Residents rotate at Geisinger Wyoming Valley (GWV) Medical Center, Wilkes-Barre, Pa.; Geisinger Community Medical Center (GCMC), Scranton, Pa.; and Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, Pa.

Based on current surgical volumes and expected growth, all graduating residents will meet their case volumes to sit for the American Osteopathic Board of Surgery exam. There is also a significant breath of cases to provide the resident with a wide scope of clinical experience.

Academic conferences
Major teaching conferences are shared among the institutions in addition to conferences that are specific and unique to each institution. The typical educational schedule of Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center is outlined below:

  • Monday: 7 - 8 a.m. faculty lecture
  • Tuesday: 7 - 8 a.m. faculty lecture
  • Wednesday: 7 - 8 a.m. M&M
  • Thursday: 7 - 8 a.m. review questions
  • Friday: 7 - 8 a.m. mock oral boards

In addition to the academic conference schedule, special educational programs are offered throughout the academic year including:

  • Intern orientation program
  • Yearly in-service exam
  • Laparoscopic skills course
  • Visiting professors lectures
  • In-house mock oral exams reviews for PGY-3 and PGY-4 residents
  • Mock oral exams for PGY-5 residents
  • Academic tutoring
  • Advisor/advisee system
  • Residents as teachers program
  • Practice seminars
  • Ethics modules
  • Curriculum on professionalism
  • Support for travel to conferences and courses
  • Simulation

Resident rotation

PGY - 1, 4 categorial: 1 block surgical oncology, 3 blocks general surgery GWV, 4 blocks trauma/ACS/night float (residents rotate 2 weeks dayshift, 2 weeks night float), 1 block trauma/ACS at GCMC, 2 block ICU, 1 block emergency room and 1 block cardiothoracic

PGY - 2  GWV, 5 categorial: 2 blocks surgical oncology, 1 block general surgery GWV, 3 blocks trauma/ACS/night float, 2 blocks trauma/ACS GWV (residents rotate 2 weeks dayshift, 2 weeks night float) 2 blocks trauma/ACS GCMC, 1 block bariatrics, 2 blocks vascular surgery, 1 block advanced colorectal and 1 block cardiothoracic

PGY - 3, 5 categorial: 1 block surgical oncology, 1 block general surgery, 3 blocks trauma/ACS/ night float (residents rotate 2 weeks dayshift, 2 weeks night float, 2 blocks trauma/ACS GCMC, 2 blocks pediatric surgery, 1 block transplant, 1 block advanced colorectal, 1 block cardiothoracic and 1 block plastic surgery

PGY - 4 GWV, 4 categorial: 2 blocks surgical oncology, 2 blocks general surgery, 3 blocks trauma/ACS/night float (residents rotate 2 weeks dayshift, 2 weeks night float), 3 blocks general surgery GCMC 2 blocks of vascular surgery and 1 block endoscopy

PGY - 5 GWV, 4 categorial: 2 blocks surgical oncology, 2 blocks general surgery, 4 blocks trauma/ACS/night float (residents rotate 2 weeks dayshift, 2 weeks night float, 3 blocks general surgery GCMC, 2 blocks colorectal.

Operative experience
Residents operate early from R1 and begin to function as junior surgeons early in the program. Geisinger residents complete training with a large volume and scope of cases to meet all requirements to sit for the AOBS exam.