LancasterGeneralHealth Family Medicine Residency Program

Message from Our Director

Message from Our Director

Dr. Stephen D. Ratcliffe

Lancaster General Health is proud to have offered one of the first Family Medicine Residency programs in America. It remains one of the most respected and exciting programs in the country. For more than 40 years, the Lancaster General Health Family Medicine Residency program has attracted some of the country’s most talented medical school graduates. This excellence is evidenced by the fact that Lancaster General Health has produced more AAFP Awardees for Excellence in Graduate Medical Education (formally the AAFP/Bristol-Myers Squibb Award) than any other residency program since the inception of the specialty of family medicine.

Lancaster General Health takes great pride in producing outstanding family physicians. To accomplish this we have 27 core faculty and a medical staff of 850 physicians to provide excellent, comprehensive teaching and role modeling for our residents.  Since its start in 1893 as a nonsectarian general hospital, Lancaster General Health has grown to be a significant leader in our community, which is urban and rurally as well as demographically and ethnically diverse. LG Health also leads the way in the field of healthcare services and education. Lancaster General Hospital has been named for 10 of the past 13 years as one of the top 100 hospitals in the United States.   We were further honored when, in September of 2014, U.S. News and World Report ranked our residency #4 among all family medicine programs nationally.  Then, in August of 2015, Lancaster General Health entered into a consolidated agreement to become a part of the University of Pennsylvania Heath System (Penn Medicine), and we are excited that this new relationship will further strengthen our program.

There is a commitment to excellence in the people at the Lancaster General Health Family Medicine Residency that makes this program extraordinary. This characteristic permeates the culture of our program and institution. As a result, our clinical team goes the "extra mile" for our patients, our educational team assures that our residents receive a top-notch educational experience and our residents make major contributions to the patients and communities they serve. Our resident graduates take this philosophy with them and improve the health and well being of their new communities.

Enjoy your journey of discovery as you make your way through our program’s web site. I hope it will stimulate further questions and interest in our program. I would be delighted to continue this dialogue either by electronic means or, even better, in person!

Stephen D. Ratcliffe, MD, MSPH

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