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Pediatric Residency

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply to the program?
We accept all applications through ERAS and all of our positions are entered into the match. We require a CV, personal statement, USMLE or COMPLEX transcript, MSPE, letters of recommendation (at least three), and your medical school transcript.

What should I know about interview season?
We interview candidates from October until January. Our primary interview days are Monday and Thursday. Candidates have the opportunity to meet with several residents over an informational dinner the night before and we provide one night of lodging. During the interview day you will have the opportunity to meet individually with our program director, one of our associate program directors, one of our chief residents and one faculty member. You will also have the chance to meet and talk with our residents during a lunch and get to know the Danville area a little bit more with a presentation from our resident staff.

Can I receive osteopathic accreditation if I don't come through the DO match?
Yes you can. We offer dual accreditation to all osteopathic residents regardless of match pathway.

What is your board pass rate?
Our board pass rate is 87 percent.

What are the unique training opportunities?
Pediatric residents at the Janet Weis Children's Hospital experience several unique opportunities that may not be available at other institutions. Our residents treat a primarily rural population of more than half a million children. Our residents have the opportunity to participate in Camp Medicine, a summer camp held through our hospital's long-standing affiliation with Camp Victory, a nearby summer camp for children with disabilities. Our residents are encouraged to volunteer as medical staff for either a week-long camp or as a rotation for a one-month block.

Global health opportunities are also available to our residents. There are several international opportunities available each year. Most expenses for these trips are covered by the residency program.

In addition, our residents also have the opportunity to participate in Head Start and/or sports physicals for the local school district; or Project Santa, a community supported event providing donations of toys and clothes for needy families during the holidays.

There are also activities throughout the year through the Children's Miracle Network Telethon, which raises money to support pediatric initiatives at our hospital.

What is life like in Danville?
Many of our residents describe living in Danville as relaxed and low-key and "the perfect place to live for residency." It is an ideal community setting in which we live and work. There are ample opportunities to participate in outdoor activities, as well as fairs and festivals all year round. With universities in each of the surrounding communities, there are also many opportunities for educational and cultural activities. The cost of living is very reasonable, enough so that over half of the residents own their own homes. Being a short drive from several major cities, like New York, Philadelphia and Baltimore, allows for quick weekend get-aways. Learn more here.

What are your research opportunities?
Residents have ample opportunity to explore research through the clinical research facility, the Center for Health Research or the basic science research center, the Weis Center for Research. Geisinger's robust electronic medical record and data repository systems allow residents to pursue clinical projects.

What types of mentorship programs do you have?
While the residency administrative team provides general mentorship, all residents are assigned a mentor during their first year of residency. Depending on individual professional interests, some residents may opt to change their mentor during their training (i.e. research, fellowship, leadership, etc.).