There’s a space in medicine where encyclopedic scientific knowledge and finely tuned clinical skills can’t reach. It’s the space where a physician connects with patients – beyond their collection of signs and symptoms – on a human level where true communication occurs. As medicine’s technological complexity increases, so does the need for practitioners who effortlessly inhabit this infinitely more fundamental space. At Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine we call that space caring and, along with mastery of medical knowledge and clinical skills, it forms the basis of our MD curriculum.
Regionally engaged, nationally relevant
Geisinger Commonwealth is unique among academic health centers. While all have well developed research capabilities and carefully crafted educational programs, at Geisinger Commonwealth, patient care is a robust third pillar. Our distributed campus model – with regional campuses in Atlantic City, Danville, Sayre, Scranton and Wilkes-Barre – and our tremendous community clinical faculty – numbering more than 1,600 – thrust patient care to the forefront of everything our students learn. That commitment to patient care is one great strength of a Geisinger Commonwealth medical education.
Medical research today is much like physics – focusing on things both galactically enormous and so small we can only infer their existence. On the “macro” side, medical researchers believe population health is the key to subduing modern-day scourges like high blood pressure and diabetes, as well as the growing problems of addiction and suicide. Yet even as medicine zooms out to consider the health of entire populations, it is also going “micro” with the advent of precision medicine through genomics. At Geisinger Commonwealth, researchers are on the cutting edge of these disciplines and everything in between. Visit our Research & Scholarship pages for more information.
An abundance of resources is brought to bear to ensure Geisinger Commonwealth students make the best residency match possible. Geisinger Commonwealth’s collaborative advising model is intensive and effective. In fact, the school’s student affairs team presented on their approach at a meeting of the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP). Students receive strategic direction in regard to application submission and peer mentoring is provided by alumni as needed.