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Wilkes University & TCMC establish program for pre-medical students

Monday, December 06, 2020

Wilkes University and The Commonwealth Medical College (TCMC) have signed an agreement guaranteeing admission to the medical school for qualified students graduating from Wilkes.

The program – called the Premedical Scholars BS/MD Program – is an assurance program for students in Luzerne and Lackawanna counties. Students come to Wilkes for two years and apply to TCMC at the end of the sophomore year. The program expedites the medical school admission process for participants. The highly selective program will admit five students per year.

If accepted, students know they will be able to attend the medical school when they graduate from Wilkes, provided they meet basic criteria, including minimum grade-point average and scores on the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT). Students also will be required to provide a statement of why they wish to practice medicine in a rural or underserved area, which is a requirement for program graduates.

Reynold Verret, Wilkes University provost, says the program provides a streamlined process for entrance into medical school for qualified and motivated students. “As part of an affiliated program, students only have to complete one application,” Verret says. “Many of Wilkes’ students come from Luzerne and Lackawanna counties, making the partnership with TCMC ideal for them. Wilkes has exceptional programs in the sciences and students who excel in those programs will have the advantage of getting a head start in their medical careers.”

“We are committed to working with our sister institutions to develop programs that will encourage students from northeast Pennsylvania to enter TCMC and eventually practice in our region,” stated Robert M. D’Alessandri, MD, TCMC president and dean.

“Working together we can keep our young people here and make health care accessible to all,” Dr. D’Alessandri continued.

Wilkes is recruiting high school seniors to enter the program starting in fall 2011. High school seniors in Luzerne and Lackawanna counties must rank in the top 10 percent of their high school graduating class and have a minimum score of 1250 on the Scholastic Aptitude Test. Students must complete three years of natural sciences and mathematics through trigonometry during their high school years.

After admission to Wilkes, students must maintain a minimum grade-point average of 3.5 overall and in all science courses. After an admitted student completes two years at Wilkes, he or she will be interviewed by TCMC during fall semester of the junior year. Those who have met all criteria and have demonstrated potential for a career in medicine will be accepted into the Premedical Scholars Program at Wilkes and will be granted provisional acceptance into TCMC.
Students accepted into the program will receive support and guidance from Wilkes University’s Health Sciences Office. It includes assistance with application forms and with registration for the Medical College Admission Test. The office also helps students identify an internship at a clinical site during their senior year at Wilkes.

The Commonwealth Medical College, one of the newest allopathic medical schools in the United States focuses on providing a community-based distributive model of medical education offering student early clinical exposure beginning the first day of their education. In TCMC’s three regional campuses of Scranton, Wilkes-Barre and Williamsport, students are assigned a continuity mentor and multi-generational family that they follow for all four years of their medical education. In years three and four of their medical education, students live in their assigned regional campuses where they will train in inpatient and outpatient settings. For information, go to

For more information about the Wilkes University Premedical Scholars BS/MD Program with The Commonwealth Medical College, please call the University’s Health Sciences Office at (570) 408-4823.

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