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The Commonwealth Medical College Welcomes Williamsport Area Physicians

Wednesday, July 23, 2020

Officials from The Commonwealth Medical College (TCMC) met Wednesday night with nearly 40 Williamsport area physicians who are now TCMC Clinical Faculty members to discuss the progress of the medical school. This marked the College’s 2nd meeting in the Williamsport area.

“TCMC is seeking to provide students with multiple educational opportunities and exposure. Therefore we are continually recruiting physicians in northeastern Pennsylvania who are interested in teaching and mentoring students as a part of the regional educational model at TCMC.” stated Paul Katz, MD, Vice Dean for Faculty and Clinical Affairs. Dr. Katz made a presentation at the meeting where he provided updates on the progress of the medical school, discussed the curriculum, 1st and 2nd year clinical experiences for perspective students and introduced Williamsport Associate Dean of Regional Campus Development, Keith Shenberger, MD.

Dr. Shenberger who has previously served the region as President of the Medical Staff at Susquehanna Health System as well as Vice-Chairman and later Chairman of the Department of Medicine is playing a key role in establishing and developing the Williamsport campus for the medical school. “I see the benefits of TCMC for us as many and varied. There is a need for area physicians to band together behind the leadership of the health system and teach what we know, what we do every day – how to provide excellent, prompt, personalized, state-of-the-art medical care, from cradle to grave, for all members of our communities. I believe that TCMC really gives us the opportunity to do that.” stated Dr. Shenberger.

In addition to continued recruitment of area physicians, the medical school has recently leased space for a Regional Campus Office on Rural Avenue located inside the campus of The Williamsport Hospital & Medical Center. This space will serve as TCMC’s Williamsport Regional Campus Office and will be a regional presence for clinical faculty and future medical students during their community experiences in Bradford, Tioga, Lycoming and Clinton Counties. The Williamsport campus will join 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 College has affiliation agreements in place with the Susquehanna Health System and the Guthrie Clinic within the Williamsport 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 50 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.