About General Surgery – Central Residency
Mohsen M. Shabahang, MD, PhD, FACS, program director
The Geisinger General Surgery - Central Residency is a five-year program that accepts four categorical R-1 residents. Four one-year R-1 preliminary positions are available for residents planning to train in other specialty areas of surgery.
The staff currently consists of surgeons who specialize in the following areas: general surgery, trauma and critical care, emergency general surgery, surgical oncology and breast surgery, vascular surgery, minimally invasive and bariatric surgery, pediatric surgery, colorectal surgery, transplant surgery and thoracic surgery.
Geisinger offers multiple clinical platforms throughout central Pennsylvania and residents are able to take advantage of this to enrich their training experience. Geisinger Medical Center in Danville is the primary training site serving a catchment area of approximately three million people. Geisinger Medical Center is also a Level 1 Trauma Center and regional referral center for central Pennsylvania. Geisinger Bloomsburg Hospital and Geisinger Shamokin Area Community Hospital also enrich the clinical experience with additional training opportunities at Geisinger Lewistown Hospital and Penn State Health Holy Spirit Medical Center. On an annual basis, the caseload consists of more than 23,000 outpatient visits and 5,500 surgical procedures.
The clinical caseload includes a large volume of elective as well as emergency operations, and common as well as complex surgical problems. The broad educational experience in general surgery also includes endoscopy, taught by surgical faculty. There is a rich academic experience comprised of weekly didactics, research curriculum, simulation curriculum, well-being curriculum, grand rounds and monthly journal club. Our residents graduate with case volumes which exceed the minimum requirement set forth by the ACGME in 2017.
Our program has received full accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education without citations. Results of the 2017 ACGME survey were exceptional with our program rated above the national mean for all categories including duty hours, faculty, evaluation, educational content, resources and patient safety and teamwork.
Grow with Geisinger
The Department of Surgery at Geisinger is committed to educating superior clinical and academic surgeons. To achieve this goal, the general surgery residency program is structured to provide the opportunity for well qualified and highly motivated individuals to participate in the care of a variety of patient problems and in scholarly activities. The residency program is fully accredited and graduates four chief residents each year.
- Four PGY1 residents are accepted into the categorical program each year, providing a non-pyramidal structure to the program. Four R-1 preliminary positions and two R-2 preliminary positions are available for residents planning to train in other specialty areas of surgery. Residents achieve clinical proficiency through graduated autonomy commensurate with their ability and level of training.
- Resident participation in research, either clinical or basic science, is required and supported by the research and education coordinator.