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About us

Paul Bellino, MD, program director

The Geisinger Pediatric Residency Program is committed to providing state-of-the-art training with a dynamic curriculum that coincides with the changing healthcare environment and meets the needs of physicians-in-training for the 21st century.

We are committed to providing our residents a comprehensive, high-quality and personally rewarding educational experience that will prepare them for their choice of careers – primary care, fellowship training, academic positions and others.

Our program offers:

  • Comprehensive pediatric training at the only rurally located children's hospital in the United States and one of the few rural-based tertiary care medical centers in the country.
  • A broad-base curriculum that provides a solid foundation to either enter practice with confidence or excel in further fellowship training.
  • An extensive outpatient clinical experience with a strong emphasis on continuity of care, healthcare supervision and developmental aspects of pediatric care.
  • A continuity experience with engaged patients and families as well as a clinic with one of the lowest “no show” rates in the country (only 9%).
  • Broad range of pediatric subspecialty rotations including elective opportunities in pediatric surgical subspecialties and community-based programs.
  • Flexible curriculum which allows us to create a unique training opportunity for each of our residents while still fulfilling all Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) Pediatric Residency Review Committee (RRC) requirements. Tracks are not needed as each resident has a wide array of opportunities permitting concentration of study to provide them with a sound foundation for careers in primary care, inpatient medicine or subspecialty fields.
  • Close relationship with full-time faculty, who carry academic teaching appointments from Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine and Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.
  • Strong camaraderie among residents.
  • Opportunities for additional scholarly activities including research projects, quality improvement initiatives and educational writing.
  • Membership in the American Academy of Pediatrics.
  • Subscriptions to Pediatrics in Review, Pediatrics and Pediatrics Review and Education Program (PREP)
  • Publications: The Harriet Lane Handbook and The Red Book.
  • A health sciences library that provides access for residents to information tools including Up to Date, Ovid, MD Consult and more than 1,300 on-line electronic journals which can be accessed remotely.
  • Beautiful, pastoral community which offers a wide range of recreational and cultural activities, affordable housing in a variety of settings, superb local school system and numerous surrounding colleges and universities.

Pediatric preliminary year of training

In addition to the standard three-year categorical pediatric residency, the program also offers a pediatric preliminary year of training. This one-year program closely mirrors our typical categorical first year of training but does permit some flexibility to allow residents to use the time to prepare for their future residency appointment. This one-year program fulfills the ACGME requirements for the transitional year of training required by dermatology, anesthesia, ophthalmology and radiology residencies.

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