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

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All first-year Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine students are eligible to apply to The Medical Research Honors Program (MRHP). Participating students must remain in good academic standing throughout the program in order to meet the requirements and graduate with the honors distinction.


Research experience is integral to creating medical practitioners that reflect the mission and values of GCSOM. Additionally, matching into competitive residencies requires research experience, presentations and publications. Through the MRHP you will gain independent responsibility for hypothesis formulation, data collection, analysis, interpretation and dissemination of a mentored research project. Additionally, you will:

  • Advance fundamental scientific knowledge
  • Strengthen critical thinking skills
  • Refine scholarly communication through scientific writing and presentations
  • Gain a mindset of continual growth and learning
  • Stand apart applying to competitive residency fields


All medical students are invited to apply to the MRHP program in April of their first year of medical school. The application consists of the following components:

  • MRHP application form
  • Letter of support from research mentor
  • Student’s CV
  • Acknowledgement of mentor expectations
  • Project proposal: Project title, specific aims, hypothesis, background, preliminary data (if available)

Finding a research mentor

It is important to find a research mentor who aligns with your research interests.

Geisinger's website has a Find an Investigator tool to search for Geisinger investigators and filter by research interest.