LancasterGeneralHealth Family Medicine Residency Program

Our Program

Our Program

A Welcome Message from Our Director


Headshot of Pamela Vnechack
Welcome! The Lancaster General Hospital Family Medicine Residency Program has an extraordinary commitment to excellence. This characteristic permeates the culture of our program and institution. Our clinical team goes the "extra mile" for patients. Our educational team assures that residents receive a top-notch educational experience. Our residents enhance the quality of life of their patients and the communities they serve. When our residents graduate, this drive for excellence helps them improve the health and well-being of their new communities. 




Check out our newly updated residency brochure.

Pamela Vnenchak, MD
Program Director


A Message from Our Deputy Director: Become the Physician You Envision

Our curriculum is designed to encourage residents to become the family physician they envision. Flexibility, extraordinary resources and exemplary teaching allow residents in our program to maximize their potential, develop their skills and discover their interests. We see ourselves as training the family physicians of the future to practice in diverse settings and to care for diverse populations, with an emphasis on mastering the scientific knowledge and conquering the evidence. Our residents practice with compassionate expertise. Fifty years of experience, the support of a knowledgeable and varied medical staff, and diverse patient populations allow us to help our graduates achieve their goals.

Donna Cohen, MD
Deputy Director


About the Lancaster General Hospital Family Medicine Residency Program

Our residency has two exceptional practices where residents gain clinical experience: Family Medicine Downtown and the Walter L. Aument Family Health Center. Two preceptors provide supervision, allowing increased availability and flexibility for resident teaching. We became recognized as Level III NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home in 2012. Patients enjoy expanded appointment options, the benefits of an electronic medical record, full circle chronic disease management, and options for group care in pregnancy

Family Medicine Downtown is an urban practice with a richly diverse patient population, and operates as three micro-practices comprised of faculty, residents, advanced practice clinician, nurses and support staff. Health coaches, clinical pharmacists, and counselors are also part of our team. The practice has been the cornerstone of care to the underserved for our residency program since its inception more than 50 years ago. We concentrate on delivering an extraordinary experience for our patients, residents, students and staff.

The Walter L. Aument Family Health Center, our other training facility located 14 miles south of Lancaster City, provides emergent and continuity care to a rural population. Residents learn and practice point of care ultrasound, and procedures in orthopedics, dermatology and gynecology. Both practices provide feedback to residents on their individual and group performance, billing practices and progression in education. All this is provided in a caring and nurturing environment dedicated to patient care and resident success.

We encourage family medicine teams to be innovators in care delivery and continually seek quality improvement as residents undertake performance improvement projects. These projects cultivate comprehensive, responsive, and cutting-edge patient care.

We look to welcoming you to the Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health family.


Leading in Health-care Transformation


The Lancaster General Hospital Family Medicine Residency Program educates and prepares outstanding family physicians to deliver and facilitate broad-spectrum, compassionate and socially responsible healthcare to patients

  • We celebrate the diversity of our community.
  • We strive to have our residency reflect the diversity of our patients and community.
  • We work to reduce health disparities and eliminate social injustices by examining our personal and systemic biases around religion, race, class, sexual orientation, gender identity and other barriers to equity and equality.
  • We strive to understand the health effects of systemic racism and pledge to advocate on behalf of those affected by inequity.
  • We train physicians to show empathy, embrace healthcare innovation, demonstrate academic inquiry and actively integrate an understanding of the social determinants of health into patient care.
  • We prepare our graduates for the pursuit of the meaningful delivery of acute and chronic care, prevention of disease, and advocacy for health justice for all. 
  • We are a program of clinical and academic excellence.
  • We are an essential component in helping Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health meet its charitable mission and educational vision

For questions or more information about the Lancaster General Hospital Family Medicine Residency Program, please contact our office.