MD Fact Sheet

Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine (Geisinger Commonwealth) offers a Doctor of Medicine (MD) Program, distinctive for its personal education style and its community service component that grounds students in medical education, research issues and healthcare needs of the community. Student/Faculty Ratio: 6:1 (Year 1 & 2) and 3:1 (Year 3 & 4)

The Learning Environment

The College functions with a distributive model of medical education with regional campuses – North (Scranton), South (Wilkes-Barre), Central (Danville), Guthrie (Sayre) – providing students with experiences in diverse clinical settings. Life-long learning, communication and collaboration are the foundation of Geisinger Commonwealth. With both basic science and clinical faculty, we focus on giving life to these educational values through commitment to student-centered learning and personal professional development. The strong research component of the MD Program builds a solid foundation for collaborative relationships with allied health professionals and greater real world experience.

MD Program Educational Objectives

  • Medical knowledge
  • Practice-based learning and improvement
  • Interpersonal skills and communication
  • Professionalism
  • Patient care
  • Systems-based practice


  1. Medical knowledge The competent graduate will have the necessary body of knowledge within the basic, clinical, and cognate sciences (e.g. epidemiological and social behavioral) to be prepared for successful transition into graduate medical education training. Moreover, the graduate will have the skills that will enable the continual assimilation and utilization of the concepts and knowledge discovered throughout the years following medical school to optimize patient care.
  2. Practice-based learning and improvement The competent graduate will be self-aware and understand his/her learning needs to continually optimize their professional performance and patient care. The graduate should be able to investigate, reflect, and evaluate his/her patient-care practices and to critically filter, appraise and assimilate evolving scientific evidence.
  3. Interpersonal skills and communication The competent graduate will have essential verbal, nonverbal, and written communication skills, as well as compassionate and culturally sensitive interpersonal skills that promote effective information exchange and collaboration with patients, patients’ families, and professional associates.
  4. Professionalism The competent graduate will have professional integrity with awareness of and commitment to the principles and responsibilities of the medical profession and a profound respect and unconditional regard for human dignity.
  5. Patient care The competent graduate must be able to provide patient care that is compassionate, appropriate, and effective for the treatment of health problems and the promotion of health. The graduate will be required to construct appropriate, fundamental management strategies (diagnostic and therapeutic) for patients with common health problems that may be emergent, acute or chronic, across the spectrum of disciplines, while considering costs for the patient and others. The graduate must be able to combine knowledge of basic biomedical, clinical, and cognate sciences to accomplish the above.
  6. Systems-based practice The competent graduate will have an awareness of the larger context and systems of health care and will aptly strive to contribute to system improvement. The graduate will have sensitivity and responsiveness to the interrelationships of the individual, their communities and the health care system.