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Abigail Geisinger Scholars Program

You’ve worked hard to get here. Now be free to achieve your dreams without the burden of loan repayment schedules and interest rates. 

Contact us

Do you have questions about the Abigail Geisinger Scholars Program or our Primary Care 3+3 Accelerated Program? You can reach us at: 

Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine
Admissions Office
525 Pine St.
Scranton, PA 18509
570-504-9068
mdadmissions@geisinger.edu

View our Abigail Geisinger Scholars Viewbook

Viewbook 2023

How to apply

Applying for the Abigail Geisinger Scholars Program is a three-step process:

  1. Submit an AMCAS primary application and Geisinger Commonwealth secondary application.
  2. Answer “yes” to the first question on the Geisinger Commonwealth secondary application regarding interest in applying for the Abigail Geisinger Scholars Program.
  3. Complete the question about primary care or psychiatry and describe experiences that align with the Abigail Geisinger Scholars Program.

If you are accepted for admission to the School of Medicine, you’ll be invited to interview for the Scholars Program. Students are selected to participate based on financial need, merit, mission alignment, likelihood of staying at Geisinger beyond the service obligation and interview assessment. The program is available only to students pursuing family medicine, internal medicine, medicine-pediatrics or psychiatry specialties.

You can get more information on our frequently asked questions page.

Reinventing primary care

Primary care and psychiatry are the key to better health for all. We immerse our students in unique, primary-care-focused programs. And the Abigail Geisinger Scholars Program can free you from financial concerns so you can focus on your dreams.

Primary care and psychiatry have the power to evolve medicine from disease management to empowering stronger, healthier, more vibrant communities. So we place primary care and psychiatry where they belong: as the leading concerns of every innovation and technological advance we make.

Primary Care Redesign: Focuses on team-based care, population identification and risk stratification while incorporating analytic support and electronic medical record solutions.

Research centered around primary care/psychiatry: Abigail Geisinger Scholars have opportunities to take part in physician-guided clinical research, studying everything from vaccine hesitancy to barriers to care resulting in “no shows” for disadvantaged urban populations.

MyCode® Community Health Initiative: The initiative analyzes patient-participants’ DNA to diagnose medical conditions earlier — even before symptoms appear — and help find new treatments.

Fresh Food Farmacy®: Provides no-cost nutritious food to food-insecure patients with diabetes.

Geisinger 65 Forward: Our primary care clinics tailored to meet the unique needs of those age 65 and older.

Geisinger at Home™: Delivers home-based care to patients with complex, difficult-to-manage health conditions.

LIFE Geisinger. A program that gives older patients support so they can keep living at home for as long as possible. 

A career in primary care focuses on patients' total health and helps you develop long-term relationships with them. Learn why primary care matters.

Primary Care 3+3 Accelerated Program   

Abigail Geisinger Scholars can also join our Primary Care 3+3 Accelerated Program, which creates a directed pathway into one of our residency programs linked to your medical school training. This means you enter residency one year earlier than your peers, allowing you to start serving your community sooner — while still meeting all educational objectives.

The program includes: 

  • Early immersion/orientation with staff/faculty and our residency programs
  • Longitudinal Clinical Experience (LCE) at participating residencies early in the curriculum
  • Scholarly summer immersion program with participating residencies
  • Longitudinal Integrated Clerkship (LIC) during clerkship in either family medicine or internal medicine

Why choose the Primary Care 3+3 Accelerated Program? 

It provides rigorous, efficient programming and robust experiences that allow you to complete medical school in three years. You’ll be advised and mentored by primary care physicians and residents while enjoying peer collaboration and fellowship. 

We also provide you with a directed pathway into one of our residency programs. Upon meeting the academic and professional standards for graduation from medical school, you’ll be ranked to match into one of the following residency programs through the National Resident Matching Program. If you choose to rank us, you’d be positioned to match at the residency of your medical school training.

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