Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine Reviews
The Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine is a 4-year MD-granting program that matriculated its first class in 2009. Geisinger Commonwealth has a focus on the student and emphasizes that the patient is the center of medicine. The School of Medicine has four regional campuses in Scranton, Wilkes-Barre, Danville, and Sayre. The Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine has two unique programs for students. One program, the Family Centered Experience Program, pairs each first-year student with a family living with a chronic or debilitating disease—students meet with their families regularly. Students also participate in the Experiential Learning Community, which places students within a specific community for an extended period of time to complete a Longitudinal Community Health Intervention Project. The Geisinger faculty is supportive in making sure that if a student wants to do research, they will be able to find a willing mentor.
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.
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We operate as a community trust, supported and established by the citizens of northeastern Pennsylvania. We will conduct our business with integrity and steward our resources in an ethical manner.
We respect our colleagues, our students and our communities. We treat others and their ideas in a manner that conveys respect as we discuss our differences. We teach our students to respect their patients, other members of the healthcare team and their colleagues by modeling that behavior.
Compassion defines a good physician; it is at the very center of all we do. We will seek students and faculty role models who have this trait and work to enhance it through education, research and service.
We value what everyone in the region has to offer and believe our collaboration strengthens all. We will work to create partnerships with educational and health-related organizations that support our mission – to provide our students an interprofessional education and to improve the health of the citizens of northeastern Pennsylvania. We will share what we have learned with others and assist whenever possible to serve the people of our state, nation and beyond.
Discovery and scholarship
Discovery and scholarship are what differentiates academic medicine. We will encourage faculty and students to continuously seek and advance the creation of knowledge to improve the human condition.
We are committed to students having an exceptional educational experience. We will seek feedback from students about improving the process of education and learn from their ideas. We will provide educational services in a manner that respects students, supports their efforts to be good doctors and scientists and provides a quality educational experience. Students will be partners in their education. We will seek to encourage students to develop a balance between work and activities to promote a healthy lifestyle.
We are committed to playing a role in improving the health status of the community and making a contribution to the community. We will involve students, faculty and staff in creating projects and awareness of community health and work with other organizations who strive for the same goal.
Our students, faculty and staff are part of a community, region, state and world. We will encourage all to get involved with their neighborhoods and communities, contribute to its well-being and be active volunteers in bettering life. Our educational focus will emphasize service to the community.
We will not only teach our students that medicine is best if supported by sound scientific evidence, we will disseminate information to faculty and community physicians that will enable them to change practice as evidence dictates through the provision of access to library resources and continuing medical information.
We seek to produce an educational experience of quality: quality in the delivery of patient care and quality in our research and service efforts. Additionally, we want to prepare our students to understand the process of quality improvement in the practice of medicine.
Innovation is the heart of our school. We are open to new ideas from faculty, students, staff and others. We seek out new ideas and will evaluate them with open minds in order to continue to improve the efficacy of health care and the health system.
We have been entrusted with a great responsibility – the education of the next generation of physicians. This mandates that we live our values and focus on our mission to serve through education, research, clinical care and community service.
We want to instill in our students an understanding that good communication is a large part of being a good doctor. We will work to develop communication skills in students. We will also remember that many people support the school from throughout the region and work to not only communicate our progress but to listen to their feedback and hopes for the school. We will communicate also with our students, faculty, other members of the healthcare team and staff both by listening to ideas and sharing our plans.
We want our students to understand the process of growth and learning is continual. We will seek faculty who model the desire to learn and improve practice. We will develop continuing medical education offerings to the region and we will prepare students to modify practice based on new evidence."
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