The combined Internal Medicine and Pediatrics (Med-Peds) residency at Geisinger Medical Center has been developing physician leaders through a curriculum focused on modern healthcare delivery and systems based practice for more than 30 years. Culminating in dual board certification, Med-Peds trained physicians embody the necessary knowledge and skills to provide high quality care to the individual patient, as well as the populations they serve. Through an integrated curriculum focused on quality, leadership, healthcare systems, and population health, Geisinger's Med-Peds residency consistently achieves its mission to prepare physicians capable of delivering high quality, patient-centered care, who are able to lead innovation in healthcare delivery.
Evidence of our program success includes full ACGME-accreditation without citations, consistent board pass rates above national means for both internal medicine and pediatrics, and the ability to recruit and retain competitive candidates. Our graduates are able to practice in a variety of settings, such as rural health, ambulatory, hospital-based, and subspecialty care. The ability to see disease in evolution and through transitions provides an invaluable resource to healthcare systems. Geisinger Med-Peds graduates fulfill our system's mission by providing exceptional care to adult and pediatric patients as primary care physicians in our community practice service line, as hospitalists, subspecialists, and through leadership roles in our organization.
The true value of Med-Peds training can best be showcased through the Comprehensive Care Clinic (CCC). Created and directed by Thomas W. Davis, MD, (Geisinger Med-Peds graduate 2012), the CCC is a multidisciplinary clinic that functions as a medical home for adolescents and young adults with complex medical illness as they transition from pediatric to adult services. The clinic specializes in patients with complex medical illness including technology dependence, congenital abnormalities, chromosome disorders, developmental delay, cystic fibrosis, and adult congenital heart among other illnesses. The primary goal of the clinic is to enrich the patient and the caregiver quality of life by providing coordination of care among multiple specialists, improving exacerbation planning, connecting to community resources, and establishing a formal medical home with expertise in their underlying condition. The clinic works on the principles of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement's Triple Aim by improving the patient experience, the health of an underserved population, and reducing healthcare utilization. Established in July 2012, the clinic has evaluated more than 300 patients and has reduced the total unplanned hospitalizations, emergency department utilization, and total number of specialists involved in patient care while increasing patient satisfaction.
The advantage of completing Med-Peds residency training at Geisinger is our ability to leverage resources from our innovative healthcare system to educate future physicians. Integrating learners into a clinical learning environment at the forefront of healthcare delivery ensures development of physicians able to fully participate and be leaders in our ever evolving healthcare landscape.