Eliana Hempel, MD, FACP

Eliana Hempel, MD, FACP  has a long-standing interest in education, mentorship and leadership. Dr. Hempel’s career began in graduate medical education, due to a strong desire to educate and mentor young physicians considering careers in primary care. Her background education includes training in adult cognitive learning theory, participation in the Harvard Macy Program for Post-Graduate Trainees, the Harvard Medical School Maximize Your Teaching program, certification in the Stanford Clinical Skills Framework and several other professional development programs.  She has served as Assistant and then Associate Program Director of the Penn State Health Internal Medicine Residency Program. She currently serves as director of the Primary Care Track, a program designed to prepare residents for careers in primary care, and director of the 3+3 Internal Medicine Accelerated Pathway at Penn State, a program designed to provide accelerated training for medical students pursuing careers in primary care.  Through these roles, Dr. Hempel has developed and evaluated curricula, recruited students and residents, worked closely with institutional leadership to advocate for resident education, and served as a mentor for junior faculty, residents and medical students. In 2021, she transitioned into the role of Associate Chief of the Division of General Internal Medicine with the goals of advocating for and supporting my colleagues and exploring her passion leadership and mentorship.  Her background in leadership includes ACP LEAD certification and participation in the AAMC LEAD program, AMWA ELEVATE program and engagement in the ACLGIM and AAPL. Her personal experiences with infertility and loss and grief have sparked her strong desire to represent and advocate for women in medicine with similar experiences. Dr. Hempel’s research interest include education in primary care, narrative medicine, and health systems science. Her mission is to use her relationship-centered approach to establish mutually respectful and trusting relationships that serve as a foundation for collaborative leadership that result in the creation of ‘win-win’ outcomes.