Graduate medical education
Residency and fellowship programs focused on making better health easy.
Geisinger's list of residency and fellowship programs is continuously growing and includes a variety of specialties and subspecialties.
- Child neurology
- Clinical psychology internship
- Emergency medicine
- General surgery
- Internal medicine
- Internal medicine/pediatrics
- Interventional radiology/diagnostic radiology (IR/DR) – integrated radiology
- Medical physics
- Oral & maxillofacial surgery
- Pediatric dentistry
- Plastic surgery
- Adult reconstruction
- Bariatric & foregut surgery
- Cardiology & interventional cardiology
- Clinical cardiac electrophysiology
- Clinical informatics
- Clinical psychology & behavioral medicine
- Colon and rectal surgery
- Critical care
- Hematology & medical oncology
- Hospice & palliative medicine
- Infectious diseases
- Maternal-fetal medicine
- Micrographic surgery & dermatologic oncology
- Neuroendovascular surgery
- Pulmonary & critical care
- Sports medicine
- Vascular surgery
Robust clinical volumes with diverse patient pathophysiology along with exceptional clinical teaching first attracted me to Geisinger. I have stayed for the abundant opportunities that are increasingly present in our innovative healthcare system that allow ongoing professional development in education, informatics, research, leadership, and healthcare delivery. I have been honored to lead the educational mission for Graduate Medical Education and continually strive to leverage Geisinger’s strengths in developing programs that create the healthcare teams of tomorrow.
People often think of Geisinger as being innovative as a patient-centered healthcare delivery system, however, we are constantly striving to improve and develop GME training programs in unique and innovative ways as well. Pennsylvania offers a relaxed and beautiful setting to return home to at the end of a busy workday while also providing the opportunity to be in a busy city within a matter of hours.
As a fourth-year medical student, I knew I wanted a surgical residency. I thought I wanted a big academic medical center, but then I had a rotation at my dream hospital. I did not see junior residents operating much. I thought I did more as a medical student than some of the second-year residents I observed. What attracted me to Geisinger was the early operative experiences for residents. When I was done with residency, I wanted to be able to hit the ground running with my surgical skills. That’s what I got at Geisinger.
One thing that impressed me about Geisinger’s residencies is their focus on didactics. There’s such a strong academic component. When I interviewed elsewhere, residents sometimes told me that learning opportunities like morning report and noon conference were frequently canceled. That doesn’t happen at Geisinger. Here, the teaching culture is robust.
Almost immediately, I was greeted with smiling faces from residents, nurses and faculty alike. Little did I know then that those people would become great colleagues for years to come. Even on a busy ICU rotation, the residents were always willing to take the time to help me learn. It was clear to me that the program selected residents who are not only brilliant but also ‘play well’ with each other.
Since coming to Geisinger, I’ve participated in more research than I ever thought possible and working with residents is endlessly intellectually stimulating. It makes for better patient care. I find it very gratifying and rewarding to be a part of training excellent, well-rounded clinicians.
Attendings make it a point to bring residents into decision-making. They grant you a lot of autonomy, so I had confidence in many, varied situations. Being a med-peds, your input is sought after for cases that they may not have much experience with (i.e. Cystic Fibrosis, ear infections, hypertension, etc.) which makes you feel valued, but, also demands that you really know your stuff.
Neurosurgery has very high rewards because the risk is so great. When someone has a deficit and the surgery fixes it and function returns, the reward you feel is amazing. But I also think of how wrong things can go, so when patients trust you to touch them despite that risk, it’s humbling. Sometimes it’s nerve-wracking, but it’s always humbling.
Greetings from the DIO
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.
Michelle Thompson, MD
Chief Education Officer and Vice Dean for Graduate Medical Education and DIO and Associate Professor Internal Medicine
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.
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:
- Diagnostic medicine
- 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.)