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Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine

Medical School

Mailing Address
1800 Mulberry St.
Scraton, Pennsylvania 18510
(570) 703-8000
School Information
"Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine educates aspiring physicians and scientists to serve society using a community-based, patient-centered, interprofessional and evidence-based model of education that is committed to inclusion, promotes discovery and utilizes innovative techniques." (Source: "The Commonwealth Medical College (TCMC) was incorporated in 2008 and welcomed its first class of Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree students and Master of Biomedical Sciences (MBS) degree students in August 2009. In April 2011, TCMC opened the 185,000-square-foot Medical Sciences Building in Scranton that houses the academic and research programs. The Middle States Commission on Higher Education granted TCMC full accreditation on June 27, 2014, and the Liaison Committee for Medical Education granted TCMC full accreditation on July 7, 2014. TCMC integrated with Geisinger on Jan. 1, 2017, and became Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine. Geisinger Commonwealth has regional campuses in Atlantic City, Danville, Doylestown, Sayre, Scranton and Wilkes-Barre." (Source:

Actions Taken

Admissions Policies
  • The school's Center of Excellence (COE) program, (funded by HRSA COE, United States Department of Health and Human Services), offered "an eight-week summer research program for undergraduate sophomore or junior students from underrepresented backgrounds who are interested in attending medical school" between June 3-July 26 of 2019.
Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • The Department of Residencies and Fellowships states that the school "incorporates DEI training for our learners and faculty, to implement and practice ACGME [Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education] Equity Matters recommendations." (Equity matters is a "new initiative that introduces a framework for continuous learning and process improvement in the areas of DEI and anti-racism practices.")
  • The GME (Graduate Medical Education) Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion stated that "Equity is a step up on the pedestal, recognizing structural inequalities, both historic and contemporary, that predetermine success and failure."
  • On November 20, 2020, the school published an article titled "Interrupting COVID-19–related microaggressions," which states, "By the time COVID-19 reached the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine community, the virus was accompanied by a frenzy of fear — and unfortunately, some bigotry."
  • On April 27, 2020, the school published a document titled "Student - Policy on Student Service Hours," which states that "Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine values medical student participation in extracurricular community projects that address social determinants of health."
  • On March 19, 2019, the school published an article titled "Understanding diversity leads to compassionate care" which reported that Dr. Sapp (Assistant Professor at Geisinger) and 23 Geisinger students "examined the ways racism affects the health of marginalized people and discussed strategies to oppose it" while at a "Racism in Medicine" conference held at Drexel University's College of Medicine in Philadelphia.
  • On March 23, 2021, "A group of Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine students planned and organized the school’s annual Freedom Seder." Topics discussed at the Freedom Seder included: "racism, technology addiction, sexism, classism, ableism, apathy, xenophobia, lifestyle illnesses, anti-Semitism, environmental destruction and sexual discrimination."
  • On October 16, 2020, the school held an event titled "Social Justice and Advocacy in Medical Practice," which discussed "the concepts of social justice and advocacy as they relate to medical practice, how to incorporate strategies for the promotion of social justice in medical practice on an individual and systemic level, and how to recognize and appreciate opportunities for medical practitioners to serve as advocates for their patients, communities and society."
  • The school's "2021 Black Men’s Health Matters" series hosted several presentations including: "Black males’ survival kit when dealing with law enforcement in the 21st century: Live to see another day," “Anti-Blackness as a Social Determinant of Black Health in Schools,” and “Racial and Ethnic Disparities related to Child and Adolescent Healthcare.”
  • The school published its "Safe Zone Training Resource Page" which includes a comprehensive list of organizations, articles and blog communities for "Learning More About Gender, Sexuality, & Social Justice."
Symbolic Actions
  • The school's Office of Student Engagement, Diversity and Inclusion encourages all members of the school's community to sign a "Diversity Challenge Pledge" which states the following: "My CommUNITY is one that is to be honored for its diversity. As an important member of the CommUNITY, I will strive to do all that I can to uphold and support the diversity that unites us. I will strive to refrain from and interrupt derogatory language and jokes that slander and degrade members of my commUNITY. I will strive to do all in my power to educate myself so that I do not intentionally (or unintentionally) offend other members of my commUNITY – even if this education causes me to be a little uncomfortable at times. My commUNITY is one that celebrates diversity, and I whole heartedly accept 'The Challenge'."
  • On June 3, 2020, the school published a message from its President which states the following: "Like you, I’ve watched with horror and sadness the social unrest across the country this week sparked by the death of George Floyd. Mr. Floyd’s death follows similar disturbing events which remind us how much work remains to be done to move our country beyond racism, bigotry, and inequality."
  • In the summer of 2023, the school published its response to the Supreme Court's decision regarding race-conscious admission policies and stated the following: "Our holistic approach to admissions evaluates the experiences, attributes, and academic metrics as well as the invaluable contributions an applicant can add to how we teach and practice medicine. While we still need to review the decisions in more detail and consider the analyses of our colleagues, we do not anticipate changes to our holistic admissions process. We have and will continue to follow guidelines that reflect legal considerations set by the U.S. Supreme Court."
Last updated March 8th, 2024
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