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The Commonwealth Medical College Now Accepting Applications With Preliminary Accreditation

Tuesday, October 07, 2020

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The Commonwealth Medical College (TCMC) is now able to accept applications for its charter class of students. This significant milestone was reached when the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) notified the college late yesterday afternoon that it has been granted preliminary accreditation.

“To be at this point – to be able to accept applications for TCMC’s charter class as the Nation’s newest medical school, is a tremendous achievement. This timeline has been more aggressive than any other school in the country and all of us at TCMC look forward to starting the process of interviewing potential students within weeks.” stated Chair of TCMC Board of Directors, Robert Wright, MD

Detailed admissions information for the Doctor of Medicine (MD) Program and the Master of Biomedical Sciences (MBS) Program is now available on the school’s website - with the news from LCME, the College’s new admissions
focused website was launched at midnight last night. Applicants for the MD Program are required to complete an application through the online American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS) at AMCAS is the national application service for MD programs throughout the United States. “Our ideal student is one that has a strong service orientation and is looking for an innovative community based program. TCMC intends to provide scholarships to every student in the charter class and we are well on our way to accomplishing that goal.” commented President and Dean, Robert D’Alessandri, MD.

Preliminary accreditation by the LCME is the first step in overall school accreditation, which certifies that an allopathic school's Doctor of Medicine degree meets national standards for structure and function and allows the school to seat their first class and begin operations. Full accreditation requires other steps for the college and additional visits from LCME. It is granted during the fourth year of a school's first medical class. Previously this year, the College was granted degree-granting authority from the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE).

“This is a huge step for TCMC and we have many people to thank for this success. We are extremely grateful to the Northeastern Pennsylvania Medical Education Development Consortium and TCMC Board of Directors for the vision and support that got everyone to this day. The support we have received from the community and Blue Cross of NEPA has allowed us to recruit the extraordinary faculty and staff that now serve as distinguished representatives of TCMC. Additionally we have been fortunate to receive support from every level of government including Senator Robert Mellow, Senator Arlen Specter, Senator Robert Casey, Congressman Christopher Carney, Congressman Paul Kanjorski, Governor Edward Rendell, Mayor Chris Doherty and Mayor Thomas Leighton. This truly is symbolic of America at its best, everyone coming together to create something that will benefit the entire region.” stated President and Dean, Robert D’Alessandri, MD.

“Starting this medical school has truly been a region-wide effort. From regional banks who offered us space and credit ratings for our bonds, to the area entrepreneurs who have funded scholarships, to the area hotels that gave such great impressions to potential faculty and administrators traveling here to interview, to Lackawanna College who allowed us their space to build our temporary site; every part of this undertaking has been supported with the help of the entire region. This extraordinary community has pulled together in an effort that is unlike anything else in the country.” stated Chair of TCMC Board of Directors, Robert Wright, MD.

The Commonwealth Medical College is a new medical school that will serve all of northeastern Pennsylvania and expects to accept sixty medical students and thirty Master of Biomedical Sciences (MBS) students in 2009. The College will have campuses in Scranton, Wilkes-Barre and Williamsport. The Commonwealth Medical College is dedicated to training the next generation of physicians in a community-based model. Focusing on selecting students with a propensity for community service, the school’s unique structure is designed to provide these students with diverse clinical experiences from the very first day of their education.

TCMC has been granted degree-granting authority from the Pennsylvania Department of Education and preliminary accreditation from the Liaison Committee of Medical Education. The Commonwealth Medical Education Corporation is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).