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Frequently asked questions

Read on for answers to some of our most commonly asked questions.

What does the Life Flight® experience entail and do you have to fly?

As a junior and senior emergency medicine resident, you will act as a flight physician responding to medical and trauma calls and assisting with critical interfacility transports. While we feel Life Flight® is a great experience, you can choose not to fly. We have plenty of other educational experiences that can replace the flight shift.

What is the length of your program?

We are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) as a three-year training program.  

What other interests does your core faculty have?

Besides serving as core faculty, our staff is also involved at a system level in simulation, graduate medical education, point-of-care ultrasound, and Life Flight/EMS/tactical EMS.

Do your residents do any joint training with other residencies?

Yes, our residents participate in joint simulation training with general surgery, trauma surgery, and pediatric residents.

Do we have a minimum USMLE/COMLEX score?

No. We look at your global performance and do not have a minimum cut-off score for offering interviews.

What kinds of shifts do the residents work when in the emergency department?

As a resident, you’ll work nine-hour shifts in our ED. In addition, while on emergency medicine blocks, you’ll work several interspersed shifts. These shifts include a pediatric emergency department shift, a teaching resident shift, a Life Flight shift and a community shift at Geisinger Shamokin Area Community Hospital.

Do our letters of recommendation have to be from emergency medicine physicians and in the CORD SLOE format?

Although we accept letters of recommendation from any physician and specialty, we strongly encourage you to get letters from emergency physicians in the accepted CORD SLOE format.

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