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The Commonwealth Medical College Builds Bridges With Local Colleges For Excellence In Education

Monday, June 01, 2020

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The Commonwealth Medical College (TCMC) continues to connect with local colleges and universities through relationships developed with the NEPA Interprofessional Education Coalition. 

“Collaboration is the key to advancing higher education in northeastern Pennsylvania.  This partnership between the Physician Assistant Program at Marywood University and the Basic Sciences Department at The Commonwealth Medical College is the first of many that will keep us focused on educating aspiring physicians and scientists with a community-based, interprofessional model of medical education,” stated Robert D’Alessandri, MD, President and Dean of The Commonwealth Medical College.

Marywood University has traditionally partnered with other colleges and universities for the Physician Assistant required coursework in Medical Anatomy and Physiology I. The Physician Assistant Program has an awareness of the need for quality healthcare, both regionally and globally, and this program assists students in carrying out Marywood's goal for all students - learning to live and practice responsibly in an interdependent world. 

“The opportunity to partner with The Commonwealth Medical College gives our students access to a state of the art Gross Anatomy Lab to learn the essential aspects of anatomy, physiology and histology used in understanding pathology and disease processes. We look forward to a long term partnership with TCMC,” stated Karen E. Arscott, DO, Program Director of the Physician Assistant Program at Marywood University.

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 the fall of 2009. The College has 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. During the next 20 years, the new medical school is expected to add 425 practicing physicians to Northeastern Pennsylvania.  In addition, the new medical school is expected to add $70 million to the local economy and create 1,000 new jobs that directly and indirectly support the school’s operations. For information please go to

The Commonwealth Medical College is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).