Department of Family Medicine and Community Health

Family physicians are in a unique position to research the impact of disease at different life stages, to study how social relations and values shape health and disease, and to develop interventions to improve the health of individuals and populations. Yet the "law of inverse opportunity" holds — there is a dearth of well-trained family physician researchers.

The Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at the University of Pennsylvania offers a diversity of faculty expertise. At present, we offer three fellowship opportunities. Fellows are given options for specialty training which include our Global Health Fellowship, Population Health Fellowship, and Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship.

Global Health Fellowship

The University of Pennsylvania Department of Family Medicine and Community Health in collaboration with the Guatemala-Penn-Partners and the Hospitalito Atitlan is offering the Global Health Fellowship in Comprehensive Health. This unique opportunity allows a fellow to develop clinical, educational and leadership skills in the care of underserved populations in West Philadelphia and Santiago Atitlan, Guatemala.

The fellow has the option of a one or two-year fellowship with clinical, community outreach and teaching responsibilities at both Penn Family Care and the Hospitalito Atitlan. Responsibilities will include low risk OB, inpatient, outpatient and community outreach as well as, supervision of residents and medical students teaching in the Hospitalito.

Learn more about our Global Health Fellowship

Population Health Fellowship

The Population Health program is designed to train primary care researchers to make significant contributions to our nation's health and succeed in an increasingly complex, competitive, and demanding health system. Fellows are provided with training in innovative approaches to identifying and addressing the needs of at-risk populations.

Fellows will be involved in the design, proposal, and implementation of projects of every size. Fellows will have access to mentors and projects associated with population health management. With this environment and the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health's commitment to providing high-quality health care to medically underserved populations, we expect that many fellows will become leaders in population health management.

Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship

The University of Pennsylvania, Division of Sports Medicine in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery, the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, and the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation is pleased to offer a one-year Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship opportunity in Philadelphia. This PCSM Fellowship has two positions per year.  One position is open to all primary care residents, including family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, and emergency medicine.  One position is open to all physical medicine and rehabilitation residents.  The fellowship offers a comprehensive and balanced experience including care for athletes of all ages and levels of competition.

  • Division I Athletic Coverage: The fellow will serve as a team physician for the University of Pennsylvania, a Division I athletic program with over 30 varsity sports.
  • Professional Sports:
    • NHL experience through Dr. Gary Dorshimer, who serves as Head Team Physician for the Philadelphia Flyers.
    • NFL experience through Dr. Arsh Dhanota, who serves as Chief Medical Officer & Head Team Physician for the Philadelphia Eagles.
  • Pediatric Sports Medicine Training at CHOP: The fellow will have significant time with non-operative sports medicine faculty and comprehensive concussion management training at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.
  • Mass Participation Events: The fellow will serve as an associate medical director for the Penn Relays Track and Field Carnival, Philadelphia Love Run Half Marathon, and the Tri-Rock Philadelphia Triathlon.
  • Comprehensive Didactics and Curriculum: The fellow will have time and exposure with multiple specialists.
    • Musculoskeletal radiology including musculoskeletal ultrasound with two board-certified MSK U/S specialists
    • Non-operative spine care with faculty from the Penn Spine Center
    • Foot and ankle surgery
    • Hand surgery
    • Elbow and shoulder surgery

Program Faculty

  • Current Fellows

    Meet our current fellows at the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health.

  • How to Apply

    Students may apply to our Family Medicine and Community Health Fellowship Programs using the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS).

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