In the past half-century, 523 physicians have graduated from the Lancaster General Hospital Family Medicine Residency Program. About a third of these graduates went on to practice in Lancaster County, many serving in leadership roles at LG Health.

In honor of the residency program’s 50th anniversary, graduates reflected on its success and shared some of their favorite memories.

Pamela A. Vnenchak, M.D., residency program director
Class of 1993

Some of my favorite memories from when I was a resident were being on call by myself in Quarryville. People would call on the phone or just knock on the door and come in. I saw a lot of broken bones, lacerations and chest pain cases. It was always rather terrifying to never know what was going to walk through the door. But having to solve the problem by yourself also led to a lot of confidence. 

J. Kenneth Brubaker, M.D., co-founder, LGHP Family Medicine Norlanco; retiree, LGHP Geriatrics
Class of 1973

I have many fond memories as a member of the first family medicine residency class at Lancaster General Hospital. While my initial interest was psychiatry, I enjoyed all of my required rotations in medical school. Thus, the creation of a Family Medicine Residency Program became increasingly attractive to me as I entered my fourth year of medical school. An interview with Dr. (Nikitas) Zervanos convinced me to select Lancaster as my first choice. I especially appreciated Nik’s emphasis in caring for the whole person, namely the physical, mental, social and spiritual well-being.

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