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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 businessfellowship@geisinger.edu. 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 adluo@geisinger.edu.
 

 

About Geisinger
One of the nation’s most innovative health services organizations, Geisinger serves more than 1.5 million patients in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. The system includes 13 hospital campuses, a nearly 600,000-member health plan, two research centers and the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine. Geisinger is known for its focus on caring and innovative programs including the ProvenCare® best-practice approach to maximize quality, safety and value; ProvenHealth Navigator® advanced medical home; Springboard Health® population health program to improve the health of an entire community; ProvenExperience™ to provide refunds to patients unhappy with their care experience; and Geisinger’s MyCode® Community Health Initiative, the largest healthcare system-based precision health project in the world. With more than 215,000 volunteer participants enrolled, MyCode is conducting extensive research and returning medically actionable results to participants. A physician-led organization, with approximately 32,000 employees and more than 1,800 employed physicians, Geisinger leverages an estimated $12.7 billion positive annual impact on the Pennsylvania and New Jersey economies. Repeatedly recognized nationally for integration, quality and service, Geisinger has a long-standing commitment to patient care, medical education, research and community service. For more information, visit www.geisinger.org, or connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter.

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