Message from the program director

Geisinger's Department of Anesthesiology has a long tradition of resident education. Geisinger offers a myriad of clinical opportunities for the resident physician. All subspecialties in the field of anesthesiology are practiced within the medical center, including advanced cardiac surgery, high-risk obstetrical care, pediatric and neonatal surgery, critical care medicine, surgery for transplantation, ambulatory surgery, neurosurgery, and both acute and chronic pain management. Geisinger Medical Center serves as the region’s only Level I Trauma Center. The Department of Anesthesiology plays a significant role in the leadership of the center’s nine intensive care units as well as the operating room.

Geisinger Health System has enjoyed national recognition for decades as a leader in health care innovation.

Our integrated health system, comprised of providers, hospitals, clinics, and an insurance company, aims to coordinate care and optimize the patient experience. We believe it is important for resident physicians to gain significant clinical exposure to the field of anesthesia, as well as an understanding of the practice environment in which they will work. Geisinger is uniquely poised to offer this experience.

Anesthesiology is a rapidly growing specialty, one that is constantly incorporating new technologies. Our electronic health record has been in use for more than 17 years, and recent upgrades to anesthesia delivery equipment in our operating rooms enable documentation of an anesthesia encounter that is all-electronic. Mining this vast store of electronic patient data is one of many research opportunities available here, and Geisinger’s network of community physicians and home care facilities create an environment where anesthesiology residents can learn to embrace their roles as peri-operative medical specialists.

From its inception, Geisinger has always been a physician-led organization. Mrs. Abigail Geisinger sought the greatest physician leaders of her time to create the hospital that ultimately became Geisinger Health System. In 1915, she admonished her first Surgeon-in-Chief Harold L. Foss, MD, to “make my hospital right; make it the best.” We honor Abigail Geisinger’s legacy as we look forward to resident education in anesthesiology.

Brian Monroe, MD
Anesthesiology Residency Director