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COVID-19 update

As the global COVID-19 outbreak continues, preparedness efforts are underway at Geisinger and Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine (GCSOM). Students, staff and faculty have been receiving updates from Geisinger about the virus and how to protect themselves, as well as information regarding system efforts to respond to the pandemic in our communities.
  • First and foremost, wash your hands frequently.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are ill.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick. If you have fever and lower respiratory symptoms, see your doctor.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipes.
  • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
  • And as for handwashing, wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
As we begin the gradual expansion of operations, our commitment to the safety, health and well-being of our students, employees, patients and communities continues to guide our response to COVID-19.  

Remember to maintain social distancing. Masking and screening guidelines are still in place. 


Current and incoming GCSOM students should check CANVAS regularly for up-to-date information.

Current status of GCSOM operations

Currently, GCSOM's Medical Sciences Building (MSB) is closed as per Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf’s state guidelines and all classes are virtual. We are following Gov. Wolf’s plan for the phased reopening of the state, which can be found here.
A phased reopening of the MSB will begin on July 13 - click here for more information.

MD3 and MD4 students

As we move into the 2020-2021 academic year, MD4 and MD3 students will begin a phased re-entry to the clinical environment as conditions permit. We anticipate that MD4 students may return to some level of clinical activity in August and MD3 students may return to clinical sites in September, as conditions permit. Prior to entry to the clinical environments, MD3 and MD4 students will be engaged in a virtual curriculum.

MD1 and MD2 students

Decisions regarding MD1 orientation and the opening of the academic year for the MD1 and MD2 classes are pending as administration monitors the progression of the pandemic. It is anticipated that initially, classes will be delivered in a hybrid format with most of the class activity being delivered virtually with scheduled, on-site small group activities for clinical skills sessions.
MD1 orientation: Please check CANVAS for updates on the format for orientation. At this time, it is anticipated that orientation will be a hybrid of virtual delivery and staggered on-site activity.
MD1 White Coat Ceremony: This event will be scheduled for the spring, or when public health guidelines allow.