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Frequently asked questions

What should I know about interview season?

Our interview season this year is happening virtually. Interviews will start in November and run through January. The interview day itself occurs over a half-day period and includes opportunities to meet the program director, program faculty as well as residents. Both morning and afternoon interview options will be available.

What makes a transitional year program different from a preliminary year program?

Unlike a preliminary year which is typically done in one area (generally either internal medicine, surgery or pediatrics) a transitional year includes experiences in a variety of different fields including but not limited to internal medicine, emergency medicine, surgery, psychiatry and outpatient primary care. The goal is to allow for a broad-based training while at the same time maximizing flexibility to meet individual personal and professional interests.

How many residents do you accept a year?

We have 8 residents each year.

What is unique about your transitional year program?

Our residency is based out of a small community hospital that lends itself to many more opportunities to learn directly from faculty one to one and be intimately involved in the care for our patients. At the same time, unlike some community hospitals, the faculty at Geisinger Bloomsburg Hospital are experienced clinical teachers, many of whom also work at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, Pa. What’s more, as a resident you’ll have the opportunity to choose from a breadth of elective rotations, including rotations at Geisinger Medical Center and Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. It essentially offers the best of both worlds.

Besides clinical rotations what other educational opportunities are there?

In addition to the great clinical learning on your various rotations, you will also participate in a monthly journal club with other transitional year residents. You will be excused from day-long clinical responsibilities to listen to guest speakers and engage in relevant conversations regarding a variety of issues affecting healthcare today. Additionally, you’ll have access to larger courses Geisinger puts together for employees, as well as a state-of-the-art simulation center.

Do you offer mentorship?

Absolutely! When you start with us we will help match with you up with a mentor in an area of interest to you. Additionally we work closely with the advanced programs at Geisinger to help give you the support you need to start your career on the right foot.

How would you describe your vision?

Our goal is to provide comprehensive, compassionate, evidenced-based, high value, patient-centered care as part of an integrated health system that strives to be at the forefront of medical innovation. We are committed to providing a supportive environment for your transition from medical student to resident. We strive to be a program that challenges you to grow while at the same time demonstrating a commitment to your well-being. If you are looking at one of Geisinger’s advanced programs such as dermatology or radiology choosing to do your intern year with us allows you to get to know the area a year early and saves you the hassle of relocating twice.

What is like in Bloomsburg?

Bloomsburg is a beautiful, small town in east-central Pennsylvania. It is a safe and affordable place to live and traffic is basically nonexistent.

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