Department of Clinical Sciences (DCS)

Advancing health and well-being for all


To cultivate health and well-being through education, research, advocacy, service and lasting community relationships


Building an innovative model of community based medical education that is interprofessional and responsive to biopsychosocial determinants of health within our region and beyond.

Through Responsive Leadership the DCS will:

  • Collaborate with individuals and health professionals and communities to promote health
  • Advocate improved healthcare access and enhanced quality of life
  • Facilitate and participate in the health empowerment process with individuals, families and communities
  • Be a model that inspires others to promote diversity and social justice
  • Encourage primary care and public health
  • Implement models of participatory research, both community and practice-based
  • Share our work with local and academic communities

The Department of Clinical Sciences (DCS) serves and furthers the mission of Geisinger Commonwealth through the development of a faculty who excels at:

  • education
  • patient care
  • scholarship


Geisinger Commonwealth was founded to provide a strong educational foundation for repopulating the local physician workforce. The Department of Clinical Sciences (DCS) includes faculty in: Family Medicine; Internal Medicine; Obstetrics & Gynecology; Pediatrics; Psychiatry; Surgery; the related subspecialties and also related disciplines such as Neurology, Emergency Medicine, Radiology, Dermatology, Epidemiology; and other fields.

Faculty in the Department of Clinical Sciences are highly involved in the direct education of medical students in the Clinical Sciences disciplines, as well as developing and revising important curricular elements for the medical school. The Clinical Sciences faculty are instrumental in advising students on career choices in their discipline, support student interest groups in these fields, and provide direct instruction to students across all four years of the Geisinger Commonwealth curriculum. The Department of Clinical Science faculty serve as leaders for the MD years 1 through 4 curriculum across our regional campuses.

The Department of Clinical Sciences (DCS) educates, inspires and prepares future physicians to serve society, particularly in underserved communities, to provide comprehensive health care and improve the quality of life in full partnership with individual patients, families, networks and communities.

The DCS oversees all Community Health Research Projects (CHRPs), the Quality Improvement and Clinical Care Projects (QUICCs), and the Family Centered Experience (FCE) Program. These allow students to contribute to the community and well-being of the greater northeastern Pennsylvania area through various research, scholarship and service projects, needs assessments, and assets inventories. Project size and scope vary depending on the community service organization, clinical organization, or healthcare system partner, and projects change each year.

The DCS oversees the Clinical Skills and Simulation Center (CSSC).

Patient Care

Clinical Science faculty serve direct patient care roles in clinical sites in Scranton and the regional campuses. These initiatives remain at the forefront as we develop our clinical practices and create educational experiences for our trainees.


Clinical Science faculty at Geisinger Commonwealth participate in clinical trials and educational research, disseminate educational innovations at regional and national meetings, mentor student research, and publish their work in peer reviewed journals at a national level.

Contact Information

Callendar_Dianaweb Diana Callender, MBBS, DM
Chair of the Department of Clinical Sciences (DCS)
Medical Sciences Building
525 Pine Street
Scranton, PA 18509

Mark White, MD, MPH
Vice Chair of the Department of Clinical Sciences (DCS)
Medical Sciences Building
525 Pine Street
Scranton, PA 18509