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Residencies and fellowships 

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

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.

Living in our area

The central and northeastern Pennsylvania region offers

  • Mountain biking, fishing, hiking, camping, skiing and boating
  • Several large and small colleges and universities
  • Minor league and amateur sporting events
  • Orchestral and choral music, drama and other cultural events
  • Concerts and arena concert venues
  • Fine dining as well as cafes, coffee houses and ethnic restaurants
  • Quaint towns, local festivals, antique and boutique shopping
  • Good schools, safe neighborhoods, quiet streets
  • Affordable, upscale housing
  • Reasonable commutes to major metropolitan areas such as Philadelphia, New York City and Washington, D.C.

Susquehanna River Valley

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With picturesque scenery, an exceptionally high quality of life and a low cost of living, the Susquehanna River Valley offers a wide variety of outdoor activities. It’s also home to Geisinger’s central region, including Danville. 

Northeast Pennsylvania

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Choice of quiet, serene, rural or suburban areas are all within easy commuting distance of this region’s two larger cities: Scranton and Wilkes-Barre.

Central Pennsylvania

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This peaceful, four-county area is home to Geisinger’s western region and includes Big Valley, Centre County and the Juniata River Valley. Perfect for adventure seekers and outdoor lovers alike, the region offers a rural backdrop, picturesque landscapes and the beloved college town of Penn State, filled with restaurants and shops. 

Southern New Jersey

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Here you’ll find friendly small towns, highly ranked public schools, an abundance of private schools and an easy ride “down the shore.” 

Harrisburg region

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Welcome to Geisinger’s south-central region, where rolling hills and rich farmland surrounds Harrisburg, the state capital and Pennsylvania’s 10th largest city. 

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Better begins with all of us

At Geisinger, you’ll work on a collaborative team, driven by a mindset where everyone plays an integral part in our long-term success. We are continually seeking to improve in big and small ways, and with the support of your colleagues and leadership, you’ll be able to achieve your goals and lead a successful career. 

Click here to learn about the work our team has accomplished

  • Population Health – A series of initiatives and programs that make better health easier for our communities by addressing social issues such as poverty, food deserts and environmental factors.
  • ProvenHealth Navigator® – An advanced, patient-centered medical home that benefits our elderly Medicare population and has expanded to include our broader, adult commercial population.  

Leading healthcare change

Does being an agent of change excite you? We’re not afraid to do things differently when it comes to tackling challenges that will improve health outcomes and reduce the total cost of care. For over a century, Geisinger has led healthcare innovation and now you can be a part of it.

  • Innovative research –  Two research centers, our groundbreaking MyCode Community Health Initiative, various support and opportunities, and funding for travel
  • Keystone Health Information Exchange (KeyHIE) – Access to non-Geisinger patient's electronic health records in PA. PACS imaging technology, lifeIMAGE - image sharing technology
  • Fully Integrated Electronic Medical Record (since 1996)
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In the service of caring

For 100+ years, we’ve been committed to caring. Working here, you’ll have the opportunity to make an impact in the lives of your patients, families and the communities you live and work in. We believe caring goes well beyond providing exceptional healthcare — that’s why we provide you the time to connect with your patients, so you can focus on the quality of your interactions.                                                       

  • ProvenExperience® – Based on kindness and compassion, a program that offers refunds to patients whose expectations weren't met.
  • ProvenRecovery® – Our surgical redesign program that promotes faster healing, better pain management and lowering the use of opioids.
 

Careers with lasting impact

With a high value on learning, exploring and thinking outside the box, you’re able to grow and develop the career you want. Here, you’ll have the potential to impact not only our patients, members and communities, but the entire healthcare landscape.

  • Career/retention
  • Fellowship opportunities
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Hear from some of our former residents

Megan Rapp, MD

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.”

Keith Boell, DO

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.”

Dan Dometita, DO

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.”

J. Scott Greene, MD, FACS

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.”

Thomas Lettich, DO

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.”