The Commonwealth Medical College

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The Commonwealth Medical College
TCMC logo.jpg
Motto Together, we will change the future.
Established 2008
Type Private
Dean Steven J. Scheinman, MD
Alumni 337
Academic staff 900+
Admin. staff 125
Students 364
Location Scranton, Wilkes-Barre, Williamsport, Pennsylvania, USA
Campus
  • North Campus: Medical Sciences Building, 525 Pine Street, Scranton, PA 18509
  • South Campus: Wilkes-Barre General Hospital, Saidman Hall, 575 N. River Street, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18764, PA 18711
  • West Campus: Williamsport Regional Medical Center, 700 High Street, Williamsport, PA, 17701
Nickname TCMC
Affiliations AAMC
Website tcmc.edu

The Commonwealth Medical College (TCMC) is an independent allopathic medical school located in northeast and north central Pennsylvania that offers a community-based model of medical education with three regional campuses - North (Scranton), South (Wilkes-Barre), and West (Williamsport). The College attracts students from within its 16-county region as well as across Pennsylvania and the nation who are interested in studying evidence- and community-based medicine and who have a strong desire to serve their community. TCMC offers a Doctor of Medicine (MD) Program and a Master of Biomedical Sciences (MBS) Program.[1]

Mission[edit]

The Commonwealth Medical College educates aspiring physicians and scientists to serve society using a community-based, patient-centered, interprofessional and evidence-based model of education that is committed to inclusion, promotes discovery and utilizes innovative techniques.[2]

History[edit]

TCMC was established through the grassroots efforts of visionary individuals who foresaw what a community-based medical school would bring to the region and worked to make it a reality. Their goal was to provide more physicians and improved healthcare resources for the people of northeast and north central Pennsylvania. The goal was to create a unique medical education experience that focused on caring for people in their lives and community.

The foundation of TCMC began with the establishment of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Medical Education Development Consortium (MEDC) in 2004. The consortium included business, medical, community, and government representatives. After acquiring funding from sources including the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania, and other state, federal and private philanthropic sources, the Commonwealth Medical Education Corporation was formed. In the spring of 2007, Robert M. D’Alessandri, MD, began his tenure as president and founding dean.

The College was awarded degree granting authority by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in 2008, received preliminary Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) accreditation in 2008; provisional accreditation in 2012, and has been granted candidate for accreditation status by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE). TCMC accepted its first class of medical and master's students in 2009. TCMC graduated its first MD and fourth MBS classes in May 2013.[3]

In April 2011, TCMC opened the 185,000 square foot Medical Sciences Building in Scranton that houses the academic and research programs. The College has administrative and educational space in Williamsport and in Wilkes-Barre at affiliated hospitals. Overall TCMC has relationships with over 25 hospitals in northeast and north central Pennsylvania which provide learning environments for the students.

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education granted TCMC full accreditation on June 27, 2014[4] and the Liaison Committee for Medical Education (LCME) granted TCMC full accreditation on July 7, 2014.[5]

The Commonwealth Medical College (TCMC) is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).[6]

Curriculum[edit]

TCMC is a community-based medical school.[edit]

  • TCMC partners with more than 25 hospitals and healthcare facilities throughout the 16-county region.[7]
  • TCMC students are engaged in early clinical experiences from the first day of medical school by shadowing a community physician in his/her office and participating in community health research and quality improvement projects. In years one and two, students begin to learn the practice of medicine by building relationships with doctors, healthcare professionals, and patients in the community.[8]
  • TCMC’s innovative approach to medical education is possible because of the commitment of more than 900 volunteer clinical faculty members and the patients, families, and residents of the community, willing to participate and share their experiences.[9]
  • Students have volunteered more than 19,864 hours to date with nearly 95 organizations in the region.
  • Students have completed more than 149 community health research and quality improvement projects with community organizations in the 16-county region.
  • REACH-HEI program partners with community educational partners to mentor high school students from economically disadvantaged families.[10]

TCMC offers an innovative curriculum.[edit]

  • Innovative ways of training medical students: patient-centered curriculum and experiences; standardized patients; clinical simulations; case-based learning; interprofessional education.
  • Early clinical experiences in years one and two in three regional campuses.[11]
  • The Family Centered Experience Program enables medical students to learn the human aspect and personal family experiences early in their medical education.[12]
  • TCMC is among the first United States medical schools to adopt the Longitudinal Integrated Clerkship (LIC) model as the standard clinical experience for the entire medical school class in the third year. This innovative academic medical school curriculum allows for students to follow a panel of patients over the course of a year. Students move into the community where they live and train with clinical preceptors in six different core disciplines (family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, psychiatry, OB/GYN and surgery). The key difference is the year-long curriculum as opposed to traditional “block” clinical rotations.[13]
  • TCMC also offers an accelerated one year MBS program designed to help students strengthen their credentials and candidacy for acceptance into medical and health professional schools.[14]

Accreditation[edit]

The Commonwealth Medical College (TCMC), like most other colleges and universities, participates in accreditation and other programs where peer organizations evaluate programs and operations to assist the college in continuous improvement. In addition, TCMC has undergone an application and review process by the Pennsylvania Department of Education to be given “degree granting authority” by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Degree granting authority is a distinct privilege and is completely separate from incorporation as an educational institution. Such authority is subject to regulation by individual states. Accreditation is a separate process and ensures that education provided by institutions of higher education meets acceptable levels of quality. Accrediting agencies, which are private educational associations of regional or national scope, develop evaluation criteria and conduct peer evaluations to assess whether or not those criteria are met.

The first step in these processes for TCMC was to receive degree-granting authority from the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE). This authority was received in April, 2008 and allowed the College to accept students for the Masters of Biomedical Sciences (MBS) and Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree programs.

TCMC received “preliminary” accreditation by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) in October 2008. In June 2012, TCMC received "provisional" accreditation. In July 2014, TCMC received full accreditation by the LCME. This certifies that TCMC’s MD degree meets national standards for structure and function.

In June 2014, The Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) granted TCMC full accreditation. To earn and maintain full accreditation, colleges and universities must demonstrate to colleagues from peer institutions that they meet or surpass mutually agreed-upon standards.

TCMC has also been approved by the United States Department of Education for participation in the Title IV Federal Direct Student Loan Program. Access to this simple interest, government guaranteed, no collateral loan program allows students a much more desirable fixed interest rate for school loans and repayment is delayed until six months after leaving school or graduating.

President and Dean[edit]

Steven J. Scheinman, MD, joined TCMC in September 2012 as president and dean.

He came to TCMC from SUNY Upstate Medical University, where he was professor of medicine and pharmacology and served for eight years as its senior vice president and dean of the College of Medicine.

Board-certified in internal medicine and nephrology, Dr. Scheinman has earned international prominence for his research into the genetics of inherited kidney diseases and kidney stones.

He has published more than 80 peer-reviewed articles, reviews, and book chapters on topics related to kidney disease and genetics. For most of his career he was principal investigator on grants funded by the NIH, American Heart Association, and other agencies. He has been an invited speaker at numerous national and international meetings and a visiting professor at many prominent universities across the United States and abroad.

Dr. Scheinman has served on review boards for the National Institutes of Health, American Society of Nephrology, American Federation for Clinical/Medical Research, American Heart Association, and National Kidney Foundation, among others. He is a fellow of the American College of Physicians and of the American Society of Nephrology, and is an elected member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation. He was a gubernatorial appointee to the New York State Council on Graduate Medical Education, and has served on a number of national boards related to medical education. He continues to serve on the board of the National Resident Match Program. Dr. Scheinman is an advocate on healthcare workforce issues and matters affecting medical schools.

Dr. Scheinman holds an A.B., summa cum laude, from Amherst College in Massachusetts and received his medical degree with honors from Yale University. He completed his residency in internal medicine at Yale-New Haven Hospital; was chief resident in internal medicine at Upstate; and completed fellowships in nephrology at Upstate Medical Center and Yale-New Haven Hospital. He was an attending physician at University Hospital, Crouse-Irving Memorial Hospital and Veterans Administration Medical Center in Syracuse, New York.[15]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Commonwealth Medical College - About TCMC". Thecommonwealthmedical.com. 2014-06-17. Retrieved 2014-06-17. 
  2. ^ "The Commonwealth Medical College - Mission Statement and Values". Thecommonwealthmedical.com. 2013-07-01. Retrieved 2014-06-17. 
  3. ^ "The Commonwealth Medical College - TCMC celebrates milestone event with the graduation of the first class of Doctor of Medicine students". Thecommonwealthmedical.com. 2013-05-11. Retrieved 2014-05-22. 
  4. ^ "Institution Directory". http://www.msche.org. 2014-06-27. Retrieved 2014-07-17. 
  5. ^ "Medical School Directory". http://www.lcme.org. 2014-07-07. Retrieved 2014-07-17. 
  6. ^ "The Commonwealth Medical College - About TCMC". Thecommonwealthmedical.com. 2014-06-17. Retrieved 2014-06-17. 
  7. ^ "The Commonwealth Medical College - Regional Campuses". Thecommonwealthmedical.com. 2014-04-01. Retrieved 2014-06-17. 
  8. ^ "The Commonwealth Medical College - MD Program". Thecommonwealthmedical.com. 2014-01-22. Retrieved 2014-06-17. 
  9. ^ "The Commonwealth Medical College - Volunteer Clinical Faculty". Thecommonwealthmedical.com. 2013-09-18. Retrieved 2014-06-17. 
  10. ^ "The Commonwealth Medical College - The Regional Education Academy for Careers in Health – Higher Education Initiative (REACH-HEI)". Thecommonwealthmedical.com. 2014-01-22. Retrieved 2014-06-17. 
  11. ^ "The Commonwealth Medical College - MD Program". Thecommonwealthmedical.com. 2014-01-22. Retrieved 2014-06-17. 
  12. ^ "The Commonwealth Medical College - Family Centered Experience Program". Thecommonwealthmedical.com. 2014-01-22. Retrieved 2014-06-17. 
  13. ^ "The Commonwealth Medical College - Year 3 MD Curriculum". Thecommonwealthmedical.com. 2013-08-14. Retrieved 2014-06-17. 
  14. ^ "The Commonwealth Medical College - Master of Biomedical Sciences Program". Thecommonwealthmedical.com. 2014-03-19. Retrieved 2014-06-17. 
  15. ^ "The Commonwealth Medical College - Meet Dean Steven J. Scheinman, MD". Thecommonwealthmedical.com. 2013-08-23. Retrieved 2014-06-17. 

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