The Commonwealth Medical College and Geisinger Health System formally announced their integration agreement on Wednesday, Sept. 28. From Guthrie’s perspective, this is welcome news for a number of reasons. Most importantly, this integration solidifies the financial foundation for the medical school in perpetuity through an amendment in Geisinger's articles of incorporation. It also strengthens the academic resources of the medical school by augmenting the existing MD and MS programs with programs in graduate medical education, allied health professions, and additional programs in biomedical sciences. This enhances the educational opportunities for our medical students and the resources available to support Guthrie's educational mission.
The integration maintains the distributed model for medical education of which the clinical campus at Guthrie is an important part. Since a primary mission of the medical school is to train physicians that will serve the communities in central and northeastern Pennsylvania, it is critical that the school maintains clinical campuses within these communities.
Guthrie looks forward to a long and mutually beneficial relationship with the newly formed Geisinger Commonwealth College of Medicine.