Endoscopic Facilities

The Gastroenterology Service at Guthrie enjoys state of the art equipment, which permit the safe and skillful performance of diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopic procedures. The faculty possess the technical expertise to perform and teach the following procedures:

  • Upper GI Endoscopy
  • Colonoscopy
  • Flexible Sigmoidoscopy
  • Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy/Jejunostomy (PEG. PEG-J, PEJ)
  • Endoscopic Hemostasis
  • Tissue sampling including
  • ERCP including
  • Endoscopic Ultrasound
  • Esophageal motility evaluation
  • Esophageal pH studies
  • Capsule endoscopy
  • Esophageal dilation

The facilities provide state of the art x-ray and fluoroscopic equipment which is available for all endoscopic procedures requiring fluoroscopic/x-ray assistance. Endoscopic equipment is available for performing procedures outside of the endoscopy unit, such as in an ICU or emergency room.


The Donald Guthrie Foundation within Guthrie facilitates resident and fellow participation in research projects. Annually, the Donald Guthrie Foundation manages over 200 clinical trials which include sponsored trials from drug and device manufacturers, federally funded clinical trials and investigator initiated trials. Fellows interested in designing an investigator initiated research project are also eligible to receive up to $5,000 in grant funding from the Donald Guthrie Foundation to support their research.

All faculty at Guthrie have an active interest in clinical research and have published in major journals. Fellows are encouraged to participate in clinical research programs and to present their results at local and national meetings.

Clinical Skills Lab

Fellows will have access to the Guthrie’s Clinical Skills Lab which is an area of approximately 4200 square feet, divided into Lecture and training areas to facilitate didactics and psychomotor skills practice.  State of the art audio-visual equipment, incorporating 80” Smart-Board touch screen televisions with White Board functions are located in both halves of the Lecture area.  The Clinical Skills Lab provides both high fidelity and low fidelity simulators and training models. 

Our high fidelity simulators include:

  • Immersion Medical Endoscopy Simulator for virtual reality colonoscopy, and endoscopy
  • Four ultrasound units for practice of Ultrasound Diagnostics, and Ultrasound Guided procedures.

Low fidelity trainers include;

  • Advanced Life Support Mannequin for ACLS Training

Occasionally, human specimens are utilized for specific procedure practice as well.  Overall, the Clinical Skills Lab represents an investment of between $500,000 and $750,000 in equipment and simulators for the purpose of guided training prior to patient contact.

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Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital is a sophisticated, regional, tertiary care center that receives many complex referrals. Its location in northeastern Pennsylvania is ideal for those interested in practicing in a rural setting, yet its status as an advanced care facility gives fellows access to an extraordinary range of cases.