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Physician Refresher/Re-entry Program Life in Philadelphia

The Philadelphia skyline at twilight.

Philadelphia is one of the world's great cities, filled with historic treasures and cutting-edge attractions. Revolutionary ideas are the hallmark of Philadelphia, and that has never been more true than today.

In recent years, Philadelphia has aggressively recruited high-tech and medical employers, fought to keep existing businesses in the city, and focused strongly on the tourism industry. Philadelphia is enjoying one of its greatest cultural and economical booms.

Consider the practical advantages of a medical education and career in Greater Philadelphia, which has:

  • More than 120 hospitals and clinics (including 24 teaching hospitals), 60 biomedical research companies, 44 pharmaceutical companies (producing one-fifth of all FDA-produced drugs), and 77 medical, surgical and dental instrument manufacturers.
  • The second-largest concentration of health education and research. Approximately 10 percent of the workforce is employed in this industry, and one out of every six doctors in the U.S. has had medical training in Philadelphia.
  • A cost of living that is substantially lower than New York, Los Angeles, Washington and Boston, and lower housing costs than many U.S. cities.
  • The nation's third-highest concentration of research institutions, and more than 80 institutions of higher education. Philadelphia boasts a higher concentration of educational resources than New York or Boston.
  • The fourth-largest metropolitan area population in the U.S.
Spring in Philadelphia, cherry trees in full bloom, looking toward City Hall.

Philadelphia also has the best of everything in:

History. To learn about America, you must start in Philadelphia. Retrace the steps of Ben Franklin and Thomas Jefferson through Independence Hall, the Betsy Ross House, Christ Church and many other sites, including nearby Valley Forge battlefield.

Recreation. Fairmount Park, the largest urban park in the U.S. with over 8,700 acres, is an urban oasis of bike and running paths, playgrounds, outdoor concert space, golf courses, and picnic grounds along the scenic Schuylkill River.

Transportation. The region is one of the best nationally for fast, efficient highways between the city and suburban areas, regional and city rail lines, buses, and connections to any destination from Philadelphia International Airport.

Food. Critics increasingly rate Philadelphia as the restaurant town, with award-winning Italian, Japanese, French and Belgian cuisine. You will never walk far for good food.

Music. On the Avenue of the Arts, you will find the best in classical music, jazz, and R&B, and the internationally renowned Philadelphia Orchestra.

Art. Philadelphia boasts several of the nation's leading museums, including the magnificent Museum of Art, the Rodin Museum, and the Academy of Fine Arts.

Nightlife. Clubs spring up overnight in historic Old City, along the Delaware River waterfront, and on South Street, the "hippest street in town."

Proximity. Philadelphia is one hour away from the ocean beaches of New Jersey and Delaware, the Pocono mountains for skiing and hiking, and Baltimore, and only 90 minutes away from New York City and Washington, D.C.

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Figures provided by Greater Philadelphia First and Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce.

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