Dr. Thomas Ma, chair of the Department of Medicine at Penn State College of Medicine, is pictured in front of a blue photo backdrop with the department's logo. He is talking animatedly and looks happy.

Department of Medicine

Medicine at Penn State College of Medicine

The Department of Medicine seeks to revolutionize the future of medicine. The department strives to be an international leader in the delivery of health care by providing leading-edge medical therapies focused on exceptional patient experiences and outcomes, pioneering innovations in novel therapeutic agents and approaches, uncovering paradigm-shifting scientific discoveries and empowering medical students and residents to change the world.

At all times, the Department of Medicine aims to excel in patient care, research, education and community outreach. These missions are supported by our 11 divisions, 300 faculty, 55 advanced practice providers, 65 fellows, 80 residents and 100 staff.

Our department consists of international leaders in medical school and resident education, laboratory and clinical research and cutting-edge clinical care. Our faculty led the transformation in medical student education by introducing the innovative health systems science education and team-based learning curriculum, and our researchers paved the way for the introduction of groundbreaking procedures and state-of-the-art therapies that revolutionize patient care.

Thomas Ma, MD, PhD, is Chair of the Department of Medicine at Penn State College of Medicine. He is pictured in a medical coat, dress shirt and tie against a professional photo background.
Thomas Ma, MD, PhD, Chair, Medicine

We are devoted to enhancing the health of our communities, transforming care for the underserved and eliminating health disparities in central Pennsylvania and beyond. In part, we sustain this goal by leveraging Penn State Project ECHO, a knowledge-sharing and mentoring network that gives providers in rural regions access to advanced subspecialty knowledge through virtual learning opportunities.

In the darkness of the COVID-19 pandemic, our faculty, advanced practice providers and residents and fellows have never shined brighter. They have worked tirelessly and courageously, utilizing the latest advancements in COVID-19 therapy, to provide the best outcomes possible for the people of central Pennsylvania.

Our dedication to a dynamic workplace, physician wellness and work satisfaction is as unparalleled as our commitment to the core values and missions that drive us. We champion diversity, equity and inclusion, and we celebrate individuality and differences.

I invite you to explore this website and discover all the things that make our department such an incredible place to be.

With warm regards,

Thomas Ma, MD, PhD
Professor and Chair, Department of Medicine
Professor of Microbiology and Immunology
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More about Medicine @ Penn State

Education in the Department of Medicine

The Department of Medicine's objective is to train the best clinical and academic providers possible.

The department's many residency and fellowship programs provide the opportunity for trainees to learn in-depth the fundamentals of basic science as applied to clinical practice in both general internal medicine and a number of subspecialty disciplines, all while providing an outstanding patient-care experience.

A number of opportunities are available for medical students as well, including clerkships, acting internships and electives. Meanwhile, continuing education programs provide opportunities for providers in general internal medicine and many specialties to refine their skills.

Research in the Department of Medicine

All the divisions of the Department of Medicine have active research and scholarly initiatives, and the department offers Research Grand Rounds and a Research Council to further the work of basic, clinical and translational research.

Clinical Care in the Department of Medicine

The Department of Medicine offers an extensive range of inpatient and outpatient services across its 11 divisions, providing care in general internal medicine outpatient clinics, hospitalist care in inpatient facilities, and specialty care in allergy, cardiology, endocrinology, gastroenterology, geriatrics, hematology/oncology, infectious disease, nephrology, palliative medicine, pulmonary, rheumatology and more.

Learn more about patient care at Penn State Health.

Community Service in the Department of Medicine

The Department of Medicine believes that medical care extends beyond the walls of hospitals and clinics. By contributing to service organizations, professional societies, community events and charitable care services, departmental faculty, staff and students bring the best characteristics of medicine - altruistic service - to the people who need it the most.

The department contributes to the advancement of medical practice, nationally and internationally, and meets the needs of those in the central Pennsylvania community through programs such as LionCare, a free clinic run by College of Medicine students that provides free health services to underserved populations in Harrisburg.

Upcoming Events in Medicine

Jobs in Medicine

Information on jobs that may be available in the Department of Medicine can be found at psu.jobs (for non-clinical positions) or careers.pennstatehealth.org (for clinical positions). All applications must be made through those sites.