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Student Musculoskeletal Society

The Student Musculoskeletal Society (SMS) is a student-run organization which fosters clinical experience, education and professional development in the field of musculoskeletal medicine.

Student Musculoskeletal Society (SMS) events supplement the standard medical curriculum with interactive lectures on pathology and physical exam, cadaveric surgical skills workshops, and community service. Relationships with practicing physicians, alumni, and school faculty help students advance their careers through clinical experience, research opportunities, and mentorship.

Learn more about our group leadership.

Want to get involved? E-mail inquiries to Max Cornell, MD Class of 2021, at mcornell@som.geisinger.edu.

Upcoming events

Dr. Balsalmo Lecture Series: Ed DelSole, MD
Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019, 6 p.m.
Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine's Student Musculoskeletal Society (SMS) will host Ed DelSole, MD, Geisinger orthopedic surgeon, on Wednesday, Aug. 21 at 6 p.m in room 2001 of the Medical Sciences Building in Scranton as part of the group's Dr. Balsalmo Lecture Series. Dr. DelSole will teach about spine pathologies and relevant physical exam skills. If you have any questions, contact Mark Mandel, SMS president, at mmandel@som.geisinger.edu, or Michael Pheasant, SMS vice president, at mpheasant@som.geisinger.edu. This event is for GCSOM students, faculty and staff only.

Sports Medicine Lecture Series: Concussions and Head Injuries
Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

This community-based educational program for healthy living focuses on sports medicine with interactive lectures designed for athletes, coaches, parents, community members and anyone seeking to begin or maintain a healthy, active lifestyle. Please join SMS on Tuesday, Sept. 17 for an NIH-funded lecture on concussions and head injuries in sports, presented by Roxanna Larsen, director of sports medicine, orthotics & fitness, Musculoskeletal Institute at Geisinger & Kelly Clark, program manager of sports medicine, Geisinger Wyoming Valley. The lecture will be held in the auditorium at Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine, 525 Pine Street, Scranton. If you have any questions, contact Michael Pheasant at mpheasant@som.geisinger.edu. This event is free and open to the public! 

Major programs

Shadowing – clinical and operative room experience

Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine (GCSOM) is fortunate to have talented and driven physicians with a penchant for teaching and inspiring the rising physicians of the future. SMS has partnered with orthopaedic surgeons, physiatrists, general surgeons, pediatric orthopaedic surgeons, sports medicine specialists and trauma surgeons – all dedicated to offering perspective into their daily lives in both the clinic and the operating room.

If you’re interested in shadowing a physician in one of these specialties, contact Dan Sylvestre, MD Class of 2021, at dsylvestre@som.geisinger.edu.

The Dr. Balsamo Lecture Series

Learn more about The Dr. Balsamo Lecture Series and past presentations by faculty and mentors.

Research/career development

While many projects are conducted during the summer between first and second year, SMS partners with physicians throughout northeast Pennsylvania to stimulate student involvement in academic investigation and contribution to research year round.

Physicians currently conducting research projects in association with GSCOM and SMS:

  • L. Christopher Grandizio, DO
  • Mark Seeley, MD
  • John Mercuri, MD, MA

Examples of student research:

Student Musculoskeletal Society research: “Open Reconstruction of the Anterior Hip Capsule Using an Achilles Allograft”

“Open Reconstruction of the Anterior Hip Capsule Using an Achilles Allograft” - Max Cornell, MD Class of 2021

Student Musculoskeletal Society research: “Medial Epicondyle Fracture Nonunions in Children”

“Medial Epicondyle Fracture Nonunions in Children” - Dan Sylvestre, MS, MD Class of 2021

Student Musculoskeletal Society research


Community outreach

GCSOM Student Musculoskeletal Society community outreach: Big Brothers Big Sisters RailRiders game - Sept. 1, 2018

Big Brothers Big Sisters - RailRiders baseball game (Sept. 1, 2018)

GCSOM Student Musculoskeletal Society community outreach: Big Brothers Big Sisters RailRiders game - Sept. 1, 2018

Big Brothers Big Sisters - RailRiders baseball game (Sept. 1, 2018)

GCSOM Student Musculoskeletal Society community outreach: Geisinger Musculoskeletal Institute (MSKI) National Park Rx Day - April 29, 2018

Geisinger Musculoskeletal Institute (MSKI) - National Park Rx Day (April 29, 2018)

GCSOM Student Musculoskeletal Society community outreach: Geisinger Musculoskeletal Institute (MSKI) National Park Rx Day - April 29, 2018

Geisinger Musculoskeletal Institute (MSKI) - National Park Rx Day (April 29, 2018)

GCSOM Student Musculoskeletal Society community outreach: Geisinger Musculoskeletal Institute (MSKI) National Park Rx Day - April 29, 2018

Geisinger Musculoskeletal Institute (MSKI) - National Park Rx Day (April 29, 2018)

GCSOM Student Musculoskeletal Society community outreach: Girls in Science  - Feb. 2, 2019

GCSOM Saturday for Girls - Casting Workshop (Feb. 2, 2019)

GCSOM Student Musculoskeletal Society community outreach: Girls in Science  - Feb. 2, 2019

GCSOM Saturday for Girls - Casting Workshop (Feb. 2, 2019)

GCSOM Student Musculoskeletal Society