The Geisinger General Surgery Residency is a five-year program that accepts three categorical R-1 residents for the full program. Four R-1 preliminary (one-year) positions are available for residents planning to train in other specialty areas of surgery.
The staff currently consists of surgeons who specialize as follows: three general surgeons, five trauma surgeons, two surgical oncologists, one breast specialist, six vascular surgeons, three minimally invasive/bariatric surgeons, three pediatric surgeons, three colorectal surgeons and three transplant surgeons.
On an annual basis, the caseload consists of 20,000 outpatient visits and 3,800 surgical procedures. Training includes a varied and balanced incidence of surgical problems, both elective and emergency, broad educational experience in new minimally invasive techniques, endoscopy, ambulatory surgery, trauma, critical care and vascular surgery.
The clinical caseload includes a large volume of elective as well as emergency surgeries, and common as well as complex surgical problems. There are weekly didactic and clinical teaching conferences, including surgical educational conferences; monthly surgical grand rounds; research conferences; lectures by attending staff; and a journal club.
Continuity of care is an important strength of the program. Residents follow patients from the initial clinic visit through hospitalization and follow-up clinic visits.
Our 2012 general surgery residents were surveyed by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education with a 100 percent response rate to the survey. Respondents rated the program with a perfect score in the following categories:
- Faculty spent sufficient time supervising the residents.
- Faculty members regularly participated in rounds.
- Were offered the opportunity to participate in research or scholarly activities
- Have the opportunity to assess the program for the purposes of program improvement
- Were able to access, either in print or electronic format, the specialty specific and other reference material that they needed
Grow with Geisinger
The Department of Surgery at Geisinger Medical Center is committed to educating superior clinical and academic surgeons. To achieve this goal, the general surgery residency program is structured to provide the opportunity for well qualified and highly motivated individuals to participate in the care of a variety of patient problems and in scholarly activities. The residency program is fully accredited and graduates three chief residents each year.
- Three PGY1 residents are accepted into the categorical program each year, providing a non-pyramidal structure to the program. Two R-1 prelim positions and one R-2 prelim position are available for residents planning to train in other specialty areas of surgery. Residents achieve clinical proficiency through graduated responsibility commensurate with their ability and level of training.
- Resident participation in research, either clinical or basic science, is required and supported by the research and education coordinator. An orientation to the clinical skills needed to perform basic preoperative and postoperative surgical care is conducted for incoming interns.