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No one escapes Dr. Kirchner’s demanding nature, especially not his patients, who always come first in his work, but still are expected to actively participate in their medical regimen. He treats them with utmost respect, understanding many are suffering with devastating illness, yet he challenges their decisions when needed to get them back on track. They respond with adherence to medical treatment and improvements in their health. “As I prepare for my first job after residency, I realize how strong an influence he has had on the direction of my career,” said resident Richard Scott Dent, MD. “This doesn’t surprise me. I aspire to deliver the type of care that Dr. Kirchner provides. I want to be the kind of teacher he is.” Thanks to his tough attending, Dr. Dent will continue to provide HIV care and will, like Dr. Kirchner, become certified with the American Academy of HIV Medicine. “He challenges you to be your best and this single quality is the definition of a great doctor and a great teacher,” he continued. Dr. Kirchner received all of his training near Philadelphia. He went to Villanova University for a cum laude bachelor’s in biology, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine for his DO, a rotating internship at the Osteopathic Medical Center of Philadelphia and then residency at nearby Abington Memorial Hospital. But then he spent a year volunteering as staff physician for the Healthcare for the Homeless Project in Washington, DC. It was a short time that would go a long way to shape his career and focus. He spent six years as an associate in a private practice in Lancaster before turning to in smaller towns like Lancaster, even though she had heard good things about the residency there. But the buzz about Dr. Kirchner and his HIV/AIDS program was too overwhelming to turn aside. She was already interested in HIV care, hoping to spend time in community health centers in the U.S., as well as someday working in her husband’s native Kenya. She came to Lancaster and began working weekly in the clinic during her second year. “Looking back, it was in the HIV clinic that I learned how to be an excellent family physician,” she said, “It was there that I learned from Dr. Kirchner how to approach difficult conversations and questions, how to build relationships and instill trust, how to take a thorough history and rediscover the lost art of the physical exam… This experience has proven to be the most rewarding of my residency experience…When I grow up, I want to be Dr. Kirchner.” A consummate researcher and writer with more than 85 articles to his credit, Dr. Kirchner also serves on the editorial board of Postgraduate Medicine, Family Practice Recertification and Medical Aspects of Human Sexuality. He has earned the American Medical Association’s Physician’s Recognition Award three times and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP).
“ Watching him, you see the doctor that you hope to become one day, which forces you to turn yourself into the best possible resident that you can be.”
David O’Gurek, MD Current LGH resident
teaching and his clinic. His work and reputation has been a draw for the residency ever since. After medical school at Georgetown, current LGH resident Stephanie Ogunka, MD, was focusing on major cities for her residency, hesitant to even look
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Keystone Physician - Summer 2010
Keystone Physician - Summer 2010
One President Says Goodbye and Another Introduces Vision and Goals for His 2010-11 Term
REACHing Out to Members
Compliance Update: OIG Policy Statement
Plan. Do. Study. Act.
EHR Series: Teamwork is Key to Successful Transition
PAFP Members Elects New Officers, Take Care of Business and Enjoy Some Golf
CRC Screening Initiative Offers CME Opportunities
PAFP Now Offers More than 25 CME Credits Through Online Webcasts
Keystone Physician - Summer 2010
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