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About General Surgery Northeast Residency

Joseph P. Bannon, MD, FACS, FASCRS, program director

The General Surgery Northeast Residency was founded at Geisinger Wyoming Valley in 2009. Today, the Geisinger Northeast General Residency is based at two busy regional referral centers, Geisinger Wyoming Valley (GWV) Wilkes Barre, PA, and Geisinger Community Medical Center (GCMC), Scranton, PA. The facilities are about 15 miles apart.

Our goal is to educate our future surgeons as clinically excellent physicians, skilled in practicing high quality, cost effective, evidence based surgical care and to administer this care with a patient centered approach.

We are accredited by both the American College of Osteopathic Medicine (AOA) and the American College of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). The program is a five-year general surgery residency and we accept four residents into categorical positions each year.

Our program is based at GWV and GCMC and the vast majority of our surgical education takes place at those two facilities. This includes rotations in general surgery, acute care/emergency general surgery, vascular surgery, trauma surgery and critical care, surgical oncology, colon and rectal surgery, cardiothoracic surgery, bariatric and minimally invasive surgery and endoscopy. Our residents train at Geisinger Medical Center Danville for rotations in transplant surgery and pediatric surgery at Janet Weis Children’s Hospital.

The general surgery residency is integrated with Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine which is based in Scranton. Our residents are actively engaged in medical student education.

Geisinger Northeast’s graduate training program in general surgery strives to educate critically thinking surgeons who are lifelong learners and leaders in a constantly changing environment. We hope our prospective residents take advantage of some of the unique features of our health system:

  • It is among the one of largest in Pennsylvania with a population reach of more than three million.
  • It continues to grow as a network of community, long-term and tertiary care facilities.
  • It is among the leaders in healthcare quality initiatives in the U.S. For example, Geisinger's Quality Institute is a learning institution designed to build organizational capacity to continually improve and redesign work through education and coaching.
  • Geisinger's commitment to research has grown to include two dedicated research centers, the Siegfried and Janet Weis Center for Research, and Henry Hood Center for Health Research as well as system-wide clinical departments and service-line faculty that are engaged in numerous investigative projects.
  • National recognition: One important indicator of quality is whether a hospital and its staff are recognized by independent organizations devoted to measuring healthcare quality.
  • It was among the first institutions in the nation to fully adopt an electronic medical record system (EPIC)
  • It has one of the largest genomics programs in the world; MyCode, a community health initiative as a precision medical project enrolling at Geisinger locations in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. It includes a system-wide biobank designed to store blood and other samples for research to be used by Geisinger and Geisinger collaborators.

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