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Medical Students

Clinical campus program

You need to understand tomorrow’s health care systems. Geisinger is the place to learn.

It takes more than medical knowledge and patient care skills to become a leader in health care. To shape the future, you must understand the future. Geisinger’s medical education programs teach you to deliver and manage care using conventional, one-on-one, patient-physician interaction – as well as breakthrough team processes and learnings from cutting edge approaches to increasing healthcare efficiency, value and quality.

Geisinger's unique learning environment (referred to as a regional medical campus) provides the complete range of clinical education and maintains a formal administrative and educational relationship with the school of medicine. An Association of American Medical Colleges study in 2003 found that "clinician teachers practicing at regional campuses ... offered educational experiences [with] flexibility and innovation in design and delivery of clinical education."

Advantages for students include understanding Geisinger's innovations and system-based programs that lead to optimal patient outcomes; honing skills through an integrated curriculum of simulation and participation in Geisinger committees; and hands-on experience with quality improvement initiatives. Geisinger offers all of this as well as scholarship opportunities, an advanced electronic library, a full range of electives and full-time faculty. Geisinger learners also benefit from using one of the most advanced electronic health record available anywhere. Get an inside view of how to build and use crucial tools and how to access patient registries to improve how you care for patients.

Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine
Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine

Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine is the newest member of the Geisinger Health System family. Geisinger Commonwealth offers a community-based model of medical education with campuses in Doylestown, Scranton, Sayre, Wilkes-Barre and Williamsport. Geisinger Commonwealth offers Doctor of Medicine (MD) and Master of Biomedical Sciences (MBS) degrees. The college’s innovative curriculum, focused on caring for people in the context of their lives and their community, attracts the next generation of physicians and scientists from within its 17-county region in northeastern and north central Pennsylvania as well as from across the state and the nation. Visit www.geisinger.edu/gcsom.

Innovation in education

Student-specific learning sessions are scheduled every month and incorporated into the program.

  • Campus student supper club: Campus students gather over dinner once a month with members of the faculty at a local café to discuss medical topics in the news.
  • The Robert Froberger Memorial Lecture Series: This medical student grand rounds series introduces systems of care and medical science at the bedside.
  • Lectures: We encourage the use of distance learning technology to connect students to their home school didactic course by supporting live, web-based video and teleconference technology throughout the health system.
  • Simulation and skills training: Geisinger has many skill task trainers and high-fidelity patient simulators that are incorporated into core and elective rotations.

Geisinger's Health Sciences Libraries have extensive electronic resources including online desktop search access on every PC to over 1,300 e-journals and more than 5,000 volumes. Students are fully integrated into the care team, and assignments include attending rounds, patient care rounds and operative assistant duties. Patients are assigned to students for initial evaluation and students present their findings to supervising residents and attending physicians.

Schedule a visit with Kristi Shirk, 570-214-3607, to learn how Geisinger’s Clinical Campus program and medical student rotations will accelerate your career in medicine.