Residency Program Director Emergency Medicine Physician

Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania
Jul 21, 2020
Position Type
JOB TITLE: Emergency Medicine Residency Program Director
LOCATION: Wilkes-Barre, PA
DEPARTMENT: Emergency Medicine
WORK TYPE: Full time

Geisinger is a physician-led health system comprised of approximately 30,000 employees, including nearly 1,600 employed physicians, 13 hospital campuses, two research centers, and a 583,000-member health plan Geisinger is nationally recognized for innovative practices and quality care. Geisinger serves more than 3 million people in central, south-central and northeast Pennsylvania and also in southern New Jersey with the addition of National Malcolm Baldridge Award recipient AtlantiCare, A member of Geisinger. In 2017, the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine became the newest member of the Geisinger Family.

Geisinger is seeking a board certified, Emergency Medicine (EM) trained physician to lead its brand-new EM Residency Program, based at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center (GWV) in Wilkes-Barre, Pa.

Each year, a total of ten EM residents will be trained at GWV under the supervision and direction of the EM Residency Program Director. The EM Residency Program Director will be responsible for overseeing the educational development and operations of the residency program as well as maintaining an active clinical presence in GWV's Emergency Department (ED) commensurate with ACGME requirement for an EM program. An engaged staff with active academic involvement - an EM fellowship trained ultrasound director, 2 fellowship trained and boarded EMS physicians, experienced administrative leadership, and a Pediatric EM presence - will complement the Program Director as core faculty. The program has received strong ancillary, hospital, and system leadership support for its initiation.

This will be Geisinger's second EM residency program in the system. Our first, established in 1976, is one of the oldest of its kind and maintains full accreditation from the ACGME Residency Review Committee. The Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine located nearby in Scranton, PA, educates aspiring physicians and scientists to serve society using a community-based, patient-centered, interprofessional and evidence-based model of education that is committed to inclusion, promotes discovery and utilizes innovative techniques. Last year, nearly 20% of students matriculated to an EM residency.

Requirements include:
  • American Board of Emergency Medicine (ABEM) or American Osteopathic Board of Emergency Medicine (AOBEM) certification,
  • 5 years of Emergency Medicine experience preferred, with minimum of 3 years of core faculty experience at an academic institution,
  • Ongoing involvement in scholarly activity, including peer-reviewed publications,
  • Proven clinical and administrative skills, preferably in a residency,
  • A demonstrated ability to speak and teach on clinical matters related to Emergency Medicine,
  • And prior experience working with an integrated electronic medical record system.

Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center, a designated level II trauma center, has a total of 274 licensed beds and houses one of the busiest EDs in the health system. Caring for over 60,000 patients per year, with an extraordinarily high acuity mix and diverse local demographic, the GWV ED includes:
  • 55 patient care areas
  • A three-bed self-contained trauma unit
  • A Rapid Evaluation Unit for vertical level threes
  • 24/7 clinical pharmacists with ED pharmacy residents
  • Scribes, Care Managers and a strong, stable nursing staff
  • Growing Pediatric EM team
  • X-ray, CT scan and point of care lab services available right in the department

Geisinger has a very active EMS program which includes our very busy Life Flight team. Our Life Flight program averages 2,500 flights per year, with nine state-of-the-art helicopters, and two regional Critical Care Ground Trucks, out of six bases - the closest air and ground unit to GWV is only five minutes away at the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport. An extension of our EMS team includes a community paramedicine program which has been active in the region since 2014.

Jaewon Ryu, MD, FACEP, a Diplomate of the American Board of Emergency Medicine and Geisinger's president and chief executive officer, said it best:

" Practicing emergency medicine at Geisinger offers physicians the opportunity to advance their careers while also making a huge impact, not only in the lives of our patients, but on the nation as a whole. Geisinger has been recognized as a leader in the industry for its innovative care delivery models that positively influence the way emergency medicine physicians practice everywhere."

We take pride in the support we provide our physicians:
  • Excellent starting salary with a straight salary model linked to quality and value versus productivity measures
  • Recruitment incentives which include $150K recruitment loan
  • Relocation
  • Premium moonlighting rate equal to $270/hr
  • Excellent benefit package, including malpractice & tail coverage
  • Fully integrated electronic health record (Epic)
  • Support and leadership from a full range of dedicated, experienced specialists & subspecialists

For more information, please contact: Miranda Grace, Senior Provider Recruiter, Geisinger, at:, 717-899-0131 or

OUR PURPOSE & VALUES: Everything we do is about caring for our patients, our members, our students, our Geisinger family and our communities. KINDNESS: We strive to treat everyone as we would hope to be treated ourselves. EXCELLENCE: We treasure colleagues who humbly strive for excellence. LEARNING: We share our knowledge with the best and brightest to better prepare the caregivers for tomorrow. INNOVATION: We constantly seek new and better ways to care for our patients, our members, our community, and the nation.

GEISINGER WYOMING VALLEY MEDICAL CENTER: (GWV), located in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., is more than a hospital. It is Luzerne County's complete healthcare system, offering services that are not available anywhere else locally. With many nationally recognized, award-winning specialty areas and modern facilities, we offer virtually every type of care needed. Compassionate professionals - including some of the region's most highly trained specialists and subspecialists (with all specialties and subspecialties represented) - and advanced technology, make GWV a destination for those with the most complex medical concerns and emergencies. A designated level I STEMI receiving center, GWV also houses the Richard and Marion Pearsall Heart Hospital, the Frank M. and Dorothea Henry Cancer Center, the Janet Weis Children's Hospital pediatric unit and level III NICU and is home to the only Comprehensive Stroke Center in the region.

GEISINGER SOUTH WILKES-BARRE (GSWB) isa campus of Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center, located in downtown Wilkes-Barre, PA. GSWB houses a 10-bed inner-city, "community" Emergency Department and treats an average 22,000 patients per year. The emergency medicine team, comprised of board certified EM physicians, advanced practitioners, nurses, scribes and pharmacists, is committed to providing real and lasting improvements in the lives of patients, today and well into the future. The GSWB campus has new medical and surgical suites and the latest in laboratory and radiology services. Families from all over northeastern Pennsylvania choose GSWB for pediatric and adult urgent care, sleep studies, same-day and short-stay surgeries, pain management, rehabilitation and more.

WILKES-BARRE, PA: Access to urban, suburban and rural communities is all available within 15 minutes from the GWV campus. Easy access to major highways makes travel to Philadelphia, New York City or Atlantic City a breeze in just a few hours or less. Founded in 1770, Wilkes-Barre sits along the scenic Susquehanna River and is an outdoor enthusiast's paradise for kayaking, whitewater rafting and hiking an extensive system of trails. Four state parks and numerous ski areas make this a popular destination. The area has multiple concert venues and is close to the Pocono Mountain Speed Way - NACAR races. Enjoy gaming at the Mohegan Sun Casino at Pocono Downs, take in a minor-league hockey game with the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins, an affiliate of the Pittsburgh Penguins, or watch the AAA Wilkes-Barre Scranton Railriders baseball team, an affiliate of the New York Yankees, at PNC Field. The arts is also an important part of Wilkes-Barre's culture. Visit the Northeast Pennsylvania Philharmonic or the Broadway Theater League, exhibits at numerous art galleries or one of the area's many national historic sites. There are over 75 schools, both public and private, located in northeast PA, including many colleges, universities and technical schools.

We offer healthcare benefits for full time and part time positions from day one, including vision, dental and domestic partners.* Perhaps just as important, from senior management on down, we encourage an atmosphere of collaboration, cooperation and collegiality. For more information, visit, or connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter.

***Please be advised, Geisinger does not hire applicants who use tobacco products, including cigarettes, cigars and chewing or smokeless tobacco. Applicants will be screened for nicotine as part of the pre-employment physical process.

** Does not qualify for J-1 waiver. We are an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer Women and Minorities are Encouraged to Apply. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability or their protected veteran status.

*Domestic partner benefits not applicable at Geisinger Holy Spirit.