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Danville
State/Province
Pennsylvania

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Residents per class
2
Geisinger Health System Orthopedic Surgery Residency Program

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3 reviews

Overall rating 
 
8.9
Staff Surgeons 
 
8.7  (3)
Didactics/Teaching 
 
9.3  (3)
Operating Experience 
 
10.0  (3)
Clinical Experience 
 
9.7  (3)
Research 
 
7.3  (3)
Residents 
 
10.0  (3)
Lifestyle 
 
10.0  (3)
Location 
 
5.3  (3)
Overall Experience 
 
9.3  (3)
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(Updated: January 01, 2012)
Overall rating 
 
9.3
Staff Surgeons 
 
10.0
Didactics/Teaching 
 
10.0
Operating Experience 
 
10.0
Clinical Experience 
 
10.0
Research 
 
9.0
Residents 
 
10.0
Lifestyle 
 
10.0
Location 
 
5.0
Overall Experience 
 
10.0

Geisinger

Program Review

Staff / Faculty / Chairman
I was really impressed by all of the attendings at Geisinger. They were all very approachable and actively engaged in the apprenticeship model that Geisinger uses. Both in clinic and the OR they were dedicated to resident teaching. More impressively, the residents have the attendings cell phone numbers and call them freely while on call or for other reasons. They sponsor journal clubs at their homes and participate in other social events put on independently or by industry.

Dr. Horwitz and Dr. Suk (the Chairman) are huge names in trauma and the trauma service is a big part of the residency. They do a ton of bread and butter to very complex pelvic and nonunion surgeries. Both are very approachable and enjoy teaching. They are skilled technically but also let their residents do the majority of every case.

Dr. Cush is the residency director and Dr. Klena is the assistant residency director. They're both young and former residents at Geisinger. They're both great to work with and very down to earth. They treat you as an equal and are really there for resident teaching. It was a pleasant surprise in comparison to other malignant or hierarchal programs I've seen. They have one resident with them each 3 month block that does every case.
Didactics / Teaching
Didactics are one of the great strengths of this program. The residents have protected time from 630 to 8 every morning for all residents on every service. 630-7 is either a chief resident run book review or a 15 minute review of the trauma from the night before. 7-8 is attending or resident lecture on a systems based topic.
Apparently they do very, very well on the OITE because of this. Something like 96-99% for the past 5 years.
Operating Experience
The operative experience at Geisinger is amazing. They use a mentorship model where each resident is paired with an attending for 3 months. The attendings are very comfortable with giving up the knife and during my rotation the resident did at least 90% of every case if not all of it.
There are no fellows. There is no junior floor resident. There is no night float. Each resident is the primary one scrubbed for every case. Furthermore, each attending has a PA that does the paperwork to facilitate your education. This is the case for the PGY2 as well as the PGY5. Double scrubbing only occurs when an upper level wants to take a PGY2 through a femoral nail or a hemi. There are something like 18 attendings to the 15 residents.

Consequently, PGY2-3’s do challenging cases without much help and do the bread and butter with the attending watching unscrubbed. The current chiefs are more skilled technically than any residents or fellows I’ve met.
Clinic Experience
Clinic is clinic. With the mentorship model the resident spends clinic days with his attending. He signs up patients that he will operate on as sees his own postops. Most attendings take time to teach throughout clinic.
Research Opportunities
There is a dedicated research team of medical students, international fellows, PhDs and research assistants. Residents are involved in varying degrees. Research isn’t forced upon anyone but some residents are more excited about it than others.
Residents
A truly awesome group of guys. They get along really well both in and out of the hospital. Every resident is present every morning at conference and this promotes a fun and tightknit group. They really act like they’ve been friends for years. The upper levels actively participate in teaching the interns and lower levels both in the OR and conference.
Also, the interns are involved in conference every day and are encouraged to get out of nonorthopaedic duties to scrub or do reductions. They are considered part of the residency not farmed out to gen surg for 12 months.
They have orthopaedic flag football and softball teams that are part of the Geisinger intramurals. They help each other out when one gets swamped with a long OR day or with consults. They have frequent formal social events such as paintball, camping, rafting and golf outings. They also all hang out on free weekends either to bbq or go to a football game. This really impressed me the most, if I’m going to be spending 80hrs/wk with a group of guys, they’d better get along. About half are married.
Lifestyle
Call is great. They take home call q10 from 3 months into PGY2 – PGY5. Intern year and early PGY2 takes buddy call with an upper level who teaches reductions how to handle call responsibilities. It is a very busy level 1 trauma center (they get patients from 2-3 hours away in every direction) so they are busy at night but do get a few hours of sleep. There are 2-3 residents on for each weekend who round on every patient. If you’re not on call you have no responsibilities. The downside is PGY5s are still taking primary call.
There is at least one PA for each attending (some have 2) as well as a dedicated service RN to do all the discharge paperwork, arrange follow up, run postop clinics and really do any scut work that is not educational. The resident runs the service however and is responsible for making sure everything is managed.

The PGY3-5 moonlight on weekends at the level 2 trauma hospital affiliate. They make extra money and seem to like the bread and butter cases.
Location / Housing
Danville is the biggest downside to this program. Lots of outdoor activities but the restaurant and bar scene in Danville is limited. Bucknell and Bloomsburg University are nearby but this is at least a 10 minute drive for a better nightlife.
Most residents own homes within 5 minutes of the hospital others rent nearby.
Limitations
If you need to live in a city, Danville may be a deal breaker. Otherwise every facet to this program is top notch.
Overall Rotation Experience / Conclusion
Amazing operative experience, great didactics with a proven track record. Down to earth staff with lots of ancillary help purely focused on resident teaching. Great group of residents. Would love to end up there.

Qualification

I rotated as a medical student at this program
Date of Rotation
2012
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(Updated: December 10, 2011)
Overall rating 
 
9.0
Staff Surgeons 
 
9.0
Didactics/Teaching 
 
10.0
Operating Experience 
 
10.0
Clinical Experience 
 
10.0
Research 
 
7.0
Residents 
 
10.0
Lifestyle 
 
10.0
Location 
 
6.0
Overall Experience 
 
9.0

Geisinger

Program Review

Staff / Faculty / Chairman
While the staff does not have as many big names as you might find at some programs, I came away very impressed by the caliber of attendings present at Geisinger. They are skilled surgeons and incredibly collegial both in and out of the hospital. I cannot imagine a more approachable group of mentors, which is really how they want to be portrayed. The residents have the attendings' cell phone numbers available and do not hesitate to call with questions or concerns regardless of the time. The attendings sponsor activities both in and out of the hospital, all in all an incredibly tight-knit group. They have all orthopaedic subspecialties covered in house in one location, and the new chairman is actively recruiting more staff.<br />
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The new chairman has a different personality than many of the other attendings, but he brings with him a drive to get Geisinger more on the national map.
Didactics / Teaching
The best setup for didactics that I have seen, hands down. Protected learning time every morning until 8 am. This even includes the interns on other services. The first half of each morning is a chief-resident led discussion over readings from OKU or some other text, the second part is a more formal fracture conference, lecture given by attendings, residents, or anatomy dissection lab. They attribute their stellar OITE scores to their protected teaching time.
Operating Experience
Excellent. The residents work one on one with attendings for three month blocks, and really get a lot of autonomy in the operating room. The second and third year residents seemed very confident handling advanced cases. The chiefs graduate with close to 3000 cases logged.
Clinic Experience
You are only in clinic when your attending is, and since you're seeing patients you either have or will operate on it appears much more tolerable. Staff was eager to teach and answer questions.
Research Opportunities
A few of the residents seemed very involved in various research projects, but most were very happy that research was not being pushed down their throats. The consensus I got was that there were many resources in place (research assistants, statisticians, etc) for however deep you wanted to dive into those opportunities.
Residents
This was the biggest selling point to me. It seemed like a great group of guys, people that liked to hang out outside of the hospital and seemed to all genuinely love being where they were. They addressed concerns that they had moving to Danville and how their experiences were as they were from all over the country. They play intramural football, softball, basketball, etc together and definitely looked out for each other.
Lifestyle
As noted in the other review, q8 home call PGY2-5 is insane. Very busy level 1 trauma center with plenty of real orthopedic cases, but enough ancillary staff to make for minimal scutwork. You only round on your patients, and weekends you have no rounding responsibilities unless you're on call. Residents have money provided on their cards for meals.<br />
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Excellent moonlighting opportunity PGY3-5 in community hospital. Overall residents seemed very happy with their lives.
Location / Housing
Most own their homes, all live within about a ten minute drive of the hospital. Lots of outdoor activities available in the area. <br />
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Very small town, but has an encatchment area of a couple million people being fed into this trauma center. Great spot if you want a very busy hospital without living in a metropolitan area.
Limitations
Danville is probably love it or hate it, but Geisinger is certainly about as unique a setup as I can imagine. <br />
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The staff is looking to add at least one more attending to do total joints.
Overall Rotation Experience / Conclusion
Great lifestyle, as good of an operating experience as one could ask for. Exposure to all aspects of orthopaedics in a small town in Pennsylvania.

Qualification

I rotated as a medical student at this program
Date of Rotation
2009
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(Updated: October 23, 2007)
Overall rating 
 
8.2
Staff Surgeons 
 
7.0
Didactics/Teaching 
 
8.0
Operating Experience 
 
10.0
Clinical Experience 
 
9.0
Research 
 
6.0
Residents 
 
10.0
Lifestyle 
 
10.0
Location 
 
5.0
Overall Experience 
 
9.0

Geisinger

Program Review

Staff / Faculty / Chairman
Staff are very approachable. You spend 3 months at a time on mentorships (1 on 1 with individual staff) so you get to know them very well. Very good rapport b/w staff and residents. Not as many big names as found in some more academic programs.
Didactics / Teaching
Many resident run sessions. They do very well on OITE every year, and seem to take this to heart. Lecture approx. 3 times per week at 6:30 prior to cases.
Operating Experience
Excellent. Every resident I worked with was very skilled in comparison to residents I have worked with at other institutions. They spend 3 months at a time with individual staff members and certainly this allows comfort b/w the staff and resident that leads to a great operating experience.
Clinic Experience
Only in clinic when your mentor/current staff is in clinic. Very reasonable. Staff seemed interested in teaching med students when I was there.
Research Opportunities
Not too much was said about research while I was there.
Residents
Great group of guys. Almost all married. (You pretty much have to be to live in Danville.)
Lifestyle
q8 home call PGY2-5. Only get called in for meaningful ortho consults (operative cases, reductions....) Minimal scutwork. Excellent moonlighting opportunity PGY3-5 in community hospital. Overall residents seemed very happy with their lives.
Location / Housing
Buy a real nice TV and order a dish with all the extras. There's not a lot going on in Danville. Literally a town of 6,000 people. (It is a level 1 trauma though covering a large area of rural Pennsylvainia)
Limitations
The program director has been very receptive to the needs of the program, as you can see above. In one year, we have addressed many of the shortcomings noted in the previous review. While this program, like all, has areas that can be improved, it is obvious that the administration behind the University of Florida program is committed to addressing those deficiencies quickly.
Overall Rotation Experience / Conclusion
Great operating experience. Nice lifestyle. Become a well-trained general orthopedist. Must be able to tolerate a very small rural town.

Qualification

I rotated as a medical student at this program
Date of Rotation
2006
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