FAQ

Where are we located?
The Kistler Family Medicine Residency at Geisinger Wyoming Valley (GWV) is located in Wilkes-Barre, PA.  We are approximately 60 miles away from the Geisinger Medical Center (GMC) in Danville, PA, two hours from Philadelphia and New York City, and three hours from Baltimore and Washington, D.C.

How many residents do we accept?  How many MDs/DOs do we take annually?
We currently take six residents per year. We determine who to rank based on our applicant pool, and this can change on a year-to-year basis. Our goal is to recruit top residents, and we therefore do not set a standard ratio of DO residents to MD residents.

Is your program opposed?

We consider our program to be virtually unopposed. Geisinger Wyoming Valley hospital currently hosts an osteopathic general surgery program with whom our residents spend their rotations in general surgery/trauma and outpatient surgery clinic. Residents may come into contact with, but not opposition to, the following additional graduate-level learners: internal medicine residents from a local program in Scranton, Pa.; podiatry residents from Geisinger Community Medical Center in Scranton, Pa.; and sports medicine fellows from the fellowship located at GWV.

How are continuity clinics structured?

Residents are assigned to a continuity clinic prior to the start of their PGY-1 year based on resident preference and program needs. Residents are assigned to one of the following clinics, all located within 10 miles of GWV: Kistler, Kingston, Dallas or Mountain Top. The resident will continue to practice at their continuity site throughout their residency, but will take care of patients from all of the practice sites while on inpatient rotations, as all of the practices regularly admit to GWV. PGY-1 residents have one half-day per week of continuity clinic, while PGY-2/3 residents have three half-days of clinic per week.

Do you offer community outreach as part of your curriculum?

Yes. We plan for and require our residents to see patients at the Leahy Clinic of the University of Scranton twice per year. Additional outreach opportunities include the BMW free clinic in South Wilkes-Barre, pediatric question/answer lecture series through Head Start, and our outreach booth at the Fine Arts Fiesta in May.

How do residents take call?
There is no call required in the PGY-1 year. Most of the PGY-1 rotations provide five to six days per week of educational and practice opportunity. The hospital service is covered six out of the seven days with an in-house night float system comprised of PGY-2 and PGY-3 residents in two-week long blocks. PGY-2 and PGY-3 residents share responsibility for once weekly 24-hour inpatient call (a total of four calls per year) and regular outpatient call (approximately two times per month), both of which can largely be taken from home.

Do we couples match?
Yes, we have historically taken residents within a couples match, and would certainly consider doing so again.

How are we accredited?

We are dually-accredited through the AOA and ACGME. We welcome and accept both allopathic and osteopathic applicants.

Do we use an electronic health record?
Yes. Geisinger uses EPIC as a fully integrated record across the entire system.

Are you part of a Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH)?

Yes. Geisinger is nationally known as one of the leaders in Patient Centered Medical Home. Residents participate in this through monthly meetings within their outpatient sites, as well as collaborative work with embedded nurse case managers who help them with their own individual patients.

What do your graduates do after they complete the program?

The majority go into their vision of family medicine – including graduates who practice inpatient/outpatient, inpatient only, outpatient only, and graduates who provide continuity obstetrical care. About 50 percent of our graduates stay within the tri-state area of Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York with the remainder spread across the country. We have also had graduates go into careers in urgent care, palliative care, sports medicine and geriatrics. Geisinger-based fellowship opportunities for family medicine graduates include sports medicine, palliative care, nutrition/obesity medicine, hospitalist medicine, and addiction medicine.

Do we sponsor visas?
No, we do not currently sponsor visas.