Joel Klena, MD, program director
Welcome to Geisinger Orthopaedics!
We are excited to have you visit, even if only virtually! On the following pages we hope to provide you with enough information to see why our educational experience and unique learning environment are second to none.
Located in rural, central Pennsylvania, our program matches four residents per year. With over 30 faculty members representing all orthopaedic surgical subspecialties, the opportunities for learning are unparalleled. While other programs around the country struggle to maintain case volumes and protect educational time, we continue to excel in producing excellent surgeons and clinicians.
Our curriculum centers around a daily commitment to didactics and a unique mentorship model which has been in place for over 30 years. The majority of our three-month rotations pair residents one-on-one with a mentor attending. These preceptorships allow residents rapid autonomy and a depth of education not afforded with a traditional “service” model.
A departmental commitment to residents as learners, not as workers, is reflected in our extensive use of physician extenders to support each attending physician. Junior residents function independently, gaining early clinical and operative experience.
On a personal note, I myself am a product of this program. My decision to return after fellowship was an easy one: the opportunity to teach and continue Geisinger’s legacy of producing outstanding surgeons was enough for me.