Career Services

Career Development

Career Development for MD Students

Geisinger Commonwealth is committed to career development as a life-long process. A four-year career curriculum is in place which focuses on both structured and optional activities. Geisinger Commonwealth is committed to ensuring that students have a variety of resources available to them to support their career planning and placement.

Geisinger Commonwealth’s career advising system ensures that students have the knowledge, support and resources necessary to make informed decisions. The combination of the centrally provided content and individual processing opportunities allows for multiple touch points with students throughout their medical careers.

Medical students can expect the following outcomes from active participation in the career planning process:

  • Development and articulation of professional identity in an interpersonal context.  
  • An understanding of the  important steps necessary toward students’ journey of self-authorship and engagement in continual self-assessment and reflection to identify their skills, abilities and interests in the selection of a medical specialty.
  • Development of a self-directed career and resource identification plan.
  • Enhancement of  interpersonal communication skills through the development of a competitive curriculum vitae, personal statement and mock interviews.
  • Further development of professional skills necessary to effectively interact with others.
  • Demonstration of professional behavior consistent with valuing difference in all settings.
  • Demonstration skills of reflection through writing and discussion.
  • Integration of content knowledge from other courses.

Additionally, Geisinger Commonwealth utilizes the Careers in Medicine (CiM) program sponsored by the Association of American Medical Colleges. This program is designed to assist medical students with specialty selection and career planning using a well-established decision-making process.

Career Development for MBS Students

The Office of Student Affairs supports students as they develop future educational and career goals in healthcare delivery, biomedical research and industry. Opportunities for networking, corporate and laboratory tours, and professional shadowing are offered in a variety of settings. Students are assisted as they develop their curriculum vitae, their personal statements, their professional  and medical school applications and as they prepare for professional and educational interviews.

Furthermore, the Office of Student Affairs in collaboration with the year-long Professional Development Course assists students in their development of a professional development portfolio . Master of Biomedical Science students’ can expect the following outcomes from active participation in the program:

  • Engagement within the Geisinger Commonwealth, the local and  global community
  • Career exploration and professional development opportunities
  • Participation in a variety of experiences to enhance communication, service, leadership, and problem-solving skills as well as cultural competencies

For more information on career planning, please contact Julia Kolcharno, MA, Director of Student Affairs, via email or by phone at 570-504-9635.