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Our commitment to education brings together physicians and scientists to teach students to become compassionate healers and novel visionaries.

The Family Medicine residency program has 27 residents learning and exploring family medicine with faculty. The program is known for the academic rigor it brings to curricular emphasis on community medicine, women's health, and elective research experiences. Residents rotate through Penn Presbyterian Medical Center (PPMC), the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP), and the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), various Penn Medicine practices, and community sites.

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Welcome! Thank you for your interest in our Family Medicine Residency. Penn is a great place for Family Medicine training, providing a solid clinical foundation in a friendly and supportive atmosphere.

We believe that training in family medicine must be broad-based and as real-life as possible. To that end, our residents see their own patient panel from the first week of their residency, working within resident/faculty teams that define their group practice experience over the three years of residency training.

At the same time we believe that our residency must anticipate and respond to the health needs of our surrounding community. Philadelphia is a city of neighborhoods, each with a rich heritage and its own unique set of resources and challenges. West Philadelphia, where we make our home, is no different. The strength of our community-based training for residents is unparalleled, drawing on resources from Penn and our surrounding community to create collaborative partnerships that are models of community-based care. 

While patient care is at the core of our training experience for residents, we believe that family physicians have a unique role to play in helping our health system meet the other aspects of its tripartite mission: education, and research. Our breadth of training and scope of practice provide powerful role models for students and at the same time serve as an incubator for translating ivory-tower research into best-practice. Our residents are vital to each of these roles.

We look forward to answering your questions and meeting with you in the near future.


Margaret Baylson, MD, MPH
Residency Program Director

David Nicklin, MD
Senior Associate Residency Director

Residency Community Initiatives

The residency training program stresses community service and community engagement throughout the Philadelphia area. To be effective community-based providers, residents choosing to pursue careers in clinical medicine, basic science or academic/research-based careers need to be able to expand their perspective, be introduced community-based interventions, and translate their clinical and research knowledge to the bedside or community practices

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Family Medicine Residency Program Curriculum

Our residency training program curriculum provides a solid clinical foundation for future physicians specializing in Family Medicine and Community Health.

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