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among the most consistently highly ranked
of the 500-plus programs in existence today.
More than 500 physicians have graduated from the LGH program, which is now
celebrating its 50th anniversary. About
one-third of those graduates went on to
practice medicine in Lancaster County, many
serving in leadership roles at Penn Medicine
Lancaster General Health.
Dr. Zervanos, who served as program
director until 2002, recalls that at the time
of the program's founding, fewer than 5
percent of medical school graduates wanted
to be general practitioners. The program
and others like it sought to train a new
generation of family physicians to provide
comprehensive health care while building
meaningful relationships with patients.
"The idea of family medicine as a specialty
was fairly new at the time," he said. "We
wanted to ensure that we would have more
of these kinds of doctors moving forward."
J. Kenneth Brubaker, M.D., who graduated with the residency program's first class
in 1973, went on to co-found LG Health
Physicians Family Medicine Norlanco. He
recently retired from LGHP Geriatrics after
a long career that included such varied experiences as volunteering in Puerto Rico and
seeing patients in Lancaster County Prison.
"I especially appreciated the residency
program's emphasis on caring for the whole
person, namely the physical, mental, social
and spiritual well-being," he said. "I was
blessed to train with colleagues who were
enthusiastic and passionate about family
medicine and had a clear calling that was
driven by their faith."
Pamela A. Vnenchak, M.D., a 1993
graduate who recently succeeded Stephen
Ratcliffe, M.D., as the program's third
director, said residents gain broad skills with
a special emphasis on obstetrics. For many,
completing residency with the ability to
practice full-spectrum family medicine ultimately leads to greater personal satisfaction.

Dr. Vnenchak's on-the-job learning during
residency included taking calls by herself at
Walter L. Aument Family Health Center in
Quarryville. Patients would call or knock
on the door with ailments that ranged from
broken bones and lacerations to chest pain.
"It was rather terrifying to never know
exactly what was going to walk through
the door," she said. "But having to solve
the problem by yourself also led to a lot
of confidence."
The program's diverse learning experiences
attract many residents. Christine M. Stabler,
M.D., LG Health Vice President, Academic
Affairs, never planned to leave her native
Philadelphia. Then, as a third-year medical
student, she heard Dr. Zervanos speak.
"His speech resonated with me," said Dr.
Stabler, a 1983 graduate. "He put my feelings
about continuous, comprehensive care into
words and more importantly, actions. I knew
then that Lancaster would help me become
the physician I envisioned."
Residency program graduates currently
practice in such far-flung locations as
Africa, Alaska, and Hawaii. But for many,
three years in residency is sufficient time
to put down permanent roots in Lancaster. Stephen Olin, M.D., a 1976 graduate
who retired from LGHP Family Medicine
Downtown, continues to serve as a preceptor for the program.
"I would not have ever considered living
or practicing in Lancaster if it were not for
the LGH residency program," he said. "It
was my first choice of all the East Coast
programs, and after 46 years, I remain in
Lancaster with my wife of 48 years."
John C. Wood, M.D., Medical Director,
LG Health Physicians, said the residency
program's comprehensive training includes
inpatient and outpatient settings, rural and
urban clinics, and working alongside a variety
of specialists and all members of the care
team. After graduation, many physicians
choose areas of specialty, including geriatrics,
sports medicine, and HIV care.

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"Our residents receive an extremely
high-intensity training, so they can be
very confident in whatever direction they
choose," said Dr. Wood, who graduated in
2004. "We also train physicians in the key
competencies of leadership. You can see
the results of that training when you look
around at the physician leaders in our health
system today."
The program's strong legacy of leadership includes graduates who have gone on
to become department chairs, program
directors, medical school deans, managing
physicians, Family Physicians of the Year, and
leaders in national professional associations.
Michael R. Ripchinski, M.D., LG Health
Chief Clinical Officer, who graduated in
2006, said LGH was his top-ranked residency program, due to its reputation, his
experiences during medical school rotations
and the caliber of faculty, residents, and the
hospital. His interest in leadership and the
administrative aspects of medicine originated during residency, when he served as
chief resident.
"I developed a calmness under pressure
for anything I do now in my current role
as a result of experiences leading hospital
codes, performing procedures in our rural
office and delivering over 100 babies during
residency," he said. "I absolutely believe that
my formative years in residency directly contributed to my abilities to engage and lead
others to improve our patients' outcomes."
Dr. Zervanos attributes the residency program's continued success to administrative
and clinical staff support, a dedicated faculty,
and the residents themselves. Admission
to the program is highly competitive, with
150 physicians applying for 13 openings
each year.
"So many times on an interview day, I felt
so inspired by the young people applying,"
he said. "Some didn't end up coming to our
program, but thankfully, a lot of them did."



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