Program director's message

Geisinger's Psychiatry Residency is a recently established and accredited program situated in a long and distinguished tradition of training physicians and other practitioners at Geisinger Health System (GHS) within our nearly 50 residency programs and fellowships, affiliated with Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine.

GHS is dedicated to evolving patient care through clinical and basic science research. The health system supports two free-standing research centers on our Danville campus, the Henry Hood Center for Health Research and the Sigfried and Janet Weis Center for Research. The Center for Health Research offers residents opportunities to pursue their interests in outcomes research, epidemiology and related fields. Dedicated research psychologists, investigators and statisticians are available to support resident research efforts, and the facility supplements resident education across disciplines by offering courses in conducting research projects and biostatistics. The Center for Clinical Studies integrates with clinical staff to organize and conduct prospective clinical trials throughout the system, contributing to epidemiologic knowledge and investigating new therapies, interventions, and modes of delivery. We aspire to be a learning health system, rapidly improving quality of our patients' care and reducing time to the translation of new findings into clinical care. Our EHR and associated CDIS capabilities fuel the clinical and basic science research of which you will become part at Geisinger.

Psychiatry residents benefit from encountering a breadth and diversity of patient pathology and diagnoses from which to learn. Encompassing severe and persistent mental illness, to co-occurring substance dependency, to demoralization in the presence of severe medical crisis, to agitation in the emergency department, to personality pathology in the outpatient clinic, residents have a wealth  of clinical variety in the cases they see here. Clinical rotations span inpatient units, consultation-liaison services, intensive outpatient programming, and a large multi-disciplinary outpatient clinic including a range of active group modalities. Residents will participate in advanced psychiatric care offered in the form of a busy electroconvulsive therapy practice, neuropsychological evaluation, and nearby state hospital facility. We prioritize teaching the time honored skills of formulation and psychotherapy through clinic experience with focused faculty supervision. Elective time allows residents to tailor their curriculum personally to their interests. Protected didactic time for residents, equating to at least five hours per week, is organized by year of training and designed to progress the resident in their knowledge, evidence basis, and application of skills year to year, fostering success on yearly in-service exams and ultimately board certification.

Geisinger prides itself on putting caring at the center of all we do, both for our patients and for each other. This valueis continually emphasized by our system CEO, David Feinberg, MD, one of the nation's most prominent healthcare leaders who is also a psychiatrist involved with our residency program. Residents at Geisinger learn to provide state-of-the-art, compassionate care in a supportive environment that fosters education, collegial relationships and a healthy work life balance.

We hope that you are intrigued, and that you will consider Geisinger Health System among your choices for training in psychiatry. Do not hesitate to contact us through the psychiatry residency office as listed in the contacts section.

Andrei Nemoianu, MD
Psychiatry Residency Program Director

Geisinger Health System