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The Commonwealth Medical College Hosts Ribbon Cutting for the Opening of the Wilkes-Barre Regional Campus Office

Thursday, July 17, 2020

The Commonwealth Medical College (TCMC) hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony today for the opening of the College’s Wilkes-Barre Regional Campus Office. The office will serve as a regional presence for clinical faculty and future medical students during their community experiences in Luzerne, Columbia, Montour, Sullivan, Schuylkill, and Carbon Counties.

“The ribbon cutting today is a great step forward in the College’s process of establishing a strong presence in the Wilkes-Barre region. The development of the regional offices will play a key role in keeping the students, faculty, and our partner organizations engaged and connected to the community,” stated President and Dean, Robert D’Alessandri, MD. “We are so grateful to our Board member Murray Ufberg for arranging for the College to have this space so we can start to develop our Wilkes-Barre Regional Campus. The support of the Wilkes-Barre community—physicians, hospitals, businesses and the colleges and universities has been overwhelming. We know our students will have a wonderful experience here.”

The College has affiliation agreements in place with Wyoming Valley Health Care System and Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center within the Wilkes-Barre region. “These important partnerships will assure that our students receive a true community-based approach to medical education,” stated Paul Katz, MD, Vice Dean for Faculty and Clinical Affairs. Currently, TCMC has 71 physicians signed on as clinical faculty members in the Wilkes-Barre region. The College plans to develop 3-5 additional regional campuses over the next decade.

The Wilkes-Barre campus joins two other regional campuses in Scranton and Williamsport. 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 Wilkes-Barre campus office will house the office of newly appointed Wilkes-Barre Associate Dean of Regional Campus Development, Richard English, MD. In addition to his work with TCMC, Dr. English is the Program Director of the Wyoming Valley Family Practice Residency Program of United Health and Hospital Services, Inc., affiliated with the Wyoming Valley Health Care System.

The office, located in the building of the law firm of Rosenn, Jenkins & Greenwald, LLP on South Franklin Street was offered to the medical college by Murray Ufberg, Esq. Ufberg, a community leader and attorney at the firm, serves on TCMC’s Board of Directors.