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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How many resident positions are there?
A: There are 22 residents total. We will have 7 positions in the match.

Q: Does the program have an Osteopathic recognition by ACGME?
A: The Family Medicine Program places strong emphasis is Osteopathic education. We are currently in the application process of Osteopathic Recognition.

Q: What are the resident call responsibilities?
A: We use a night float system to cover Pediatrics and our Family Medicine service. Residents have approximately 4 weeks of night float split into 2 blocks in addition to 5 weekend nights through the year. All resident call is in house.

Q: Are there electives? Any away electives?
A: Yes. There are one elective block during the second year and three elective blocks during the third year of residency. Residents are encouraged to explore areas of medicine they would like more in-depth exposure to, such as palliative care and sports medicine, or they can use a block for research. Throughout the year, one half day per week, residents work on a longitudinal elective of their choice. Residents may choose to participate in Jefferson Abington Hospital, Regional, National, or International rotations during their elective blocks.

Q: What type of hospital is Jefferson Health – Abington?
A: Jefferson Health – Abington is a non-profit, community teaching hospital, located four miles north of the Philadelphia border. It is one of the largest and busiest hospitals in the area; however, it still maintains a strong community feeling with plenty of space and high patient satisfaction. In addition, Abington is affiliated with multiple medical schools and offers multiple residencies including Internal Medicine, Surgery, Obstetrics/Gynecology, and Family Medicine.

Q: What patient community does Abington serve?
A: The community in Abington is wonderfully diverse, with people of all ages and backgrounds. We are able to provide interpretation services for all of these diverse populations through certified interpreters when scheduled in advance or via Language Line telephone service for emergency visits. Our office also sees the entire spectrum of socioeconomic backgrounds, accepting all insurances and people with no insurance. In addition, we are the primary care provider for many of the special needs programs in our area, including Phoebe Wyncote, Luther Woods, Gloria Dei, Meadowood, and Dresher Hill Rehab.

Q: How much time off will I have?
A: The following time off is provided each year:


3 weeks


1 week

Personal Days

3 days


2 days during PGY1-2, 6 days during PGY3

Q: Where do the residents live?
A: Residents primarily live in neighborhoods of Philadelphia and bordering suburbs.

Q: Can residents moonlight?
A: PGY-2 and PGY-3 Family Medicine Residents in good standing are permitted to moonlight at Jefferson Health – Abington.

Q: What opportunities are available for residents interested in sports medicine and geriatrics?
A: Residents who express interest in Sports Medicine or Geriatrics have the opportunity to follow the Sports Medicine or Geriatric track throughout residency. Please see the Residency Curriculum page for more details.

Q: Who can I contact for more information?
A: Meghan Wadlinger, Program Manager at (215) 481-2729.