Christopher J. Wilson, MD, FACEP, FAAEM, program director
The Geisinger Emergency Medicine Residency Program, the 11th oldest continually active program in the country, is a three-year (PGY1-3) program designed to develop practice-ready emergency physicians who contribute to and become leaders in their communities and the specialty. The program develops proficient, astute, empathetic and enthusiastic clinicians who are well-rounded and capable of success across the spectrum of emergency medicine practice. Our faculty have a wide range of expertise in emergency medicine and are recognized for their leadership within state and national organizations, including the Pennsylvania Department of Health, the Pennsylvania College of Emergency Physicians (PACEP), the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP), the Council of Residency Directors in Emergency Medicine (CORD), the National Association of EMS Physicians (NAEMSP) and the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM).
As a premier training program in emergency medicine, we serve a unique, rural population, offering quaternary care capabilities in a nationally recognized, integrated health system. Geisinger offers a long-standing, innovative and nationally recognized focus on quality patient care. Clinical experiences include practice environments that span rural and urban community hospitals to a large regional referral center with level 1 trauma services and a certified comprehensive stroke program. The system covers 42 counties in northern and central Pennsylvania. Our primary site also has a level 2 pediatric trauma center with a dedicated children’s hospital, providing a robust experience in the care of critical ill children. We serve our community via Geisinger Life Flight, one of the oldest and largest air critical care transport services in the nation.
Our forward-facing curriculum incorporates the knowledge, skills and abilities included in the American Board of Emergency Medicine (ABEM) clinical practice of emergency medicine across the clinical and didactic experiences. In addition to integrated community-based and pediatric clinical emergency medicine experiences, our residents have the opportunity to be members of the flight crew on Geisinger Life Flight throughout residency training. Our innovative didactic curriculum employs the best evidence methods for effective adult learning, balancing traditional lecture-based content with simulation, procedure labs, individual interactive instruction, flipped classroom activities and focused written and oral board review.
Students interested in an emergency medicine clerkship should visit the Geisinger Emergency Medicine clinical rotation page.