Family Medicine Residency Program

Heritage Valley Family Medicine Residency Program

724-773-8902

Holly Buckins
Residency Coordinator

1125 7th Ave.

Beaver Falls, PA 15010


Phone:  724-773-8902 
Fax:  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.

To see our young and energetic faculty, follow the link below:

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
  • Graduation Festivities
  • Residency Fantasy Football League

For more information regarding our current and past residents, follow the links below:

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 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 customize their own unique learning experience by creating their own Targeted Resident Area of Concentration (TRAC).  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.

For more information regarding our program, follow the links below:

The three-year Heritage Valley Family Medicine Residency Program consists of a combination of patient care and teaching.  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.

For more detailed information regarding our curriculum, follow the links below:

A PROGRAM AS UNIQUE AS YOU!


CREATE YOUR OWN TRAC:

With the resources available to you at our program, the possibilities are endless.  With the help of your faculty advisor, design a specific Targeted Resident Area of Concentration (TRAC) that aligns with your particular area of interest or educational desires.  The flexibility in the curriculum is designed to make us “A Program as Unique as You.”  Previous residents have designed TRACs in:

  • Geriatrics

  • Sports Medicine

  • Global Health

  • Sleep Medicine

  • Hospitalist Medicine

  • Occupational Medicine

  • Emergency Medicine

  • Palliative Care

  • Urgent Care

  • Women's Health

  • Obstetrics

  • Research

  • Faculty Development

PROGRAM BENEFITS

- Twenty (20) days of Paid Time Off (PTO) plus seven holidays

- Interview time: 3 days for PGY-3

- Five (5) CME days for PGY-2 and PGY-3

- iPad

- BLS, ACLS, PALS, and NRP certification provided

- Monogrammed lab coats (2 per year)

- Online subscriptions to multiple educational resources (NEJM Resident 360+, Challenger for Residency, and Prescriber’s Letter)

 

ADDITIONAL MONETARY BENEFITS

 

Continuing Medical Education (CME): 

$2,000 per year

Food allowance: 

$1,800 per year

Paid training and license fees:                              
PA Medical training license, Unrestricted PA license, USMLE/COMLEX Step 3, ABFM Board exam, AOBFP Board exam (DO only)

$3460

Payment of professional membership dues:            
AAFP, PA Medical Society, Beaver County Medical Society, AOA (DO only), AOBFP (DO only)

$450

 

Fitness center membership:   

$360 per year

Matching 403b contribution:   

$1730 per year (average)

Total over 3 years:       

$21,580

 

HOSPITAL BENEFITS

- Malpractice, Life, and Disability insurances

- Healthcare, dental and vision insurance

- Retirement Savings Plan with matching 403b contributions (ave. $1730/year)

- Credit union on site

- Free parking

- Free Scrubs

 

SALARY

 
First Year:  $55,150
Second Year:   $57,730
Third Year:   $61,100
Chief Resident:   $1,800 additional/year

 

MEDICAL STUDENT CLERKSHIPS 

Two or four-week clerkships are available in:

  • Family Medicine
  • OB/GYN

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
724-773-8980

The Wellness Curriculum was developed in recognition of the importance of devoting resources and efforts to bolster life-balance and well-being among residents during training, as well as developing skills for adaptation and resiliency throughout the course of a medical career.  Resources and activities have been built into the curriculum promoting personal and professional fulfillment and successful functioning in the Social, Emotional, Mental, Spiritual, and Physical realms.  Additional resources include support services to encourage interpersonal adjustment and to avoid or alleviate professional and personal burnout.

Components of the Wellness Curriculum include:

  •  “Wellness Fridays” – scheduled participation in recreational, team building activities (e.g., scavenger hunt, bowling, trampoline center) occurring on Friday afternoons approximately every 8 weeks
  • 2 “Wellness Days” per year in addition to vacation and personal days
  • Free gym membership
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP) educational lectures and 24/7 availability to residents
  • Class support groups
  • Holiday parties
  • Block parties (end of rotation block- fun activities led by residents)
  • Nutritional education and cooking skills training conducted by a local culinary arts school
  • Resident Wellness Committee
  • Wellness seminars including: “Surviving Residency”, “Mindfulness”, “Living Longer and Better (Blue Zones)”

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. Consequently, our residents do not have to compete for patients, procedures or deliveries and, with the exception of the opportunity to train at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, are able 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.  The Family Medicine Center is embracing disease state management and the principles of the Patient-Centered Medical Home and is constantly evolving in order to thrive in a quality driven healthcare environment.

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 Allscripts, a system-wide electronic health record (EHR) system.