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Graduate medical education 

Residency and fellowship programs focused on making better health easy.

Our programs

Geisinger's list of residency and fellowship programs is continuously growing and includes a variety of specialties and subspecialties.

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Welcome!

Applying for a residency program is an important decision. As you consider where to advance your training, consider the “Geisinger difference.”

For me, robust clinical volumes, diverse patient pathophysiology and exceptional clinical teaching are what first attracted me to Geisinger. But what I learned — and you will quickly see — is that Geisinger earned its national reputation for innovation because we approach healthcare and learning differently.

Our system emphasizes ongoing professional development in education, informatics, research, leadership and healthcare delivery. Our residents and fellows go on to become exceptional clinicians. And they’re also encouraged to become leaders capable of advancing healthcare in our nation. We focus on wellness instead of disease management. We believe understanding a person’s neighborhood is as important as understanding lab results. And we think research should benefit the patient immediately. So we use our powerful technology and enormous biobank to place tools in the hands of doctors at the bedside and in the clinic. That’s how we make better health easy.

I invite you to learn in a culture of innovation and in a community of team-oriented colleagues. That’s the Geisinger difference.

Thank you, 

Michelle Thompson, MD
Chief Education Officer and Vice Dean for Graduate Medical Education and DIO and Associate Professor Internal Medicine

 
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Residencies & fellowships at Geisinger

The Geisinger Difference: Outcomes not activities

Nationally recognized, Geisinger is a leader in improving care quality while also driving down costs and increasing access.

Geisinger’s approach relies on using solid, evidence-based medicine to reduce unnecessary care variance and errors. Being data-driven has resulted in groundbreaking programs like ProvenCare®. Moreover, Geisinger’s world-class biobank, built via its MyCode® initiative, delivers useful tools informed by the patient’s genome that our physicians use in the clinic every day.

Geisinger has aligned every component necessary to manage total health and to provide the wide array of patient populations and unusual pathologies that learners need to grow proficient and confident. With a tertiary teaching hospital, a dedicated children’s hospital, community hospitals across an expansive geographic footprint, a robust research arm, medical and nursing schools and a health insurance company, Geisinger approaches education the same way it approaches care — with a focus on “total.”

Graduate medical education at Geisinger leverages all its elements to provide a unique learner experience. We recognize that residents and fellows are clinical colleagues who require adequate time and space to research, study, absorb new experiences and grow. 

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Why choose Geisinger

A history of innovation and service

Geisinger was founded by Abigail Geisinger in 1915. Her first move was to recruit a physician-chief, Dr. Harold Foss, who trained with the Mayo brothers in Rochester, Minnesota. As one of our executives wrote on the observance of our centennial, “the health and well-being of the region would be vastly different if Abigail had not had the compassion to give back to her community, the wisdom to tap a surgeon with Mayo roots as the initial chief of staff, and the audacity to think big.”

Residency training programs have been a part of Geisinger since 1915. The first education program at Geisinger to provide continuing medical education credits was in primary care in 1970. This process is now run through our continuing professional development team and has more than 45,000 participants in regularly scheduled series.

We launched the MyCode® project in 2007. Today, more than 316,000 Geisinger patients have consented for the project. Together, MyCode data and a powerful informatics program support research in:

  • Autism and developmental medicine
  • Genomic medicine institute
  • Obesity institute
  • Kidney health 
  • Population health 
  • Molecular and functional genomics
  • Pharmacy innovation 
  • Translational bioethics & health care policy

Clinical research focuses on:

  • Cancer
  • Diagnostic medicine
  • Heart
  • Medicine
  • Musculoskeletal
  • Neuroscience
  • Surgery
  • Women and children

Other key moments include:

  • Expansion of research with federal grants in 1967
  • Establishment of Geisinger Health Plan in the 1970s
  • 2017 integration with The Commonwealth Medical College (now Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine.)

In 1912, Abigail Geisinger revealed her dream of building a hospital for the town of Danville, Pa., as a tribute to her late husband George. In the past, it had been necessary to transport the sick and injured from Danville to the nearest hospitals in Bloomsburg or Sunbury. On Sept. 12, 1915, the dream became reality when the doors of the George F. Geisinger Memorial Hospital accepted it first patient in the midst of a typhoid epidemic. (Photo courtesy of Geisinger Archives)

Geisinger Medical Center opens in Danville, Pa., and quickly arranges to have graduate medical interns. This will be the genesis for all the current residencies and fellowships. Currently, we have over 500 learners. (Photo courtesy of Geisinger Archives)

Walter Gemmill is the first resident/intern. He remained as a resident physician until May 1916, then again from December 1917 – July 1918. Dr. Gemmill practiced ophthalmology, otology, laryngology and rhinology in Monessen, Pa. (Photo courtesy of Geisinger Archives; Dr. Gemmill pictured center with dark jacket)

The first education program at Geisinger to provide continuing medical education credits was in primary care. This process is now run through our Continuing Professional Development team and has over 45,000 participants in regularly scheduled series. (Photo courtesy of Geisinger Archives)

Geisinger Education and Medical Simulation program begins. In 2014, SimMom® is purchased and in 2015, SimBaby™ becomes available to our learners. Standardized patient program starts in 2016.

The Commonwealth Medical College integrates into the Geisinger family, becoming Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine.

The first cohort of the Medical Education Certificate Course (MECC) graduates. The goal of MECC is to help participants develop foundational skills in medical education.

Geisinger celebrates the 25th anniversary of Resident and Fellow Scholarship Days.