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TCMC officially welcomes Class of 2014 at oath signing ceremony

Wednesday, August 25, 2020

Scranton, Pennsylvania – Officials of The Commonwealth Medical College (TCMC) welcomed its second class of medical students and their families at an official Oath Signing ceremony on Saturday, August 14, 2020 at the Mellow Theater at Lackawanna College in Scranton. This special occasion marked the induction of sixty-five first-year medical students who celebrated the start of their study of medicine and their role as future physicians. 
“The goal of The Commonwealth Medical College is to educate the next generation of physicians many of whom will practice in Northeastern Pennsylvania, stated Robert D’ Alessandri, MD, President and Founding Dean of The Commonwealth Medical College.  “Our second class of medical students as well as our 2013 Charter class will set the new standard for caring for the next generation of families right here in northeastern Pennsylvania and beyond,” Dr. D ‘Alessandri continued.

The oath is a voluntary pledge that aims to fulfill the TCMC covenant of honor and professionalism as medical students embark upon four years of academic medical education and clinical training to become future physicians. Ceremonial highlights included a traditional academic regalia procession followed by the Dean’s Welcome, remarks from Robert Naismith, PhD, TCMC’s Chairman of the Board of Trustees, and the official Oath Signing led by David Axler, PhD, TCMC Associate Dean of Student Affairs.

About the Class of 2014 
Of the sixty-five medical students, 24 females and 41 males from across the United States make up TCMC’s second class. Pennsylvania residents make up 69% with 21 students coming from the northeast region including: 6 from Lackawanna, 6 from Luzerne, 2 from Columbia, 3 from Monroe, 2 from Montour, 1 from Susquehanna and 1 from Wayne counties. The remaining students come from Alabama, Alaska, California, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.

The Class of 2014 is comprised of students who have excelled academically at some of the nation’s most competitive institutions such as: Bucknell University, Carnegie Mellon University, Case Western Reserve University, Cornell University, Lafayette College, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, NYU, Northwestern University, Princeton University, University of Richmond, UCLA, University of Pennsylvania, US Military Academy, Villanova University, and Wesleyan University.

The students are culturally diverse and speak a total of 12 different languages. They already have a wide range of experiences and accomplishments as they begin a career in medicine. They have studied abroad and some students have graduate degrees and have published research articles in major scientific journals. TCMC students bring a sense of dedication and commitment to service with numerous hours of volunteer and community service work here in the United States and abroad in Zimbabwe, Ecuador, Costa Rico, Chile, Nicaragua, Belize, India, Mexico, the Amazon River region , Guatemala and El Salvador.

They have worked in various roles as EMTs, choreographers, college radio DJs, activists, construction workers, photographers, improv actors, artists, pilots, movie theater projectionists, US Army medics, a US Army captain, a high school science teacher, an elementary teachers’ aide, a pharmacy tech, a C.N.A and a phlebotomist. 
TCMC received a total of 2, 976 applications for the 2014 class. To date, TCMC has received 1,600 applications for the class of 2015. 

TCMC’s Distributive Model Medical Education: Years One &Two  
From the very start of their medical education, students will have the opportunity to experience real clinical practice by shadowing a physician in their Regional Campuses of Scranton, Wilkes-Barre and Williamsport while learning the basic elements of structure and function of the human body.  During these first two years, students spend three weeks on their Regional Campus working with a clinical mentor and an assigned family who they will follow over the four years of their medical education. They will also investigate current public health issues and work on a community-based project.   In addition, each Regional Campus provides clinical opportunities for medical students and other health professional students to work together so that strong interprofessional collaboration and coordinated quality of care are the hallmarks of the TCMC educated community physician.

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