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The Commonwealth Medical College Celebrates Opening of Williamsport Regional Campus

Wednesday, October 08, 2020

The Commonwealth Medical College (TCMC) hosted a grand opening celebration today in the Williamsport Hospital & Medical Center for the opening of the College’s Williamsport Regional Campus Office that includes Bradford, Tioga, Lycoming and Clinton counties. The office will serve as a regional presence for clinical faculty and future medical students during their community experiences in these counties.

“This is a great event to celebrate TCMC’s presence in the Williamsport region. Our goal is to establish a strong presence in this region and keep the students, faculty, and our partner organizations engaged and connected to the community. We are very appreciative of the support we have received from the Williamsport community and we are looking forward to continued collaborations within this region,” Stated President and Dean, Robert D’Alessandri, MD.

The College has affiliation agreements in place with Susquehanna Health System and Guthrie Clinic within the Williamsport region. “We are fortunate to have established partnerships with such outstanding health care organizations. These collaborations will help integrate the students into these communities and may lead them to stay and practice there after completion of their studies.” stated Paul Katz, MD, Vice Dean for Faculty and Clinical Affairs. Currently, TCMC has 80 physicians signed on as clinical faculty members in the Williamsport region. The College plans to develop 3-5 additional regional campuses over the next decade.

The Williamsport Regional Campus Office, located inside the campus of the Williamsport Hospital & Medical Center joins two other regional campuses in Scranton and Wilkes-Barre. Upon enrollment at The Commonwealth Medical College, students will be assigned a regional community in which they will spend three weeks a year during their first two years of study. In their third and fourth years, the students will live and work in the region, serving clinical rotations in multiple settings, including hospitals, physicians’ offices, health departments, and federally qualified health centers. Students will also train at high-tech simulation centers located on multiple regional campuses.

The Williamsport campus will house the office of Williamsport Associate Dean of Regional Campus Development, Keith Shenberger, MD. Dr. Shenberger is a former President of the Medical Staff at Susquehanna Health System as well as Vice-Chairman and later Chairman of the Department of Medicine.