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About us

J. David Avila, MD, program director

Geisinger's Neurology Residency Program was founded in 2012, and offers an integrated approach to teaching the physicians of tomorrow. The neuroscience institute is comprised of over 42 adult and 6 pediatric neurologists, 18 neurosurgeons, 38 advanced practitioners and 5 neuro-endovascular physicians. Residents benefit from innovative healthcare delivery through a multidisciplinary team of specialists at three clinical campuses. Training at Geisinger will give participants a level of personalized attention and clinical experience not available elsewhere. We take pride in partnering with you to achieve your personal and professional career goals.

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Highlights of our program

Geisinger's Neurology Residency Program trains competent future clinical neurologists, emphasizing qualities such as teamwork & collaboration, honesty & integrity, empathy & compassion, professionalism & reliability, and advanced communication skills while promoting academic inquisitiveness.

  • High quality dedicated core-teaching faculty
  • Resident and faculty mentorship program
  • Structured block didactic curriculum
  • Early exposure to neurology with 16 weeks during intern year
  • Longitudinal training with a weekly schedule
  • Continuity clinic weeks with no inpatient service obligations
  • Three weeks of bootcamp (intensive neuroanatomy and neuroscience)
  • Night float system with in-house teaching attending
  • Catchment area of nearly 3 million people in 48 counties
  • Individualized resident attention and rotation building for personal growth and success
  • International neurology electives
  • Wellness initiatives
  • Annual Resident Retreat and other social events
  • Competitive pay scale, medical education funds and generous vacation time

Program aims

  • Train residents to excel in a distributed-integrated healthcare system with an emphasis on population health and genomics.
  • Promote continual self-assessment and improvement by creating individualized goals and objectives longitudinally throughout training.
  • Develop and retain excellent core faculty who are approachable, motivating and inspirational.

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