The combination of high-quality health care services and an institution-wide dedication to community care makes Lancaster General Health the perfect location to develop skills in population health.

Interdisciplinary education, including both team development and modeling, is an integral part of our Population Health Fellowship. 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.

About the Fellowship

  • 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

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

Curriculum Competencies and Possible Opportunities for Training and Exposure

Performance Measurement and Improvement

  • Meeting attendance
  • Participation in Ongoing Physician Performance Evaluation process
  • MPH course or Certificate Program

Hospital Operations and Governance

  • Meeting attendance (MEC, PCPC, Medical Director’s meeting)
  • Direct faculty mentorship
  • MPH course

Payment Systems: Pay-for-Performance, Global Payment

  • Meeting attendance (LGHP Quality, ACO Quality)
  • Participation in P4P measure development process
  • MPH course

Physician Contracting

  • Meeting attendance (PCPC, LGHP Finance)
  • MPH course

Organizational Culture and Behavior

  • Direct participation in LGHealth initiatives
  • MPH course

Quality and Safety

  • Direct faculty mentorship
  • Participation in Quality and Safety initiative
  • MPH course

Management Communication

  • Assistance with communication between the Care Connections and PCMH
  • Meeting attendance and participation
  • Observation of LGHealth leaders

Leadership

  • Direct faculty mentorship
  • LG Physicians Leadership Academy

Care Redesign and Population Health Management

  • Direct faculty mentorship
  • Direct participation in LG Health initiatives
  • Meeting attendance (PCMH Comm meetings)
  • Curriculum development

Project Management

  • Direct involvement in or leadership of LG Health initiatives

The fellow will participate in an intense orientation to various community resources to best manage the complex needs of the patient population. These include but are not limited to:

  • Shadow navigators/social work/care coordinators
  • Public housing system
  • Drug and alcohol resources; mental health resources/crisis intervention
  • Food banks/homeless shelters
  • Pharmacies and indigent programs
  • VNA services, DME suppliers
  • Nursing homes/geriatric services (day programs)/palliative care
  • Research Institute -Mike Horst – research design and process

The fellow will plan and coordinate CME, develop and support curriculum in population management for allied health, medical student, and resident education. The fellow will prepare and present data and findings from the performance assessment of Care Connections.

Application Process

Lancaster General Health is currently accepting applications for the Population Health Fellowship via mail/fax. We will also accept written applications via mail or email.

Eligibility Requirements to Begin the Population Health Fellowship

  • Successful completion of an ACGME Accredited Residency in Family Medicine or Internal Medicine
  • US Citizen or Permanent Resident Status (we are currently unable to sponsor visas)
  • Passing Scores on USMLE Step 1, 2, and 3
  • Graduates of Non-US Medical schools must have ECFMG certification

To request an application, or if you have any questions about the application process, please contact:

John C. Wood MD, FAAFP 
Population Health Fellowship Director 
jcwood@LGHealth.org
Phone: 717-544-8200 
Fax: 717-544-5107

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