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Geisinger becomes the first member of Risant Health

New program will train medical students in health systems administration

DANVILLE, Pa. – In its continuing efforts to educate the next generation of physician leaders, Geisinger will introduce a new fellowship program focused on the intersection of business administration and healthcare. The Geisinger Medical Student Business Fellowship will provide medical students with a demonstrated interest in healthcare administration the opportunity to work alongside executive leaders during their summer recess from medical school. The program, which will debut in Summer 2018, is open to all students who are actively enrolled in medical school. 

“This program is the latest example of our commitment to medical education that prepares the doctors of tomorrow to succeed in the changing, dynamic healthcare landscape,” said David T. Feinberg, M.D., MBA, Geisinger president and CEO. 

Today, many U.S. medical schools offer combined MD/MBA programs, with many more being added each year. The focus of the Geisinger program will be to give the selected medical students real-world exposure to the day-to-day operations within a fully integrated, innovative healthcare organization. It will give them the opportunity to work on Geisinger projects that are aimed at improving care, reducing costs, increasing efficiency and understanding and tackling social determinants of health.

The program will expose participants to various mentors from Geisinger executive leaders and senior administration for an 8 to 12 week period. 

“We want to give interested students the chance to see what it takes for a world-class healthcare provider to succeed. The nexus between the ability to provide high-quality, value-driven medical care to the largest number of people and the financial and business realities of healthcare in the 21st century has never been more crucial,” said Jaewon Ryu, M.D., J.D., Geisinger’s Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer. 

The application process for the Geisinger Medical Student Business Fellowship will open September 18th. The deadline for submission is January 7, 2018. Select candidates will be interviewed beginning in September with decisions set for February 7, 2018, and the new program will begin in June 2018. Interested students can apply by sending an updated resume, cover letter, and one paragraph describing interest in the program to More information about the program can be found here.

If you have questions regarding the fellowship or the application process, please email Andrew Luo at

About Geisinger
Geisinger is among the nation’s leading providers of value-based care, serving 1.2 million people in urban and rural communities across Pennsylvania. Founded in 1915 by philanthropist Abigail Geisinger, the non-profit system generates $10 billion in annual revenues across 134 care sites - including 10 hospital campuses, and Geisinger Health Plan, with 600,000 members in commercial and government plans. The Geisinger College of Health Sciences educates more than 5,000 medical professionals annually and conducts more than 1,400 clinical research studies. With 26,000 employees, including 1,600 employed physicians, Geisinger is among Pennsylvania’s largest employers with an estimated economic impact of $14 billion to the state’s economy. On March 31, 2024, Geisinger became the first member of Risant Health, a new nonprofit charitable organization created to expand and accelerate value-based care across the country.  Learn more at or connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and X.


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