Geisinger is an integrated health system that combines physicians, hospitals, health insurance, medical education and research. It has been described as “the most progressive health system on the planet.” The goal of the organization is to manage the health of our patients so that they can get the care they need, when they need it and in ways that are user-friendly. We strive to achieve excellent patient outcomes and provide value-based care. We focus on seamless care coordination for our patients and their families, which leads to a higher quality of care with better health outcomes. Geisinger provides this exceptional care to the citizens of northeast and central Pennsylvania. The geography of our catchment area is equivalent to the size of the entire state of South Carolina.
Geisinger’s Adult Reconstruction Fellowship is based out of our northeast and central regions. The major teaching hospitals are Geisinger Community Medical Center in Scranton, Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center in Wilkes-Barre and Geisinger Medical Center in Danville. Geisinger Community Medical Center and Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center are both level 2 trauma centers that serve the large population centers of Lackawanna and Luzerne counties. Geisinger Medical Center is level 1 trauma center and tertiary care hospital that functions as the mothership hub of the system. Both the northeast and central regions have their own, independent orthopaedic surgery residency programs, and the allopathic Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine is located in downtown Scranton with regional clinical campuses in Danville, Lewistown, Sayre, Wilkes-Barre and Atlantic City, N.J.
As the sole adult reconstruction fellow, you will have unlimited access to all of the resources of this large organization to optimize your education in adult hip and knee reconstructive surgery. Our fellowship offers extensive experience in revision hip and knee arthroplasty, treatment of periprosthetic joint infection, complex and high-risk primary arthroplasty, robotic surgery and other advanced technologies. It also exposes the fellow to innovative programs such as patient guarantees for arthroplasty outcomes and destination medicine for the employees of large U.S. employers such as Wal-Mart. We have a full-time research staff that focuses on a rapidly growing number of musculoskeletal projects.
The adult reconstruction division holds a robust weekly conference to provide a longitudinal educational program for our fellow, as well as any residents or medical students who are rotating on an arthroplasty service. We also have sessions devoted to quality review, interdisciplinary work with other specialties, clinical conversations about interesting cases, cadaver labs and journal clubs. The fellow should expect to spend four days a week in the OR with one day a week in the clinic. There is no formal call, and the night and weekend expectations are minimal. Depending on your licensure, there is the opportunity for moonlighting. The fellow will also be supported to attend the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons (AAHKS) meeting in the fall and an additional arthroplasty meeting in the spring.