Family Medicine Residency Program

Heritage Valley Beaver

1-877-771-HVHS (4847)

Heritage Valley Family Medicine Residency Program

724-773-8902


Holly Buckins,
Residency Coordinator

1125 7th Ave.

Beaver Falls, PA 15010


P 724-773-8902 
F 724-770-7945
E-Mail: hlbuckins@hvhs.org

The Heritage Valley Family Medicine Residency boasts a unique model of full-time employed faculty physicians whose sole responsibilities are the education and training of the residents. This core faculty includes family physicians, obstetricians, pediatricians, and a psychologist.  We also utilize volunteer faculty, representing all specialties, who provide additional academic and bedside instruction.

Family Medicine Residency Program Faculty

WE BEGIN AND END WITH FAMILY

One of the strengths of our Family Medicine Residency Program is the spirit of camaraderie among the residents, faculty, staff and hospital community. We recognize the importance of balancing work with recreational, social and leisure activities. Our residents and faculty enjoy socializing and sharing leisure time with one another. Here are a few of the popular activities that our residents and faculty along with their families enjoy:

  • Welcome Picnic
  • Recreational Workshops
  • Community Service Activities
  • Match Party
  • Golf Outing
  • Graduation Festivities
  • Residency Fantasy Football League
  • Residency March Madness League American 

 

Resident Biographies

Recent Graduates

MESSAGE FROM THE DIRECTOR

With over 400 accredited family medicine residency programs in the United States, how can you select one that will best meet your needs? You need a program that is as unique as you.  Accredited in 1979, the Heritage Valley Family Medicine Residency Program is approved to train six residents each year and is formally affiliated with the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Heritage Valley Beaver is a progressive 361-bed hospital facility where residents in our unopposed program experience the full spectrum of family medicine. The hospital is located in a top-ranked community just minutes away from the Pittsburgh International Airport.

 

Now is an exciting time to join our program!  Our residents currently practice in a newly built 13,000+ square foot, state-of-the-art Family Medicine Center that utilizes Allscripts, a complete electronic health record. Residents are encouraged to create their own unique learning experience by creating their own educational track or participating in one of our already established tracks.  Our faculty is committed and enthused about training the next generation of family physicians. If you are interested in learning more about our residency program, I would enjoy the opportunity to speak with you.

The three-year Heritage Valley Family Medicine Residency Program consists of a combination of patient care and teaching. The program provides training at Heritage Valley Beaver, the Family Medicine Center, formal conference settings, and in the community. The teaching and supervision of residents is primarily the responsibility of the program’s faculty. The faculty includes family physicians, obstetricians, pediatricians, and a psychologist. Volunteer faculty, representing all specialties, provide additional academic and bedside instruction.

A comprehensive three-year didactic lecture/workshop series has been designed for residents to ensure that all current and important topics are covered. There are a number of unique teaching opportunities that take place in the ambulatory setting. Working one-on-one with dedicated preceptors, residents develop expertise in the behavioral science, gynecologic, prenatal,

procedure, osteopathic manipulation and podiatry clinics. We also offer a formal track in geriatric medicine.

A PROGRAM AS UNIQUE AS YOU!

CREATE YOUR OWN TRACK:

With the resources available to you at our program, the possibilities are endless.  With the help of your faculty advisor, design a specific track that aligns with your particular area of interest or educational desires.  Past residents have designed their own experiences in Sleep Medicine, Hospitalist Medicine, Occupational Medicine and Emergency Medicine.  The flexibility in the curriculum is designed to make us a “Program as Unique as You”.

CURRENTLY ESTABLISHED TRACKS:

GERIATRICS TRACK:

Our program is uniquely geared to prepare graduates to be experts in providing care to the elderly across all settings. In addition to the geriatric patients assigned to residents at the Family Medicine Center and the longitudinal care for patients at a skilled nursing facility that all residents provide, Geriatric Track participants have additional experiences including the community geriatric center, inpatient hospice, home hospice, palliative care consult service, and specialized workshops…all under the supervision of a faculty geriatrician.

GLOBAL HEALTH TRACK:

Current trends in international travel, epidemiology of infectious diseases, social injustice and health disparities within developing countries, as well as migration patterns of immigrants and refugees, highlight the need for a globally trained physician.  Our Global Health Track combines longitudinal self-study modules, electives targeting underserved populations in our local area and international electives to developing countries such as Haiti, Honduras and the Dominican Republic.

SPORTS MEDICINE TRACK:

This track is designed to help the resident develop a strong foundation in Sports Medicine and build a portfolio that makes the resident a strong candidate for a Sports Medicine Fellowship.  Interested residents will work with a faculty mentor to wisely use elective time to further their knowledge and skills in musculoskeletal medicine.  Additional clinical activity will include preparticipation exams for local high school and college athletes, longitudinal involvement with a high school athletic program and participation in the medical coverage for regional mass participation sporting events.  These residents will also be expected to complete a scholarly project that relates to Sports Medicine.  The faculty mentor will be available to help guide this project from inception to completion.  The residents in this track are also be expected to become members of a national Sports Medicine organization and to attend at least one national Sports Medicine conference during the course of their residency.  

Program Benefits

  • Twenty (20) days of Paid Time Off (PTO) plus seven holidays
  • $2,000 Continuing Medical Education (CME) allowance per year
  • Five (5) CME days for PGY-2 and PGY-3
  • Interview time: 3 days for PGY-3
  • Food allowance: $1,800 per year
  • Monogrammed lab coats
  • Paid training and license fees
  • BLS, ACLS, PALS, and NRP courses provided
  • Payment of AOA, ACOFP, AAFP dues

 

Hospital Benefits

  • Malpractice, Life, and Disability insurances
  • Healthcare, dental and vision insurance
  • Retirement Savings Plan
  • Credit union
  • Free parking
  • Scrubs

Salary

First Year:            $51,000
Second Year:       $52,500
Third Year:           $54,500
Chief Resident:       $1,800 additional/year

Medical Students

CLERKSHIPS

Two or four- week clerkships in family medicine, pediatrics and obstetrics are available to students of AOA- or AMA- approved medical schools.

Clerkships consist of inpatient and outpatient experiences with senior residents and faculty. Students have the opportunity to evaluate patients, formulate diagnoses and therapeutic plans, and participate in procedures under the direction of an attending physician.  Students are encouraged to take a primary role in the care of their patients. Living accommodations and food allowances are also provided.


For more information, please contact:

Penny Kravos
Medical Student Clerkship Coordinator
pkravos@hvhs.org
724-773-898

The Heritage Valley Family Medicine Residency Program at Heritage Valley Beaver was accredited in 1979 and is affiliated with the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. The program emphasizes procedural skills as well as extensive internal medicine and geriatric training. Residents experience the full spectrum of family medicine, including taking care of newborns and managing complicated patients in the intensive care unit.

Heritage Valley’s Family Medicine Residency Program is unopposed and conducted in a large and advanced health care facility. Therefore, the residents do not have to compete for patients, procedures or deliveries and have the ability to complete all rotations within the system. The outpatient training component occurs at the Family Medicine Center in Beaver Falls, PA. At the center, residents provide comprehensive medical care for many of the underserved patients in the region, exposing residents to exceptional training in ambulatory medicine. 

More than 150 residents have graduated from Heritage Valley’s Family Medicine Residency Program which is approved to accommodate six residents each year. The new, 13,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art Family Medicine Center is equipped to train the new generation of family medicine residents with access to a systemwide electronic health record (EHR) system.

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