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    Altoona Family Physicians Residency

Altoona Family Physicians Clinical Office for Patients:  814-889-2701


Altoona Family Physicians Residency has been a dynamic, thriving program
in central Pennsylvania since 1975. Our goal is to develop competent, caring
family physicians equipped to serve patients in rural, suburban, or urban practice.    

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We are the only residency program in the hospital.  All the learning experiences of a 350 bed hospital are available to our residents without competition.  8-8-8 residency. 15 full-time faculty.

Our residents have the option to spend several months to two years experiencing life as a rural physician at our Williamsburg Office.  They graduate confident that, if they choose, they can practice and thrive in a rural area.

Altoona Regional Health System maintains up-to-date facilities and staffing while maintaining the atmosphere of a community hospital.  The bustle of open heart surgery and the trauma center do not overshadow the intimacy of the maternity center and the inpatient palliative care unit.

Doctors of allopathic medicine (MDs) and osteopathic medicine (DOs) work side by side in a dually accredited, collaborative program.  Traditional rotating internship offered.

Our inpatient family medicine experience offers broad-based and personalized training as part of a close-knit team.  A night-float system for all three years removes fatigue as a barrier to learning.

Strong in rural medicine, inpatient family medicine, obstetrical training and women's health.  Our residents learn by doing, not watching.

NCQA certified Patient-centered Medical Home. 

International/global health electives are encouraged  - Away electives are also supported

Excellent salary and benefits.  Meal allowance.  Residents receive free laptops.

We have an excellent, diverse faculty, dynamic leadership and a spirit of progress.

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Our Director


Don Beckstead, MD

With AFP since 1984

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Residency Profile

Located in scenic Blair County in Central Pennsylvania, Altoona is 2 hours from Pittsburgh,  3 hours from Baltimore and Washington, 40 minutes from State College.

Sponsored by UPMC, a private, non-profit hospital system.
ACGME accredited.  AOA accredited - Rotating Internship and Family Practice Residency. 

We are affiliated with Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine OPTI

Our mission is to provide an excellent, comprehensive education in family medicine
in an open, honest environment that encourages professional growth and quality patient care.

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Contact Information



Altoona Family Physicians                    
501 Howard Avenue, Suite F2
Altoona, PA 16601-4882

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