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The impact of Supreme Court decisions on the admissions process at Geisinger College of Health Sciences

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Jonathan Goldner, DO has fond memories of growing up on Long Island. He remembers opening his door and finding produce on the front porch – a gift from a grateful neighbor to his father, a family doctor. “My father’s office was attached to our house, so I saw people coming and going. I also went on house calls with my dad in the evening. I had to wait in the car, but I knew he was in there helping people – and they cherished him,” Dr. Goldner said. Moreover, his father taught him by example that “it’s an honor and privilege to care for people, physicians sometimes forget that,” he said, observing that these early experiences and impressions inspired him to choose medicine as a profession.

After getting his BA in biology from Lehigh University, Dr. Goldner went to Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine for his medical degree. He knew he wanted to practice internal medicine and, as he was completing his residency in the Lehigh Valley, the opportunity arose to join a practice in Monroe County.

Dr. Goldner helped build a thriving practice. He is now chief medical executive of medicine and chronic disease for Pocono Medical Center. He also dedicates himself to philanthropic causes like taking annual medical mission trips to Guatemala. Like his father, Dr. Goldner’s compassion and joy in the practice of medicine inspired his own children. He has two daughters, both of whom are medical students at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine. Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine has also given him the chance to inspire other future doctors.

Dr. Goldner noted how Geisinger Commonwealth’s unique approach to medical education is designed to encourage compassionate doctors. “I always feel that Geisinger Commonwealth has the best interests of its students at heart. They always check on the students to find out what they need. It’s very impressive.”
Jonathan Goldner