News From The Residency Program!
The Excela Health Family Medicine Residency Program again looks toward expansion. Established in 1974, the three-year residency program will increase the number of physicians admitted to the program from 18 to 24 over the next three years.
The eight residents per class has been determined to be the optimal number for learning opportunities through various clinical rotations and office-based practice, while supporting the 24/7 coverage at Excela Health hospitals and broadening a resident’s understanding of the continuum of care.
Residency expansion was enthusiastically approved by the Excela Health Board of Trustees in August 2012. Learn more about the expansion here.
Letter from the Program Director
Welcome to the Excela Health Latrobe Hospital Family Medicine Residency! This past year has been about celebrating achievements and the demonstration of growth toward true patient centered care. Last year we celebrated the 40th anniversary of the residency program in grand style. Additionally, we received NCQA accreditation as a Level 3 Patient Centered Medical Home for all of our residency practice sites. This is a true reflection of how we have transformed our practices into team-based, patient centered care, with an emphasis on proactive chronic disease management, acute care access, and quality improvement. We utilize a mature and evolved electronic health record with a patient communication portal to keep patients engaged and informed. We also have recently significantly improved our patients’ access to mental health services by offering appointments with our faculty psychologist and telemedicine visits with our psychiatrist. Residents actively participate in these appointments, which occur in our family medicine offices, thus giving our residents a very high level of behavioral health training.
We were founded as a direct response to supply the families in our community with well-trained family physicians. We continue to do that and more. Our formula for success has always been the immersion of great people, residents and faculty alike, into community practices. We have residency practice sites in Latrobe, Greensburg, Norvelt, and Saltsburg, the latter two representing rural training sites. Residents are placed into the same office for three years, co-managing their own panel of patients with a faculty family physician, thus functioning as a junior partner in a real family medicine practice.
We consider our residency to be pluripotent, as our graduates are trained to do anything and go anywhere. In addition to the patient centered care we offer in our family medicine offices, we continue to offer excellent training in inpatient medicine, geriatrics, OB-Gyn, and sports medicine. Recent graduates have done fellowships (sports medicine, geriatrics, and obstetrics), become hospitalists, gone into urgent care, and have seamlessly and successfully entered into ambulatory practices.
With a welcoming family environment, a faculty with a combined 200+ years of teaching experience, benefits such as housing across the street from the hospital, a board pass rate near 100%, and a long track record of preparing our graduates for the real world, we encourage you to make the Excela Health Latrobe Hospital Family Medicine Residency your family.
Mike Semelka, DO, FAAFP
Family Medicine Residency Program Director
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