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Family Medicine Residency - Northeast

Change people’s lives for the better. Learn how with a Geisinger family medicine residency.

About us

Salvatore Sparich Jr., DO, program director

Training you and your colleagues to be the best future physicians: That’s the academic goal of the Kistler Family Medicine Residency in Wilkes-Barre. Named in honor of highly regarded family physician and community leader David Kistler, MD, the program teaches community-based family physicians so they can thrive in our local area, the state of Pennsylvania and the rest of the country.

The program launched in 2007 and attracts talented medical students from across the country. As a resident, you’ll practice in a dedicated family medicine residency clinic attached to the hospital in which you admit and will run your own adult inpatient service unopposed. Throughout your residency, you’ll establish your own panel of patients, whom you’ll follow to the hospital or nursing home and across the continuum of their care.

  • Your training will focus on providing high-quality, patient-centered care. We encourage residents to become caring and conscientious community family medicine physicians — doctors we would want as our own personal physicians.
  • Once you complete our program, we hope you’ll become our colleague at Geisinger. Residents trained here can stay here if they choose.
  • If you go elsewhere, use what you’ve learned here to improve care in other places and act as an ambassador for our program and Geisinger.
 

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Our home: Northeastern Pennsylvania

Northeastern Pennsylvania (NEPA) is a great place to live, with safe neighborhoods, an affordable cost of living and access to recreational activities. NEPA is close to New York City and Philadelphia, giving you access to major cities in just a few hours. Overall, our communities are a good bet for living stress-free, healthy lifestyles. And more importantly, NEPA is a place where you can make a difference.