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College of
Health Sciences

Center for Learning Excellence

The Center for Learning Excellence (CLE) supports the Division of Student Affairs' mission by providing academic support and advising services to enhance your interpersonal and educational experiences. 

Academic advising

Policy support: 

The CLE supports you in understanding the policies associated with medical education training and the processes for navigating them.   

Progress monitoring: 

CLE staff works closely with you to develop ongoing academic and personal goals/plans and supports you to maintain good academic standing to reach your educational goals.  


CLE staff provide referrals to academic, professional and personal support services within the school and larger community, as needed.  

Academic support

Academic coaching: 

We provide individual academic support in:

  • Time management
  • Higher-level study skills
  • Organization
  • Study guide construction
  • Memory techniques
  • Test-taking strategies


We offer you peer tutoring at no additional cost through small group and individual formats. Faculty are available to help you with course content through office hours and online discussions. 


CLE staff provide workshops to assist you with academic organization and study strategies to support your goals. 

Professional skill development: 

CLE staff facilitate workshops and one-on-one meetings to help you develop professional skills.  

Licensing/board examinations: 

Workshops and individualized support are provided to support your success on high-stakes licensing exams, such as the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) Step 1 for MD students.

Peer mentor program: 

If you’re an incoming student, CLE staff pairs you with an upper-class mentor. The program provides ongoing assistance and support, introduces you to campus and community resources and helps identify and implement networking activities. 

Accessibility services

Having a diverse group of students in our classrooms makes the learning environment more engaging, dynamic and rich, and results in stronger learning outcomes. Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine students come to our classrooms with unique sets of needs and abilities, including physical, psychological and cognitive differences. We are committed to creating accessible teaching and learning environments that would ensure our diverse student body have effective and meaningful access to educational materials, teaching methods, learning experiences, assessments and communications from the instructor.

If you have a documented disability (or think you may have a disability) and, as a result, need reasonable accommodations, contact Kate Dickerson in the CLE at as soon as possible. To receive academic or non-academic accommodations, you must be appropriately registered with the CLE. The CLE works with students confidentially and does not disclose any disability-related information without their permission.



Contact us

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

Sarah Triano, MS, NCC, LPC
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

Peggy Farley, MBA
Academic Support Services Team Lead, Geisinger School of Graduate Education

Janis Williams
Administrative Assistant 
Medical Sciences Building

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