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J. David Avila, MD, program director

Geisinger's Neurology Residency Program was founded in 2012. The neuroscience institute is comprised of 48 adult and 11 child neurologists, 17 neurosurgeons, 40 advanced practitioners, 4 neuro-endovascular physicians and 1 genetic counselor. 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.


To train excellent future clinical neurologists and clinician-educators, emphasizing qualities such as teamwork, honesty, empathy, professionalism, and advanced communication skills while promoting lifelong self-directed learning.

Program aims

  1. Train residents to excel in a patient-centered integrated healthcare system, with an emphasis on quality of care and evidence-based medicine.
  2. Promote continuous self-assessment and improvement through mentorship and the creation of individualized goals and objectives.
  3. Develop education-related skills in residents and faculty to cultivate an approachable and motivational teaching environment that facilitates the retention of our faculty and graduating residents.
  4. Foster professional behavior and communication skills, with both patients and interprofessional colleagues, through faculty modelling, simulation, direct observation and feedback.


  • Supportive environment
  • 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
  • Weekly schedule with longitudinal electives
  • Continuity clinic weeks with no inpatient service obligations (for more information, click here)
  • Three weeks of bootcamp (intensive neuroanatomy and neuroscience)
  • Night float system with in-house teaching attending
  • Catchment area of nearly three million people in 48 counties
  • Individualized resident attention and rotation building for personal growth and success
  • International neurology electives
  • Well-being initiatives
  • Annual resident retreat and other social events
  • Competitive pay scale, medical education funds and generous vacation time

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