LancasterGeneralHealth Family Medicine Residency Program

Our Program / Community Service

Community Medicine

Community Medicine has been an integral part of the Lancaster General Health Family Medicine Program since its inception. Over the years, residents have been involved in innumerable community service projects and activities. Many of which continue to this day. We view Community Medicine as a natural component of the doctor/patient relationship. A relationship that recognizes that individuals are only as healthy as the communities in which they live. At Lancaster General Health, Community Medicine also incorporates a global view of healthcare that strives to intervene in the issues faced by certain populations by understanding the needs of those populations epidemiologically, socially, economically and culturally.
All First Year Residents will rotate through a month-long experience in Community Medicine.  Our hope is that through this Rotation, residents will continue a community service project through the end of their residency training and longer if they decide to stay in the area.
The rotation/curriculum is broken down into one month of an intensive Community Medicine experience and various other curricular activities throughout the year.
Recent activities in the community over the past year have included:
  • Working with the extensive migrant farm worker population in Lancaster County.
  • Inspecting local restaurants and tattoo parlors with the City Health Officers.
  • Providing health care to vulnerable populations at a free clinic.
  • Participating in the annual Homeless census.
  • Working with the agencies that provide educational opportunities for persons with developmental disabilities.
  • Inspecting houses for Lead, with the State Lead Nurse.
  • Visiting with United Way of Lancaster County officials.
  • Providing health-related talks to women in a long-term drug rehab program.
  • Visiting and working at the school-based health clinics.
  • Surveying the health needs of the County Prison.
These community activities are enhanced by meetings with others in our department including Social Work, Research and Epidemiology.
The Lancaster General Health Family Medicine Residency is a place where you can experience almost any aspect of Community Medicine and service.  We consider ourselves lucky to live in a county that works hard to care for all its residents.  Our past residents have been an indispensible part of the "community-care" of Lancaster County.