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Department of Clinical Sciences

Department of Clinical Sciences

Advancing health and well-being for all

Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine’s Department of Clinical Sciences (DCS) strives to cultivate health and well-being through education, research, advocacy, service and lasting community relationships.

The vision of the DCS is to build an innovative model of community-based medical education that is interprofessional and responsive to biopsychosocial determinants of health within our region and beyond.

Through responsive leadership the DCS will:

  • Collaborate with individuals and health professionals and communities to promote health
  • Advocate improved healthcare access and enhanced quality of life
  • Facilitate and participate in the health empowerment process with individuals, families and communities
  • Be a model that inspires others to promote diversity and social justice
  • Encourage primary care and public health
  • Implement models of participatory research, both community- and practice-based
  • Share our work with local and academic communities

The DCS serves and furthers the mission of Geisinger Commonwealth through the development of a faculty who excels at:

  • Education
  • Patient care
  • Scholarship


Geisinger Commonwealth was founded to provide a strong educational foundation for repopulating the local physician workforce. The DCS includes faculty in: family medicine; internal medicine; obstetrics & gynecology; pediatrics; psychiatry; surgery; the related subspecialties; related disciplines such as neurology, emergency medicine, radiology, dermatology, epidemiology; and other fields.

Faculty in the DCS are highly involved in the direct education of medical students in the clinical sciences disciplines, as well as developing and revising important curricular elements for the medical school. The clinical sciences faculty are instrumental in advising students on career choices in their discipline, supporting student interest groups in these fields and providing direct instruction to students across all four years of the Geisinger Commonwealth curriculum. The DCS faculty serve as leaders for the MD years one through four curriculum across our regional campuses.

The DCS educates, inspires and prepares future physicians to serve society, particularly in underserved communities, to provide comprehensive health care and improve the quality of life in full partnership with individual patients, families, networks and communities.

The DCS oversees all Community Health Intervention Projects (L-CHIPs), Quality Improvement and Clinical Care Projects (QUICCs) and the Family-Centered Experience (FCE) program. These allow students to contribute to the community and well-being of the greater northeastern Pennsylvania area through various research, scholarship and service projects, needs assessments, and assets inventories. Project size and scope vary depending on the community service organization, clinical organization or healthcare system partner, and projects change each year.

The DCS oversees the Clinical Skills and Simulation Center (CSSC).

Patient Care

Clinical sciences faculty serve direct patient care roles in clinical sites in Scranton and the regional campuses. These initiatives remain at the forefront as we develop our clinical practices and create educational experiences for our trainees.


Clinical Science faculty at Geisinger Commonwealth participate in clinical trials and educational research, disseminate educational innovations at regional and national meetings, mentor student research and publish their work in peer reviewed journals at a national level.

Contact us

Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine
Department of Clinical Sciences
Medical Sciences Building
525 Pine St.
Scranton, PA 18509