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Internships and fellowships

VA Lebanon health care provides training programs for students at the college, university, and postgraduate levels. Explore our training programs to find out about how we can help you start your career as a health care professional.

Contact a training coordinator

Training coordinators can answer questions.

Training for physicians

Training rotations through the Penn State College of Medicine

Students enrolled in programs related to health professions can complete training rotations with us through internship, residency, or fellowship programs in affiliation with the Penn State College of Medicine Residency and Fellowship Programs. We offer rotations in a variety of specialties, including (but not limited to) the following:

  • Addictions Medicine
  • Cardiology
  • Diagnostic Radiology
  • Family Medicine/Geriatrics
  • Hematology/Oncology
  • Internal Medicine
  • Neurology
  • Otolaryngology
  • Psychiatry
  • Palliative Care/Hospice
  • Rheumatology

Learn more
To apply for an internship, residency, or fellowship with us, contact the Graduate Medical Education Office at VHALEBGME@va.gov.

Other physician training programs

Programs not listed here
To find out if your school has an academic affiliation, or to establish a new affiliation with Lebanon VA Medical Center, give us a call.

Phone
717-228-6060

Explore nationwide training programs
The VA Office of Academic Affiliations coordinates training programs that support excellence in health care for Veterans and health professionals. 

Trainings for associated health care professionals - Health Professions Trainees and Nursing

As a student in an associated health care profession, you can also train for your career at VA Lebanon. We offer paid and unpaid (With Out Compensation – WOC) training in a number of areas.

Our training programs

  • Clinical Pastoral Education(CPE)
  • Dental
  • Optometry
  • Pharmacy
  • Podiatry
  • Psychology
  • Social Work
  • Nursing
  • Radiology/Ultrasound Technologists
  • Surgical Technologists
  • PA Students
  • Dietician Students

Learn more

To find out more about our programs in associated health care professions, or to ask about a program not listed here, contact the Graduate Medical Education Office at VHALEBGME@va.gov .
 

Current interns, residents, and fellows

Take the Trainee Satisfaction Survey 

(NOTE: For clinical trainees only.) After you complete a significant portion of your training, we encourage you to take a survey to rate different aspects of your clinical training experience. The feedback you provide helps us understand what we're doing well (and where we need to improve) so we can maintain excellence for Veterans and our trainees.

Get forms and required paperwork

Basic forms you need to enroll in or complete your fellowship, internship, or residency program.

Contact our main office

Graduate Medical Education Office 
VHALEBGME@va.gov

Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE)

Lebanon VA Medical Center offers an accredited Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE). This program is accredited by ACPE Inc. There is a one year residency program with a stipend. It begins toward the end of August of each year. There are one unit intern programs The summer intensive is 11 weeks and is forty hours per week.  The extended program begins normally in September or October. It runs for 25-28 weeks. Classes are held on Mondays and the student must complete 12-14 hours of clinical work each week.

To inquire about the program and obtain an application you may call Chaplain Services at 717-228-6021

Dental

The Lebanon VA Medical Center General Practice Residency in Dentistry offers postdoctoral education and experience to recent dental school graduates.  Residents provide comprehensive dental care, diagnosing oral and maxillofacial diseases and assessing patients’ general health and functional ability.  While most of your patients will be ambulatory outpatients, our hospital-based program also will train you in hospital protocol and provide experience in the administrative and clinical management of our hospitalized patients.

Our program will enhance your knowledge and skills in all phases of dentistry through clinical and didactic training. You will gain advanced experience in endodontics, implants, oral surgery, periodontics, prosthodontics, and restorative dentistry.

Most of your clinical time will be spent at the VA Lebanon dental clinic performing comprehensive dentistry on ambulatory outpatients with supervision from full and part-time faculty.

Your medical and dental specialties training will provide off-service rotations in areas such as anesthesiology, emergency medicine, and internal medicine. You will gain valuable experience interacting with physicians and other health care professionals in the hospital. 

The didactic portion of the program also includes weekly and monthly webinars, seminars by VA faculty, and courses in advanced cardiac life support, physical diagnosis, and conscious sedation.

Application requirements

The program’s admission criteria include:

  1. A DDS or DMD from an ADA accredited dental school
  2. Participation in National Match Program along with completed resident application 
  3. Dental school transcripts with grade point average and class standing
  4. National board scores
  5. A CV, resume, or biographical sketch
  6. Three letters of recommendation from dental school faculty
  7. A photograph (optional)

Selection process

Our selection process is designed to be unbiased.  All completed applications are considered for residency positions.  The Residency Selection Committee will evaluate each applicant based on the above criteria and personal interview.  Applicants are ranked in order based on the total score each receives.  The applicants receiving the highest scores are offered residency positions.

Application deadline

Requested material and applications must be submitted by October 15 of the year preceding requested appointment.

Program brochure

For more information about the VA Lebanon Healthcare System’s General Practice Residency in Dentistry program, please review our brochures.

Pharmacy

The Lebanon VA Medical Center Pharmacy Residency Programs are open to any individual regardless of race, creed, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, or handicap. Lebanon VA Medical Center Residency Candidates are advised to use the following link to determine eligibility for becoming a Health Professions Trainee at VA Facilities:  Am I Eligible? Checklist for VA HPTs

Candidates must also meet the following eligibility criteria to be considered for any Lebanon VA Medical Center PGY1&2 program:

  • Possess or be in good standing to receive a Doctor of Pharmacy or Bachelor of Pharmacy degree from an ACPE accredited school or college of pharmacy
  • Agreement to participate in the ASHP matching program
  • Eligibility for or currently possess a pharmacy license in any state of the United States and must be able to adhere to the Lebanon VA Medical Center PGY pharmacy residency licensure policy for the duration of the residency  (See Manual)
  • Commit to the residency for a period of no less than one year

Please note that VA eligibility requirements may exceed the scope of requirements posed by ASHP/PhORCAS. It is the responsibility of the residency candidate to ensure they will meet all eligibility requirements prior to applying for a residency position with the Lebanon VA Medical Center. If it is determined that a candidate does NOT meet all eligibility requirements their residency position offer will be rescinded, regardless of results of the Match

PGY1 requirements

All applicants who have submitted the requested materials by the application deadline and have met the eligibility requirements below will be considered for interviews.  Interviews will be offered to candidates that the program feels will most likely be able to meet the goals of this residency program.

Application Materials

  • Letter of intent
  • CV
  • Three letters of recommendation (PhORCAS template)
  • Official copy of academic transcripts from pharmacy school

Submission via Phorcas: http://www.ashp.org/phorcas

Deadline

All application materials must be received no later than the deadline set in PhORCAS.  If any of the above materials are not received by the application deadline, the applicant will not be considered for an interview. 

PGY2 Ambulatory Care & PGY2 Psychiatric Pharmacy requirements

All applications materials should be submitted via the PhORCAS system by the application deadline and will be competitively considered for an interview.

Additional Qualifications for LVAMC PGY2 Programs:

  • Completion of a PGY1 ASHP accredited or pending accreditation residency program
    • Resident must submit their PGY1 certificate of completion to the RPD within two weeks of starting their PGY2. Failure to do so may result in disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal from the program.

Resident Application Process

  • Letter of intent*
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Three recommendations in PhORCAS (PhORCAS template)
  • College transcripts

*The letter of intent should include the answers to the following three questions: (1) Why do you want to do this residency? (2) What are your personal and professional strengths? (3) Where do you see yourself in five years?

If any of the above materials are not received by the application deadline of January 10, the applicant will not be considered for an interview.

Early Commitment Process

Current Lebanon VA Medical Center PGY1 residents may apply for early commitment into a PGY2 program.

The deadline of application materials is Nov 1st in order to be considered for early commitment.

The PGY1 resident can expect to have an interview for the program during November. 

Decisions regarding candidate selection will be completed by November 30. 

The specifics for early commitment as well as deadline can be found at the following website: ASHP Match | Early Commitment Process (natmatch.com)

There are differences in terms of application materials needed for current PGY1 Lebanon VA Medical Center Pharmacy residents as listed below:

  • Letter of intent (Please see previous section on information needed for this letter)
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Three recommendations using the ASHP recommendation form (see RPD)
  • College transcripts (Facility should already have these from PGY1 application)

Podiatry

Our Podiatric Medicine Surgery Residency (PMSR) program offers you the medical, biomechanical, and surgical skills necessary to treat the foot and ankle. 

During your first year, you will concentrate on the medical and biomechanical management of the foot and ankle with an emphasis in diabetic limb salvage surgery. During second and third years here, you will have a wide variety of elective foot and ankle surgical opportunities in surrounding community hospitals and surgical centers. 

We offer a strong didactic lecture series with presentations and surgical workshops. You also will share several training experiences with surgical and medical residents from the Milton S. Hershey Medical School on the University Service.

Application requirements

  1. US Citizenship
  2. PM Lexis III and/or Pennsylvania Podiatry License
  3. Graduate of an accredited college of podiatric medicine
  4. Application through CASPR

Program documents

Podiatric Medicine and Surgery Residency Curriculum

Appointment Agreement

Psychology

The VA Lebanon Healthcare System’s Doctoral Internship Program gives candidates a generalist training with a variety of psychiatric, medical, and geriatric patients in residential, inpatient, outpatient, and primary care settings. As a graduate, you will be are prepared for professional practice in VA facilities as well as a wide range of health care settings, including medical centers and non-VA hospitals that primarily serve adults.

Application requirements

  1. US Citizenship
  2. In good standing in an APA accredited clinical or counseling psychology doctoral program
  3. Approved for internship status by their graduate training program coordinator
  4. Completed at least 3 years of graduate training prior to internship and earned at least 400 intervention and assessment hours documented on the AAPI.
  5. Verification of Selective Service Registration. Male applicants born after 1959 must sign a pre-appointment Certification Statement for Selective Service Registration.

Program documents

For more information about application requirements and how to apply, download files below:

Learn more

To apply for an internship, residency, or fellowship with us, contact the following program directors:

Dental:
Alfred S. Jaskulski, DMD
jaskulski@va.gov
717-227-6621, ext. 4768

Pharmacy: 
PGY1
Ashley Kelley, PharmD, BCPS
Ashley.Dorward@va.gov

PGY2 Ambulatory Care
Dina Hunsinger-Norris, Pharm.D., BCACP, BCPS
dina.hunsinger-norris@va.gov
1-800-409-8771, ext. 5444

PGY2 Psychiatric Pharmacy
Erica Hoot, PharmD, BCPS, BCPP
Erica.hoot@va.gov

Podiatry:
Richard D LaTour, DPM
717-272-6621, ext. 4163

Psychology
Dr. Melissa Snarski Cyrus
Melissa.Cyrus@va.gov