Geisinger Medical Center

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Geisinger offers a combined anatomic and clinical pathology residency program with a uniquely integrated curriculum. The program aims to train diagnostic pathologists who can represent all aspects of laboratory medicine in specialty-based, multi-disciplinary care teams. The program also emphasizes information technology and laboratory leadership, preparing graduates with the skills to serve as laboratory directors. Based at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, PA, the program accepts two PGY1 residents per year into the four-year training program. The department also houses fellowships in dermatopathology (two positions), cytopathology (two positions) and clinical informatics (four positions). The program is affiliated with the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine. Geisinger Medical Center is located in the beautiful and peaceful Susquehanna River Valley which affords its staff many outdoor recreational opportunities. Several universities in nearby towns provide cultural events while the major eastern cities of New York, Philadelphia, Washington, and Baltimore are all within a 2-1/2 to 4-hour drive.

Geisinger Medical Center is the flagship hospital and medical campus for a large integrated health system in central and northeastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey. The system includes 10 hospitals, over 100 clinics, and other facilities. Geisinger has achieved a national reputation for its innovative designs of care delivery, its integrated electronic medical record, high quality, and its approach to accountable care and population health. The Henry Hood Center for Health Research is home to one of the world’s largest biobanks with genetic data linked to phenotypic data in the health system’s electronic medical record, providing a unique resource for genetic research. The Laboratory division is known for its systemwide integration and rationalization of laboratory services, beautiful new laboratory building with leading technology and informatics infrastructure, and for significant contributions of its faculty in the fields of immunohistochemistry, microbiology, and laboratory informatics. The clinical laboratory within the medical center performs over five million tests per year, while anatomic pathology handles over 95,000 surgical pathology, 50,000 cytology, and 60 autopsy cases per year.

Application Instructions

Applications are submitted through ERAS (Electronic Residency Application Service).

The curriculum is uniquely structured, beginning with a five month “boot camp” which provides basic skills for functioning in anatomic pathology and clinical pathology; an orientation to the Geisinger system with its integrated laboratory structure; and an overview of pathology and its current role in team-based health care and population health. Boot camp is followed by 35 months of subspecialty rotations which integrate anatomic and clinical pathology. In a monthly rotation usually about half of the days will be spent in anatomic pathology while other days are reserved for transfusion medicine, chemistry, hematology, microbiology, and molecular pathology topics related to the same specialty. Time is reserved for ongoing projects such as research, informatics, management committee participation, lectures, and journal clubs.


Residency candidates must be graduates from approved medical schools in the United States or Canada. Graduates of foreign medical schools must have valid ECFMG certificates.