Policies and Information

Student Policies

You can browse Geisinger Commonwealth’s student policies here.

Title IX

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Student Bulletin

The Student Bulletin, complied by Student Affairs, serves as a guide for Geisinger Commonwealth students.

Graduation and Retention Rates

Below is information on Geisinger Commonwealth’s Graduation and Retention Rates.

Graduation Rates

MD Graduation Rate (.91)

  • 65 entered
  • 59 completed in 4 years
  • 6 still enrolled

MBS Graduation (.96)

Retention Rates

MD Overall Retention Rate (.94)

MBS Retention Rate (.96)

USMLE Scores

Geisinger Commonwealth students have performed exceptionally well on the USMLE Step 1 exam. The Class of 2013 met the national mean, while the Class of 2014 exceeded the national mean.

Class of 2014

Geisinger Commonwealth Mean

National Mean

230

227

 

Class of 2013

Geisinger Commonwealth Mean

National Mean

224

224

The United States Medical Licensing Examination score (USMLE score) is given to test takers as a 2-digit and 3-digit score. These two scores are related to each other and are commonly used by hospitals to determine eligibility for residency and fellowship. Most Step 1 scores fall between 140 and 260 with the mean score in the United States between 220-240. The above chart illustrates the mean scores for the 2013 and 2014 class students at Geisinger Commonwealth.

For the second consecutive year, the Geisinger Commonwealth pass rate for Step 1 of the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) was above the national average. Ninety-eight percent of Geisinger Commonwealth’s third-year medical students in the class of 2014, compared to 96% of all US/Canadian first-time test takers, passed the exam as reported January through October 3, 2012. The mean score of Geisinger Commonwealth students was 231 which was higher than the preliminary national mean of 227.

In 2011, 98% of Geisinger Commonwealth third-year medical students in the class of 2013 passed Step I of the USMLE. Medical students surpassed the national average, which was 92% of all US/Canadian first-time test takers.