Osteopathic Family Medicine Residency Program

Family Medicine Residency Program at St. Joe’s Penn State Health St. Joseph

Mission Statement

Penn State Health St. Joseph Family and Community Medicine Residency Program strives to provide excellent education in training family physicians to provide comprehensive, compassionate, coordinated and continuous high quality patient-centered care to the community served by our program, regardless of background or resources. Our care utilizes evidence-based medicine, with an emphasis on patient safety, health maintenance and disease prevention, to support the health of our greater community.  We foster lifelong learning and scholarly activity in a supportive, family-oriented environment, promoting work-life balance.


BCMS Residents’ Day

Berks County Medical Society’s annual Residents’ Day and the Memorial Lecture was held on April 21, 2017 at Berks Visiting Nurses Association. Residents from Penn State Health St. Joseph’s Family Medicine Residency Program submit posters on interesting or unique patient cases as well as primary or secondary research. The submitted posters are on display during the event and residents are available for questions and discussions. From the submitted posters, winners are selected to present their topic as a podium presentation on Residents’ Day.

This year, Penn State Health St. Joseph’s Family Medicine Residency Program was well represented with four poster presentations. Dr. Lauren LaCount, D.O., third year FM resident, presented an original research poster on “End of Life Planning: A Survey of a Family Practice Residency Clinic Population.” Dr. Megan Morris, D.O., third year FM resident, presented a case on “Acute Massive Pulmonary Embolism in Postpartum Female.”

Dr. Thucuc Nguyen, D.O., third year FM resident, prepared a poster on “Cutaneous Sarcoidosis: A Differential Diagnosis for a Common Skin Lesion.” Second year FM resident Dr. Jillian Ventuzelo, D.O. arranged a poster on “Acute Worsening Respiratory Status in a Premature Infant with RSV Bronchiolitis.” Dr. LaCount was selected as one of the winners and spoke about her research and findings. She noted the importance of using timely opportunities to educate, discuss and provide resources on end of life care. The audience included residents and medical students from both hospital systems, as well as, several community physicians.

Congratulations to Drs. Lacount, Morris, Nguyen and Ventuzelo!

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