During my residency training at Geisinger Medical Center, several outstanding rheumatologists inspired me to pursue scholarship in rheumatology as I worked closely with them in presenting a patient case at grand rounds or through research projects.

My experience at GMC has been diverse and enriched with opportunity. The staff is always available and striving toward excellence in preparing us to become well trained compassionate rheumatologists and teachers and to pursue scholarly activity. I have been part of an integrated health system and learned how to provide quality patient care with focus on a multidisciplinary approach. At GMC, besides learning all the “bread and butter” cases of rheumatology, a fellow has the opportunity to choose an individualized pathway with focus on research, osteoporosis as part of our specialized HIROC clinic, musculoskeletal ultrasound or outpatient clinic. Our interdepartmental conferences with dermatology, nephrology, radiology and thoracic medicine have been fantastic learning experiences for both sides. The opportunity to teach residents and medical students through lectures, patient evaluations and the cadaver joint injection labs has challenged me to discover effective ways to teach and make it a rewarding experience for everyone.

I am proud of the excellent rheumatology fellowship training I have received and the innovative health care delivery that I have been trained to provide at Geisinger Medical Center.
- Jonida Cote, DO, Second-year fellow

I am glad that I got into Geisinger's Rheumatology Fellowship. This program offers a variety of clinical experiences. With six months of consult service and six months of outpatient service over two-year period we get exposure to broad spectrum of pathology including vasculitis, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, and osteoporosis. The program also offers exposure to pediatric population and musculoskeletal ultrasound. All of our attendings are excellent teachers. We are also involved in several research projects. I feel this program has good combination of teaching, research and clinical experience.
- Lyudmila Kirillova, MD, First-year fellow

“Ignorance is the curse of God; knowledge is the wing wherewith we fly to heaven,” William Shakespeare.

Fellowship training at Geisinger Medical Center is not just a training program to be a rheumatologist, but rather an educational experience - one that has all the vital ingredients to provide such an outstanding experience. Expert faculty coupled with their enthusiasm to teach and an amiable atmosphere is what makes this program what it is today.

Nestled in a tranquil and friendly neighborhood of Danville, Pa., Geisinger's Rheumatology Fellowship is one of the oldest programs in the country and has been known country-wide for faculty that have carved a niche in various areas of rheumatology care. Being a part of this family as a fellow has been an honor and I feel confident to be able to translate this knowledge/experience into good and meaningful patient care after I graduate.
- Tarun Sharma, MD, First-year fellow

Comments from graduate fellows on one-year follow-up surveys

  • I felt Geisinger prepared me very well for private practice.
  • I received excellent training during fellowship which greatly prepared me for practice. I was exposed to a vast amount of pathology at Geisinger and feel comfortable managing difficult patients. I was very well prepared due to the teaching I received.

Comments from graduate fellows on five-year follow-up surveys

  • Extremely relevant. Very prepared for rheumatology practice. Very pleased. Well-rounded.
  • From my fellowship training, I received a strong foundation on the basics of rheumatology and excellent training which has helped me to practice rheumatology confidently and help my patients effectively. I really appreciate my excellent teachers from Geisinger.