Excitement! Innovation! Opportunity!These are 3 words that come to mind when describing the future of medical education here at St. Joe’s in Reading, PA. What is all the buzz about? Well, over the last 15 years that I’ve been associated with St. Joe’s Family Medicine Residency Program, I have seen lots of changes at our own institution and in medical education in this country. Change has been the one commonality that we have all seen remain stable. Whether it was small curriculum refinements or drastic duty hour requirement changes, we have all continued to live through the many day to day or year to year transitions. However, at this time I look at the changes on the horizon and see EXCITEMENT! INNOVATION! OPPORTUNITY! as future changes dwarf those of the past.
At St. Joe’s, we are amidst 4 transitions with tremendous impact. First, we are currently transitioning to Penn State Health. While we look to maintain our roots surrounding our Catholic heritage, we are strengthening our commitment to our community and moving forward with population health. We commend our administration for this exciting, innovative, opportunity to partner with such a respected institution that shares our program’s commitment to medical education. We look forward to continued success and new, expanding opportunities.
Next, we are transitioning to ICD-10 and EMR. As the World Health Organization (WHO) published ICD-9 in 1978, we have since implemented its use and have been accustomed to this now antiquated system. Thus, ICD-10 brings huge changes to our current coding and billing practices on the business end of medicine. Going paperless with medical records keeps up with the trend we have seen over the recent years. However, in medicine this represents a momentous change which is an exciting, innovative opportunity to improve patient care.
Finally, we are experiencing the colossal merge in graduate medical education as the AOA and ACGME move to a single accreditation system. This massive feat cannot be overlooked and should not be underappreciated. As the respective leaders on both sides have come together, we are all part of graduate medical education history. Excitement! Innovation! Opportunity!
Despite these major transformations, St. Joe’s still continues to strive to provide excellent medical education and training to students and residents. As we welcome 7 new first year residents this academic year, we will officially be a 7-7-7 family medicine residency for the first time in our history. Unique in family medicine programs, St. Joe’s has filled our program an unprecedented 9 years running. While we are proud of this accomplishment, we are challenged to maintain this tradition. We are a family friendly osteopathic focused program who promotes a positive, energetic, fun environment to support education. We offer EXCITEMENT! INNOVATION! OPPORTUNITY! Come see what all the buzz is about! We are the future of family medicine!
WE ARE Penn State Health St. Joe’s Family Medicine Residency Program!
Michael J. Bradley D.O.