Service Opportunities

As ambassadors of Geisinger Commonwealth, students play a critical role in helping the College exhibit some of its most important values, including professionalism, respect, compassion and life-long service, and in helping the College form long-lasting community partnerships and relationships. In this regard, above and beyond the Community Health Research Projects and other curriculum-based service activities, MD students have a graduation requirement to participate in 100 hours of community service over the course of their four-year education.

The goals of this requirement are to enhance students’ medical education through meaningful service learning experiences, address community needs, and build relationships and goodwill with our community members, leaders and organizations.

To this end, Geisinger Commonwealth has developed the following guidelines:

  • At the beginning of each academic year, Geisinger Commonwealth makes available information pertaining to prominent community needs and area service organizations; however, as interests and passions vary from person to person, we give our students the flexibility to identify their own service projects and organizations.
  • To ensure that the service experience is meaningful to both the student and the organization, Geisinger Commonwealth encourages students to provide no less than 20 hours of service to a single organization (although exceptions will be considered).
  • Since many students voluntarily participate on certain internal committees that are critical to Geisinger Commonwealth’s development and future, institutional service counts toward the service requirement, although such service hours must be approved by the faculty/staff committee chair and cannot comprise more than 50% of the total service requirement, or 50 hours.
  • Service hours must be performed within Geisinger Commonwealth’s 17-county service area: Bradford, Carbon, Clinton, Columbia, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Lycoming, Monroe, Montour, Pike, Schuylkill, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Tioga, Wayne, Wyoming
  • Prior to beginning the community service, students must submit the name of the organization or internal committee; administrator contact information including telephone, mailing address and email address; and planned type of service to the Student Affairs Department, which reviews and pre-approves service projects and hours.

Students will be asked to present their community service in periodic reflective discussions.

The Student Service Program is administered by and through the Student Affairs Department, in collaboration with the Student Service Hours Committee. Student service hours are recorded and tracked by the Office of the Registrar.