The Commonwealth Medical College - unique in many ways

TCMC is recruiting high school and college students for summer science/health enrichment programs

Friday, February 04, 2020

Scranton, Pennsylvania - The Commonwealth Medical College (TCMC) is recruiting high school and college students interested in medicine or health related professions for two programs through the Regional Education Academy for Careers in Science-Higher Education Initiative (REACH-HEI). These summer enrichment programs are designed to help economically disadvantaged students in Northeastern Pennsylvania improve their science and overall grades and learn how to go from high school through college and beyond in pursuit of the health profession of their choice.  REACH-HEI students will work with TCMC faculty and students to learn how to transition into and succeed in the rigorous academic environment of two-year and four-year colleges, graduate level and health professional schools. Students interested in careers such as: medicine, dentistry, physical/occupational therapy, psychology, medical technology, respiratory therapy, health education, optometry and other health related fields who meet the requirements must apply by March 1, 2020.  Students accepted into the programs will receive stipends for participating.  

“REACH-HEI summer programs will provide Lackawanna County high school and college sophomores interested in science and health with exciting experiences at TCMC as they engage with faculty, medical students and researchers with hands-on experiences,” stated Ida L. Castro, Principal Investigator and Vice President, Social Justice & Diversity, TCMC.

The REACH-HEI High School Summer Enrichment Programs (SEP) are offered for students completing their sophomore year. Participants must be a current high school sophomore at the time of application and have a 3.0 grade point average (GPA). Applicants must also meet federally established economic disadvantaged (lower income) guidelines for admission into the program. The high school programs will be held July 11 through August 5, 2020 at TCMC’s new Medical Sciences Building at 525 Pine Street in Scranton from 8:30am-3:30pm. Students need to provide their own transportation.

The REACH-HEI College Summer Enrichment Programs (SEP) are offered for current sophomore students who hold at least a 2.8 GPA. Applicants must also meet economically disadvantaged guidelines for admission into the program. The classes and research activities will be held June 20 through August 5, 2020 at TCMC’s new Medical Sciences Building at 525 Pine Street in Scranton from 8:30am-4:00pm. Students need to provide their own transportation.

The REACH-HEI SEP programs are designed to provide high school and college students with a thematic curriculum of science, math, research, writing, SAT/GRE preparation, career planning, college planning, shadowing, and  cultural awareness. Students will work with teams of TCMC faculty and medical students to explore health disparities and community health problems. They will develop related research and community awareness projects and continue receive mentoring throughout their years in higher education. Students will solidify their commitment towards working in a health profession, enhance their scientific problem-solving skills, and expand decision-making, test-taking, and leadership skills through program participation. All participants will maintain an electronic portfolio of program activities and receive a REACH-HEI certificate at the time of graduation.

The application deadline for REACH-HEI SEP programs is March 1, 2020. Space is limited. Application materials can be obtained from guidance and career services offices. Students can also visit the website at for more information or, contact Maureen Murtha, REACH-HEI Program manager, The Commonwealth Medical College, [email protected] or call (570) 955-1314.

The REACH-HEI Program is administered by The Commonwealth Medical College, Scranton, Pennsylvania, in conjunction with sub grantee partners.  Funding for the program was received from the US Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, Bureau of Health Professions.

Media contact:
Anne Green, manager, Marketing Communications
Phone: (570) 687-9703
[email protected] 

TCMC press release archive