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The school will use its $30,000 grant to provide Title IX training to Geisinger’s 637 resident physicians and fellows, as well as School of Medicine learners, and to create an online Title IX training program for all Geisinger learners and employees.

Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine (GCSOM) has received its second “It’s On Us” grant from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of Education in the amount of $30,000. The grant program, launched in 2016, provides colleges and universities with funding to establish programs ranging from campus-wide training for students, faculty and staff to institutional campaigns to raise awareness and understanding of the reporting process and resources available to and rights of survivors of sexual violence.

Geisinger Commonwealth will use its $30,000 grant to provide Title IX training to Geisinger’s 637 resident physicians and fellows, as well as School of Medicine learners, and to create an online Title IX training program for all Geisinger learners and employees. Title IX is the federal civil rights law that protects people from discrimination based upon sex in educational programs that receive federal financial assistance. 

“We are proud of our school’s longstanding tradition of respect and inclusivity for everyone,” said Steven J. Scheinman, MD, GCSOM president and dean and executive vice president and chief academic officer at Geisinger. “We are grateful to Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration for recognizing how important training and awareness programs are to maintaining our welcoming culture.”

“At Geisinger Commonwealth, Title IX means we take proactive steps to preserve our supportive environment so that everyone can thrive. Our first It’s On Us grant was used to develop programming specifically aimed at medical and graduate students. Now, with this second grant, we have the opportunity to expand the message,” said Jackie Ghormoz, MSW, CSW, GCSOM assistant dean of students and associate Title IX coordinator.

“The #MeToo movement is a reminder of the prevalence of sexual assault in communities of all demographics,” Education Secretary Pedro A. Rivera said. “The It’s On Us PA campaign is helping Pennsylvania schools lead their communities in directing the conversation on how we can prevent assaults and harassment from infecting our campuses and communities.”

The It’s On Us PA statewide campaign was launched by Governor Wolf in 2016, and was built on the momentum of the national It’s On Us movement championed by President Obama. The state initiative invites everyone to take the It’s On Us PA pledge and play a role in ending sexual assault. There were 39 schools selected for grants in 2018.

 

About Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine

Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine (GCSOM) is a member of the Geisinger family. GCSOM offers a community-based model of medical education with campuses in Danville, Lewistown, Scranton, Sayre and Wilkes-Barre. Geisinger Commonwealth offers Doctor of Medicine (MD) and a portfolio of graduate degrees. The school’s innovative curriculum, focused on caring for people in the context of their lives and their community, attracts the next generation of physicians and scientists from within its region, as well as from across the state and the nation. Geisinger Commonwealth is committed to non-discrimination in all employment and educational opportunities. Visit www.geisinger.edu/gcsom.

About Geisinger
Geisinger is among the nation’s leading providers of value-based care, serving 1.2 million people in urban and rural communities across Pennsylvania. Founded in 1915 by philanthropist Abigail Geisinger, the nonprofit system generates $10 billion in annual revenues across 126 care sites — including 10 hospital campuses — and Geisinger Health Plan, with more than half a million members in commercial and government plans. Geisinger College of Health Sciences educates more than 5,000 medical professionals annually and conducts more than 1,400 clinical research studies. With 26,000 employees, including 1,700 employed physicians, Geisinger is among Pennsylvania’s largest employers with an estimated economic impact of $15 billion to the state’s economy. On March 31, 2024, Geisinger became the first member of Risant Health, a new nonprofit charitable organization created to expand and accelerate value-based care across the country. Learn more at geisinger.org or follow on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and X.

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