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Patient First

An Introduction to Patient First:

Founded by a physician, Patient First is the leading urgent and primary care provider in the mid-Atlantic region, with 70 locations in Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey.  We provide a supportive family atmosphere so you feel comfortable while providing care to so many others. 


Patient First provides convenient locations, convenient hours, and non-appointment care for all services.

  • o   Open from 8:00am – 10:00pm, 365 days a year
  • o   Urgent care for routine injuries and illnesses
  • o   Staffed by physicians
  • o   On-Site digital x-rays, lab tests, and prescription drugs
  • o   Primary care for patients without a regular physician
  • o   Occupational Health Services
  • o   Most insurance accepted


Why Physicians Join Our Patient First Family:

Over 500 of your colleagues have chosen a career at Patient First and are enjoying the following benefits:

  • o   Team-oriented environment
  • o   Highly-trained support staff
  • o   Comprehensive electronic medical records system
  • o   Flexible schedules:
    • Full-Time 40: Average 40 hours a week
    • Full-Time 35: Average 35 hours a week
    • Full-Time 28: Average 28 hours a week
    • Weekend Special: 14 weekday hours and 21 weekend hours per week, with one week off each month.
    • We also have part-time positions available
    • o   Excellent compensation
    • o   Career advancement opportunities
    • o   Malpractice liability insurance coverage, including tail coverage
    • o   Generous vacation & CME packages
    • o   Retirement Options:
      • 401k plan with a Patient First matching contribution;
      • Physician retirement plan funded 100% by Patient First;
    • o   Benefits tailored to individual needs including:
      • o   HMO or PPO health insurance coverage through Cigna;
      • o   Dental insurance coverage through Delta Dental of Virginia;
      • o   Vision insurance coverage through EyeMed;
      • o   Life insurance coverage;
      • o   Short Term and Long Term disability insurance coverage;
      • o   Flexible Spending accounts, both Medical and Dependent Care available;
      • o   529 college savings plan


What Our Physicians Have to Say About Us...


“I moonlighted at Patient First during my third year of residency, and it turned out to be one of the best decisions I have ever made.  The professionalism of this organization, from the Physician Relations department to Facilities Management, is unmatched.  I have been a full-time physician at Patient First for six years now.

 With the access and services Patient First provides, I can see my primary care patients regularly and still have plenty of urgent care and procedures mixed in.  The variability in the types of visits helps keep your skills sharp and you to provide comprehensive care for your patients.

 In addition, the options for advancement and growth at Patient First are unlimited.  I started as a part-time, moonlighting physician and now I am a Medical Director.  Even with the increased responsibilities, I still have the flexibility and time to spend with my wife and two sons.”


-Andrew Kolb, DO


“I joined Patient First after several years in private family practice.  I really enjoyed traditional primary care, but Patient First provided the opportunity to continue primary care in a setting that also offered more acute problems and the ability to take care of individuals in a more emergent setting.  Now that I’m here, I have a hard time imagining practicing in any other environment.

 I started as a staff physician and advanced relatively quickly to my current position of Medical Director.  I am continually impressed by how well Patient First is run and with how much attention is given to even the smallest of details.  It truly has the feel of a small private office, with all of the benefits of being part of a larger organization.  This setting allows my colleagues and me to do what we do best – spend time with patients and give them the absolute best care that we know how.”

-Mark A. Paster, MD


“I was a single mother of a young son by the time I finished my residency training in 1990.  I hoped to practice at Patient First because it offered flexible scheduling, good compensation, and most importantly, no graveyard shifts or going to the hospital in the middle of the night, which would not work for my son and me.

Fast forward to now, and guess what?  I am still at Patient First!  I worked as a staff physician the first five years, then served as a Medical Director for five years, and have been a staff physician since.  My son is now 38 years old and has a good career and children of his own.  I can’t use him as an excuse anymore as to why I am still at Patient First.

I was 36 years old when I started working at Patient First, and now am in my 60’s.  I used to work a lot of hours, but now I simply don’t want to anymore, and Patient First has accommodated that.”

-Karen Hatch, MD


“Joining Patient First out of residency was a seamless process.  There was a tremendous amount of support and training.  The thorough training taught me how the center runs and enabled me to focus on taking care of the patient.  Working as part of a growing organization has also afforded me the opportunity to advance.  I started out as a staff physician, then I became an Assistant Medical Director, and now I am a Medical Director.”

-Saurabh Gambhir, MD


“I had the opportunity to join Patient First during my final year of residency.  Being able to work as a resident enhanced my knowledge and procedural skills, which augmented the completion of my residency training.  Once my residency was completed, I was able to transition seamlessly to a full-time attending with Patient First.  During this time, not only was I a new graduate and a new physician at Patient First, but I was a new mother, and the flexible schedule at Patient First really helped me.

Within my first year of working full-time, I got involved with provider training, including classroom and on-the-job training.  Additionally, I have since advanced within the organization and am excited to have been appointed Assistant Medical Director at one of our medical centers.”

-Heather Osher, DO


Why You Should Consider Us:

Patient First – Our name says it all.  For More than thirty years, Patient First has provided walk-in urgent care and primary care for patients without a regular physician. If necessary, we’ll perform a lab test, take an x-ray and even provide your prescription drugs on-site.

We have opportunities for full-time and part-time physicians in Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey.

Patient First is a long-time supporter and sponsor of the ACOP. Please make sure you stop by and visit us at booth #946 at the 2017 ACP Internal Medicine Meeting in San Diego, CA!

Don’t want to wait?  Please feel free to contact Recruitment Specialist, Kurt Ehrenfeuchter, at (717) 514-7244 or We would be more than happy to set up a time for you to meet one of our physicians to see what life is like as a physician at Patient First!

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