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COLT Program Overview

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Program Overview

The Community Outreach & Leadership Track (COLT) is a program for PGY1 and PGY2 Geisinger residents in training in Internal Medicine, Med-Peds, Pediatrics, and Emergency Medicine. The goal of the program is to create physician community leaders who are actively engaged in Danville and the surrounding communities.  Specifically, the program helps participants understand the value of community leadership and exposes them to new elements of the community, and community service.  Through professional development programming built into the course, also assists them in developing organizational leadership competencies such as engagement through trust, listening and emotional intelligence, and coaching and leading change.


  • 8 sessions, each session alternating between leadership topics and community topics from February (start) to September (conclusion)
  • held the fourth Thursday of the month, 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm
    • 2024 dates include:
      • February 29, 2024 - Leading through Engagement: Trust and Listening (L)
      • March 28, 2024 - Philanthropy and Volunteerism (C)
      • April 25, 2024 - Leading through Engagement: Emotional Intelligence and Crucial Conversations (L)
      • May 30, 2024 - Economic and Workforce Development (C)
      • June 27, 2024 - Coaching for Performance and Development (L)
      • July 25, 2024 - Poverty and Human Services (C)
      • August 29, 2024- Leading Change (L)
      • September 26, 2024 - Education (C)
  • Locations alternate between Geisinger facilities in Danville and businesses/organizations in Danville, PA.
  • Some prework is required prior to the leadership sessions

Community Projects

All participants join a small group of class peers (2-3 teams, maximum) to identify, develop, and complete a community project over 6-7 months (September to April following the end of sessions).  Groups include a mix of internal medicine, pediatrics, emergency medicine, and medicine-pediatrics resident participants.  The Foundation assists participants in making community connections for successful projects. Coaching and facilitation of project selection are built into Community (C) program sessions.  Projects are presented toward the conclusion of the program at special, to-be-determined events.  Learn more about COLT Community Service Guidelines and project expectations,  and see samples of past projects.






Community Engagement - New

Special invitations are extended to all COLT participants for Chamber and Chamber Foundation events in Danville and the surrounding communities, especially Chamber Business After Hours networking events (monthly, evenings, 3rd Wednesday of the month) and the annual Nonprofit Mixer (August).


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