Geisinger Commonwealth graduates fifth MD class, eighth MBS class

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Students graduating May 7 will be first to receive Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine diplomas

Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine (Geisinger Commonwealth) conferred 87 doctor of medicine (MD) and 69 master of biomedical sciences (MBS) degrees upon students who composed Geisinger Commonwealth’s graduating Class of 2017. Commencement ceremonies were held Sunday, May 7 at the Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre.

After graduating medical student, Ghamar Bitar, sang the National Anthem, Monsignor Joseph Quinn, pastor of Our Lady of the Snows parish in Clarks Summit, gave the invocation.

Steven J. Scheinman, MD Geisinger Commonwealth’s president and dean, welcomed guests and graduates, noting that the Class of 2017 is the first to receive a Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine diploma. Dr. Scheinman observed that person-centeredness is central to the School of Medicine’s mission, saying the graduates “Have mastery of all of the tools of your specialty, but also the wisdom and compassion to deploy them thoughtfully and in the interests of what the patient wants.” He also reminded the graduates that, “It is a great privilege to be invited into the lives of patients as physicians are. You have earned this degree that we’ve given you today.  But this privilege is something that you have to earn anew every day.”   

Greetings were offered on behalf of the school’s board of directors by the board chair, Mr. Robert Dietz, and on behalf of the Geisinger Health System by its president and CEO, Dr. David Feinberg.

William F. Iobst, MD, vice president for academic and clinical affairs and vice dean, together with Dr. Scheinman, presented the commencement speaker, Deborah E. Powell, MD, for the honorary doctor of medical arts degree.  Dr. Powell is a leader in academic medicine, and currently dean emerita and professor of laboratory medicine and pathology at the University of Minnesota.

Patrick Schofield, MD, a member of the Class of 2014, delivered greetings from Geisinger Commonwealth’s growing Alumni Society. The ceremony concluded with a benediction given by Rabbi Peg Kershenbaum, Congregation B’nai Harim, Pocono Pines.

MD Class of 2017

MBS-Scranton Class of 2017

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