Geisinger PCOM Clinical Campus
What is the Geisinger PCOM Clinical Campus?
After the first two years of study at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, students can apply to Geisinger’s PCOM Clinical Campus to spend the clinical years (third and fourth years) learning within the Geisinger Health System. Geisinger accepts up to 12 PCOM students into the program each year.
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 offers all required core clerkship rotations, including:
Elective rotations are structured in nearly every medical discipline, including:
Minimally invasive surgery
Maternal fetal medicine
Medicine – pediatrics
OB/GYN sub I
Neonatology sub I
Pediatric cardiology/cardiovascular surgery
Pediatric critical care sub I
Pediatric infectious disease
Pediatric hospital medicine sub I
Geisinger’s Health Sciences Librararies 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.