Frequently asked questions

What are the application requirements for international medical graduates?

  • Graduation from medical school within the past five years
  • US experience (i.e. “observerships,”) is preferred but not required prior to applying. Geisinger Medical Center does not offer observerships.
  • Current ECFMG certification
  • Geisinger Medical Center offers both J-1 and H-1B visas to qualified candidates. If an applicant wishes to obtain an H-1B visa, the applicant must have passed USMLE Step 3 and the score report must be available by match day.

What is the interview process like?

  • Interview invitations are extended to prospective applicants via the interview scheduler system.
  • Interviews occur from Mid-October until the end of December.
  • The majority of interview days occur on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
  • Interview days run from approximately 7 a.m. - 2 p.m.
  • An informal dinner for applicants with current residents occurs at a local restaurant the night before each interview.
  • Accommodations to stay at The Pine Barn Inn may be arranged to invited applicants through the hotel’s on-line direct internet discount

Where do residents live and what’s there to do in the area?
For full details, see the About the Region page.

What is a typical inpatient ward day like?
Teams consist of one upper level, two interns, and an attending physician. Additionally, most teams include one or two medical students and one pharmacist. In July and August, there are two upper levels with two interns for extra support.
•    Cap of 14 patients per team
•    Average three admissions/discharges per day per team
•    Average one-third of patients in step-down unit (SCU)
The typical day
Sunday through Friday (6 a.m. – 6 p.m.)
•    6 a.m. sign-out
•    6:30 – 8:30 a.m. work rounds
•    8:30 – 11 a.m. attending (teaching) rounds
•    11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. morning report
•    12:30 – 1:30 p.m. noon conference
•    1:30 p.m. – end of day admissions, write notes, talk with patients, fa.m.ily updates, follow-up on consultants, urgent care, procedures, update sign-out
•    5 p.m. last admission
•    5:30 p.m. sign-out
Saturday (6 a.m. – 5 p.m.)
•    4 p.m. last admission
Intern night float (5:30 p.m. – 6:30 a.m.)
•    Two-week blocks (Sunday afternoon through Saturday morning)
•    Off-service interns cover Saturday nights (4:30 p.m. – 6:30 a.m.)
•    5 a.m. last admission
Upper-level night float (5:30 p.m. – 6:30 a.m.)
•    Four-week blocks (Sunday afternoon through Friday morning)
•    Off-service upper levels cover Friday and Saturday nights (4:30 p.m. – 6:30 a.m. on Saturday)
•    6 a.m. last admission

What should I expect during my ambulatory experience?
Residents maintain patient panels in their general internal medicine (ambulatory medicine) continuity clinic. The continuity clinic is located on the ground floor of the Danville campus (main hospital). Residents complete continuity clinic one-half day per week on cardiology, emergency medicine, consults & procedures, neurology, selectives and electives while they refrain from clinic during IM inpatient blocks, ICU and night float.

What didactic sessions are offered?
Resident report
•     Monday through Friday, 11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
•    Facilitated by chief residents
•    Exclusively for upper level residents (PGY-2 and PGY-3)
•    Discussion directed towards management, treatment, differential diagnoses and new developments with regards to the current disease state after a current case discussion
•    High-yield board review incorporated daily
•    Hospitalist and subspecialist attending presence frequently
Intern report
•    Monday through Friday, 11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
•    acilitated by PGY-3 daytime triage resident or residency leadership
•    Exclusively for interns
•    Discussion directed towards history taking, approach to patients, and formulation of a differential diagnosis
•    Chief residents, hospitalists and subspecialist attending presence frequently
•    Upper level residents (PGY-2 and PGY-3) not required to attend
•    Note: intern and resident report will combine in the second half of the academic year
Noon conference
•    Monday - Friday, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
•    Formal teaching presentation delivered by subspecialty Attendings
•    Mix between traditional PowerPoint lectures and “chalk-talks.”
Complex case conference
•    Multidisciplinary conference designed to showcase our highly complex patients
•    Two conferences per month, noon – 1 p.m.
•    Subspecialty and faculty involvement
Monthly journal club
•    Intern journal club
•    Introduction to appraisal of the literature
Resident journal club
•    In depth discussion and evaluation of the literature
Research/QI curriculum
•    Exclusively for interns
•    Introduction to fundamentals of research and quality improvement
•    Interns will develop and present a personal research/QI project
Monthly morbidity and mortality conferences
•    Facilitated and presented by current PGY-2 and PGY-3 internal medicine residents
•    Grand rounds
Local experts in the field as well as visiting professors to present on various subjects

What fellowships are offered at Geisinger?
Click to see a list of fellowships.

Where do residents go after graduation?
More than 65% practice in Pennsylvania, 30-40% of graduates practice in primary care or hospitalist medicine, 60-70% of graduates pursue fellowship training.
In the last 10 years the follow graduates have pursued fellowship training at these institutes:
Bariatric and nutrition medicine
•    Geisinger Medical Center
•    Geisinger Medical Center
•    University of Texas, Galveston
•    Rowan University
•    New York Hospital Queens
Cardiac imaging
•    Ochsner Medical Center
Critical care medicine
•    Geisinger Medical Center
•    Mayo Clinic
•    University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
•    St. Vincent’s Hospital
•    Cleveland Clinic
•    Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
•    Case Western Reserve University
•    Eastern Virginia Medical School
•    McLaren Macomb Hospital
•    Geisinger Medical Center
Heart failure
•    OSF Health Care
•    University of Tennessee
•    Penn State University
•    Lankenau Hospital
•    University of Maryland
Infectious diseases
•    Montefiore/Einstein Medical Center
•    University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
•    Drexel University
•    Geisinger Medical Center
•    Albert Einstein Montefiore
•    Temple University
•    Dartmouth University
•    Nassua University Medical Center
•    Stony Brook University
•    Vanderbilt University
Palliative medicine
•    Geisinger Medical Center
•    Mt. Sinai Medical Center
Pulmonary and critical care medicine
•    Hershey Medical Center
•    Baylor College of Medicine
•    West Virginia University
•    Lahey Clinic
•    Geisinger Medical Center
•    Geisinger Medical Center
•    Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
•    Virginia Commonwealth University
•    University of Pennsylvania
Sleep medicine
•    Temple University