day is scheduled to run from 8:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. A shuttle will pick you from the hotel lobby around 7:35 a.m. When you check into the hotel, please let the hotel front desk know if you will be taking this shuttle or not. The shuttle will drop you off at the hospital and a resident and a program coordinator will meet you. If you drive yourself, please be sure to be in the Children's Hospital lobby by 8:00 a.m.

Please remember that you can change or cancel your interview date via the Thalamus calendar. If it is too close to the date of the interview, you may need to email or Also, please email if you are canceling and not planning to reschedule so that your spot may be offered to someone else.

Directions from Baltimore/Washington International Airport

Directions from Harrisburg International Airport

Direction from Philadelphia International Airport

Interview Schedule

  • 6:15 p.m. - The night before your interview, please be in the hotel lobby to meeting our residents for dinner. Reservations are for 6:30 p.m. if you are driving to the restaurant separately.
  • 8:00 a.m. - Arrival
  • 8:15 a.m. - Overview of Med/Peds Program - Ronald Willams, Program Director and Natalya Gaffney, Associate Program Director
  • 9:00 a.m. - Tour Main Hospital
  • 10:05 - 11:15 a.m. - Interviews (including individual meeting with Program Director)
  • 11:20 a.m. - Tour of Children’s Hospital
  • 12:00 p.m. - Lunch and MedPeds weekly conference; Question and Answer session
  • 1:30 p.m. - Depart on hotel shuttle for return to Days Inn Hershey

Ronald Williams, M.D., Program DirectorWelcome to our Combined Medicine-Pediatrics residency training program and thank you for your interest in our program. The Penn State Med-Peds Residency Program offers diverse training in both adult and pediatric medicine.

Knowing that some residents will pursue diverse career paths, the goal of the curriculum is to provide training that is rich in opportunity and experience. Our university, community, and VA hospital rotations complement our combined med/peds continuity clinic in inner city Harrisburg.

You will spend the majority of your time at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. You’ll attend continuity clinic at the Rose Garden Building in inner city Harrisburg, where we care for the underserved as well as adults and children with complex medical problems. To provide a broader experience in community hospital settings, you will also have duties at:

  • Lebanon Veteran's Administration Medical Center in Lebanon, Pennsylvania
  • Lancaster General Hospital in Lancaster, Pennsylvania (adult community inpatient experience)
  • Pinnacle Health System Hospitals in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania (pediatric community inpatient experience)

You will have the opportunity to seek out and participate in an away elective nationally or internationally in an area of interest.

Joint electives in a medicine and pediatrics subspecialty are also possible. Rotations in allergy, dermatology, endocrinology, and rheumatology are common.

Our residents are the key to our success. Our diverse group of trainees come from far and wide and are dedicated, enthusiastic and extremely hard working. They excel in patient care, leadership and education. 

We seek candidates with strong academic records, exceptional interpersonal skills, and a sincere desire to work with and for adults and children.

I encourage you to explore our website and be in touch with me at if you have any questions about our program or the interview process!

Ronald J. Williams, MD, Program Director

Please contact us with any questions:

Dana Caldwell
Residency Program Coordinator

Stephanie LaMar
Residency Program Coordinator

Doreen M. Gruber
Program Secretary

Med-Peds Residency Program
Penn State Children's Hospital
600 University Drive, H085
Hershey, PA 17033
Phone: 717-531-5685

Central Pennsylvania is a very beautiful and surprisingly diverse area. The striking images of the Amish and Mennonite families working their lush, fertile farms is often the first to come to one's attention when visiting (especially if one has seen the film Witness). However, the historic cities of Lancaster and Harrisburg with their stunning 19th and early 20th century architecture may surprise one. (Wynonna Ryder's movie, Girl Interrupted, was filmed in both cities, but supposedly set in Boston!) Furthermore, the population changes have led to a diverse urban population of Caucasian, African-American, Latino, and Asian people.

Culturally there is a lot to offer. There is the Hershey Theater, which presents touring Broadway shows, and the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra, which presents world-class performances. For the sports fan, we have the Harrisburg Senators (a minor league baseball team for the Washington Nationals) and the Hershey Bears (a minor league hockey team for the Washington Capitals). 

The Giant Center and Hershey Park Stadium hold many concerts and other forms of entertainment during the year. There are hundreds of miles of rail trails in the area for the cyclist and many hiking trails. Outdoor activities are abundant in and around the surrounding area.

For the shopper, there are several outlet malls in central Pennsylvania:

Hershey and Lancaster Tanger Outlets and Rockvale Square in Lancaster. And of course, there is Hershey Park and Hershey's Chocolate World. If you want a fun daytrip, we are just an hour and a half from Philadelphia and Baltimore, two hours to Washington, D.C. and just three-and-a-half hours to New York City.

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