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Frequently asked questions

Read on for answers to some of our most commonly asked questions.

Sarah Wilson, DO

When applying for residency, my significant other and I knew we wanted to couples-match. During the application process, we were anxious to find the next place we would call home. Everything became clear when we interviewed at Geisinger. I will never forget the first time we drove into Danville. I was mesmerized by the sweeping hospital surrounded by a charming town, farmland and rolling hills. On the day of the interview, we were greeted with such kindness as if everyone already knew us. This program has everything a trainee could ask for, including abundant research, fellowship and educational opportunities. It was clear from the beginning how well-trained the graduates are. I immediately knew this was the program that would set me up for a successful career in medicine and where I wanted to spend the next chapter of my life. I wake up every morning thankful to be living in such a beautiful part of the country and receiving such incredible training.”


How do I apply?

We accept all applications through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS).


What is the application timeline?

  • June 9
    • ERAS season begins
    • Register on MyERAS and start working on your application
  • Sept. 1
    • Start applying to ACGME residency programs via the NRMP
  • October
    • Interviews start
  • End of November
    • Application deadline
  • January
    • Interviews end
  • March 2
    • NRMP rank order list certification deadline
  • March 14–18
    • NRMP Match week

What documents do I need to apply?

  • ERAS application (Electronic Residency Application Service)
  • Letters of recommendation
    • Department of Medicine Summary Letter of Evaluation
      • Letter can be written by Department of Medicine chair, internal medicine clerkship director or dean.
      • Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine (AAIM)-recommended standardized template is preferred. Click here to view the template.
      • **If your school doesn’t offer this, provide an additional clinical letter of recommendation instead.**
    • At least one clinical letter of recommendation (LOR) from an internal medicine faculty member
      • Letters should be written by physicians who are qualified to evaluate your ability and performance.
      • Letters should refer to your term of service and your ability and performance.
    • An optional LOR could be provided by clinical faculty or a scholarly project mentor.
    • All letters should be submitted to the ERAS system.
  • Current curriculum vitae (ERAS-generated)
  • Personal statement
  • Official medical school transcript (translated to English if applicable)
  • Official USMLE/COMLEX transcript
    • Step 1/Level 1 is required to apply (consideration given to applicants with passing scores on first attempt)
    • Step 2/Level 2 is required prior to the match
      • We encourage you to have Step 2/Level 2 scores available before the application deadline. However, we understand that due to COVID and the delay in availability of the USMLE Step 2 CS, this may not be possible.
  • Current professional photo

Are you requiring applicants to complete the supplemental ERAS application?

  • For the 2022 ERAS cycle, our program is strongly encouraging all applicants to complete a supplemental ERAS application, offered through the AAMC’s ERAS program. Applicants also will be required to complete the MyERAS application.
  • The additional information will help our program staff learn more about applicants’ medical education journey, including more meaningful information about work, volunteer and research experiences, and help us better identify applicants who fit our program environment and mission.   
  • This supplemental ERAS application will be delivered on a survey platform outside the MyERAS application and must be completed between Sept. 1 and Sept. 30.   
  • Bookmark the supplemental ERAS application section of the AAMC website to find the latest information, FAQs and resources.

Are there additional requirements for international medical graduates?

  • Graduation from medical school within the past 3 years
  • U.S. experience (i.e., “observership”) is preferred but not required.
  • Geisinger Medical Center doesn’t offer observerships.
  • Current ECFMG certification
  • Geisinger Medical Center offers both J-1 and H-1B visas to qualified candidates.
  • If you want an H-1B visa, you must pass USMLE Step 3 and the score report must be available by Match Day.

What is the interview process like?

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all interviews this year will take place remotely.

We hope you’ll join us on interview day to learn more about the Geisinger difference, our unique training environment and the opportunities we have to offer.

  • Interview invitations are extended to prospective applicants via the interview scheduler system.
  • Interviews occur from early November until mid-January.
  • Most interview days occur on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
  • If selected for an interview, you’ll have the opportunity to learn about our program more in-depth. You’ll also interact with current residents, which is an integral part of the interview process.

What is life like in Danville?

Danville is a short drive from Philadelphia and New York, making it easy to get away for a day trip or a long weekend. With a low cost of living and plenty of entertainment and cultural activities, we think you’ll like living here.


What’s the rotation schedule like?

See the curriculum page for details, including a sample block schedule.


What didactic sessions are offered?

See the didactics page for details.


What can I expect from the ambulatory experience?

  • You’ll maintain patient panels in your general internal medicine (ambulatory medicine) continuity clinic. The continuity clinic is located on the ground floor of the Danville campus.
  • As a resident, you’ll have a 6+2 schedule. This means you’ll have ambulatory clinic every 6 weeks for a 2-week period throughout the academic year.
  • The Internal Medicine Ambulatory Curriculum (IMAC) is a didactic series focusing on various internal medicine topics.
  • You’ll have the opportunity to rotate through many experiences, including:
    • Behavioral health
    • Cardiology
    • Community practice at a free clinic
    • Dermatology
    • Endocrinology
    • High-acuity and hospital discharge clinics
    • Nephrology
    • OMT clinic for osteopathic recognition residents
    • Pulmonology
    • Rheumatology

What fellowships does Geisinger offer?

  • Addiction medicine
  • Bariatric medicine and nutrition
  • Cardiology
    • Interventional cardiology
    • Electrophysiology
  • Clinical informatics
  • Critical care medicine
  • Gastroenterology
    • Advanced endoscopy
  • Hematology/oncology
  • Hospice and palliative medicine
  • Infectious diseases*
  • Nephrology
  • Pulmonary and critical care medicine
  • Rheumatology
  • Sleep medicine*
  • Sports medicine

*Anticipated to start in 2022


Where do residents go after graduation?

Thirty to forty percent of our graduates practice in primary care or hospitalist medicine. And more than 65% practice in Pennsylvania.

Most (60–70%) of our graduates pursue fellowship training at institutes across the U.S.