Joseph Cooper, MD

Joseph Cooper, MD

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Joe was born in Danville, Pennsylvania, while his father was an Ophthalmology resident at Geisinger Medical Center. He grew up and spent most of his time in Marietta, Ohio. Joe returned to central Pennsylvania to complete his undergraduate degree with a bachelor of arts in biology and philosophy at Bucknell University. He completed medical school in the tropical paradise of Grenada, West Indies, at St. George’s University. He recently completed his Internal Medicine residency at his birthplace, Geisinger Medical Center, and will continue for another year as Internal Medicine Chief Resident. He married his beautiful wife Surya in 2013 — she is an Obstetrics and Gynecology 4th-year resident at Geisinger. He plans to pursue an Infectious Diseases fellowship after his chief resident year, focusing on the clinician–educator track. His hobbies include traveling to exotic places with his wife, cooking, photography, and live music.

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May 16th, 2017

Constructive Criticism

Here are some questions that are still on my mind as I approach the tail end of my chief year. I’m thinking about the best ways to offer constructive feedback. What is the best way to approach a struggling learner? What is the best way to give guidance and feedback without being perceived as a tyrant […]


December 22nd, 2016

“Pimping”: Malignant or Not?

One of the most respected and skilled clinician-educators (and, of course, he is an Infectious Diseases specialist) at our institute came into my office, sat down, and immediately starting eating pretzels. “Let me know what you think about this,” he said between bites. He went on to recapitulate a recent interaction he had with the members […]


September 27th, 2016

Interview Season

It’s that time again — time to dust off your nicest suit and prepare for either residency or fellowship interviews. Being knee-deep in interview season for Infectious Diseases fellowships, my interview days bear some resemblance to my residency interviews, yet also are quite different. I have a unique opportunity this year to be a part of the recruitment and decision […]


August 22nd, 2016

First Week On Service

“Medicine Purple is now rounding at Room 202.” The announcement rang throughout the hallways on the lower pavilion. It was an announcement I had heard many times before, but this time it was quite different. As I glanced in the upper right hand corner of the electronic medical record of my first patient, the following glared […]


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