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Frequently asked questions

What is your board pass rate?
We have a five-year cumulative board pass rate of 100% for both the written and oral OB-GYN board exams.

What are the unique training opportunities?
Many of our residents are interested in local and global health opportunities. We will support you as you pursue elective rotations, either domestically or abroad.

What is life like in Danville?
Geisinger has a strong presence in Danville and the surrounding areas of central Pennsylvania. The rural area is conducive to home ownership, short commute times and a safe, family-friendly environment. Our Danville gynecology obstetrics residents are socially active in the community: supporting the local farmers markets and businesses, hiking in nearby state parks and kayaking on the beautiful Susquehanna river.

Where do residents rotate in the health system?
All specialties of OB/GYN are present on the main campus, Geisinger Medical Center, in Danville. We offer the flexibility of offering surgical training at other Geisinger locations, as well, to tailor your surgical experience. You’ll have opportunities to operate at surgical centers in the nearby towns of Bloomsburg, Wilkes-Barre, Scranton, Jersey Shore and Shamokin.

What types of wellness activities does the program include?
We value your wellness as a resident. That’s why we protect education time every Thursday morning to allow for resident didactics, leadership development and wellness. The fifth Thursday of the month is dedicated exclusively to wellness. You may use this time for personal appointments, rest, exercise or socializing. Our faculty also support resident wellness by providing coverage for all clinical duties during the annual resident retreat, holiday party and graduation celebration.

Are mentorship programs available?
Relationships are central to your success, so we provide a formal and an informal mentorship program in career development, leadership and research.

What specialties in OB/GYN does Geisinger offer?
All specialties and subspecialties in obstetrics and gynecology are available on the main campus, Geisinger Medical Center, in Danville. They include board-certified physicians in maternal-fetal medicine, gynecology oncology, reproductive endocrinology and infertility, female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery, and pediatric and adolescent gynecology.

Are there any off-service rotations?
During the PGY1 year, you’ll rotate through the intensive care unit to enhance your learning in critical and perioperative care.

What kind of population does Geisinger serve?
We’re proud to serve the largely rural community of central Pennsylvania. With limited access to care, our patients travel distances spanning the area from New York to Maryland to seek care with us.

What are the research requirements at Geisinger?
We have a formal longitudinal research curriculum. With the support of a clinical research mentor(s) and maternal-fetal medicine fellows, you’ll be able to successfully pursue scholarly activity. A minimum of one project is required before graduation. The majority of our resident projects are accepted to national meetings and many have gone on to publication in peer-reviewed journals.

Are there fellows at Geisinger?
Yes, we have maternal-fetal medicine fellows who augment and enrich our resident learning and training in high-risk obstetrics and research.

What learners rotate through the program?
Medical students from Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine and Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine rotate within our program. First-year residents from the Department of Emergency Medicine spend a month on labor and delivery and assist in triage and deliveries.

Do residents achieve Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) minimum procedural requirements for graduation?
Our surgical, procedural and obstetric numbers consistently meet or exceed the required numbers for resident proficiency and competency in compliance with ACGME accreditation. The average number of cases logged into the ACGME by our most recent graduating class are listed here.

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