Eastcentral Pennsylvania Area Health Education Center 5662 Interchange Road Lehighton, PA 18235

Serving Berks, Carbon, Lehigh, Northampton, & Schuylkill Counties.

Phone: 610.379.2001 Fax: 610.379.2005

   

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We are proud to assist in the development of the health professions workforce in our region through education, training and public awareness.

Shelba Scheffner MPH,CHES

Executive Director ECPAAHEC

 

 

 

                   

 

 

Preceptors

 

EASTCENTRAL PA AHEC Preceptors/Sites

 

A crucial part of our mission involves linking medical students with Medical Preceptors in the community. Our goal is to help facilitate the process that allows the students to become familiar with the issues encountered in rural or underserved communities. The student can also begin to establish relationships that will prove beneficial should he or she decide to practice in a rural or underserved area.

 

The Eastcentral PA AHEC places students with physicians in rural and/or underserved community medicine clerkships in the following counties: Berks, Carbon, Lehigh, Northampton, and Schuylkill.  Names, locations and information pertaining to our preceptors and sites may be found below  Some information may be subject to change.  These are AHEC sites and placement will be coordinated through the ECPA AHEC office.  Please do not contact the site directly.

Students who have chosen the Eastcentral PA AHEC in any of the five counties are asked to contact Eastcentral PA AHEC at eschaffer@ecpaahec.org.  A Student Profile must be completed and returned to Eastcentral PA AHEC. (click to download Student Profile)

If you are interested in a clerkship with a Board Certified Physician who is not on our list, we will work with the Physician to become an affiliate.

Eastcentral PA AHEC’s role in arranging these rotations is to present 4th year medical students with learning opportunities at doctors’ practices in mainly outpatient Primary Care settings in primarily rural and federally-designated medically underserved areas/populations (MUA/P’s) and health professional shortage areas (HPSA’s) in our five county region.

While this is the goal, students may at times be placed in somewhat more suburban sites due to factors such as preceptor availability or availability of sites which meet necessary ‘underserved’ criteria.

When openings are available with preceptors at a Rural Health Center, MUA/P, or HPSA during any given rotation block, these will be assigned until all are filled.

To facilitate the process:

  • You are required to submit a completed STUDENT PROFILE and a CR-1 (pre-rotation form) to the Eastcentral PA AHEC office after your official assignment to the EC AHEC is known.  This can be done through e-mail, by fax or mail.  Forms can be sent to you electronically upon request. (click to download Student Profile or CR1)
  • DO NOT contact preceptors’ offices on  your own
  • Please make initial contact to EC AHEC via e-mail to eschaffer@ecpaahec.org.

 

Housing: Housing will be provided for select sites through Eastcentral PA AHEC on an individual basis.  A refundable housing deposit of a check for $25 is required.

Meals:  Meals are the responsibility of the student

All Eastcentral PA AHEC placements require the student to have his/her own transportation due to the distance between housing and practice.

Eastcentral PA AHEC may assign various community/public health single day rotations in the county which may include a weekend day.  This will afford the student the opportunity to familiarize him/herself with the diverse population of the county.

Berks County

Eastcentral PA AHEC is affiliated with several preceptors in Berks County. Those students assigned to a Reading Hospital and Medical Center affiliated preceptor will receive housing at the Hospital as available.  These students are asked to complete the form on the Reading Hospital website:  http://www.readinghospital.org/medicalEducation/Medstudent

Carbon County

Eastcentral PA AHEC works closely with several preceptors in rural Carbon County. 

Housing is available in Palmerton.  Specific housing information and how to obtain a key will be given when Preceptor Assignment information is sent. 

Lehigh County

Eastcentral PA AHEC is affiliated with several preceptors practicing in underserved areas of Lehigh County.  Housing is located in Palmerton, PA (Carbon County) as available which is an approximate 35 minute drive to the sites in Lehigh County

Northampton County

Northampton County contains several rural and underserved areas.  No housing is available in Northampton County at this time, however students may stay in the house in Palmerton which is a 45 minute drive to the sites.  Students can also be placed with a Northampton County preceptor if they are able to secure their own housing.

Schuylkill County

Sites are available in rural and underserved areas in Schuylkill County.  No housing is available in Schuylkill County at this time.  Students can be placed with a Schuylkill County preceptor if they are able to secure their own housing.

 

LIST OF ACTIVE AHEC 2013-2014 PRECEPTORS (subject to change)

Peter J. Baddick, III, D.O.      (Internal Medicine/Ortho fellowship)                Lehighton, PA (Carbon Co.)

Ronald Baird, D.O.                 (Family Medicine)                                            

Bangor, PA (Northampton Co.)

Joseph Blasiol, D.O.             (Family Medicine)

Topton, PA (Berks County)

John F. Bosi, D.O.                  (Family Medicine)                                             Nesquehoning, PA (Carbon Co.)

Garry Carbone, M.D.              (Internal Medicine/Nephrology)                        Palmerton, PA  (Carbon Co.)

Robert A. DeColli, Jr., D.O.   (Internal Medicine)                               

Pottsville, PA (Schuylkill Co.)

Mary Fabian, M.D.                 (Family Medicine)                                             Allentown, PA (Lehigh Co.)

Ruth E. Frye, D.O.                  (Family Medicine)            

Allentown, PA (Lehigh Co.)

Lynda C.S. Graves, M.D.      (Family Medicine)                                      

Minersville, PA (Schuylkill Co.)

Patrick Hanley, M.D.             (Internal Medicine)                                           

Jim Thorpe, PA (Carbon Co.)

Tayyaba Jan, M.D.                 (Pediatrics)                      

Allentown, PA (Lehigh Co.)

Jeffery Jones, D.O.               (Family Medicine)

Topton, PA (Berks Co.)

Elizabeth Khan, M.D.                (Family Medicine)

Allentown, PA (Lehigh Co.)

Neil Lesitsky, M.D.               (Family Medicine)                                             Albrightsville, PA  (Carbon Co.)

Cheryl Lipson M.D.                   (Internal Medicine/Nephrology)

Palmerton, PA (Carbon Co.)

Victor A. Manzella, M.D.         (Internal Medicine)                                  

 Jim Thorpe and Palmerton, PA (Carbon Co.)

Ralph D. Mazzochetti, D.O.  (Family Medicine)                 

Minersville, PA (Schuylkill Co.)

Sandra Pascal, D.O.                 (Family Medicine)

Weissport, PA (Carbon Co.)

Rosalee Rehrig, D.O.             (Family Medicine)                                           

Lehighton, PA (Carbon Co.)

Timothy Schmeltzle, D.O.     (Family Medicine)                                          

 Emmaus, PA  (Lehigh Co.)

Mira Slizovsky, M.D.            (Pediatrics)                                                        Palmerton, PA  (Carbon Co.)

Daniel Walker, D.O.                (Family Medicine/Geriatrics)

Weissport, PA (Carbon Co.)

 

There are a few slots available with the Internal Medicine group at The Reading Hospital, Reading, PA (Berks Co.)

Few, if any, specialists are available presently, as this rotation is usually Primary Care-oriented.

                          

Keep in mind that many health systems and independent medical groups have requirements you must complete in order to do a rotation and/or be housed at a particular site.  These include, but are not limited to, fingerprinting, criminal background checks (some requiring completion of this within the year), health /immunization histories, HIPAA course completion, and the like.  You will be made aware of the need to have these completed at the time an assignment is made.  Failure to complete any of these will jeopardize being able to complete the rotation.                               

 Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions at any time.                                                                                                                                                 Thank you

 

 


EASTCENTRAL PA AHEC Affiliated Preceptors

 

•  Ronald E. Baird, D.O. Family Medicine

Bangor Medical Center

153 N. 11 th Street

Bangor , PA 18013

Northampton County

Services provided: Prison Health Physician

Practice Characteristics: Geriatrics, Nutrition Counseling, OMM

On-Site Testing and Procedure Capabilities: Casting, Minor Surgical Procedures, Allergy Testing, Flexible Sigmoidoscopy.

 

“Students will get great procedural experience because many patients treat this office as their ER. The docs still make house calls and visit nursing homes. Good exposure to alternative medicine and lots of OMM experience, too!” – Vanessa Scheffner, PCOM ‘04

 


 

 

•  John F. Bosi, D.O. Family Medicine

Nesquehoning Medical Center

50 E. Locust Street

Nesquehoning , PA 18240

Carbon County

Services provided: School Health Physician, Occupational/Industrial Medicine

Practice Characteristics: Geriatrics, Nursing Home Care, In-hospital care, House calls

On-Site Testing and Procedure Capabilities : Minor surgical procedures

Special areas of interest : Dermatology, Cardiology

 

“Dr. Bosi has great relationships with his patients and I admire his base of knowledge and the care he provides.  PCOM'10

 


•  Garry Carbone, M.D. Internal Medicine/Nephrology

179 Delaware Avenue

Palmerton, Pa  18071

Carbon County

 

“Dr. Carbone is to be commended for a wonderful rotation. He obviously enjoys teaching. Excellent preceptor! PCOM'09

 

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•  Robert A. DeColli, D.O. Family Medicine

Marshall-Rismiller and Associates

205 E. Laurel Blvd.

Pottsville , PA 17901

Schuylkill County

Services provided: Local Health Office

Practice Characteristics: Geriatrics, Nursing Home Care, In-hospital Care

On-Site Testing and Procedure Capabilities: Office laboratory, Treadmill Testing, Minor surgical procedures, pacemaker interrogations, EKG’s, Pulse Oximetry, OMT, Bone Marrow Aspirations, Holter monitor, Echocardiograms

Special areas of interest: Internal Medicine, Pacing

 

“Dr. DeColli and Dr. Pompella are excellent clinical educators. Very busy rotation with hospital rounds, outpatient hours, Journal Club, Lectures and call. Excellent month.” Matthew Grove, PCOM ‘05

 

 


 

•  Ruth E. Frye, D.O. , Family Medicine

   Emaus Avenue Family Practice

   1101 W. Emaus Ave.

   Allentown , PA 18103

   Lehigh County

   Services Provided : School Health Physician

   Practice Characteristics: Geriatrics, House Calls

   On-Site Testing and Procedure Capabilities: Minor surgical procedures

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“It was very beneficial to have a large amount of 1 on 1 time with my attending. I really appreciated Tuesday Academic Day at St. Luke’s every Tuesday”. Jennifer Malsbury, PCOM ‘05

 


•  Lynda C.S. Graves, MD Family Medicine

Integrated Medical Group

1851 W. End Avenue

Pottsville , PA 17901

Schuylkill County

Practice Characteristics: Geriatrics, Nursing Home Care, Nutrition Counseling, Alcohol Counseling, House Calls

On-Site Testing and Procedure Capabilities : Office laboratory

 


•  Tayyaba Jan, M.D.

Pediatric Health

7615 Tilghman St .

Allentown , PA 18106

Lehigh County

 

“Seeing the way Dr. Jan runs her practice, treats all patients as special and equal, provides service to the underserved and is absolutely thrilled practicing medicine even after twenty-plus years models how I would like to be as a physician.  This was one of the best experiences I have had thus far and Dr Jan is truly a remarkable physcian, teacher, and member of the community.  I feel very fortunate to have worked in her shadow for four weeks. PCOM '10

 

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•  Elizabeth Khan , MD Family Medicine

Tilghman Medical Center

4825 Tilghman St .

Allentown , PA 18104

Lehigh County

Services Provided: Sports Medicine, Occupational/Industrial Medicine

Practice Characteristics: All ages, acute care/walk in

On-Site Testing and Procedure Capabilities: Office laboratory, Minor surgical procedures, PFT’s, X-ray

Special areas of interest: Pain management

 

“Dr. Khan and her office staff were extremely nice and professional, a great educational experience. I highly recommend this site and Dr. Khan.” Mark Evans, PCOM ‘05

 

“This rotation is very good. You get to do many histories, physicals and practice for the P.F. exam. The physicians are very good.” Hussam Yacaub, PCOM ‘06

 


 

 

•  Neil Lesitsky, MD Family Medicine

Penn Kidder Medical Center

Route 903

Albrightsville , PA 18210

Carbon County

Practice Characteristics: House Calls

 

“I thoroughly enjoyed my rotation with Dr. Lesitsky. It provided an excellent opportunity to apply clinical knowledge in an outpatient setting. Dr. Lesitsky is an excellent mentor wh greatly fosters the development of medical students.” Ernest Sully, PCOM 2003

 

“Dr. Lesitsky was a great preceptor, he treated me like a colleague, was open to my thoughts and opinions and was a good teacher.” Michael Kuczmarski, PCOM ‘05

 


 

•  Patrick J. Hanley, DO Internal Medicine

1580 Center Avenue

Jim Thorpe , PA 18229

Carbon County

Practice Characteristics: Geriatrics, Nursing Home Care, In-hospital care, House Calls, Pediatrics

On-Site Testing and Procedure Capabilities: Office laboratory, Minor surgical procedures

Special areas of interest: Emergency medicine

 

‘This was a great rotation with the perfect combination of inpatient and outpatient Internal Medicine. Dr. Hanley is a fabulous teacher and excellent physician who knows how to improve and bring out the best in his student. He was a pleasure to work for and to learn from. I highly recommend Dr. Hanley as a rotation preceptor!” Maura Watson, PCOM ‘06

 


 

 

•  Manzella Family Healthcare

Vincent Manzella, MD Family Medicine

Route 903, Jim Thorpe , PA 18229

211 E. Broad St. , Tamaqua , PA 18252

217 Delaware Ave. , Palmeron , PA 18071

Carbon and Schuylkill Counties

Services provided: Local Health Office, Prison Health Physician, Farm-related Medicine

Practice Characteristics: Geriatrics, Nursing Home Care, Nutrition Counseling, In-hospital care, House Calls

In-Site Testing and Procedure Capabilities: Treadmill Testing, Minor surgical procedures, Flexible Sigmoidoscopy, Carotid Duplex, Echocardiogram, 24 hour Holter

 

 


 

•  Ralph D. Mazzochetti, D.O. Family Medicine

Integrated Medical Group

232 Sunbury Street

Minersville , PA 17954

Schuylkill County

Practice Characteristics: Nursing Home Care, OMM, House Calls

On-Site Testing and Procedure Capabilities: Minor surgical procedures

 

 


 

•  Rosalee K. Rehrig, D.O. Family Medicine

976 W Penn Pike

New Ringgold, PA   17960

Carbon County

Practice Characteristics: Geriatrics, Nursing Home Care, OMM, Alcohol Counseling, In-hospital Care, House Calls, Pediatrics

On-Site Testing and Procedure Capabilities: Office laboratory, Minor surgical procedures

 

“Dr. Rehrig’s office is an excellent place to learn about rural medicine. She is a very good teacher who allows students the freedom to apply their knowledge in a constructive manner.’ Timothy Doyle, PCOM ‘05

 

“Dr. Rehrig was an excellent preceptor. She made a point of teaching throughout the day. Furthermore, she took the time to discuss the patients and why we would prescribe each treatment. A truly great rotation.” Paul Rutkowski, PCOM ‘06

 


 

 

•  Timothy C. Schmeltzle, D.O. Family Medicine

Dr. Bub and Associates Family Medical Center

619 Dalton Street

Emmaus , PA 18049

Lehigh County

Services provided: Occupational/Industrial Medicine

Practice Characteristics: Geriatrics, Nutrition Counseling, OMM, Alcohol Counseling, Pediatrics

On-Site Testing and Procedure Capabilities : Office laboratory, Minor surgical procedures, Rigid Sigmoidoscopy, EKG

Special areas of interest: Osteopathic Manipulation Treatment

 

 

“Dr. Schmeltzle was an exellent teacher and is an excellent example of a family physician. PCOM '10

 


•  Mira Slizovsky, MD Pediatrics

Palmerton Pediatrics

217 Franklin Avenue

Palmerton, PA 18071

Carbon County

Services provided: Local Health Office

Practice Characteristics: In-hospital care

On-Site Testing and Procedure Capabilities: Office laboratory, Minor surgical procedures, Allergy testing

Special areas of interest: General Pediatrics

Please note Dr. Slizovsky does not accept students during the summer months of June, July and August.