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Clerkship Program at Lancaster General Health

Lancaster General Health offers family medicine clerkships to 3rd and 4th year students from the University of Penn, Temple University Lewis Katz School of Medicine and Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center as well as other schools from across the nation. These are sponsored by the Family Medicine Residency Program. The third year typically begins in July or August after two pre-clinical years in medical school. 


Student clerkships last, on average, six weeks. When students are at Lancaster General Health, we provide housing and meals, parking and lectures as well as a clinical experience designed to meet the curricular objectives of the medical school. Currently we host six third year medical students in family medicine – four connected with the residency and two with private practices throughout the county. 


We host two students at a time on our OB/GYN service and two slots for third year students in psychiatry. 


We have also designed a coordinated Inpatient and outpatient clerkship in internal medicine and developed surgical and pediatric clerkships as well.


Under the leadership of Christine Stabler, MD, Vice President for Academic Affairs, medical students continue their clerkships, or rotations, at Lancaster General Hospital. 


Dr. Stabler, formerly Deputy Director of Family and Community Medicine, oversees students in their Family Medicine rotations. Clerkship directors supervise students in the following rotations: 

We continue to explore other academic partnerships. We are excited to connect with Franklin and Marshall for 4th year research experiences, and to support their Pre-healing Arts Program. 


The Student Experience: Your Clerkship

We welcome our clerkship students in family medicine, internal medicine, psychiatry and obstetrics/gynecology. At Lancaster General Health, you benefit from a long standing commitment to medical education in a community setting dating to its founding in 1893. 


Our renowned Family Medicine Residency Program pioneered community-based residency education. And for more than 40 years, Lancaster General Health has coordinated student clerkships. 


Here you will rotate with medical staff physicians on service, supported by family medicine residents on inpatient pediatrics, medicine, ob/gyn and family medicine rotations for the Temple University clerkship, or family medicine for the Penn and Hershey clerkships. 


Your ambulatory experiences will be “real world” in private practice physician offices and in clinics established by the residency program. Each week interdisciplinary faculty conduct student seminars focusing on physical diagnosis, clinical skills, evidence-based medicine and team development. 


The Student Experience: The Hospital

Lancaster General Hospital is a 507-bed tertiary care teaching Magnet hospital located in downtown Lancaster, PA, about 75 miles southwest of Philadelphia. 


It is part of Lancaster General Health, a leader in health care in Lancaster County (pop. 536,624), which includes:

  • 663 licensed beds at three inpatient facilities:
    • Lancaster General Hospital
    • Women & Babies Hospital
    • Lancaster Rehabilitation Hospital
  • 19 outpatient locations
  • A network of primary care and specialty physician offices
  • 930-member medical and dental staff, including the Lancaster General Health Physicians
  • Home healthcare services

Health system annual facts (as of FY 2017):

  • 973,318 LG Health Physicians professional visits
  • 40,402 surgical procedures
  • 115,117 ER visits
  • 4,257 births
  • 35,444 Inpatient discharges (includes births)

The Student Experience: Living in Lancaster

Lancaster City (pop. 60,000) is at the heart of Lancaster County. While famous for its Amish population, tranquil farms and panoramic views, Lancaster County has much more to offer. 


The area blends urban, suburban and rural venues richly steeped in history and culture. It boasts the longest continually operating Opera House in the U.S., the nation’s oldest farmers market, Lancaster Barnstormers baseball, an active arts community and restaurants featuring both traditional and contemporary cuisine.

As part of your clerkship, you will receive free:

  • housing
  • meals
  • parking
  • internet
  • television/cable TV

Student housing is within two blocks of Lancaster General Hospital, and includes wireless internet access, television and off-street parking. You get meal cards for use in all hospital dining areas. You will need access to an automobile for your ambulatory experiences. 


However, you are easily within walking distance to downtown cafes and restaurants, live theatre, art galleries, and Barnstormers baseball. Bus service gives you easy access to Park City Center and other shopping venues.


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