MD Policies and Procedures

Additional Letters of Recommendation

The Committee will consider letters that highlight and support facets of an applicant’s application portfolio not previously addressed, and are submitted directly to the Admissions Office by the letter author.

Admission Decisions

Candidates who interview at Geisinger Commonwealth should expect to receive a decision approximately six to eight weeks after their interview date.

Application Deadline

The deadline to have submitted a completed application to Geisinger Commonwealth is January 15, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

Applying to the MD Dual Degree Program

Admitted students have the option to augment their education with a Master in Health Administration.

Deferred Admission Status

When reviewing candidates, the Admissions Committee may elect to defer a candidate to a future committee meeting. This status is not the same as being placed on an alternate list. Deferred candidates are considered at each subsequent committee meeting and can be offered an admission decision at any time. This policy is advantageous to deferred candidates because it means that the student’s application file is under constant review. Geisinger Commonwealth does not build an alternate list until the end of the application cycle.


Due to the holistic nature of candidate review, it is not possible for the Admissions Committee or the Admissions Staff to provide feedback for students who were not granted an interview or who were not offered admission to Geisinger Commonwealth.

MCAT Scores

The Admissions Committee will consider MCAT scores no more than three years old at the time of application. The Committee will review both version of the MCAT and tests taken up until November 2017 for the 2017-2018 application cycle.


The AAMC has not created correlation tables between the new MCAT and the old version. While the Admissions Committee will consider both tests, there is no way to provide a comparison between scores to applicants.

Re-Application Limit

A candidate who has unsuccessfully applied to Geisinger Commonwealth’s Doctor of Medicine program three or more times will not be considered for admission.

Updates for the Admissions Committee

Applicants may submit up to two meaningful updates to their AMCAS application after submission. Examples include, but are not limited to: completion of a degree program, research publications/presentations, and significant community service. Submissions must be emailed to as a PDF attachment.