Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care

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Life in Philadelphia

What is Philadelphia life like? Awesome. But we're not the most objective source, we realize. Here are some resources to help current and prospective fellows understand living in the City of Brotherly (and Sisterly) Love.


Gyms: You can join the Penn Gym at a discount, and there are many other private gyms, including the city's only indoor rock climbing gym.

Running: Run along the Schuylkill River Trail, enjoy the historic 10-mile Broad Street Run, tackle the Color Run, the Love Run, or the Philadelphia Marathon.

Cycling: Whether you want to bike 6 miles or 60 miles, there are plenty of options

Professional sports: We have a long-standing martyrdom complex about our sports, but we still cheer them on! Go Eagles, Phillies, 76ers, Flyers, and Union!


There's too much to list, but a good place to start is the Philly Fun Guide.

Arts: Climb the steps like Rocky Balboa at the Philadelphia Art Museum, enjoy our public art, see a show at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts.

Food: We're home to restaurants from three Iron Chefs (Bobby Flay, Jose Garces, and Masaharu Morimoto), several Steven Starr restaurants, and we have a thriving BYOB and food truck scene. That's in addition to the iconic Philly cheesesteak. Your palate won't get bored in Philadelphia! Check out Philly food trends for 2017 (Philadelphia magazine).

History: The Liberty Bell is smaller than you might think, but still worth a visit. It's in Old City near Independence Hall and the National Constitution Center. Be ready for a bumpy ride on cobblestone streets, though!

Music: Whether you like The Roots, indie rock, or the orchestra, there is plenty to enjoy in Philadelphia's music scene.


Fellows and faculty live all over the Philadelphia area, both inside the city and in the Philadelphia, New Jersey, and Delaware suburbs close by. Fellows planning to stay for just one year (or figuring out the real estate market) tend to live near HUP and PPMC, in University City (the east part of West Philly) and Center City. However, there are as many exceptions to that tendency as there are fellows! Ask any of us about where we live and why we chose to live there. The cost of living in Philadelphia compares favorably to other major US cities (run your own comparison here).

Child care

Child care options vary depending on the age of your children and the number of hours of child care needed. Fellows and faculty in our department have placed their children in the Penn Child Care center (although the waiting lists are long), as well as highly-rated private local centers and/or individuals (nannies, babysitters). We don't endorse any particular option, but any of us would be happy to speak with you about how we made child care work with our busy schedules.

Employment opportunities for family

Philadelphia is the fifth-largest city in the United States, with 1.5 million inhabitants (Phoenix is nipping at our heels). The Philadelphia metro area is the seventh-largest in the country with more than 6 million people. There are many professional job opportunities, especially in health care (there are more than 20 hospitals in and near Philadelphia) and education (there are more than 40 four-year universities in Philadelphia and the surrounding Delaware Valley). 

The University of Pennsylvania (Penn)

Penn is an amazing resource that is right at your fingertips. Penn Medicine is owned by the University of Pennsylvania, which is an unusual arrangement for an academic medical center. Penn's vast resources are available to you, from the comprehensive library system to campus events that bring luminaries from around the globe. Click here to see more about life at Penn.