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About the Fellowship

Message from the Fellowship Director

John C. Wood, MD, FAAFP

Welcome and thank you for expressing interest in population health fellowship training at Lancaster General Health.  The combination of high-quality healthcare services and an institution-wide dedication to community care, make Lancaster General Health the perfect location to develop skills in population health.

The fellowship aims to establish a pipeline of primary care providers with new leadership skills and training in complex and special population management. Interdisciplinary education, including both team development and modeling, will be an integral part of this program. Time in the fellowship is split between clinical work in Care Connections and work within our Accountable Care Organization, Lancaster General Community Care Collaborative.

The fellowship training allows the fellow to earn a Master’s of Population Health or a certificate program in population health from a partner institution such as the University of Pennsylvania, Temple University or Jefferson University. Along with your education, you will gain experience teaching in the Lancaster General Health Family Medicine Residency.

The fellow’s clinical time will be focused on high-risk medical community care through our Care Connections team. Care Connections is an innovative, intensive, interdisciplinary and transitional primary care medical home that Lancaster General Health has developed to showcase how we are transforming healthcare.

The aim of Care Connections is to better serve patients with three or more medical problems plus behavioral health issues, who have been admitted to the hospital multiple times in the past year. The program provides quality care with a customized experience, while lowering overall healthcare costs.

Support for the medical team is provided by patient care navigators, social workers, a county social services liaison, care management nurses, a behavioral health psychologist and a clinical pharmacist. Care Connections receives support from the County of Lancaster, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and multiple community stakeholders. Most importantly, Care Connections has been built with the assistance of our patients to ensure that their care will always be our first priority.

Goals and Objectives

  • Training effective leaders in population health and accountable care
  • Fostering and expanding clinical, analytical and research skills
  • Increasing physician exposure to and challenging creative thinking on current issues in population health
  • Developing new physician leadership for LG Health through active participation in Care Connections activities, coursework and attending/convening work groups
  • Enhancing the ethical capacity needed for management of population health and extensivist care, in health systems

Lancaster General Health Statistics & Recognitions

  • Lancaster General Health is a regional health system with a comprehensive network of care including 689 acute beds at three inpatient facilities, 14 outpatient locations, home healthcare services and primary and specialty medical practices. Lancaster General Health Community Care Collaborative, LG Health’s ACO, is implementing CMMI bundled payments and Medicare Shared Savings programs
  • 900+ member medical and dental staff includes every major specialty and most sub-specialties, as well as 300+ practicing family physicians
  • Integrated care delivery network with PCMH primary care offices, home infusion services, home nursing, rehab hospital and high risk patient management throughout the continuum of care.
  • LG Health operates the Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences

Fellowship Facts

  • A flexible one to two-year program
  • Four core faculty who are all trained and board certified in family medicine
  • Participation in operations of the LG Health CCC ACO
  • Competitive salary
  • 50/50 clinical and experiential learning
  • Integration with 19 PCP offices that are level 3 NCQA PCMH certified
  • Membership in Population Health Journal Club
  • Membership in Leadership Journal Club
  • Monthly educational seminars
  • Ability to precept family medicine residents


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