Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the GHS Psychiatry Residency located?
Our program is located in Danville, PA at Geisinger Medical Center (GMC), a quaternary-referral, academic institution with all major medical, surgical, transplant, obstetric, neonatal, pediatric, neurosurgical, and trauma-related specialties represented.

Where do residents rotate besides GMC?

Psychiatry residents will experience clinical rotations at Geisinger Bloomsburg Hospital for inpatient and consultation psychiatry, in addition to GMC. Residents also rotate at Danville State Hospital, community mental health centers, and Marworth Chemical Dependency Treatment Center.

How many residents does your program accept?
We are accredited by ACGME for four resident slots per year, in a four-year general adult psychiatry training program, for a total of 16 resident slots in the program. We accept applications, interview, and select each resident class exclusively through ERAS and NRMP. We are open to a mix of allopathic and osteopathic candidates, and accept scores from both USMLE and COMLEX.

Does your program couples match?

The residency programs of Geisinger Health System have historically successfully matched couples across and within training programs.

Does your program sponsor visas?
At the present time, we do not sponsor visas for psychiatry residents.

Do you have observerships available?

At this time, we cannot support observerships.

What are the program's policies regarding USMLE/COMLEX exam scores for applicants
Our program accepts either USMLE or COMLEX scores, or both. We do not have cut-offs for scoring on USMLE or COMLEX exams. We prefer applicants who have successfully completed both steps of the exam and clinical skills portion.

Do you require U.S. clinical training?
We require U.S. clinical training.

Do you have a standard for the number of years applicants may be out of medical school?
We prefer medical school graduation within the last three years.

What is resident call like?
Our residency program is committed to adherence to all of ACGME requirements and boundaries related to resident call, balanced with ample educational opportunity to develop clinical skills as psychiatrists taking care of patients. PGY-1 residents take weekend rounding call on inpatient units under the direct supervision of the attending psychiatrist present in the hospitals. PGY-2 residents rotate weekend rounding in a more independent status on assigned shifts approximately one in four weekends, with no overnight call in the hospital. Upper-level residents rotate taking home call with access by phone to the attending psychiatrist. Home call by phone is a mix of addressing patient needs on the inpatient unit overnight and consultation to the emergency department on potential admissions.

Will I be a psychopharmacologist or a psychotherapist when I graduate from GHS's Psychiatry Residency Program?
Both. Our program takes pride in our balanced and well-rounded approach to training the best in future psychiatrists. In our opinion, this requires instruction and experience in all aspects of care of the psychiatric patient, including an emphasis on proficiency and skill in the art of psychotherapy - psychodynamics, CBT, ACT, and marital, group, and family modalities. We collaborate with our co-located psychology training programs to expand the learning in not only the traditions of psychotherapy, but also the practice of therapy in the modern systems of healthcare, and the emergence of new approaches.

Does Geisinger use an electronic health record (EHR)?

GHS has been repeatedly recognized regionally and nationally as a Most Wired health system, paving the way as an example across the nation for effective use of a fully integrated and operational EHR, specifically EPIC. Our EHR offers the best in patient communication services, including messaging through MyGeisinger, linkage via the MyChart mobile app, and roll out of OpenNotes programs. GHS continuously invests in the latest uses of social media platforms to facilitate 24/7 access to learning environments with peers and faculty. Our Health Sciences Library network offers access to the best of electronic clinical resources such as Up To Date and Summons, amid other valuable search means.

What are your program's research interests and opportunities?

Our developing research interests in the division include delirium and sleep in the AICU, consultation-liaison psychiatry topics, and adult and pediatric integrated care models for primary care and specialty settings. Across the system, we participate in research on autism and pervasive developmental disorders through our affiliated Autism and Developmental Medicine Institute, the epidemiology of post-traumatic stress disorder, delirium and other conditions through the Hood Center for Health Research, and impact of integrating psychology and behavioral medicine into the point of care where patients need it the most.