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Psychiatry Residency

Train to become an exceptional psychiatrist who understands all areas of behavioral health.

About us

Geisinger is nationally recognized for innovation in healthcare delivery, and behavioral health is no exception. We’ll make sure you receive the experience and knowledge you need for a successful career. Set between rural and urban areas, this residency will teach you to be well-rounded and capable of managing many different clinical situations, often through the leadership of a team. You’ll have a variety of clinical experiences, including inpatient rotations at the new Geisinger Behavioral Health Center Northeast and at Geisinger Marworth addiction rehabilitation center. Learners will also gain experience at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center in Wilkes-Barre and Geisinger Community Medical Center in Scranton.


Program overview

This program is designed to help you develop as a capable psychiatrist who can work in any environment. You’ll also gain the skills needed to assess and treat any patient. The residency addresses many cultural aspects of psychiatric care, including cultural differences between rural and urban populations, an experience few residencies can duplicate.

Case conferences, journal club meetings and didactics are held on a regular basis. Residents also participate in annual Prite examinations. Didactics are typically held one afternoon per week. There will also be joint didactics with the psychology and addiction medicine programs.

Call schedules strictly adhere to Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) requirements for time. Call on non-psychiatric rotations is determined by those programs. Call is required for the psychiatric inpatient units any time residents aren’t rotating in non-psychiatric programs and throughout the third and fourth years. In the last two years, call responsibilities largely consist of educating and supervising first- and second-year residents. Call in the first two years on psychiatric services (excluding Marworth, Medicine and Neurology) will be comprised of two weekend day shifts per month, on average.

Geisinger has had an Addiction Medicine Fellowship since 2007. This program blends well established learning opportunities with experienced teachers in addiction medicine.  This means you’ll spend more time learning about substance use disorders than you would in other psychiatric residencies.

Training sites

The residency is centered around Wilkes-Barre, Pa. All clinical sites are within 25 miles.

Geisinger Behavioral Health Center

The new Geisinger Behavioral Health Center provides inpatient care for psychiatric conditions, and outpatient services are planned for this campus. Most of the first- and second-year rotations will occur in this hospital. In the third and fourth years you may rotate in the intensive outpatient or the partial hospitalization programs. When you aren’t rotating on non-psychiatric services, call will be done in this hospital.

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Marworth is an award winning ASAM Level 3.7/3.5 residential facility that has been the educational home for medical professionals-in-training since 2007. You’ll spend several months working at Marworth in the first two years.


Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center

Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center has been a part of the Geisinger family since 1981. The professionals here provide high-quality, coordinated, patient-centered care for residents of northeastern Pennsylvania and beyond. Located just outside of Wilkes-Barre, the hospital is home to a Level II trauma center to provide care for the most seriously ill and injured patients, as well as services in more than 50 specialty and subspecialty areas. The campus includes the Richard and Marion Pearsall Heart Hospital, the Frank M. and Dorothea Henry Cancer Center, the Tambur Family Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and the Critical Care Building, all providing top-rated specialty care. You’ll rotate with internal medicine and family medicine residents on medical units here.  

Geisinger Community Medical Center 

Geisinger Community Medical Center provides high-quality, coordinated, patient-centered care for residents throughout Lackawanna County and northeastern Pennsylvania. Located in Scranton, the hospital has the only Level II trauma center and electronic intensive care unit in Lackawanna County, providing care for the most seriously ill and injured patients.  Beyond critical care, the hospital features the most advanced specialists coordinating care in areas including general surgery, cardiology, interventional radiology, gastroenterology, weight management, oncology, pulmonary care and orthopaedics. Here, residents will rotate in neurology.
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W. Olive Street complex 

The W. Olive Street complex houses several Geisinger outpatient services and will be the hub for psychiatric outpatient care in the northeast. This site will provide in-person services covering Lackawanna County and surrounding areas, integrating care between in-person and virtual visits with psychiatrists, psychologists, therapists, and primary care providers at the nearby Geisinger Mt. Pleasant clinic. It will also house an in-person addiction medicine clinic.

The floor plan is just the beginning of an exciting new way of providing ongoing mental health care.

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