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Frequently asked questions

How many applicants do you accept per year?
We accept six residents per year.

Does the rural location impact the number of high-risk/tertiary care patients available to residents?
No. We are recognized as a tertiary care center and with our extensive referral network, we provide services to nearly 1 million patients from central and northeastern Pennsylvania. The caseload and case mix at Geisinger is vast. We perform more than 41,000 anesthetics each year.

Is research a requirement?
Yes, you must do a research project for graduation from the program. You must complete at least one quality improvement and one research project during your four years. The projects are presented during our annual research event and must be worthy of submission to a peer-reviewed journal or presented at a local or national meeting.

Are teaching conferences adequate?
We hold departmental conferences each Wednesday morning. Resident conferences are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Tuesday lectures focus on the basics of anesthesiology and physiology to help prepare junior residents for advanced rotations and the BASIC Exam. Thursday lectures focus on advanced topics and subspecialty anesthesiology. The program provides a six-week daily series of introductory lectures before the start of clinical anesthesia. In addition, we hold special sessions such as oral board preparation and simulation on a regularly scheduled basis.

Will I get enough supervision?
Faculty and senior house staff will provide you with closer supervision during your clinical base year. The faculty-to-resident ratio is based on each resident's progress but will never be fewer than 1:2.

I chose Geisinger for multiple reasons. I wanted to work in a non-toxic environment with excellent nursing. I wanted to raise my family in a family-friendly community and I was impressed by the leadership in our department. I have been very pleased with my decision — and I firmly believe that Geisinger is, was and will continue to be the best place for my training.”

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