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Center for Learning Excellence

The Center for Learning Excellence (CLE) provides a host of academic support services to enhance the interpersonal and educational experiences of Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine students.

Accessibility services

  • Geisinger Commonwealth is in full compliance with the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act. CLE staff coordinate reasonable accommodations for eligible students with documented disabilities.
  • To obtain more information on accessibility services or to apply for accommodations, contact Sarah Triano, MS, NCC, LPC, associate director of the Center for Learning Excellence, at 570-558-4282 or

Academic support

  • Academic support and advising: Individual academic support is provided to MD students in the areas of time management, higher-level study skills, organization, study-guide construction, memory techniques and test taking strategies.
  • Tutoring: Tutorial services are offered at no cost to students through small group and individual formats. Faculty is available to assist students with course content through office hours and online discussions.
  • Workshops: CLE staff provide workshops to assist students with academic organization and study strategies to support their academic goals.
  • Professional preparation/professional skill development: CLE staff provides workshops and individual consults to assist medical students with the development of professionalism skills and with application and preparation needs for Step 1 of the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE).
  • Preclinical peer mentoring program: CLE staff oversee the program that pairs incoming students with upper-class mentors. The program provides ongoing assistance & support, introduces students to Geisinger Commonwealth resources, and assists with identifying and implementing networking activities.

Contact us

Jackie Ghormoz, MSW, CSW 
Assistant Dean of Students 
Medical Sciences Building, 3007 East 

Sarah Triano, MS, NCC, LPC
Associate Director, Center for Learning Excellence
Medical Sciences Building, 3005 East

Nicole Ferentino, DC
Assistant director, Center of Learning Excellence
Medical Sciences Building, 2021 East

Kate Dickerson, MSc
Academic Support Services Team Lead, Center for Learning Excellence
Medical Sciences Building, 3097 East

Janis Williams
Administrative Assistant 
Medical Sciences Building