Chief's corner

Christopher Breen, DO
Medical school: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine
Undergraduate school: The Pennsylvania State University

Hello. My name is Chris Breen. I was raised in a small town outside of Erie, PA and attended Penn State University for my undergraduate education. I remained in Pennsylvania for medical school back in my home town at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine. Of course, a life in medicine requires balance, so in my free time I enjoy hiking, biking, cooking, gardening, and watching college football (Go Lions!).  

Early in the application process for residency, Geisinger entered my radar. It was curious how such a large hospital could exist in rural Pennsylvania. This truly piqued my interest and since that time I have never looked back. Training at Geisinger has fulfilled all my requirements for residency. It is a large academic medical center which supplies medical care to nearly three million people across the state. The large referral area has led to a vast degree of pathology seen across all specialties. In addition, the commitment by faculty to continually enhance resident education is a very strong attribute of our program. This is a major reason I wanted to stay on as chief resident to become more involved in the growth of our residents.

Ultimately, I aspire to pursue a fellowship in pulmonary and critical care medicine. There was ample opportunity for mentorship and to complete research in this area throughout residency. This also holds true for many other specialties or for careers in general internal medicine.    

What is interesting about living in Danville is that almost immediately you feel like a member of the community. I bought a house across the river at the beginning of residency and within the first three days was greeted by several neighbors, often with fresh vegetables from their gardens. Many of them also came with recommendations on the local restaurants, shops, festivals and events. I am grateful for the experience Geisinger and the town of Danville has provided me. If you have any further questions regarding the Geisinger Internal Medicine Residency, do not hesitate to contact me.   

Lindsay McGann, MD
Medical school: St. George’s University
Undergraduate school: The Pennsylvania State University

Hi! I’m Lindsay. I grew up in Philadelphia but became familiar with central Pennsylvania while attending Penn State University. After Penn State, I had a brief career in finance in Philadelphia before deciding to pursue a career in medicine. As a non-traditional medical student, I entered St. George’s University School of Medicine where I studied in Newcastle, England; Grenada, West Indies, and New York City. I had grown accustom to moving around but I was ready to unpack my suitcase. 

I was impressed arriving in Danville for my interview, I had not expected a major medical center in a rural setting. I continued to be awed throughout my interview day with Geisinger Medical Center. Geisinger offered a diverse case population for advancing my academic and clinical knowledge, a friendly learning environment and excellent research opportunities. I knew it was a place that I could grow as a physician. This sentiment has only been confirmed and enhanced throughout my training. 

While I was impressed with Geisinger Health system, I was not sure how a city girl would do in Danville. In only a few short months, I learned all that Danville and the surrounding areas had to offer. I found an appreciation for the local shopping and restaurants. There was an abundance of festivals and farms markets. I developed new interest in outdoor activities such as pontoon boating, kayaking, and hiking that was not readily available in my city life. Finally, Danville offered affordable living (way better than NYC!) and quick access to multiple major urban areas.
I plan to pursue a career in hospitalist medicine as I enjoy the variety of patient pathology. Geisinger has allowed opportunities to explore hospitalist medicine in different settings with rotations at our satellite hospitals. I attended national conferences to learn about what is on the forefront in hospitalist medicine. Geisinger has given me the opportunity to grow both as a physician and an individual.

I look forward to meeting you on your next visit to Danville. Feel free to contact me by email so I may provide you more insights on what makes Geisinger’ s residency program so meaningful to me and hopefully for you.