Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine

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Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine
MottoTogether, we will change the future.
Parent institution
Geisinger Health System
DeanSteven J. Scheinman
Academic staff
Administrative staff
Location, ,
United States
  • North Campus: Scranton, PA 18509
  • South Campus: Wilkes-Barre, PA 18764
  • Central Campus: Danville, PA 17821
  • Guthrie Campus: Sayre, PA 18840

Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine (GCSOM) is the medical school of Geisinger Health System and is located in northeastern and north central Pennsylvania. GCSOM offers a community-based model of medical education with four regional campuses - North (Scranton), South (Wilkes-Barre), Central (Danville), and Guthrie (Sayre). The College attracts students from within its 17-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. GCSOM offers a Doctor of Medicine (MD) Program and a Master of Biomedical Sciences (MBS) Program.[1]


The foundation of GCSOM, formerly known as The Commonwealth Medical College (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 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 began his tenure as president and founding dean.[citation needed]

Commonwealth was awarded degree-granting authority by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in 2008 and received preliminary accreditation by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) in 2008. D'Alessandri resigned from his position as dean and president in April 2011.[2] In June 2011, the LCME placed GCSOM on probation due to financial stability concerns.[3] Provisional accreditation was granted in 2012, with full accreditation granted in June 2014.[4] In June 2014, GCSOM was also granted full accreditation by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE).[5] GCSOM accepted its first class of medical and master's students in 2009. GCSOM graduated its first MD and fourth MBS classes in May 2013.[6]

On September 28, 2016, Geisinger Health System announced it had acquired the Commonwealth Medical College. The acquisition integrated aspects of the health system, such as residency training programs, into TCMC, and also introduced new Master's programs. Additionally, TCMC was renamed Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine.[7]

Admissions and Academics[edit]

The MD Class of 2020 had an average MCAT score of 30 and GPA of 3.62 at admission.[citation needed] 12% of the class is from groups historically underrepresented in medicine, and 71% of the 108 students that comprise the class are from Pennsylvania. 29% of the class is specifically from Northeastern Pennsylvania and North Central Pennsylvania.[8]


The school 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 allows students to follow a panel of patients over the course of a year. Students live in the community and train with clinical preceptors in the different core disciplines of family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, psychiatry, OB/GYN and general surgery. The key difference is the year-long curriculum as opposed to traditional “block” clinical rotations.[9]

President and Dean[edit]

Steven J. Scheinman joined GCSOM in September 2012 as president and dean. He was formerly professor of medicine and pharmacology at SUNY Upstate Medical University, where he served for eight years as its senior vice president and dean of the College of Medicine.[10]


  1. ^ "The Commonwealth Medical College - About TCMC". 2014-06-17. Retrieved 2014-06-17.
  2. ^ Hall, Sarah (2011-04-08). "D'Alessandri out as medical school president". newspaper. Retrieved 2016-10-30.
  3. ^ Nissley, Erin (2011-06-15). "Commonwealth Medical College now on probation". Retrieved 2016-10-30.
  4. ^ "Medical School Directory". 2014-07-07. Archived from the original on 2013-11-14. Retrieved 2014-07-17.
  5. ^ "Accreditation • TCMC". TCMC. Retrieved 2016-10-30.
  6. ^ "TCMC graduates first doctors today". 2014-06-17. Retrieved 2014-06-17.
  7. ^ "Geisinger Health System to acquire TCMC". 2016-09-28. Retrieved 2016-09-29.
  8. ^ "Class of 2020 Class Profile".
  9. ^ "The Commonwealth Medical College - Year 3 MD Curriculum". 2013-08-14. Retrieved 2014-06-17.
  10. ^ "The Commonwealth Medical College - Meet the Dean". 2014-01-22. Retrieved 2014-06-17.

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Coordinates: 41°24′47″N 75°39′21″W / 41.41312°N 75.65586°W / 41.41312; -75.65586