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Geisinger becomes the first member of Risant Health

97 students at Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine learned their residency placements during Match Day 2019

On March 15, 97 students at Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine (Geisinger Commonwealth) learned their residency placements during the National Resident Matching Program’s “Match Day,” an event at which all fourth-year MD students around the country simultaneously open their envelopes to learn where they will spend the next three to seven years training in specialties. Residencies typically begin July 1.

“We are proud of the success of our Class of 2019,” said Steven J. Scheinman, MD, president and dean of Geisinger Commonwealth and executive vice president, Geisinger. “Once again, our students matched into excellent local residency programs, as well as some of the most competitive and prestigious programs and specialties in the nation. I am especially pleased to note that eight students matched into psychiatry, a field in which the need is great both in our region and in the country as a whole,” Dr. Scheinman said.

Dr. Scheinman noted that 34 members of the Class of 2019 matched into a Pennsylvania-based program, including 13 local students. Another 30 students matched into a program bordering the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Moreover, seven Geisinger Commonwealth students will train at a Geisinger residency program – four of whom hail from counties within the Geisinger service area. “Matching into a Pennsylvania residency and, even better, a local residency, is an encouraging indicator, because physicians tend to end up practicing in areas close to where they trained,”

Dr. Scheinman said, adding that in addition to the Geisinger matches, GCSOM students matched into programs at The Wright Center in Scranton, Penn State Hershey and Lehigh Valley Health and St. Luke’s in Allentown, as well programs in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.

Dr. Scheinman also observed that Geisinger Commonwealth applicants matched into some of the most competitive specialties in American medicine, including dermatology, ophthalmology and surgical specialties like orthopedic and neuro surgery. In addition to the large number of Geisinger Commonwealth students who will train at leading community-based programs, many students will go to residencies at highly competitive teaching hospitals, including those associated with Harvard, Yale, Case Western, Georgetown and Brown.

According to the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP), the 2019 Main Residency Match was the largest in history, with more than 44,000 applicants. 

Click here to see the full list of GCSOM 2019 matches.

Match Day 2019 by the numbers:

 Specialty  No. of GCSOM students matched
 Anesthesia  6
 Dermatology  4
 Diagnostic Radiology  5
 Emergency Medicine  7
 Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT)  1
 Family Medicine  5
 General Surgery  9
 Internal Medicine  19
 Medicine-Emergency Medicine  1
 Medicine-Pediatrics  2
 Neurosurgery  1
 Obstetrics/Gynecology  5
 Ophthalmology  1
 Orthopedic Surgery  3
 Pathology   1
 Pediatrics   10
 Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation  3
 Psychiatry  8
 Radiation Oncology  1
 Thoracic Surgery  1


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.

GCSOM Match Day 2019
Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine medical students celebrating Match Day 2019
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