Famous as the birthplace of American independence and home of the Liberty Bell, Philadelphia offers a unique variety of historical and modern attractions, culture, entertainment and activities all year round. Fairmount Park, the largest urban park in the world, maintains walking, running, and cycling trails, and residents and fellows can take advantage of Penn's state-of-the-art health and fitness facilities.
Philadelphia boasts a large metropolitan area but is small enough to feel like home. It has the highest standard of living per dollar of any major city in the Northeast corridor, and housing is readily available and affordable. An extensive public transportation system focused on Center City also makes it possible for alternative living outside the city and in nearby suburbs. Philadelphia International Airport is just a short train ride from Penn campus.
Residents complete at least one-third of their rotations at Pennsylvania Hospital, and approximately two-thirds of their rotation at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. The main campuses are roughly 1.5 miles apart.
Many trainees choose to live in the city, which allows easy access to all hospitals from downtown. Trainees who live downtown walk, bike, or take public transit to work. We also have residents who live in West Philadelphia and many residents who choose to live outside the city in the Philadelphia suburbs. Those that live farther away can take a regional rail line which stops right in front of the main campus, or drive to work (residents can use a parking benefit made available through the program).
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